Some people stress the need for agile training with certification, as it helps to select candidates and lays a foundation for an agile transformation. Others are against certification, in their opinion they don't reflect people's abilities and skills properly and people who have no certifications might be better candidates than others who have. Are you pro or against agile certification?
InfoQ interviewed Jeff Sutherland about the problems that larger organizations have when adopting Scrum, how they can increase their capability for handling impediments, improving agile leadership, what Scrum masters can do to help teams to become agile, and his advice to managers when their organization is implementing Scrum.
AXELOS is going to launch PRINCE2 Agile in June 2015. PRINCE2 Agile is a complete project management solution, combining the flexibility and responsiveness of agile with the clearly defined framework of PRINCE2.
InfoQ did an interview with Gil Zilberfeld about managing the expectations that organizations have of agile and how to prevent misconceptions, valuable ideas and practices from agile and what the future will bring for agile.
Software development in agile is based on testing says José Díaz. Agile has brought us real teams of development and testing without borders. Some of the currently relevant topics in agile testing are the transition from waterfall to agile methodologies, tester skills and Certified Agile Tester, DevOps and mobile testing.
The Scrum Alliance has launched a new program of Added Qualifications aimed at existing CSM/CSPO certification holders who want to explore more advanced Scrum topics. The first Added Qualification is in Scaling Scrum Fundamentals to larger organizations and multiple teams. InfoQ spoke to Scrum Alliance Managing Director Carol McEwan about the new qualifications.
The Agile Consortium Belgium together with UNICOM is organizing the Scaling Agile for the Enterprise 2015 congress in Brussels, Belgium. InfoQ interviewed Arie van Bennekum and Jan de Baere from the Agile Consortium about activities organized by the Agile Consortium, issues that the software industry is facing with agile scaling and stories from enterprises that have successfully scaled agile.
Microsoft has been trying to create generally accepted software development certifications for at least two decades. In an attempt to distinguish between those who actually know the material and those who are just good at memorizing study guides they’ve tried a variety of tactics. This time they are allowing programmers to submit examples of their work for credit towards a certification.
Rehearsals of top-notch orchestras and ensembles can represent an unprecedented source of deep learning for management teams said Dominique Dejonghe and Luc Galoppin from Pensato. InfoQ interviewed Dominique and Luc about leadership development, the relationship between making music and managing organizations and on finding the oboe in your project or process.
Fons Leroy, CEO of VDAB (a public employment service in Belgium), talked about how innovation and co-creation has helped strengthen citizens on the labor market. He explored what VDAB is doing to empower citizens to be in the driver seat of their own career. Organizations can use a similar approach to empower employees and increase organizational agility.
When an organization decides to adopt agile the way it is structured often has to change. An agile way of working also brings new practices for teams and managers, and usually impacts the culture and mindset. All of these are related, but changing everything at the same time might be a too big challenge for an organization. Let’s explore what can happen when we start with the structure.
Software Development is often considered to be knowledge intensive, therefor organizations look for ways to enable continuous learning. “We need learning organisations and they start with learning individuals” says Marcin Floryan. Individual learning can be difficult and scaling individual learning even more challenging. What can organizations do to become a continuous learning organization?
Does agile certification depict the knowledge of professional? Thoughts shared by various thought leaders.
Continuous learning supports agile adoption in enterprises. A culture change can be needed to enable and support continuous learning. There are several things that managers and agile coaches can do to establish and nurture a continuous learning culture.
Scaling Agile is a source of great consternation - what does it mean, how to scale, what framework or approach to use, what techniques need to change when adopting agile at scale, etc. Richard Dolman & Steve Spearman have built a matrix for comparing agile scaling frameworks. They spoke to InfoQ about their work.