Agile & Scrum

Agile Scrum methodology and a Rugby Scrum – any similarities?

With the Rugby Six Nations now well under way, and the usual excitement of two packs of eight crashing in to each other (joke as in reality it is now 8 people pushing lightly against another 8 people before one of them falls in a heap on the floor and […]

PRINCE2® Agile – Axelos announces new ways to become qualified

Back in February we provided an article (below) on the value of considering the benefits of mixing PRINCE2 with Agile and how the apparently conflicting methodologies can work positively together. At the time Axelos (the organisation behind PRINCE2) required that you needed to be full PRINCE2 Practitioner qualified before proceeding […]

The Importance of Scrum & Agile – Harvard Business Review

The May 2016 edition of the Harvard Business Review includes a notable article providing advice to executives who wish to promote and benefit from Agile. “Embracing Agile” is of particular interest since it is authored by: Hirotaka Takeuchi –  who in 1986 helped stimulate the emergence of Agile with a […]

Scaled Agile Framework Updated

SAFe 4.0 is now available. The new release aims to achieve a single, more scalable and modular framework. A distinction is drawn between 4-Level SAFe for complex systems development and 3-Level for more routine situations. What is the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)? Championed by Dean Leffingwell, SAFe is a synthesis […]

PRINCE2® Agile Courses

Can you mix PRINCE2 with Agile? In the real world few projects do not involve some blending of project methods and philosophies to produce a solution which is right for a given set of circumstances. In recognition of this the organisation behind PRINCE2 (Axelos) has published a set of best […]

Which Scrum Master Qualification Should I Choose?

Did you assume that there was just one ScrumMaster certification? Unfortunately it’s not so simple as a number of organisations offer their own variants. Some are more credible than others so take care when considering a Scrum Master course. Scrum has become the most widely recognised and most international Agile […]

DevOps Basics

You will have heard about DevOps but what is it?  We go back to basics and explain it in simple terms. The new wave of IT companies went this route without thinking about a silo based alternative.  Others are starting to reap the benefits it can bring.  We also tell […]

PRINCE2 Agile™ Arrives

The roll-out of PRINCE2 Agile starts this month. Many Focus clients take a pragmatic approach to Agile and have successfully melded iterative development techniques with more structured project direction and control. The new best practice guidance from AXELOS will help others combine PRINCE2 and Agile. The new extension to PRINCE2 […]

Why Bother With Agile?

The academic arguments for Agile versus Waterfall can look marginal. In the real world the difference can mean business success or failure. This is true of this case study – the first project on which we had to go Agile. Our client was the first to market and has secured […]

12% of Project Managers now hold an Agile Certification

The 10th Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report is out. Agile was one of the core topics researched by this comprehensive survey of project managers. The research was undertaken in December 2014 with responses from over 2,000 project specialists. Over half of project management practitioners were familiar with Agile methods […]