5 Recommendations on How Much To Invest in Agile and Scrum Courses

Are you considering getting formally trained or certified in agile methodologies or scrum? Are you looking to become a certified scrum master, or maybe get trained in an agile framework such as SAFe or LeSS, or specialize in agile transformation with classes like StarCIO Agile Planning?

Agile and Scrum Certifications

I receive inquiries from friends, colleagues, and leaders on agile and scrum training and certifications regularly. Some come from companies looking to train departments on agile, and others are individuals who want to invest in their expertise and careers. 

Now, there are many agile and scrum related books, podcasts, videos, courses, workshops, conferences, mentors, and coaches. Just researching this article, and I've found hundreds of options. And it can be daunting to search, review, and sift through.

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What is the Modernized Role of Scrum Masters

The 15th episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke focuses on the modernized role of the scrum master. 

Modernized Scrum Master Role

The role needs recasting. Ten years ago, scrum masters were the experts on agile methodologies and charged to coach teams through the process. That's still needed for newly formed teams or to help new employees/teammates that have never been on scrum teams before. But today, many people working on agile teams and with scrum probably have some experience with it already.

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How a Java Low-Code Development Platform Drives Useful Innovation

 Can Java development teams have all the benefits of working with their development environment and also have the speed to market, best practices, and scalability coming from a low-code platform? The answer is yes, but it requires a Java-based low-code platform that has two-way code integration into the Eclipse IDE and supports UI, workflow, and API development. And now, there’s one platform that meets these requirements and enables technology leaders to accelerate their digital transformation, improve user experiences, and modernize applications. 

Java low-code development platform
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How to Shift Slow Cultures into High Gear

How leaders work with their colleagues and teams over the next few weeks can make or break innovations, capabilities, and business impacts over the next 3-9 months.

Gear Up Your Culture

As a leader, you have to look for the inflection points when you can have teams' attention and where you can shift gears to higher faster ones. The week or two after Labor Day is one of those points, as is the first couple of weeks in January. Leaders can also create their own inflection points by communicating pivots to their digital transformation strategies.

As I said in my last post, digital transformation is not a 9-5 job, and at some point, leaders must see their teams listen, respond, plan, and accelerate. So the question I've been asked often is, how do you get a culture that's used to operating slowly and raising the speed bumps, to one that's pushing the gas pedal a little harder to meet business goals?

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Digital Transformation is not a 9-5 Job

It's the last week of summer, so maybe take some time to reflect on your team's performance over the last several months. Has your team come up for air after adjusting to COVID, remote working, and realigning digital transformation priorities? 

Digital Transformation Empathy

Because before diving into the end of year budgeting, planning, and moving transformation programs forward, I want to share and important realization. Your staff knows this all too well, but leaders often forget this fact:

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Why Data Science, DataOps, and Data Governance need Agile Methodologies

It's called science for a reason. Data science requires questions, hypotheses, discovery, analysis, and recalibration.  While the words I'm using to describe a data science are different than software development, the process and mindset are very applicable to agile methodologies. 

And just like software development, data science requires a multi-disciplinary team. Data science is not just about the machine learning models and data visualizations, it must also include all the dataops and proactive data governance to cement an end to end journey.

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Why You Should Avoid Calling it Automation

I've learned the hard way that using the word automation to describe an initiative, project, process, or algorithm is a bad idea. Equating automation with artificial intelligence is even worse. Anchoring a digital transformation on initiatives driven by automations completely misses the point.

In this post, I'm going to explain why you should avoid calling it automation, or at least, what some of the pitfalls are if you do describe the work you're doing as automation.

Automation Brings Detractors

First, here is a bit of perspective. IT has been automating work for decades. Your data integrations are at least partially automated unless all you have is an SFTP folder and then perform all the steps to load databases manually. Who does that? 

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