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  • 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  acquire those illusive 70 Scrum Education Units (SEUs)  and  support  their  CSP application. A copy of the email is shared below. We  will  follow up this first email, in a series, with supplementary emails with additional advice so do get in touch if  you would like to be added to the mailing list (enquiries@agil8.com). We would  also like to recommend one of our upcoming courses which is eligible for Category B SEUs. Our Agile Workshop Facilitation course, taking place on 25-26 April, is one of two Scrum Alliance-approved Advanced Agile courses (the other being the Agile Analysis and Story Writing course) and, our April course coming up will be the last taught by our wonderfully experienced Agile trainer, coach and facilitator, Julia Godwin. We’ve worked with Julia for over 20 years now and she is a passionate Agilist with a wealth of experience. She will be retiring this year and so her course later this month will be her last […]

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The term Agile originates from the Agile Manifesto of 2001, but the first Agile approaches emerged in the 1990s with Scrum and eXtreme Programming (XP). The agil8 approach brings expertise built over 20 years with these early Agile methods right through to the latest developments such as Lean Kanban.

The agil8 approach is to help you select, tailor, define and implement the best Lean and Agile approach for your own particular circumstances. What is right for one organisation or project is not necessarily right for another. Whilst many of the challenges that different organisations face in implementing Agile are often the same, the solutions to those challenges are, like the organisations themselves, always unique. Moreover, organisations and circumstances change so what is the best solution today is unlikely to be the best solution tomorrow. Above all else, the agil8 approach emphasises the important of continuous evolutionary improvement.

This kind of expertise only comes with years of experience. Lean and Agile is fine in theory, but without a deep practical understanding of the different approaches and how to make them work in the real world their potential is very difficult to realise.

ourThe agil8 enablement approach can be applied at any scale from the individual team, departmental or enterprise level. It covers everything that you need to make your transition to Lean and Agile effective and successful including Initiation, Training and Education, Coaching, Reviews and Retrospectives, and Transformation Management.

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Scrum is the most popular agile method by far, and is usually at the heart of the approach adopted by agil8 clients. However, Scrum’s apparent simplicity raises challenges when attempting to map it onto a complex organisation, so the agil8 approach involves applying Scrum in the best possible way for each unique circumstance.

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SAFe™ – the Scaled Agile Framework® – is an increasingly popular approach for implementing agile practices at enterprise scale. Initially outlined in several books by Dean Leffingwell, the approach draws upon and combines elements of Lean thinking, Agile development techniques and concepts of Product Development Flow.

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Kanban is an increasingly popular, Lean-based approach which uses large visual boards to promote continuous improvement and agility by pulling new work from the queue only when something else is finished, in order to create a continuous flow of delivery. As such it is particularly suitable for situations where Sprint planning is difficult.

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Agile Project Management (AgilePM) focuses on those elements of Agile that are specific to the Agile Project Manager. It is an Agile stablemate to PRINCE2 based on a subset of the DSDM Atern method. AgilePM works particularly well for those teams and organisations seeking an off-the-shelf standard approach for the integration of Agile with project governa…

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