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The 15th State of Agile Report – Key Findings

The latest report into the current state of Agile has recently been compiled and released. This year’s summary, which is the 15th of its kind, once again provides an in-depth summary of all things Agile, including the latest trends, and valuable insights,...

Portfolio Visualisation

In any portfolio function, the goal is always to ensure that the day-to-day execution aligns with strategy. This may appear to be a straight-forward process, but in practice there are many variables that have to be considered. In this article, SAFe...

How can I earn SEUs to renew my CSM certification?

Becoming a Certified ScrumMaster is only the first step in an ongoing journey of learning and growth. Undertaking continual self-development is crucial to being able to maintain and enhance your abilities as a high performing Scrum practitioner.Earning...

SAFe Lean Portfolio Management: All you need to know

How can we overcome the challenges that arise when delivering multiple projects and programmes all competing for resource and budget, while being expected to remain responsive to new demand? SAFe Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) provides a way to structure...

Design Sprints: Scrum and SAFe

Anyone who’s worked in the Agile field for any length of time will be familiar with the Scrum term, “Sprint” and many of you will also be aware of the Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe.Where most Agile methods focus on the working of a single team, SAFe, as...

Dispelling the myths around online training

There may have been some initial hesitancy around attending online courses. Agile training, after all, is so well known for being engaging and interactive, that perhaps a touch of skepticism was understandable.However, since the very first steps that we...

How our Live Virtual Classroom brings online training to life

When approaching the design of our Live Online Training, we were determined to maintain the same level of interaction and engagement that delegates have always enjoyed on our courses.In order to achieve this, we were very clear that we needed a training...

How can I earn SEUs to renew my CSPO certification?

Becoming a Certified Scrum Product Owner is only the first step in an ongoing journey of learning and growth. Undertaking continual self-development is crucial to being able to maintain and enhance your abilities as a high performing Scrum...

Discounted online training available to furloughed staff

As a result of the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, everyone has faced the immediate challenge of having to adjust and pivot in a very short space of time. For some this has meant finding new ways of working as we adapt to a remote world, but...

Re-defining Agility for Remote Working

As individuals, teams and organisations, we’ve all experienced significant change in recent times – transforming the way that we work and interact with one another. This of course has resulted in a rise of online support resources, webinars etc, each...

The Agile Coaching Growth Wheel

Some people believe agile coaches should only coach, others believe we should give customers the answers they have paid us to give. But should we also be Training? Mentoring? Facilitating? Along with serving individuals, teams and the wider organisation in...

How to upgrade your SAFe certification to 5.0

The Scaled Agile Framework kicked off 2020 with the official launch of SAFe 5.0.The latest version of the framework centres around 7 core competencies, and has been designed to expand SAFe to encompass the entire enterprise - ultimately empowering organisations to...

SAFe Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) – All you need to know

Introducing the all-new SAFe Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) course.We’re particularly excited about this new offering from the Scaled Agile Framework, as it represents a significant step towards business and organisational agility - as opposed to the more...

Watch: SAFe Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) Webinar

To celebrate the launch of the latest course from the Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe Lean Portfolio Management - agil8 CEO David Hicks and SAFe Program Consultant Andrea Darabos recently hosted a webinar to provide an overview of all that you need to...

Sprint 0 – Successful Project Initiation (Part 2)

Following the first instalment of my blog on Sprint 0 - I wanted to give some further thought to how certain Agile methods approach ‘up-front’ work, specifically within the context of Sprint-0.Successful Project InitiationSome of the less popular Agile...

Sprint 0 – Successful Project Initiation

The leading Agile approaches such as Scrum and Kanban attempt to be as applicable as possible to a wide range of circumstances and situations within their domain. They do this, not by providing detailed, complex guidance that attempts to deal with every...

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) vs Professional ScrumMaster (PSM)

Every now and then, we receive an enquiry from an individual or organisation who is about to take the next step in their Scrum journey, but is unsure whether to go down the Scrum Alliance or Scrum.org route.Often the basis of the conversation revolves...

How to Facilitate Sprint Planning Meetings

Following a recent Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course, one of my delegates posed the following question to me."Good morning David, so far the training is paying off, the handout is my agile Bible :-).  I'm facilitating a Sprint Planning meeting and so...

Scaling your Agile Practices with SAFe

As an individual practitioner on your own agile journey, you may well be looking to take your next steps towards becoming an advanced agile professional. This progression typically involves focusing on, and increasing your knowledge of, specific agile...

Should we identify and estimate tasks in hours?

The current version of the Scrum Guide (2019) says "The Sprint Backlog is a plan with enough detail that changes in progress can be understood in the Daily Scrum".It also states that the "work may be of varying size, or estimated effort. However, enough...

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...