Invisible Agile Principles make the Scrum methodology work

Scalable Adaptive Scrum

You already know that Scrum and Agile have been around for almost 2 decades helping software engineers solve complex problems in demanding situations. What you may not know is that over 400K Scrum Practitioners currently use these tools to sharpen their competitive edge. What you should know is that these same proven, successful methods and principles have now been successfully applied to the vastly more complex environments of marketing, operations, logistics and more. Now the competitive edge belongs to those who practice Scalable Adaptive Scrum.

Go Time Agile has created a unique system to balance the unyielding quality of principled management with responsive scrum tools. The system is called Scalable Adaptive Scrum. It is called “Scalable” because it works for any size group in any capacity as long as that group has a deliverable. It doesn’t require extra overhead since the principles dictate the workload be balanced with the size and ability of the individuals in the group. It is called “Adaptive” because no matter what the deliverable is or who the customer (even if that is the group itself) may be, our tools apply to that deliverable’s unique circumstance.

Go Time Agile delivers these tools and principles through training courses, on-site consulting, and learning materials from which one can train him or herself. See our list below of Scalable Adaptive Scrum learning possibilities and choose your best options.

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Agile Principles for Business

Defined Mission and Objectives

Defined Mission and Objections

Before you start your agile journey, you need to select a destination and some intermediary goals to accomplish. You may not know how you’re going to get there, but if you know what you want to become then you are ready to start.

Outcome over Output

You care about results. Are you getting closer accomplishing your objectives and fulfilling your objects?That’s what matters. Don’t worry about how pretty your powerpoint slides are or how many meetings you host. You batting average isn’t as important-the final score is.

Outcome over output
Accountability

Accountability

This principle unlocks the power of all the others. Without it, there can’t be agility or Agile.

Leadership without Micromanagement

An Agile manager is a servant leader. S/he set the priorities and does whatever is necessary to help the team fulfill them. Guide, lift, mentor, teach, lead, and learn. Neither you nor the team can get there without each other. A great leader teaches and fosters leadership within the team. Micromanagement cannot be tolerated because it’s horribly inefficient and the antithesis of agility.

Leadership
Planning

Planning Prior to Acting

It’s critical to prioritize based upon your mission and objectives, choosing what’s most important to do now. Plan, do, report. That iterative approach creates an environment for critical evaluation to make course corrections quickly. What you learn today will go into tomorrow’s planning. Since you can’t do everything you want, you’ve got to implement harsh prioritization to what’s most important.

Focus

We’d rather do less things properly than do many things poorly. Because we prioritize, we’re doing the most important stuff. Multitasking kills productivity. Focus improves creativity and quality. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by urgent stuff. Keep your eye on on the ball.

Focus principles
Validated learning

Making Choices Based on Validated Learning rather than Opinions or Conventional Wisdom

Mark Twain was correct when he said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” If it’s important test it. Don’t get lazy: ask “Why?” No great advancement ever came by looking at things the same way that everyone else did. Breakthroughs come by doing something different. Experiment. Fail fast. Succeed fast.

Collaboration

It sounds simple, but is often ignored. Get more done in less time with better results. Do things that were otherwise impossible.

Collaboration principles
Transparency and Communication

Transparency and Communication – No Silos

Barriers to communication can come in the form of policy, inconvenience, or attitude. Tear down those walls. A smart team learns from it’s successes and failures. Agile teams are faster because also learn from other teams’ activities. They automatically and openly show their own results telling the bad news as loudly as the good news. This allows the entire organization to move faster to achieving its objectives.

Flexibility

It’s impossible to determine the perfect way to complete a complex project before starting. Attempting to is futile and a waste of time. After you have a good idea of what you want to accomplish, start. Learn as you go. If you are wrong about something change your course and do what you can to learn what you need to know. Don’t waste time being embarrassed. You will be wrong about many things. If you are flexible you can succeed.

Agile is being Flexible
Innovation

Continual Effort to Innovate Instead of Being Content to just Make Incremental Improvement

On a consistent cadence, agile team challenge themselves to try new things in search of making a big difference. Transformational innovation cannot come from incremental improvement, but it can come from iterative efforts to do so. All of the principles above have this idea as a foundation. We do those things so we can achieve. Agility isn’t natural for most people. It’s worth the effort of doing things differently so that they can accomplish great things and become something special.

We are Different Kind of Business Consultantcy

We won’t spend months interviewing your people and then deliver a 125-slide presentation telling you what to do. You will always know your industry better than us. We’ll dive in with you and give you value on the first day of the engagement through the end of it. We’ll bring you results faster and for a much lower cost than traditional consulting firm.

Agile Works for Business

In the software development world, it’s typical for people to claim Agile gets them twice the the work in half the time. The fundamental Agile principles work in non-engineering environments even better though it may look somewhat different. Developers work to deliver working code. We don’t care so much about the output, but the outcome. We claim Agile can deliver 10X better business outcomes.

It's Not a Fad

Agile wasn’t invented. It isn’t the next buzzy thing for business. “Agile” is the name given to a set a principles that have been around forever.  It’s named “Agile” because these principles and associated operational methodologies will help you be flexible and nimble, able to learn and act quickly to serve your customers better.  It’s applicable to industries as diverse as technology, healthcare, education, legal, and manufacturing.

Go Time Agile can do these things for you:

Agile and Scrum Training

Agile Training

We are one of very few who do Agile training specifically for non-engineering environments. We offer our Scalable Adaptive Scrum certification course and customized training options.

Mission Objectives Measurement

Strategy Definition

Before you improve your organization’s speed, you need to point them in the right direction.  We’ll help you define define your mission and objectives. We’ll also set the associated success criteria so you can measure your progress.

Agile coaching for teams and executives

Coaching

We provide coaching for teams to improve performance. We coach executives on strategy and Agile leadership.

Scrum Mastering

Scrum Mastering

A Scrum Master facilitates the team’s operation, conducts the meetings, eliminates impediments, and otherwise helps the team operate at peak performance.

Dedicated Agile Teams

We can “Agile-ize” your team as it exists today.

Cross-functional agile teams

Cross-Functional Teams

We can work with you to create cross-functional teams to tackle specific challenges and then transfer the learnings and solutions to your standard operations.

Agile Distributed Teams

Distributed Teams

Team members distributed across facilities, time zones or continents create several challenges.  We’re learned though experience the technologies and principles that make distributed teams thrive within an Agile environment.

Scrum Methodology

Methodology

We’ll help you adapt the methodologies to your specific needs, for one team or across the entire organization.

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Agile Tools

Tools

We’ll configure and adapt the right Agile software application to meet the needs of the overall organization, individual teams and their members.

Improv Comedy Workshops

Improv Workshops

Improv comedy workshops are fun and improve several Agile principles such as collaboration, flexibility, and courage to try something new.