“We found a partner to our journey with a passion and commitment to coach and escort us until we achieve our goals”
“Our coach guided as along the way, enabling us to choose the right path but not making decisions for us”
During an AgileSparks Way implementation, engagement coaching/consulting helps the organization prepare for kickoff and then get from the chaos of a new beginning to a stable ground as fast and painlessly as possible.
Organizations that are already doing Agile at some level can still benefit from experienced coaching. In Agile Boosts the coach helps the organization gain new knowledge/ideas to take Agile to the next level. In Agile Reboots the coach helps identify Agile Theater, get rid of bad habits and mindset, and start fresh.
Our coaches are experienced and versatile – They’ve experienced the gamut of agile approaches in the field with our clients. Beyond being Agile experts they’re also seasoned facilitators, process consultants, and coaches.
Yael is one of those persons that manage to be at the same time part of the team and a consultant to the team. She managed to construct the change process in a way that allowed practices to "stick" by helping people to adopt them as their own.
Yael's ability to quickly understand the organization, the product and our specific needs was a key factor in helping us become agile and better react to the needs/requirements of Clarizen's SaaS customers.
By having Yuval on board we found not just an experienced professional but also a partner to our Lean journey with a passion and commitment to coach and escort us until we achieve our goals. Yuval’s vast knowledge and experience along with good analytic skills enables him to fit the Lean principles into our organization’s DNA and to help us overcome difficulties and constraints without risking our short term business targets. Yuval has many capabilities which make him highly versatile. He can swiftly move from strategy/blueprints to training a class, implementing methods/processes all the way to one on one coaching for tough cases. This makes Yuval very valuable and very influential in our journey towards Lean.
With the help of AgileSparks (Yuval Yeret) we implemented a Kanban system at NICE that enabled us achieve significant improvement in efficiency, winning together, work atmosphere, quality, and client focus. Yuval and AgileSparks are professionals of the highest standards, and I strongly recommend anybody considering Agile/Lean to work with them.
We decided to move to Agile after experiencing many challenges in our waterfall process. To name a few, we suffered from long development cycles, almost no flexibility to change the plan and lack of synchronization between R&D and Product Management. We turned to AgileSpark to help us make the move. We started up with a course that demonstrated the principles of Agile development using games and role plays and other activities making it both effective and fun. After the course we started exercising Scrum ceremonies. Our coach joined the ceremonies and gave tips to teams, product owners, Scrum masters and managers. We got many benefits from moving to Scrum and I can say that the move was fast and successful and has apparent effect on our products. We are now releasing much more frequently and communication between Product Management and R&D has improved dramatically. No doubt that AgileSparks had main contribution to this successful move. Today we value Agile as a core competitive advantage; we therefore are not willing to disclose our company's name. Agile is our Secret Weapon!
We succeeded in implementing Agile in the way we hoped for, and that the escort and guidance we received from AgileSparks was very significant in making it a success.
There's much more to agile implementation than what the textbooks say. Yael has done a wonderful and thoughtful work with Leverate, helping us to adopt agile principles but also reminding us to take a different, pragmatic approach when it serves the grand plan. She quickly became part of the R&D family, helping us solve tough problems and making us more aware of both the good and the bad, always with a positive mind. Leverate's R&D department more than doubled itself in the last year, and the challenges were countless, but it worked like magic: we learned how to insist on sky high quality and grew a dream team of agile people who love what they do.
- R&D Director, HP Software
We built Scrum the right way w/ Yuval's help and improved our predictability significantly at HP BSM
- R&D Department Manager, ECI Telecom
Our organization (about 100 people) moved to Agile in late 2010. Yael Rabinovitz from AgileSparks joined our implementation team as an Agile consultant a few months after we started the implementation. Yael rapidly got into business, both in the soft aspects of getting to know the employees and key players, as well as in understanding our unique business environment. Yael successfully delivered theoretical sessions to different types of groups: Scrum Masters, Developers and Testers and followed them up by escorting the different scrum teams in their day to day challenges. Yael also met the unit's management on a weekly basis in order to monitor the entire implementation process and conduct learning and tuning on the run. Thanks to her deep professionalism in Agile and her great personality, Yael was well accepted by all parties and significantly helped us push forward the complex assimilation of Agile in our organization while handling resistances and instilling the right mindset. After completing the initial phase of implementing the basic Agile practices, we will continue to work with Yael to get to the next level of Agility and to verify that a continuous improvement mindset becomes part of our DNA. I would recommend any organization that is in the process of moving to Agile to work with Yael and I'm willing to give personal recommendation for her if required.
Thanks to her deep professionalism in Agile and great personality, Yael was well accepted by all parties and significantly helped us push forward the complex assimilation of Agile in ECI Telecom while handling resistances and instilling the right mindset.
Elad had a pivotal role in the successful scrum adoption in Galor’s R&D. He led the process starting with the objectives definition through the tedious cross company negotiations, implementation, ending with a constructive follow-up. Elad is a mentor by nature, he encourages you to find the right solution rather than forcing his own opinions on your needs. Elad also demonstrates a wide scope of and knowledge with software engineering processes, practices and history which contributes to put the adoption process in the right context. I strongly recommend Elad as mentor and coach for scrum adoption.
In June 2011 we have successfully released HP UCMDB-CM 9.10, a result of combined effort of ~50 people, most of them working together for the first time. In less than 6 months, Elad from AgileSparks significantly helped my staff and the entire group, shape the right process, create the right procedures, put the visibility into the important decision-supporting information, make the right trade-offs, manage risk, all resulting in this great achievement. I have a hard time imagining the group making such dramatic changes in so little time without Elad's guidance. Thank you!
AgileSparks are 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 approach, with deep knowledge of various agile approaches and methods. Throughout our entire project, AgileSparks constantly reflected on what we've accomplished so far, and what should be done 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.
With the professional work of AgileSparks and especially the work done by Ofer we were able to:
- Shorten Time to Market of our project in 20%
- Increase the Quality of the delivery done to our customers (much less product issues during customer ATP and during rollout of the product at the customer site).
- Reduce cost of projects by 20%
- Increase the cooperation among Development, QA and integration that contributed to the above.
"We can see the improvement - We decided to take the next step in our agile development with the help of Yuval and Elad from AgileSparks. After a three months project working closely together we can clearly see the results: - Much closer work between QA and Dev , a good cooperation allows us to find problem at a much earlier stage in the release. - Planning becomes much better, breaking the tasks into smaller, measurable parts, allows us better tracking and visibility. We will certainly keep the momentum and take this to our next releases."
- Components & Core Engineering LoP GM
"We are very pleased with our implementation of Scrum methodology which was led by Yuval Yeret and the other able AgileSparks coaches who worked with us. Yuval Yeret and the Agile Sparks team understood our unique challenges and working environment and effectively addressed them. We began the implementation of Scrum within a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity project, continued with some other projects and the benefits we achieved as result of the Scrum implementation in these project included:
- Improved working relations between the teams
- Significantly reduced the escalations and the need for crisis management
- Shortened the project timetable in 20%
- Improved the quality of the deliverables
- Minimized the surprise elements in the project
- 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."
Our engineering organization has transitioned from quarterly releases into two weeks releases using Scrum and Kanban. We've switched from a complex, obscure, inefficient and difficult work Gantts into a highly visual Kanban board in which you can understand in seconds your projects status and even more important literally see our development process challenges. This builds a continuous improvement culture. The transition, or better say journey, from Waterfall to Agile has helped to surface all of our development deficiencies / improvement opportunities and with courage we handled those and we still 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 especially to our great Agile coach, Yuval Yeret, who coached, trained us and took us through this journey. "
I would like to thank the incredible highly professional team in AgileSparks and especially to our great Agile coach, Yuval Yeret, who coached, trained us and took us through this journey.
"ECtel decided to use Scrum to improve its development. After intensive research, learning from other companies, it was clear to us that for increasing the probability of success we need an escort from experts. From searching the market it was clear AgileSparks is the most experienced company in training and accompanying such a process. Working with AgileSparks was productive and fun from day one. Since Scrum implementation requires changing the mindset of the entire company, exposing it in the right way and harnessing people's support is crucial, and AgileSparks did a great job at all levels of the company. Now after a number of sprints, the change is dramatic. From individuals working by themselves, we see great communication between teams and between the engineers themselves. The level of commitment from the employees has increased significantly. The progresses of tasks or the difficulties encountered are presented clearly and in real time for all stakeholders to see. Cooperation and involvement from Marketing is a huge benefit for all sides. I can summarize: It's fun, it's efficient, and it works! A lot of this is credited to AgileSparks, whose contribution was very pleasant, non intrusive and at the highest professional standards. I have no hesitations in recommending AgileSparks' services to any company considering Scrum or Agile."
We accelerated Time-To-Market by 20%, increased delivery quality (dramatically fewer product issues during customer acceptance and production rollout) and reduced cost by 20% through better cooperation enabled through professional Agile consulting work by Ofer from AgileSparks.
"After 3 months of working closely with Yuval and Elad from AgileSparks we see much closer work between QA and Dev that enables us to find problems much earlier in the release, 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."
"The highly professional AgileSparks team guided us at FiftyOne through the journey towards a frequent deployment agile approach leveraging Scrum and Kanban where we now deploy every two weeks instead of every quarter and have continuous transparency to what's going on in our projects and a continuous improvement culture based on literally seeing our real bottlenecks and challenges. "