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Radtac Becomes an ICAgile Member Training Organisation

08-Jun-2017 17:15:52 News Training Agile training Agile

You may have already read our recent blogs announcing that Professional Scrum Master and  Implementing SAFe 4.0 with SPC certification courses are now available within our training portfolio. Our training portfolio is set to be enhanced further - we have joined the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) as a Member Training Organisation (MTO).  

ICAgile is a leading global Agile accreditation and certification body that helps organisations design learning experiences that cultivate an Agile mindset and enable sustainable organisational agility. They collaborate with worldwide Agile and industry experts to design world-class learning tracks that guide organisations in the development of their curriculum. ICAgile’s approach is not tied to any specific Agile methodology, thus giving people the flexibility to blend flavors in a way that make sense for their reality.

The ICAgile learning roadmap provides clear paths for professionals and organisations who want to start or continue their Agile journey. The learning roadmap is made up of the following certifications.

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CSM, PSM, SSM, SASM - What Scrum Master Course Do I Choose?

A question our training team is often asked is “what Scrum Master course do I choose?” This article will walk you through the different Scrum Master courses available, comparing them based on various aspects such as course content, provider, cost, assessment type, certification and more.

To make your decision process easier, we have created a comparison matrix that puts the main Scrum Master courses side by side.

 


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We’re Launching Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master Certifications

Last month we delivered the exciting news that our Training team had successfully been awarded PMI Registered Education Provider status. This month we’d like to offer our congratulations to our team member Andy Hiles, who is now a licensed Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.

Scrum.org puts all potential PSTs through a rigorous assessment process, which Andy completed successfully by demonstrating his expertise in Scrum, through extensive experience in applying, leading, teaching, and coaching it.

It’s a fantastic achievement - well done Andy from the Radtac team!

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Train. Practice. Trust. (Part III)

**This is the third article in the ‘Train. Practice. Trust’ series. Read Part II here.**

 

“Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates.” - Navy Seal Code


We've all been there. It’s the same thing that happens to our projects. We have been put under some deadline constraint imposed by people outside of our team, and instead of looking at the process around us, we rush the process because we absolutely need to add more people. ‘The printer is not quick enough, so we need thirty more paper stuffers to make it go faster’. It takes a long time for a new employee to just understand the nature of the business, let alone the dynamics of a new team.


We are constantly engaging in feedback loops. Under stress, our internal and external empiricism kicks in. Add uncertainty to the mix and the Tuckman model for team state still holds true. We are always revisiting the Forming stage.

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Train. Practice. Trust. (Part II)

“Great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people.” - Steve Jobs


**This is the second article in the ‘Train. Practice. Trust’ series. Read Part I here.**


We used to call it team building. Team building is now synonymous with finding enough budget for the team to go out and have a few drinks over a meal. While there is a slim possibility that this could build a team, it just serves the purpose of allowing your team to rest and forget about work for a few hours. More often it's an excuse for the team to vent perhaps moan about the management and the state of the organisation.


As a side note I guarantee that in your team there will be at least one person that won’t attend or doesn't want to attend these social drinking type of events. It’s just not their thing. Recognising this and finding better and alternative ways to include these people into team socialising will be better for you, for the team and for the individual in the long run.

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Train. Practice. Trust. (Part I)

16-Mar-2017 15:09:18 Agile teams Training Agile training

This article talks about the value of training, the importance of practice, and the impact of trust.

“We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” - General George Smith Patton, Jr.


Sometimes we lead, sometimes we follow, sometimes we choose to get out of the way - it's a natural cycle that we go through consciously and unconsciously, whether it's with our colleagues, at work, or within our family units at home.


When we go for a walk as a family, I will always try to let my two sons lead the way. I like them to explore, to discover the path, to set the pace for the family. They develop a sense of empowerment and I hope they know that we trust them to make decisions on behalf of us, as the parents, as a team. Now, sometimes that's easier said than done with an imaginative 6 year old and an incredibly energetic 4 year old. As you can understand, patience and guidance are always there waiting in the wings. As a family unit, a family team, we all lead, we all follow, when the boys are covered in mud my wife and I definitely get out of the way.


This works for us, as a family unit we share values, we set goals. We train, we practice, we trust.

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What Can The Rugby World Cup Teach Us About Scrum and Agile?

01-Oct-2015 14:00:00 Scrum Training Agile

With the Rugby World Cup well underway, it occurred to me that there might be some lessons to be learnt for business transformation and moving toward modern Agile Practices.

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The SAFe Leadership Retreat Part 3 and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Courses

In May, Radtac attended the first SAFe Leadership Retreat in Crieff, Scotland. In previous blog posts, we shared with you some insights from the SAFe Leadership Retreat and about Scaling Agile as part of the topics discussed within the retreat. In this post, we will have a closer look at courses around SAFe.

One of the Open Space sessions looked at development of SAFe education pathways reviewing existing courses and options for further courses. Radtac is an integral part of the SAFe community and provides a number of entry points into the Scaled Agile Framework:

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Event Spotlight Part 2: SAFe Leadership Retreat & Agile Foundations

26-29 May in Crieff, Scotland.

Radtac attended the first SAFe Leadership Retreat with over 40 leaders from the agile world including members of Scaled Agile Inc.

In 2014 Radtac was invited by the BCS, Chartered Institute for IT, to build and deliver the training for the very popular BCS Foundation Certificatein Agile.

To build on this success – and again at the invitation of the BCS - we authored the companion book to the BCS Course – “Agile Foundation - Principles, practices and frameworks”.

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Question Yourself: Is PRINCE2 Really Mutually Exclusive To Agile?

And yes, that is a question! In fact, here is another question:

“Where in the PRINCE2 manual does it stipulate a traditional (waterfall) way to deliver projects?”

So is PRINCE2 that alien to an Agile approach?

Well, let’s have a look at the seven core principles of PRINCE2

  • Continued business justification,
  • Learn from experience,
  • Defined roles and responsibilities,
  • Manage by stages,
  • Manage by exception,
  • Focus on products,
  • Tailor to suit the project environment.
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