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Working with external agencies who form part of the Scrum team

Life can be challenging as a Product Owner, particularly when key members of that team sit within an external supplier or agency. Although this at first can appear difficult to manage, there are effective ways to overcome this. I recently received the...

Changes to Renewal Process for Scrum Alliance Certifications

If you currently hold a Scrum Alliance certification, such as Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), then recent changes to the certification renewal requirements will affect you. After completing a certified Scrum Alliance course your certification will be active...

The Hippo and the Squeaky Wheel

In most circumstances, we work in environments subject to commercial pressures. To survive, the organisations that we work in need to generate value of some kind. How we generate that value is called the Business Model. For example, we might generate value...

David Hicks – Reflecting on 2018 and looking ahead to 2019

With 2019 already well underway, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements and successes of 2018 – I hope it proved to be a successful and productive year for you, your teams and organisations.   Another exciting year for agil8 It’s...

The Evolution of Agile

Although the term Agile software development was originally coined in 2001 (with the creation of the Agile Manifesto), Agile techniques first came into practice in the 1990s with methods such as Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum and DSDM. Over the course of...

SAFe Product Owner / Product Manager: All you need to know

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is an increasingly popular approach that is utilised by organisations to scale their Agile practices beyond the single team, up to enterprise level (ie teams-of-teams).In this blog, Andrea Darabos, SAFe Programme...

What’s the opposite of Agile?

This is a question I get asked quite a lot and most people think that the answer is "waterfall," "planned" or even "predictable." On occasion I've had people suggest the opposite of Agile is "inflexible" or maybe "rigid." Although all of these suggestions...

How to become a Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

The ScrumMaster role is one of the most important positions within the Scrum Team – operating as a servant leader, removing impediments and empowering the Scrum Team to successfully achieve their objectives. However, without undertaking formal Scrum...

Q&A with Helen Heyns – agil8’s New Business Development Manager

We're delighted to introduce Helen Heyns, an experienced Business Development Manager with 5 years’ experience in software sales, combined with 8 years' experience in software training delivery. She has previously worked within an Agile environment, and is...

How to become a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)

The Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) programme provides formal validation for advanced Scrum practitioners – it not only sets individuals apart in a competitive job market, but also identifies them as those who will continuously challenge their teams to...

Component Teams vs Feature Teams

There’s nearly always too much work. Certainly there is often too much work for one team. Considering the optimum team size (in Scrum) is between 5 and 9 people, it doesn’t take much of a backlog to require us to have multiple teams. When this is the case,...

Utilising SAFe to overcome challenges

Agil8's primary SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) trainer and SAFe Programme Consultant (SPC) Shaun Smith discusses a number of common challenges that companies face when undertaking Agile transformations at enterprise level. Exploiting the value of...

The 9 steps of successful software development

These 9 simple steps describe, in outline, the steps I think are important to be successful at software development, regardless of whether you are working in a product or project environment. Some are standard Scrum whereas others are additional activities...

When is ‘Done’, truly 100% ‘Done’?

When working through any Product Backlog, it’s essential that the whole Scrum Team have a clearly defined and mutually agreed understanding of when each backlog item can be deemed as complete. Without this collective and transparent agreement, teams may...

The many flavours of Agile

Once successfully implemented, Agile provides teams and organisations with “the ability to create and respond to change in order to succeed in an uncertain and turbulent environment” (The Agile Alliance). However, with many different Agile methods...

The start of my Agile journey

Having joined the Agil8 team a number of months ago now, I wanted to share my initial thoughts and experiences of working in an Agile environment for the first time. As a total newbie to Agile, many of the terminologies and methods seemed a bit alien to me...

Agil8 Insights: Certified ScrumMaster

Having completed agil8’s Certified ScrumMaster course with David Hicks – Anthony Gavina shares his reasons and motivations for attending the course, as well as how it is now helping him to achieve his goals. “As a Senior Project Manager by trade, the use...

Should Stories be broken down into sub-tasks?

Whether Stories should be broken down into sub-tasks is a topic that arises from time to time. However, as so much depends on the individual situation and circumstances, there is typically no set yes or no answer to this. Therefore, I wanted to draw upon a...

XP – The black hole at the centre of the Agile galaxy

Keen astronomers will be aware that we live on a planet orbiting a small star on an outer arm of a spiral galaxy consisting of many stars. At the centre of our galaxy, as is the case with most galaxies, lies a supermassive black hole. Many millions of...

Agil8 Insights: Certified Scrum Developer (CSD)

Rickard Jones shares his experience of Agil8’s Certified Scrum Developer course, and highlights how he feels it has really benefited him in his Agile journey. I am an Agile Coach by trade. However, I want to talk about my recent experience of taking the...