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Although the term Agile originates from the Agile Manifesto of 2001,the first Agile approaches actually 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 use of 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. This kind of expertise only comes with years of experience.

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. With this in mind, the agil8 approach emphasises, above all else, the importance of continuous evolutionary improvement.

We understand that what is right for one organisation or project is not necessarily right for another, and so agil8 will help you select, tailor, define and implement the best Lean and Agile approach for your own particular circumstances.

Scrum

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.

SAFe Scaled Agile Framework

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.

Lean Kanban

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.

Agile Project Management

AgilePM focuses on those elements of Agile that are specific to the Agile Project Manager whilst DSDM Atern also includes guidance on delivery techniques and solution development. AgilePM is popular with organisations who are are using Scrum but feel that it doesn’t fully meet their needs for project management and governance.