Newsletter Feb 2017, Towards Agile Architecture; Agile Professional Journey TOWARDS AGILE ARCHITECTURE Rather than taking a “magic bullet” approach let’s take what works from the various disciplines and solutions: • Enterprise Architecture • Solution Architecture • Agile • Portfolio, Program and Project Management • Enterprise Packaged Software • Open Source • Cloud and SaaS • Continuous Integration Continue reading… Webinar Introduction to Agile Architecture Courses WA2469 Introduction to Agile Architecture This course examines the relationship between the Agile methodology and the practice of Architecture. It is a mixture of lectures and exercises. The lectures provide instruction on the concepts and open up meaningful discussions; the exercises have students work through a case study to help deepen their knowledge. The course begins with defining what the Agile methodology and the practice of Architecture are and continues by looking at their strengths and weakness. An apparent dichotomy exists, and an exploration of industry practices demonstrate possible ways to resolve the conflict. The course ends by looking at how the best of both may be achievable. AGILE PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY Companies across industry are embarking on the agile journey to take advantage of benefits it offers in a fast paced, ever changing competitive business landscape. To better understand that agility is not an option but a compulsion let us take a bird’s eye view of any industry regulated or unregulated. Let us analyze the forces shaping businesses of today. One, bargaining power of customers continue to increase; Two, the barrier to entry in any industry is slowly decreasing in due time because of advancement in technology and global competition; Three, more substitutes are available for every product that customers use today; Four, Vendors, suppliers and outsourcers have more bargaining power today than few years ago; Five, competitive rivalry is increasing day by day. We are living in a world characterized by change which is volatile, uncertain complex and ambiguous. Given these forces into play business needs increased Agility. What it means is being able to be more collaborative and adaptable. If the window of opportunity is small, any delay in anticipating and responding to disruptive change could mean losing revenue generating opportunities or falling behind competition. Examples are galore of companies who failed to anticipate change but even more glaring are examples of those companies who anticipated change but could not respond in time to avoid or overcome disruptive forces. Unfortunately these companies appear as footnotes in history of successful businesses. To be agile projects and programs need to be managed using methods and practices that are value driven and value based. In other words we need a new breed of project managers who can help organization and business become Agile. The first step in the transition is awareness that comes from attending training. A good training will address mechanics and mindset involved in the transition. Developing an agile mindset means moving needle on certain beliefs. While traditional mindset believes that great products are built by detailed requirement gathering and writing detailed specification, agile mindset believes in creating great products by developing in small increments and frequent demo to the customer. On the one hand Traditionalist believe that teams and team members needs to be told what to do and how to do , conversely Agile mindset believes in having the right people in the team who are empowered to make decisions and take ownership for outcome for those decisions. A new generation of Agile developers, product managers ad project managers is in demand in today’s market so that companies can beat and stay ahead of competition. Mechanics in Agile project management is simple and can be mastered by anyone, but being Agile requires developing muscle memory by moving t needle on agile values, principles and mindset. Being Agile require being associated with someone who has done Agile Transition journey in real time and not a book guided Agilist. We at Webage and Agile N2N aspire to hold your hand regardless of where you come from and help you traverse this journey together using training, case studies, deep dive and above all ensuring that your learning is translating into impact for businesses you work for. We will help you create meaningful impacts to your company so that they can run the business for today successfully while build the business for tomorrow by innovating successfully. Courses TP1984 Real World Agile This is not your typical Agile and Scrum 101 course. This course is designed to spend 25% of the time on “What” and “Why” behind Agile and Scrum and 75% on “HOW” you can actually start using it with your team tomorrow! This is TEAM training so ALL roles (including the Business Product Owners) should attend! If you’re interested in learning real world techniques used by dozens of teams then this course is for you! We walk you through an end-to-end lifecycle Agile project journey from Release Planning all the way to Production Release using a sample project or YOUR own.