Professional Scrum With Professional Help
Real Scrum is professional Scrum. It is based on Empiricism concepts – Transparency, Inspect and Adapt as well as Scrum Values – Focus, Openness, Commitment, Courage, and Respect. Real Scrum is hard. It requires challenging your comfort zone. Since 2009 we’ve been helping companies like HP, Comverse, Amdocs, NCR, AT&T, Eagle Investments, Philips, Motorola implement Scrum in a professional way. Our team of Professional Scrum.org Trainers (PSTs) and coaches has a deep understanding of Scrum theory, practices as well as real-world application that is pragmatic without sacrificing the heart of Scrum.
We are dealing with a large R&D organization, with multiple groups and dependencies, and one of our main challenges is predictability. With the move to Scrum and the enforcement of one prioritized backlog we improved our predictability significantly.We are still in the journey, but the team is bought into it and most importantly we keep improving as we go. Yuval escorted the team and the management during the training and the adoption, helping us to build it right, which made the whole experience very positive!
We built Scrum the right way w/ Yuval's help and improved our predictability significantly at HP BSM
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.
"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. "
"We chose Scrum in order to improve internal customer integration and satisfaction, raise release quality. We chose Agilesparks to be our guides. We chose an aggressive cross-unit pilot, and the bottom line is that the communication and collaboration improved dramatically. We moved from escalation mode where the interaction is at the managers level to a collaboration mode where the actual working 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."
"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."
"Moving to Scrum was made easier after this course (Certified Scrum Masters). If you're considering Scrum, there is no place better to start than here. After just two days, the transformation actually looks doable and much less daunting."
It was a real pleasure! Not only was the Scrum training we took with AgileSparks super fun, it gave us all the tools we needed to start working agile. Even the most skeptical management members got on board. The change in the company was instant.