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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 are all good...

Utilising SAFe to overcome challenges

Following the recent launch of agil8’s new Scaled Agile Framework course SAFe Product Owner / Product Manager, Shaun Smith (SAFe Programme Consultant) discusses a number of common challenges that companies face when undertaking Agile transformations at...

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 will provide teams and organisations with “the ability to create and respond to change in order to succeed in an uncertain and turbulent environment” (agilealliance.org). However, with many different Agile methods...

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,...

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...