In Agile the Scrum framework consists of four events or ceremonies. Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum (or standup), Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective. It also has three clearly defined roles. Product Owner, Scrum Master and Team. Scrum is executed in what we call sprints – a duration of time, usually no more than a couple of…Continue readingThe Three Roles of Scrum: Explained.
Master these – and you will be winning. At ADAPTOVATE we are often asked what it takes to be a successful Product Owner. (Or PO as it will be referred to from here on). Firstly a reminder of what a PO is. As our partners at Atlassian say “Product owners are the visionaries for the…Continue reading4 Desirable Traits That Underpin a successful PO
Scaling Agile. Have you done all you can do to reinvigorate your organisation? In our 7 part checklist series we take you easily through the steps to scale Agile across your business. Download the full set by entering your email below, and we’ll take you straight to them. Continue readingDownload the complete 7 part checklist series on Scaling Agile
Change constantly surrounds us. This video and more is available on our YouTube Channel. To adapt, it is undeniable that organisations must undergo constant transformation. However, they find themselves hindered by increased barriers, particularly in the face of the new remote working environment. These include: Speed of change Organisations must rapidly pivot and reprioritise projects as business-critical objectives change and communicate and execute them effectively even…Continue readingManage disruption and change with Agile PMO
In our latest podcast episode of The Backlog we speak with Jo McConnell. Jo is the CEO of GOMO Foundation, providing education to girls in Africa. What’s that got to do with AGILE you ask? Well ADAPTOVATE recently had the priveledge to assist GOMO (through our Pledge 1% commitment) to establish and focus in on…Continue readingHow OKRs (Objective and Key Results) have helped in driving alignment in a not-for-profit organisation.
Article written by our European office of ADAPTOVATE By Maja Kurzyna For the past 20 years, Agile has transformed profoundly the culture of IT and software development teams. Today, as many companies are completing their digital transformations, Agile practices are spreading internally. Online or mobile sales channels are not a shiny innovation anymore. They…Continue reading5 important takeaways from Agile transformations outside of software development
Over 10 different ideas to help your team learn from failure. Firstly, let’s look at why it’s important to celebrate mistakes – it is becoming more accepted that a growth mindset at work leads to better results. We take on feedback and challenge ourselves to always do better. But of course this implies that…Continue readingHow can my team celebrate mistakes (we are big on test and learn, but what happens when we genuinely fail?)
WHAT IS A RETROSPECTIVE? First up – for those for whom Agile Methodology is a somewhat new way of working – a retrospective is one of the ceremonies in Agile. (watch our team discussing ceremonies here – 3 min watch). Retrospectives in Agile methodology are done regularly and kept short. For example they can happen…Continue readingCreative ways to run a retrospective differently
Editors note on Stand-ups in Agile Methodology during Covid-19 : The below article about Stand-ups still makes sense (even more!) in our current climate of working remotely. If you are reading this article in the future and have returned to work, it all still applies. However if you are currently working from home, or you…Continue readingAGILE EXPLAINED: The Role of the STANDUP
SUSTAIN THE CHANGE, FOR ONGOING SUCCESS. How do we see business sustaining ‘new ways of working’ over the longer term? Success. Sustained. Two simple words that appear on every email signature of every employee at ADAPTOVATE. It’s our tag line, which is at the absolute core of everything we do and say. Simply put, how…Continue reading8 THEMES TO SUSTAIN THE CHANGE IN NEW WAYS OF WORKING
Let’s do this excercise. We want to give you five key points why organisations should turn to New Ways of Working in 2020. To help you identify if your organisation is ready – do you finish the sentence: “I want my company to have…” with any of the following…? TALENT EXCELLENCE THE SPEED OF THE…Continue readingWhy would organizations turn to New Ways of Working in 2020?
What is a Cermony in Agile? This 4 minute video gives you the rundown.Continue readingAgile Basics – What is a Cermony?
Who is the Scrum Master and what is their role. This 3 minute video gives you the rundown. For further resources you can download the SCRUM MASTER free poster here. A blog based on this video is here if you prefer reading!Continue readingAgile Basics – Scrum Master
“The principles of Agile are fairly simple to understand but much more difficult to apply in practice. The simplicity of Agile principles, however, quickly and unpretentiously lay bare all the shortcomings and inefficiencies. Things that lay deeply hidden in complex realities of traditionally managed organizations“ Slawek Koziol, Senior Consultant, ADAPTOVATE. [bctt tweet=”The principles of Agile…Continue reading8 Red Flags To Look Out For When Adopting Agile
(Or as we like to say – Mistakes are not just ok – we insist!) Agile is essentially about developing solutions quickly. Iterating quickly. Adapting. Not quite right? Change. Go Again. Lets test. Adapt. Change. Learn. Improve. You get the idea. That’s cheekily a 101 of Agile, but sometimes things get over-complicated. And what happens…Continue readingHow important is the agile “test and learn” approach?
Understanding the role of Scrum Master What is the role of Scrum Master? We sat down with our consultants at Adaptovate and asked them to explain the role of the Scrum Master in Agile methodology. While all their answers had their own personal spin – It came down to 5 crucial things. Skip to the…Continue readingAgile Basics: The Role of Scrum Master
3 IMMEDIATE WAYS TO GET THE TEAM BACK ON TRACK Each ceremony should serve a specific purpose and when done correctly, helps the team to be more collaborative and effective. First up! – This short article is designed to: – Help you understand what may be going wrong with your Agile Ceremonies. What this article…Continue readingWe are doing all the Agile CEREMONIES; However, our output has not changed, what is going wrong?
The quick answer is – No. You don’t. Why? Because they are simply recommended tools that have proven to get teams into Agile thinking a lot faster. However you could do it other ways. It may take longer, it may be frustrating, but in the end you may get there without them. Let’s explain.…Continue readingDo we have to use the agile ceremonies and artefacts to adopt Agile?
If you are new to consulting and Agile Methodology – here is a quick rundown on the cross over between the two methods. Often when newbies are discussing Agile Methods, the vocabulary becomes confused. The two terms that can be misued are ‘Agile’ and ‘Lean’. They are quite different. This article will introduce you to…Continue readingLean & Agile – where they intersect
What is the difference between coaching and consulting and where does ADAPTOVATE sit? At Adaptovate – we are often asked about the difference between Coaching and Consulting. Quite often our new recruits ask the question – and at Adaptovate we do both. Exploring Versus Providing Possibilities In a Forbes article from last year, one of…Continue readingWhat is the difference between coaching and consulting?