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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...

Claiming PMI PDUs for agil8’s Certified Scrum Training

By attending either of our Certified Scrum Product Owner or Certified ScrumMaster courses; delegates will spend 14 hours in total (over two days) investigating the Scrum framework in detail, from theory and foundation to practical application.As a result,...

Tardis Estimating

Here’s a rough diagram of the UK mainland. I know it’s not the best representation you’ve ever seen but I’m only using it to demonstrate a point about estimating, not to give lessons on UK geography.If we were asked to use this to estimate the distance...

Acquiring SEUs for CSP – and Agile Workshop Facilitation

Many of our past students express an interest in the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) qualification, and so recently we sent an email to them all providing  further information about requirements - some useful reference information in order to help them...

The UK Tech Salary Guide 2017

Have you ever wondered if you’re being paid enough in your current tech role? Or perhaps you’re wondering what you could get in the future.

This guide provides insight into the latest tech salaries. Hover over the bars to see the salary range for each position, the average salary and % increase on last year.

The Path to Tech CTO

What does it take to become a Chief Technology Officer? See how some of the world’s top CTOs got their position.

Hover over the steps below to see the career moves they took, how long they stayed in each job and how long it took them to reach CTO.

ScrumMaster Leadership Style?

The ScrumMaster role is often described as that of a "servant leader". I often use the term myself, just as I did in this recent exchange with a customer on the agil8 LinkedIn Group. Bill : I was ScrumMaster for my team but found myself taking a...

Agile with Mainframe Legacy Systems

Teams working on mainframe legacy systems tend to be less agile than those working with more modern technologies, because of the challenges they face with test automation, refactoring and the overall pace at which development can proceed. Unfortunately there is no...

Estimating and Planning Spikes

A "Spike" is a prototype, a proof of concept or a code experiment - something that is built not to be delivered, but to enable the team to learn something. Spikes are sometimes required in order enable the team to estimate a Story, but of course Spikes can themselves...

How to do Regression Testing in the Sprint?

I still find that most teams  using Scrum or any similar iterative timebox-based approach are not creating a potentially-shippable product increment at the end of each Sprint. At the risk of making a gross generalisation, this is really the number one issue that any...

Creating “Future Proof” Designs

I have found on my training classes that Agile Architecture and Design is one of the concepts that some folk occasionally find hard to grasp, especially if they are steeped in the traditional approach to this discipline. I always invite my training course delegates to...

Avoiding Developer Downtime during UAT

A question that often comes up in my training classes is about what "testers" should be doing whilst waiting for "developers" to create something for them to test, and conversely what "developers" should be doing whilst the "testers" are doing the testing. I have used...

The Problem of UX and Creative Design

agil8 does a lot of work with digital agencies and digital transformation teams. One of the questions I am frequently asked when consulting and training people who are working in these settings, is how to integrate the UX and Creative Design process into agile. This...

Definition of Potentially Shippable Product

I recently had the following question posed to me by one of our customers who is a member of the agil8 LinkedIn Group. It led to quite an interesting discussion amongst a few group members: Rick : To set the scene, we currently have user stories that are written in a...

Q and A with Karim Harbott about Agile, LeSS, and life!

Meet Karim Harbott, former Head of Scaled Agile at McKinsey & Co. and experienced Agile coach and trainer, who has recently joined the agil8 team and will be leading the new Scaled Agile training course Certified LeSS (Large Scale Scrum) Practitioner as well as other customised agil8 training.