"Everyone enjoyed the material and content of the training, the way it was presented, the practice and the applications mapped to what the team is currently working on. In short, all participants felt that the two training sessions gave them more clarity and order regarding what they previously knew of the Agile process, and the RallyDev tool in particular. We received a lot of useful recommendations from the trainer, Ofer, based on his past experience, that we are planning to adapt and follow as much as possible in our process. Ofer was very well prepared and used many helpful real examples while covering the theoretical portion. He was able to answer the majority of the questions, and during the exercises, he was able to adapt to and understand the team needs for improvements and to react with solid recommendations."
"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."
"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."
"Moving to Scrum was made easier after this course ( 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."
"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."
"It was a real pleasure! Not only was the Scrum training we took with AgileSparks super fun, but it also 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."
"The best! Yuval is an outstanding Instructor who clearly articulates his deep experience to guide you through the scaled Agile framework and how to apply it to your needs. Highly recommended."
“Yuval’s class is great! His broad experience as a consultant and active member of various Agile communities helps in connecting the dots. He also adds examples from his own experience to practically every aspect and subject of the class. His interactive teaching style stimulates conversation and learning by building on his experiences and knowledge as well as that of class attendees.”
"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.
I took the AgileSparks Leading SAFe workshop because our company wanted to get products to market more quickly. An Agile approach on its own didn’t address how to manage the various groups involved in our product, each with unique processes. Exploring a solution led me to the Scaled Agile Framework and AgileSparks. The workshop was incredibly energizing. I had looked at the SAFe material beforehand and was worried it was going to be systems theory all over again—very theoretical. It was nothing like that. The trainer took the time to understand the unique environments and challenges of each participant and then tailored the exercises accordingly. He was available by email for any questions we had the evening before the second day to make sure we were getting what we needed. The resources and recommendations for post-workshop left me prepared to take what I learned further. The whole experience was phenomenal! Back at work, we were immediately able to apply what I had learned to a small project to see how it would go. We were able to streamline the requirements process and accelerate the implementation. It was a success! I believe it was the hands-on, real-world nature of the Leading SAFe approach by AgileSparks that allowed us to see results quickly. Any solution or system that involves multiple, siloed departments or organizations would benefit from this Leading SAFe workshop. You will leave with a vision of how you can marry the unique orientations and processes of those silos to become a successful system.