"The wonderful thing about these sessions was the real-life practice we did on our own project using the methodology we chose. It gave us the kickstart for the Agile implementation and buy-in of all the parties."Director, Nice Systems
"As a large R&D organization, with multiple groups and dependencies, one of our main challenges is predictability. With the move to Scrum and the enforcement of one prioritized backlog, we have improved our predictability substantially. We are still in the journey, but the team has bought into it and most importantly, we keep improving as we go. Yuval guided the team and the management during the training and the adoption, helping us to build it right, which made the whole experience very positive!"
"Yuval Yeret from AgileSparks ran a Kanban workshop for the entire Prezi team (marketing, support, administration, sales, design, engineers) at our Budapest office. We found the workshop interesting and thorough. The Kanban game was cool and useful. We liked the use of a Kanban board to run the workshop, and the way it was driven by our questions, topics, and priorities. Most of them were answered in a convincing way! All of the organization (not just Dev) is now on the same page about how we want to think and operate regarding Kanban, and we have a concrete outcome we can take action on tomorrow morning. In addition, the workshop provided us with a team building activity and lots of exercises and opportunities to discuss issues amongst ourselves."
"AgileSparks has great Agile consultants. We hired AgileSparks, and specifically Yuval Yeret, to support our transition to an Agile development model. AgileSparks started working with us very early in the process. They assisted in identifying and focusing on the goals we wanted to achieve, helped us choose the Agile method that best suited our needs, and guided us through the different implementation phases. Yuval balances a down-to-earth, practical style, with deep knowledge of various Agile approaches and methods. Throughout our entire project, AgileSparks consistently reflected on what we had accomplished so far, and what we could do more effectively. In a very short time, Yuval acquainted himself with the team, the environment, and the technology in a way that allowed him to give relevant advice in different phases of the implementation. Finally, throughout the entire process, Yuval constantly demonstrated passion, enthusiasm, and dedication to the success of our transition to Agile."
"We decided to take the next step in our Agile development with the help of Yuval and Elad from AgileSparks. After a three-month project working closely together we can see the following results: - Much closer work between QA and Dev, along with good cooperation allows us to find problems at a much earlier stage in the release. - Planning is much better. Breaking the tasks into smaller, measurable parts, provides improved tracking and visibility. We will certainly keep the momentum and take this to our next releases."
"I would like to thank AgileSparks and Yuval Yeret for the clear and enlightening Kanban seminar. I think Kanban is a great tool that I can - as a manager - have available in the toolkit in order to enforce what we actually discuss as developers all the time: work properly and effectively and deliver on time, on quality, on budget."
We are very pleased with our implementation of the Scrum framework, which Yuval Yeret and the other able AgileSparks coaches led for us. The AgileSparks team understood our unique challenges and working environment and effectively addressed both. We began the implementation of Scrum within a disaster recovery and business continuity project and continued with other projects. The benefits we achieved as the result of the Scrum implementation included Improved working relations between the teams, Significantly reduced escalations and the need for crisis management, Project timetable shortened by 20%, Improved the quality of the deliverables, Minimized the surprise elements in the project and had ample time to deal with the risks. Following the successful results achieved within this project, we decided to adopt the Scrum methodology within many other project teams.Components & Core Engineering LoP GM
"Our engineering organization transitioned from quarterly releases to two-week releases using Scrum and Kanban. We've switched from using a complex, obscure, inefficient and difficult Gantt chart system into a highly visual Kanban board that allows us to instantly understand our project status and even more important to see our development process challenges. This has contributed to a culture of continuous improvement. Our journey from waterfall to Agile has helped to surface all of our development deficiencies/improvement opportunities and with courage, we handled those and continue to do so after five months / 10 sprints. Through the transition, from Sprint #1 until the present date, we've deployed on our production site new user stories with true business value to a very complex platform and also scaled up the R&D team significantly. In addition to the obvious benefits of the R&D improvements, our business can react much faster than before to market needs and to internal organization needs as our business continues to grow. I would like to thank the incredible highly professional team in AgileSparks and specifically, our great Agile coach, Yuval Yeret, who guided, trained us and took us through this journey."
"I would like to thank the incredible highly professional team at AgileSparks and specifically, our great Agile coach, Yuval Yeret, who guided, trained us and took us through this journey."
- "We chose Scrum to improve internal customer integration and satisfaction and to raise release quality. Agilesparks was our guide. We chose an aggressive pilot that crossed business units, and the bottom line is that the communication and collaboration improved dramatically. We moved from escalation mode where the interaction was at the management level to a collaboration mode where the engineers work together in Scrum Teams solving problems and showing working software every few weeks. We are managing project risks much more effectively, and have much better visibility as to the real progress of the release. Based on the success of this pilot and our belief that Agile is required to succeed in our competitive environment, We are now considering how to extend Lean/Agile adoption."
"Our trainer (Yuval Yeret) was very good - knowledgeable and articulate, created good energy and engagement." "Great balance between theory and practice." "The trainer was well versed with the materials and brought in real life examples." "We didn't shy away from tough questions. We allocated enough time to tackle them and provided answers grounded in both the SAFe theory and real-life practice in the field."
Yuval's exceptional guidance is helped us stay on track during a complex change process. He coached our senior leadership team and our chief marketing officer. He brought his deep experience in enterprise Agile transformations and change management in the product development world and intelligently applied and adjusted it to the context of a large, distributed marketing organization. Yuval was a key player in our development of cutting-edge marketing organization operating systems. We quickly saw dramatically accelerated time-to-market on critical marketing campaigns, improved collaboration amongst the different marketing functions, happier more motivated marketers and a stronger marketing contribution to the company’s sales operations. If you’re looking to transform your marketing organization to a more Agile operating system, you’re in good hands with Yuval and AgileSparks.
"As octoScope’s software team grew, we found our progress had slowed, and we were seriously considering reducing the team because it was difficult to keep it productive. Our choice was to scale the team down to a few individuals who work well together or to find another way to scale up. Yuval spent a day training our software team on the Agile process. With the hands-on exercises, videos and his persuasive style, he convinced even the ultimate skeptics among us that Agile would help. Daniell then helped us set up Confluence and Jira to get the Agile process ticking at octoScope. We are gradually learning, and the impact has been astonishing. The rhythm of the Agile process with its daily stand-ups and bi-weekly demos, retros and grooming sessions forces us to define the work, acceptance criteria and prioritization of features. Auditing the daily stand-ups with our teams in Boston and India enables me to stay in touch and respond to any challenges by, for example, re-prioritizing work, so we continue making steady progress. The team is now engaged and productive. If done right, the Agile process shines a light on any roadblocks and idling that may be happening due to lack of work definition. To make Agile work, it takes disciplined effort and learning to use the tools."
Yuval is more than just a SAFe SME (subject matter expert), he has a great breadth of lean-agile experience as well. This affords him the ability to speak to nearly anyone's unique situation and to maximize their learning value. This included at the personal learning level within SAFe as well as the professional level regarding the challenges their organization wanted to solve.
Yuval has the experience to back up his training style. Whenever anti-patterns cropped up he was able to put them down and exemplify the lean-agile mindset required to be a SAFe practitioner.
"Our communication and collaboration across business units improved dramatically. We moved from escalation mode where the interaction is at the manager level to a collaboration mode where the actual working engineers work together in Scrum Teams solving problems and showing working software every few weeks and providing real transparency regarding the progress of the release."
Agile Marketing helped us dramatically accelerate time-to-market on critical campaigns, improve collaboration amongst the different marketing functions, and our marketers are happier and more motivated. Most important, our marketing team is making a stronger contribution to the company’s sales operations. If you’re looking to transform your marketing organization to a more agile operating system, you’re in good hands with Yuval and AgileSparks.
"After three months of working closely with Yuval and Elad from AgileSparks, we are seeing much closer work between QA and Dev that enables us to find problems much earlier in the release. Our planning has improved dramatically providing us with better tracking and visibility. We look forward to continuing the momentum and taking agility to a higher level in our next releases."