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At AgileSparks, we’re known for speaking out against what we call Agile Theatre where a company goes through the motions of adopting Agile but stops short when it comes to changing the way the business operates. Real agility affects every aspect of an organization...

Case Study – RAPID RTC: Moving into the fast lane with SAFe®

At AgileSparks, we’re known for speaking out against what we call Agile Theatre where a company goes through the motions of adopting Agile but stops short when it comes to changing the way the business operates. Real agility affects every aspect of an organization...

Introduction As a system admin or a project manager you often find yourself torn between management requirements and users who find the tools not as comfortable as they would like them to be. Jira is without a doubt a tool that can raise mixed...

4 Common Jira Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Introduction As a system admin or a project manager you often find yourself torn between management requirements and users who find the tools not as comfortable as they would like them to be. Jira is without a doubt a tool that can raise mixed...

In the last couple of years, I’ve been writing about SAFe on the AgileSparks Blog, providing guidance articles for the SAI, and creating some complementary approaches and services in the SAFe context. All based on experiences in the trenches helping AgileSparks clients achieve agility...

SAFe in the Trenches – A new ebook by AgileSparks

In the last couple of years, I’ve been writing about SAFe on the AgileSparks Blog, providing guidance articles for the SAI, and creating some complementary approaches and services in the SAFe context. All based on experiences in the trenches helping AgileSparks clients achieve agility...

The Scrum Master’s’ role has become one of the most important and challenging roles in modern organizations, since they act as the main interface between top management and the teams that actually produce and deliver the company’s value to the customer. Because of the...

The Scrum Master as an Agile Leader

The Scrum Master’s’ role has become one of the most important and challenging roles in modern organizations, since they act as the main interface between top management and the teams that actually produce and deliver the company’s value to the customer. Because of the...

Recently, I had the opportunity to work on legacy code with several teams from various organizations. I would like to share my experience. We usually start by choosing a piece of code that is “painful”: changing frequently and “scary” to touch because of its...

Legacy Code: Extract-FirstUT-Cover-Refactor-TDD

Recently, I had the opportunity to work on legacy code with several teams from various organizations. I would like to share my experience. We usually start by choosing a piece of code that is “painful”: changing frequently and “scary” to touch because of its...

Seriously, please don’t come. Don’t come if you’re looking at it as a formality since you already know everything about agile and just need the SPC (SAFe Program Consultant) Certificate. Don’t come if you’re looking for the cheapest way to get your SPC so...

Please don’t come to our Implementing SAFe SPC workshops

Seriously, please don’t come. Don’t come if you’re looking at it as a formality since you already know everything about agile and just need the SPC (SAFe Program Consultant) Certificate. Don’t come if you’re looking for the cheapest way to get your SPC so...

User Stories don’t belong in the Marketing Backlog

Marketing Backlogs in the Trenches Last week I facilitated a 2-day Agile Marketing workshop for one of my clients. As usual, the discussion about the Marketing Backlog and how to move from a big bang marketing campaign to a more iterative approach via smaller...

User Stories don’t belong in the Marketing Backlog

Marketing Backlogs in the Trenches Last week I facilitated a 2-day Agile Marketing workshop for one of my clients. As usual, the discussion about the Marketing Backlog and how to move from a big bang marketing campaign to a more iterative approach via smaller...

What is the connection between Uncertainty and the Scaled Agile Framework? Uncertainty is one of the core reasons we need to be agile. Different modes of Business/Requirements/Technology uncertainties impact our economic costs in product development – especially the potential impact of risk. The first...

Uncertainty & the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe™)

What is the connection between Uncertainty and the Scaled Agile Framework? Uncertainty is one of the core reasons we need to be agile. Different modes of Business/Requirements/Technology uncertainties impact our economic costs in product development – especially the potential impact of risk. The first...

Lean/Kanban approach to Teams

To Team or not to Team? If you look at the definition of Kanban or Lean, you wouldn’t find teams anywhere there. If you look at the Agile Manifesto, you can find “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams” Scrum is...

Lean/Kanban approach to Teams

To Team or not to Team? If you look at the definition of Kanban or Lean, you wouldn’t find teams anywhere there. If you look at the Agile Manifesto, you can find “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams” Scrum is...

SAFe includes Scrum – so how come many Scrum practitioners and thought leaders consider it unsafe? The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe™) is one of the most popular approaches to applying agile at scale out there. SAFe’s perspective is that “Nothing beats an Agile Team”...

Improving SAFe thru Professional Scrum

SAFe includes Scrum – so how come many Scrum practitioners and thought leaders consider it unsafe? The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe™) is one of the most popular approaches to applying agile at scale out there. SAFe’s perspective is that “Nothing beats an Agile Team”...