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Agile Transformation

Image of some of the cards from the Essence based Method Agnostic Agility Cards used to help people learn about some key agile principles.

The following blog provides a set of free, downloadable agile coaching cards that can be used by Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters and teams working in many different contexts. These cards have been developed while working outside of software and product development with government Defence teams and I’ve used these cards to teach agility and help develop an agile mind set.

Image of the Hapag-Lloyd corporate logo.  Provides access to an IJI case study explaining how Hapag-Lloyd Used Essence To Drive an Agile Transformation.

Hapag-Lloyd are using Essence to provide proven agile practice options for teams to adopt and adapt, enable coaches to facilitate practice adoption and improvement, provide for tailored approaches for different types of project, and achieve transparency of status and health for effective governance.

Image of the Skandia corporate logo.  Provides access to an IJI case study explaining how IJI helped Skandia undertake a full-scale transformation to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

In August 2017, Skandia began their transformation to a Scaled Agile way of working using SAFe® with the support of Ivar Jacobson International (IJI). Prior to the programme, Skandia's work culture was very much a centralized, plan driven over analytical approach. Since the introduction of the Scaled Agile Framework from IJI, they have changed to a 'let’s get going', experiment, trim and adjust approach that has impacted the entire business in very positive ways.

Image of the Fujitsu corporate logo.  Provides access to an IJI case study explaining how IJI helped Fujitsu move towards agility with an Essence based agility workshop.

In a recent blog by Fujitsu’s Rob Devlen, Fujitsu and IJI go Agile with Essence, Devlen describes how Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) worked with Fujitsu to create a workshop to build an understanding of Agile for their top 100 executives and senior managers in the EMEIA region. The blog article describes how we created that interactive workshop with them, facilitated the session and the results obtained. In this article we’ll show you a flavour of some of the content.

Image of the UK NHS Blood and Transplant corporate logo.  Provides access to an IJI case study explaining how IJI helped UK NHS Blood and Transplant undertake an Agile Transformation in a Highly Regulated Environment.

Reduced time to identify inter-dependencies and deliverables from months to days Able to prioritize IT operations alongside business goals Learned to develop effectively as a team

Use Cases Logo.  Provides access to an IJI case study explaining how IJI helped a Major USA Bank to Transform a Highly Regulated Environment.

In this article I base my observations and opinions on my experience of applying the Use Case 2.0 Practice and Behavior Driven Development’s Gherkin language, within an online products division of a major US Bank that is undergoing an Agile transformation. “I’m not dead yet,” Is a classic line from the movies that Monty Python fans will instantly recognize. I start with this because I could win a lot of money betting on the response from Agile practitioners when I tell them I am using Use Cases in an Agile environment to great benefit. “Use Cases? They’re dead and buried!” “That’s RUP! (Rational Unified Process). They aren’t agile.” “What are you thinking? Use Cases are dinosaurs.” “You should know better, Bernie.” Rarely, I get a response from an experienced coach who will not poke fun, but seek the powerful questions such as, “Now why do you think that’s a good idea?”, and a valuable conversation ensues.

Scrum Inc and Scrum@Scale through IJI training Offerings

**London (26 April 2018)** - Ivar Jacobson International (IJI), a consulting, coaching and training company for enterprise-scale agile software development announced today it is expanding its partnership with Scrum Inc, the world’s premier Scrum training and consulting provider to bring the first certified [email protected] classes to the United Kingdom. The first [email protected] course will be taught by Jeff Sutherland.

Better quality and better predictability of delivery The entire product division talking the same language using the same concepts More responsive delivery with the ability to demo features to clients as the teams are developing them

Software Engineering Method and Theory Organisation (SEMAT)

Key takeaways in article: *What issues can SEMAT help address within an organisation. *What is the best way to train people in the use of SEMAT so that its understood and used. *Why are the SEMAT cards important? *How can SEMAT be applied to the Enterprise, Programmes and Projects. *How can the use of SEMAT be scaled out across your organisation.

Achieve Rapid and Sustainable Agile Transformation

One of the biggest challenges with agile change programs is achieving lasting change. So often, external consultants are brought in to impart their expertise in specific areas, only for this expertise to disappear as soon as the consultants leave. Our goal is to help you to change culture and behaviours in a lasting way, so that you can become truly independent and self-sufficient in new ways of working.

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