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SAFE� 4.5 PROGRAM CONSULTANT (SPC) (4 days Workshop)

24 Oct

Agile SAFE� 4.5 PROGRAM CONSULTANT (SPC) Workshop

Description
Build and execute the implementation rollout strategy of your organisation

Our SPC courses are delivered by one or two SPCT’s (SAFe Program Consultants Trainers). Our SPCT trainers have extensive SAFe experience with training and implementing SAFe at large organisations.

Become a leading agent for change—and enable your enterprise to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when you certify as a SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC). During this four-day course, you’ll learn how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation by leveraging the practices and principles of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). You will learn how to effectively coach programs, launch Agile Release Trains, build a continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture, and empower a Lean Portfolio. The first two days of the course—Leading SAFe®—will provide you with the basis to teach SAFe to others. The final two days focus exclusively on what it takes to successfully implement SAFe in your enterprise.

Learning goals

After this course, you should be able to:

Lead an enterprise Lean-Agile transformation
Implement the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
Empower with a Lean Portfolio
Align the organization to a common language and way of working
Train managers and executives in Leading SAFe®
Act as a SAFe® 4 Lean-Agile Leader (SL) certifying agent

Passing the exam will provide you of:

One-year certified membership as an SPC4
Access to license the course materials needed to train aspiring SAFe® Agilists, SAFe® Practitioners, and SAFe® PM/POs
Access to no-cost license materials, videos, and artifacts that support launching Agile Release Trains
Inclusion in the SPC4 directory listing (optional)
SPC4 branding kit with the SPC certification mark
Access to the private SPC LinkedIn Group

If you do not pass for the exam and want to try it again, €250,- will be charged

http://www.unicomlearning.com/safe-1507009445.html

FOUR-DAY TRAINING PROGRAM
DAY 1 & 2: Leading SAFe®

Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
Understanding SAFe Principles
Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning
Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value
Leading a Lean-Agile Enterprise
Empowering a Lean Portfolio
Building Large Solutions

DAY 3 & 4: Implementing SAFe®

Reaching the SAFe Tipping Point
Designing the Implementation
Launching an ART
Coaching ART Execution
Extending to the Portfolio
Sustaining and Improving
Becoming an SAFe 4 Program Consultant (SPC)

Exam Details

Exam name – SAFe 4 Program Consultant Exam
Exam format – Multiple choice
Exam delivery – Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
Exam access – Candidates can access the exam within the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the Implementing SAFe 4.5 course
Exam duration – Once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam
Number of questions – 60
Passing score – 45 out of 60 (75% pass rate)
Language – English
Exam cost – First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $250.
Retake policy – Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait. Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait. Contact support@scaledagile.com for any retake questions.

Exam Study Materials

The exam is designed to measure knowledge and skill related to the job role. We highly recommend candidates use a variety of resources to prepare for this exam including:

Course materials – The course materials are an essential artifact from the course and can be downloaded from the SAFe Community Platform. These materials can be used to refer back to the content that was presented during the class.
Study guide – This comprehensive guide details the job role and all resources related to the exam, including a detailed reading list. Access is available through the Learning Plan in the SAFe Community Platform upon course completion.
Practice test – A practice test will be available for this exam in 2017
Sample test – Download questions

Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Scrum Education Units (SEUs)

Attendees may be eligible to apply for 30 PDUs toward their continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications
Attendees may be eligible to apply for SEUs under category C, toward earning or renewing their CSP through Scrum Alliance

Audience

This course is intended for those who will be materially and directly involved in a SAFe adoption. This includes practitioners, change agents, and consultants responsible for implementing Agile programs and portfolios as part of an enterprise Lean-Agile change initiative.

Attendees typically include:

Professional Services Consultants
Business and Technology Executives and Leaders, Managers, Directors
Portfolio Managers and Fiduciaries, Project/Program Management Office (PMO) personnel
Development, QA and IT management
Program and Project Managers
Product and Product Line Managers
Process Leads and Lifecycle Governance Personnel
Enterprise, System and Solution Architects
Internal Change Agents, Lean-Agile Center for Excellence, Agile Working Group

Prerequisites

All stakeholders in a Lean-Agile transformation are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SPC4 certification exam and operate in the field as a SAFe® Program Consultant.

Details

Type : Training
Period : 4 days
Training days : 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th of November 2017
Maximum number of participants : 40
Level : Master
Location : Bangalore
Language : English
Lunch included : Yes
Exam : Yes
Incompany : Yes
Payment methods : Invoice, iDEAL, CreditCard

Agile SAFE� 4.5 PROGRAM CONSULTANT (SPC) Workshop

 
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Tech must be the servant rather than the master

26 Sep

People and communities are putting new technologies to use in solving social problems

IT conferences , IT summits

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Technological innovation often starts with a promise of empowerment — plans to make the whole world’s information accessible (Google), to give people the power to build community (Facebook), to share ideas instantly (Twitter), or simply to enable them to do more (Microsoft).
However, as technology companies have grown, many people have a sense of disenfranchisement and powerlessness. Their data are collected and traded — often hacked — in ways that are difficult to monitor and control. Smart cities are covered in sensors but the information is not necessarily freely available. People fear that robots will take their livelihoods. Social media can be an arena for bullying rather than free speech.

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Away from the bleak headlines, however, people and communities are still putting new technologies to use in solving social problems, holding authorities to account and overcoming injustice or inequality. Often these projects and innovations happen at grassroots level and on low budgets, practically invisible to the wider public.

AGILE, DEVOPS, BLOCKCHAIN, ARTIFICIAL INTELEEIGENCE conferences

Tech lines by Leaders:
Every piece of technology should help embellish the capability of human beings. We definitely want more productivity and efficiency, but we do not want to degrade humanity.

“The ability to really make sure that we’re not only thinking about the person, but the institutions people builds,”

“We think about it at the global scale, but most importantly, for us, it’s not about our technology, it is about what you can do with technology to create your own technology, to have real impact in moving our society and economy forward. That’s what is central to our mission,”

“In fact, technology trends and paradigms will come and go, but what will center us is this sense of purpose and mission?”

This is a time where the profound impact of technology in everything that people do is so much deeper, so much broader, whether one is talking about precision agriculture, or precision medicine, the future of connected products, smart cities or smarter factories.

“There isn’t a single industry that isn’t being transformed.

We collectively have the opportunity to lead in this transformation,”
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DevOps Info

25 Sep

As enterprises join the continuous delivery movement, we look at some of the challenges to DevOps adoption

Conferences “DevOps, Agile,Automation”

The human side of DevOps

DevOps practitioners often claim taking care of the technology side of the continuous delivery equation is nothing compared to getting the people part of it right, as agile-inspired processes often require IT teams to adapt to very different ways of working. Download this guide to read best practice and real-world examples of organisations who have successfully addressed the human side of DevOps.
Big organisations are just too weighed down by bureaucracy, legacy technologies and waterfall-style software development techniques for DevOps to thrive, and any attempt to challenge the status quo will come to nothing – or so the rhetoric went.But what the detractors perhaps did not bank on is that many of the characteristics they considered to be at odds with DevOps are actually fuelling an appetite for change within enterprises, as many come to realise that doing things the way they always have done could put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Safeguarding competitiveness

As such, enterprise IT leaders now realise that lengthy and restrictive software development cycles are no longer conducive to safeguarding their competitiveness or their ability to keep pace with the changing demands of their customers.

Accordingly, they have grown frustrated with pushing out software products that their competitors have already bettered or whose functionality is out of step with what their customers want.
They are also looking at how their competitors are drawing on agile concepts to ramp up the pace of software innovation within the walls of their companies, and seeing that – despite what the naysayers think – it is possible for DevOps to take hold within large organisations.

For proof of that, one only needs to look at the roll-call of household enterprise names that are joining the DevOps movement, and see how many of them operate in highly regulated industries that some may traditionally consider ill-suited for agile.
“If those organisations with a reputation for being conservative, even within the IT population, can get on board with this, it just gives us more evidence that it really can be done,” says Gene Kim, co-author of The DevOps Handbook. “If you look at The DevOps Handbook, we have 48 case studies that show how these organisations have applied these principles… and 12 are based on unicorns such as LinkedIn, eBay, Google and Amazon – but the rest of these [success stories] are coming from large, complex organisations that look like the rest of us.”

conferences “Blockchain, IOT”

These are all considered important stages when it comes to scaling and converting small-scale (or departmental) DevOps activities into a company-wide initiative that the whole organisation can get behind and benefit from.

But, as more and more enterprises pin their colours to the DevOps mast, other barriers to company-wide adoption are emerging that are either industry-specific or related to how an organisation operates.

One such area relates to getting senior management to appreciate what continuous delivery and improvement really means in the context of DevOps, and the benefits this approach has on the software products they produce.

Conferences quote
Conferences are really like parties, and an A-list party is one where A-list people are in attendance. You figure out who are the really important people to invite and get them to show up as speakers or as guests. Then everybody wants to be there. If you don’t know who the important people are, you shouldn’t be attending a conference.

 
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Agile Testing and Test Automation Bangalore

07 Sep

Agile testing test automation

Register here: http://www.unicomlearning.com/2017/Agile_Testing_and_Test_Automation_Bangalore/

This one-day* event brings together subject experts, thought leaders and practitioners speaking on the foremost themes of these topics. The speakers highlight the aspects that are easy to adopt and discuss the difficulties and how to surmount them. Learn more about Test Automation Framework, Functional and Non Functional Test Automation, Mobile Test Automation, Web Test Automation and many more.

Agile Testing Conference is focused more on collaborative learning from the people who are involved in agile testing, and want to explore the future of Agile. With a focus on best practices, our events allow attendees to explore strategies surrounding TDD, BDD, ATDD, Continuous Testing and many more.

Test Automation Summit brings together people who are passionate about automation testing – enthusiastic and experienced speakers and delegates, who learn from each other through review presentations, case studies and round table discussions.

Understanding The Agile Methodology

But in case you’re still wondering what, exactly, Agile is all about, its basic principles can probably best be explained in comparison to more traditional approaches to software development, such as “waterfall,” which Agile adherents believe to be an archaic holdover from an era when software first became a packaged commodity to be produced and sold to consumers like other physical goods.

In the Agile approach, developers and testers are seen as two sides of the same production coin, two parallel lines that should always meet and compare notes daily. From an Agile perspective, efficient production is severely hampered if your developers are striving to refine their code to a state of perfection before passing it on to a separate testing team, who then strive to break it in as many ways as they can before sending their damage report back to the dev team. This two-step process requires time, money, and frequently leads to internal division between a given company’s developers and testers. Instead, Agile suggests that these two essential functions be merged—not necessarily in terms of people, but in terms of time and process—thus bridging the illusory divide between code creators and code breakers, and even reducing the need for robust testing teams, while still respecting the necessity of both roles. One could even say that in Agile, developers are encouraged to think more like testers, continually checking their own code for potential errors, and testers are encouraged to think more like developers, tempering their natural destructive tendencies to engage more fully in the creative process itself. Barber refers to this as creating a “product delivery team with a unified vision of delivering production-worthy code the ‘first’ time by integrating developer thinking and tester thinking throughout the code writing process.” This integration implies both that developers enhance their tester thinking skills and embrace the notion of direct interaction, even pairing, with those who specialize in tester thinking while coding.

Agile testing test automation

Automated software testing

The objective of automated testing is to simplify as much of the testing effort as possible with a minimum set of scripts. If unit testing consumes a large percentage of a quality assurance (QA) team’s resources, for example, then this process might be a good candidate for automation. Automated testing tools are capable of executing tests, reporting outcomes and comparing results with earlier test runs. Tests carried out with these tools can be run repeatedly, at any time of day.

The method or process being used to implement automation is called a test automation framework. Several frameworks have been implemented over the years by commercial vendors and testing organizations. Automating tests with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) or open source software can be complicated, however, because they almost always require customization. In many organizations, automation is only implemented when it has been determined that the manual testing program is not meeting expectations and it is not possible to bring in more human testers.

Register here:
http://www.unicomlearning.com/2017/Agile_Testing_and_Test_Automation_Bangalore/

 
 

India Agile Awards 2017

27 Jun

Agile Awards

India Agile Awards


About the Award

India Agile Awards will recognize those organizations and practitioners that have stepped away from legacy tools and processes to create Agile programs that define the future of Product Development, services and support. Executives and teams leading IT and Agile methodologies at these companies will be recognized among their peers at the India Agile Awards.
Submission Guidelines

Please download the application form given below to submit your entry. Do not exceed the word limit. Entries for the India Agile Awards will be judged based on the following criteria:

Measurable Impact on Business Objectives – 20 points
Agile Methods used – 20 points
Innovative tools and techniques – 20 points
Customer centricity – 20 points
People and Team Centricity – 20 points

Why enter India Agile Awards?

Entering The India Agile Awards is an opportunity for the market as a whole to be acknowledged and recognised, as well as bringing high levels of exposure and acclaim for individuals, teams, and organisations. This is a unique platform that provides an opportunity to network, interact and gain knowledge.

A Leadership forum enabling complete reach and engagement to showcase some of the best capabilities from India’s top brass Agile fraternity.

Reason to enter:

A win at The India Agile Awards gives a seal of approval to your activities and is a sign of quality and high standards within your business
Just being shortlisted can boost your brand awareness and promote your business.
The India Agile Awards recognises the hard work and achievements of your employees, helping to boost staff confidence.
Being shortlisted can impress your business partners, clients, investors and potential investors.
Winning awards boosts your hiring stature within the market, helping to attract the very best talent.

Individual Categories include :

1. Agile Leader of the Year 2017
This will be awarded to the most outstanding individual Agile manager or team leader over the last 1 year.

2. Agile Coach of the Year 2017
The Coach who celebrates Agile principles and bring innovative practices to their companies. Scrum Master, Product Owners or any team member who coaches the team can apply for the award.

Who can apply?
Individuals or corporate team can directly apply for any of the above categories. Agencies may apply on behalf of their clients, in which case an email approval from the brand owner must be attached with the application. In these cases separate certificates will be provided for the agency, but the trophy will bear only the name of the client.

Corporate Categories include :

1. Agile Project of the Year 2017 – Retail, BFSI, Manufacturing, Telecom
Awarded to the most outstanding Agile project of the year. All nominees shall be mentioned on the website. However only the Top 5, selected by Jury members, comprising of Head of Product Engineering, CIOs of end user companies, Agilepractitoners and thoughtleaders, shall be on the awards main page.

2. Agile Community of the year 2017 for India Agile Awards
Awarded to the most influential/ outstanding Agile community/ies (private/public) that have been playing a pivotal role in shaping agile programs and contributing at large to the realm of Software development, services and support. Any Agile or QA community – a not for profit or for profit or within a company, city or state is eligible for this award.

3. Agile Tool/Product of the Year 2017
The most productive tool that enhances Agility in Software development. Product companies can use this category to nominate themselves. Open source tools shall be chosen based on a survey by UNICOM in association with KPMG. The jury, comprising of Head of Product Engineering, CIOs of end user companies, Agile practitoners and thoughtleaders, shall chose the winner.

Who can apply?
Corporates (Brand Owners/Marketing team, CXO desk, HR, Program Managers) can directly apply for any of the above categories. Agencies may apply on behalf of their clients, in which case an email approval from the brand owner must be attached with the application. In these cases separate certificates will be provided for the agency, but the trophy will bear only the name of the client

Submission Guidelines
Award submission guidelines:

1. More than one submissions are allowed in any category.

2. There can be more than one submission from a company.

3. A nominal fee will be a onetime payment per category to ensure serious nominations

4. All submitted proposals shall be refered to jury members who shall be selecting the best 5 proposals in each category.

5.Your project will be evaluated based on the information you provide. We hence request you to spend comprehensive time in filling out the details pertaining to your project.

6. Once the proposal qualifies for the final nominations, the same shall be informed to you.

7. All the final nominees should be present on the awards day.

8. Winner’s name shall be declared on the awards day.

9. Winner’s trophy shall be handed over a gala ceremony on the awards day.

Submission Deadlines:

Early Bird Submission : 15th May 2017
Standard Submission : 20th June 2017

For More Information :

Contact Mr Gokul by telephone at +91 95388 78795 or by email at contact@unicomlearning.com / gokul@unicomseminars.org

Awards Price List

Application Type Description Early Bird Application Standard Application
Single Application-Individual category One Award ApplicationOne evening access Pass for the nominated individuals (4 pm – 6 pm only) Rs.6,000/- Rs 7,500/-
Single Application-Corporate category One Award ApplicationOne evening access Pass for the nominated individuals by company (4 pm – 6 pm only) Rs. 7,500/- Rs 10,000/-
Gold Excellence Package One Award ApplicationOne All-Day Conference & Awards Pass Rs. 8,500/- Rs 10,000/-
Platinum Excellence Package Two Award ApplicationsTwo All-Day Conference & Awards Passes Rs. 14,500/- Rs 16,000/-
XL Excellence Package 3 Award Applications3 All-Day Conference & Awards Passes
Website branding
Table top space Rs. 25,500/- Rs 30,000/-

 
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Agile Testing Test Automation and Devops Summit Melbourne

22 May

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Test Automation Summit brings together people who are passionate about automation testing – enthusiastic and experienced speakers and delegates, who learn from each other through review presentations, case studies and round table discussions.

Learn more about Test Automation Framework, Functional and Non Functional Test Automation, Mobile Test Automation, Web Test Automation and many more.

Agile Testing Summit is focused more on collaborative learning from the people who are involved in agile testing, and want to explore the future of Agile. With a focus on best practices, our events allow attendees to explore strategies surrounding TDD, BDD, ATDD, Continuous Testing and many more.

DevOps Summit brings together leading practitioner-organizations who have achieved Continuous Delivery and organizational transformation. Companies going through Mergers and Acquisitions will inherit these systems too and be faced with similar situations. Companies need to find out the many initiatives that increase the efficiency and agility within the enterprise and balance system uptime and stability while bringing alignment between Dev and Ops.

http://www.unicomlearning.com/2017/Agile_Testing_Test_Automation_and_Devops_Summit_Melbourne/

 
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INDIA AGILE AWARDS 2017

09 May

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ABOUT THE AWARD

India Agile Awards will recognize those organizations and practitioners that have stepped away from legacy tools and processes to create Agile programs that define the future of Product Development, services and support. Executives and teams leading IT and Agile methodologies at these companies will be recognized among their peers at the India Agile Awards.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please download the application form given below to submit your entry. Do not exceed the word limit. Entries for the India Agile Awards will be judged based on the following criteria:

Measurable Impact on Business Objectives – 20 points
Agile Methods used – 20 points
Innovative tools and techniques – 20 points
Customer centricity – 20 points
People and Team Centricity – 20 points

WHY ENTER INDIA AGILE AWARDS?

Entering The India Agile Awards is an opportunity for the market as a whole to be acknowledged and recognised, as well as bringing high levels of exposure and acclaim for individuals, teams, and organisations. This is a unique platform that provides an opportunity to network, interact and gain knowledge.

A Leadership forum enabling complete reach and engagement to showcase some of the best capabilities from India’s top brass Agile fraternity.

REASON TO ENTER:

A win at The India Agile Awards gives a seal of approval to your activities and is a sign of quality and high standards within your business
Just being shortlisted can boost your brand awareness and promote your business.
The India Agile Awards recognises the hard work and achievements of your employees, helping to boost staff confidence.
Being shortlisted can impress your business partners, clients, investors and potential investors.
Winning awards boosts your hiring stature within the market, helping to attract the very best talent.

 
 

Exclusive Interview with Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Mr. Ashok Soota

29 Mar

Interviewed by Sneha Betharia | 29th March | UNICOM

 

 Mr. Ashok Soota is the name many of you will recognise as one of the pioneering leaders of the Indian IT Industry. He is a serial entrepreneur and presently, the Founder & Executive Chairman of Happiest Minds.

 Mr. Soota was honoured The First Agile Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 held in Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore. After honouring the award on 19th June, 2015 we caught up with Mr. Soota and interviewed him to find out more about him after winning the award and his successful journey.

Agile Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Mr. Ashok Soota

Agile Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Mr. Ashok Soota

 

Here is the interview with Mr. Soota: 

UNICOM: Please share your thoughts when you were informed that you have conferred the first Lifetime Achievement Award at India Agile Awards?

Mr Soota: There was a special feeling and honour because it was the first Lifetime Achievement Award at India Agile Awards.  There are so many great achievers in the Industry and it was a matter of pride to be conferred the very first award.

 

UNICOM: What, in your opinion, are the ingredients of your personal success story?

Mr. Soota: Converting every problem into an opportunity, planning for the good times during bad times and vice versa.  On a personal basis continuously striving to achieve my potential and helping others to achieve theirs.

 

UNICOM: What was the significance of winning this award to you/your organization?

Mr. Soota: As a young company, Happiest Minds needs all the recognition we can get.  Even though this was a personal award, it enhances the image of Happiest Minds.

 

Ashok Soota

Ashok Soota

UNICOM: How did your friends, relatives and colleagues respond to your receiving of Lifetime Achievement award? Would you like to share any particular comment you received from your colleagues or company? 

Mr. Soota: My friends and relatives had a tongue-in-cheek comment: “You have now reached the right age for getting Lifetime Achievement Awards.  May this be the first of many such lifetime recognition awards”.

 

UNICOM: Who are your icons you seek to emulate?

Mr. Soota: My icon is Warren Buffet who, at 84 is still going strong.

 

UNICOM: What message you have for those reading your interview?

Mr. Soota: Please keep raising the bar in your search for excellence and success will follow.

 

Why & How Zensar won the ‘Agile Community of the year 2015’ Award?

10 Jul

Many Congratulation to Zensar for winning the coveted “Agile Community of the year 2015” at India Agile Awards 2015.

India Agile Awards 2015 recognized companies and practitioners who have created Agile programs that defines the future of product development, services and support. Executives leading IT at these companies was recognized among their peers at the India Agile Awards ceremony which took place at India Agile Week at Vivanta by Taj, Bengaluru on Friday, 19 June 2015.

As an Agile community builder and chair of India Agile Week, held every year in June across 5 cities in India at the same week, I was really looking forward to who finally wins the coveted trophy…and man Zensar won it hands down and how.

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THE BEGINNING

The journey of the Zensar Agile community has its roots in the past. It all started with an initiative to deliver service in an unorthodox way. Soon this initiative gained pace and started to grow across organization. The only thing not in place was a centralized knowledge repository, resulting in iterative reinvention of wheels, lack of proper agile communication, setting up of challenge registers, initiating best practices for process & services. Which was not only hampering deliverables but also causing trouble for clients & in turn for us. Soon the problem started to scale with points like associate fallouts; lack of best practices etc. adding to the woes in turn causing traction in growth across businesses.

With the objective of overcoming the shortfalls a core group was constituted. The core group took cognizance of situation and figured out immediate shortfalls to address variety in service offerings of agile methodology stack, best practices for process and services using various tools were the key points missing. On the way to answer this riddle, people came along & soon the group got transformed in to a community.

Community took the onus to provide answers to several unattained question from the past viz. lack of platform for agile initiatives, best practice implementation, business development in agile, establishing agile delivery, branding and networking for agile, agile training & certifications.

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TARGET

The whole initiative was started with the vision of achieving core objectives of competency building in agile across organization, while standardization of process and services. The specified goal can only be achieved by providing answers to underlying but much more trivial questions like:
a. Defining enterprise wide agile service definition & quality metrics.
b. Forming a centralized knowledge repository.
c. Agile evolution of all associates.
d. Proactive enhancement of agile offerings with superior coverage of Agile stack for new business accusations.
e. Indigenous development of agile assessment tools with bespoke consulting services.

 

AGILE INITIATIVE AT ZENSAR

As the organization started to grow in agile, new challenges started to surface. To overcome the coming challenges a core group of enthusiastic agile practitioner was formed. The role of this group was to find answers for the present challenges & proactively prepare a process to tackle new challenges from the learning of the past. Soon a challenge register was constituted based on the past experiences which proved to be the first step towards our goals.
As many of the associate in the organization were unaware of agile and its terminology, an AGILE gallery walk was organized. The sole purpose of this event is to increase the understanding of associates about agile and its processes. More than 500 associates availed the benefit making agile gallery walk a success. Which paved the way to the formation of agile community. With community getting formed the first thing to come on board was setting a platform not only on ground but also in virtual world. Setting up a community page on Zensar internal portal and having a common DL list where people can send their queries and seek answers to them, enabled a 24*7 connectivity for all . Community provided a platform to encourage new minds towards taking up certifications & trainings.
Community undertook several events like monthly scrum masters meetings, internal and external seminars on various current and upcoming topics in agile.
The community gradually started to seek answers to present challenges and is helping in develop a strong knowledge base.

RESOURCE ESTIMATE

The best part of agile initiative is that it is fuelled by people’s passion and not by material stuffs. As everything in terms of technology was already there in place, the only requirement was that of like-minded peoples. This got resolved because of community.

Most of activities are done voluntarily by the people who are sharing the interest of learning new in agile.

Apart from inevitable expenses incurred while conducting gallery walks and seminars coming approx. INR 10,000 and Books worth INR 5000.

REASONS WHY ZENSAR AGILE COMMUNITY WON:

  1. Exponential growth of community not only in term of size but also in term of intellectual property with measurable outcomes. Translating into increased businesses in the tune of $35million.
  2. The community till date has trained 800+ associates, 75 + scrum masters are also associated with it.
  3. Community helped in setting up agile project guidelines, challenge register & best practices for various methodologies under Agile stack.
  4. Several audits on the lines of maturity, delivery, best practice implementation undertaken by the community helped in improving customer satisfaction index.
  5. Increased happy customers with delivery excellence.
  6. The initiative helped in garnering interest across organization and especially in support functions.
  7. Agile communities various efforts on conducting seminars, training & certifications helped in achieving improved deliverables in terms of quality, timely delivery & helped improve team collaboration.
  8. The community is associated with several external communities like Indian Enthusiastic Scrum Community, Spin Etc.
  9. Indigenous assessment tool was created from inputs and experiences gathered from within the organization.

Nominees for the “Agile community of the year 2015” were-

agile community nominations

Dr Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman and CEO, Zensar Technologies said, “The Zensar Agile community represents the confluence of expertise, capabilities and enterprise focused on setting new standards for delivering excellence to customers. This award bears testimony to the hard work put in by the team towards creating new business opportunities and helping customers achieve definite business outcomes with continuous innovation.”

Prameela Kalive, Executive Vice President, Strategic Services and Location Head (Pune) said, “It is an honour to win this industry wide recognition. The Agile community in Zensar started small, but today it has grown to a group of 800+ associates who have created an Agile centre of excellence for our customers. We are constantly focused on building capabilities and exploring new ways of offering better solutions aimed at providing high delivery standards to our customers. This award is an affirmation of our business transformation approach with technology expertise leading the way.”

Additionally, three teams from Zensar also qualified at the Agile Olympiad, an initiative of India Agile Week (IAW 2015) and UNICOM to run India’s most prestigious Corporate Quiz on Agile Methodology.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-zensar-won-agile-community-year-2015-award-nitesh-naveen?published=t

http://www.zensar.com/zensar-media/press-releases/2441-zensar-wins-the-coveted-agile-community-of-the-year-2015-award-at-the-india-agile-awards-2015#ixzz3fSu2rUV7

 

Will you be the Agile Champion of 2015?

17 Apr

Agile Olympiad is an initiative of India Agile Week (IAW 2015) June 12-17 and UNICOM Agile Thoughtleaders to run India’s most prestigious Corporate Quiz on Agile Methodology. This contest also gets participation from several other countries, making it a global contest.

Every year hundreds of Agile Enthusiasts participate and enjoy this experience and bring laurels to themselves as well as to their companies, whose contribution in building an Agile champion cannot be denied.

Visit our website to learn about Agile Olympiad‘s past winners

What makes this corporate contest unique is that almost every company, that is running an Agile project, encourage their employees to participate. Participants then form a team within the organization to do group preparation on the topics provided by the Olympiad committee. Several HR’s of reputed organization have confirmed to me that they have found this active learning more effective than any training they have given on Agile. This sounds as music to our ears as UNICOM’s core belief is to Develop professionals into a global though leader and minimize the learning cost via maximizing the skills gained.

Additional bonus to the contestants is to attend India Agile Week conference @ their city. India Agile Week runs across 6 cities every year in 2nd week of June. In this conference, we share the best practices followed by Indian companies where they are innovating to run Agile suiting their culture and employees temperaments. While other Agile conferences suggest their delegates to change themselves, India Agile Week encourages them to focus on innovation. Our patrons understand this difference and join us all over India to share their stories and learn from their peers.

To view Conference website visit our home page: Click Here

Our Sincere thanks to Tathagat Varma, Founder ThoughtLeadership for agreeing to host the Finals of Agile Olympiad 2015. His work for Agile Olympaid 2014 finale can be seen here:

These are my thoughts. Please do write to me if you think you shall like to participate or join the Olympiad committee.