In today’s global arena, every organisation requires a comprehensive winning strategy – one that drives it, inexorably, towards the goal line. No wonder the brilliant architects of Agile adopted many of rugby’s techniques to help IT do exactly the same!
For the last couple of decades, organisations have incorporated the Agile methodology to improve their business agility.
Agile is a mindset, or way of thinking, that prioritises people, working software, collaboration, and flexibility wherever possible. The Scrum framework centres around the integration of roles, events, and Scrum artifacts that include and support the product backlog and sprint backlog.
Just like a rugby team needs a good coach, every IT organisation needs a good leader, otherwise known as an Agile Scrum Master. This unique role goes beyond the abilities of a typical team leader or project manager to encompass servant leadership, facilitation, coaching and mentoring, and much more. Key skills relate to visual management and the need to increase transparency, inspection, and adaptation to ensure project success. A Scrum Master possesses a deep understanding of Scrum best practices as well as the expertise to ensure proper Scrum processes and techniques are both employed and maintained.
In the same way that a scrum enables a rugby team to move the ball down the field to the goal line, implementing Agile Scrum can provide your IT organisation with the ability and agility to move projects with multiple teams and complex products and services continually forward.
Agile is no longer just for software development teams. Demand for increased business value and the ability to respond to customer needs more efficiently has led to other departments adopting the Agile Way of Working.
This has led to scrum teams popping up across different organisations and business units. However, it is essential that these scrum teams understand both the scrum framework they are working with as well as the agile mindset behind it. The combination of these two disciplines leads to an increased ability to manage changing priorities, better project visibility and increase team productivity.
Agile Scrum Foundation is designed to test a professional’s fundamental understanding of agile principles and scrum methodology. It is especially useful for those leading or participating in projects. This certification is especially interesting for professionals who work in areas including project management, software development, IT service management and business management.