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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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‘Learn fast, learn often’ or ‘Fail fast, fail often’

04-Nov-2014 10:00:00 Failure Training

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. Sound familiar?

In my role as an Agile coach and mentor I often find myself in the position where I am asked to support recruitment and help out with interviewing potential new people with the right skills and mind-set to support an Agile organisation.

I was speaking about this with some friends of mine that – thanks to a recent round of funding – are now on the hunt to grow their head count and recruit talent. We were sat in the Electric Diner in Notting Hill and after the third cappuccino conversation was becoming animated:

“What is the one skill or attribute we want to select for in our recruitment, Kev?”

“Easy, they have to be a fast learner.”

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The Bottom Line or The End of the Vision Road for our big high street and Out-of-town retailers?

22-Oct-2014 16:30:00 Culture Training

I have tried to write this blog three times in the past year and have always ended up canning it. You know, “not quite the right alignment of purpose and insight”, “too long winded”, “boring marketing analysis” or “death through the turgidity of accounting”. But now it has come together.


While I would like to write specifically, with examples, I realised that the value was in the generic….oh and advice from the lawyers. I still have the original safely tucked away.

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Press Release - Radtac Launches Certified Scaled Agilist: Leading SAFe Course

Radtac is proud to announce the further expansion of its Certified Agile Training Portfolio in 2014.

Radtac now has 2 certified SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) Program Consultants, Darren Wilmshurst and Randal Cooper. They have demonstrated a proven knowledge in Agile programs, program portfolio management, Agile architecture, and leadership. As a consequence, they are now able to train leaders and teams, act as a certifying agent for SAFe Agilists and SAFe practitioners, and launch Agile Release Trains as part of an enterprise Lean/Agile change initiative.

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Cross Functional Teams – really?

Having spent 16 years in Retail Banking in the late 90’s, I made the entirely (il)logical jump into IT; just about the time that the panic started to set in for the millennium cutover when all IT systems were expected to black-hole. I even remember that Virgin decided to stop all flights that bridged the hours from 1999 to 2000!

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