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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...