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  • Great Scrum Masters Are Grown, Not Born

    Becoming a great Scrum Master is a process of mindset shift and skill development. Scrum Masters are Agile Coaches because they do what coaches at the program level do within the scope of teams. The people on the ground need a full complement of skills because on the ground, with teams, day in and day out, is where the action is.

  • Psychological Safety in Training Games

    Games can be safe places where people can learn lessons experientially under controlled circumstances and generate insights that can be applied to their daily work. Sometimes though, games can get too personal and uncomfortable. A facilitator can create safety mechanisms for these games, including making it easy and safe for people to opt-in and opt-out.

  • Virtual Reality Will Disrupt Agile Coaching and Training

    Online technology (virtual reality, adaptive personalized learning and videoconferencing) will disrupt the agile coaching and training spaces in the next 3-5 years. We predict that by the end of 2020 at least one large, credible agile/Scrum certification organization will be running agile/Scrum certification courses in virtual reality. Today’s winners will become tomorrow’s losers.

  • Four Priceless Tactics to Create Top-Tier Homegrown Talent

    With rapid shifts in work culture across the world, employers are revisiting their relationships with employees, putting their needs and aspirations first. Here’s how to align individual interests with business objectives, and use constant engagement, training, and feedback to take your company culture to the next level.

  • TalentSumerization – The Employee Experience in Agile Enterprises

    Talent, knowledge and leadership are today’s currency for competitiveness. HR teams that begin to think about their roles as creating an employment experience will be on the leading edge of modern workplaces. This article explores how Consumerization of Human Resources” – or “TalentSumerization” – can be used to create a social, mobile, and consumer-style employee experience.

  • How to Boost Your Skills to Become a Better Developer

    Katas are great for learning new skills or to improve existing ones but don't address the intensity we face at work when there is a raging fire such as a deadline, release date, fixing a bug in huge legacy code, etc. This article covers the skills of good developers and highlights changing your training approach to improve your skills for high-intensity and challenging environments.

  • Agile 2016: Interview with ICAgile on Certification, Growth and Expert Tracks

    At the recent Agile 2016 conference, ICAgile announced a number of milestones – more Certified Experts qualified, some additional certification pathways, and substantive growth in certified participants and member training organisations. Ahmed Sidky and Shannon Ewan discuss all of this with InfoQ and why the agile mindset is more important than any set of practices or techniques.

  • Ten Ways to Successfully Fail your Agility

    This article is intended for newbies and agile sceptics who want to challenge their take on agile. It provides 10 ways to successfully fail your agility, implying that by replacing these practices with ones that do the opposite, you will increase agility and improve the odds of being successful.

  • Q&A on Save our Scrum

    The book Save our Scrum by Matt Heusser and Markus Gärtner provides advice for teams to implement Scrum. It explores what teams that are having difficulties doing Scrum can do to get out of trouble and find better ways to use Scrum. An interview about the knowledge level of people that are doing Scrum and "saving Scrum", pursuing business value, how Scrum fails, and adopting and tailoring Scrum.

  • Q&A on Scrum for Managers

    Rini van Solingen and Rob van Lanen wrote Scrum for Managers, a book providing answers for organizations that want to or are adopting Scrum. An interview on what managers can do to give teams enough space to self-organize, the possible ROI of implementing Scrum and how to measure ROI, defining teams and anchoring Scrum in the organizational structure and systems, and much more.

  • Q&A with Dean Leffingwell on Leading SAFe LiveLessons

    Dean Leffingwell’s “Leading SAFe LiveLessons” - training videos are based on Lean-Agile transformation concepts at enterprise level. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) provides practices, roles, activities and artifacts for applying Lean and Agile development at enterprise scale.

  • Total Talent Management: A Systems Approach to Agility

    With increasing corporate reliance on contract and temporary workers come more challenges for HR departments. Core HRM responsibilities like training/development, compensation/benefits, and mobility normally apply solely to standard company employees. Total talent management aim to do HRM for the total workforce, including temporary workers, contractors and consultants.

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