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  • Agile is a way of working that particularly adds value in unpredictable situations related to product development. So where you have uncertainty, in what you want to develop and / or how to do the development. In 2001 we started linking the word Agile to software development. We started applying the Lean principles, which were very successful in producing cars at Toyota, to software development. Read more.

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  • The 10 most frequently asked questions about Agile, Scrum, SAFe, Agile Project Management, PRINCE2 Agile and DevOps training.

    We are often contacted and get many questions about courses that deal with Agile, Scrum, SAFe, Agile Project Management, PRINCE2Agile, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFE) and DevOps. Reason to make a top 10 of the most frequently asked questions, and of course the answers.

    1.What is Agile?

    Agile is a way of working that particularly adds value in unpredictable situations related to product development. So where you have uncertainty, in what you want to develop and / or how to do the development. In 2001 we started linking the word Agile to software development. We started applying the Lean principles, which were very successful in producing cars at Toyota, to software development. 17 gurus described this new way of working in the Agile Manifesto. This Manifesto is supported by 12 principles. Working in an Agile way means that you comply to all of these 12 principles. Nowadays we not only apply the 12 principles to software development, but to product development in general.

    2.What is Scrum?

    Scrum is a framework for the development and maintenance of complex products. Scrum has been described by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland in the Scrum Guide. Scrum was one of the frameworks that have been at the basis of the Agile Manifesto. Or vice versa: Scrum is one of the ways to apply the general concept of Agile. Scrum focuses on the situation "one team, one mission". Where the mission is to (further) develop a product. Scrum does so in Sprints: time periods of one week to one month in which a working product increment is made. At the beginning of a Sprint the team plans the work for the Sprint (Sprint Planning). During the Sprint the team meets on a daily basis to discuss progress (Daily Scrum). At the end we focus on the product that has been realized during the Sprint (Sprint Review) and on improving our process and way of working (Sprint Retrospective). A Scrum Team consists of a Product Owner (focus on the "what"), a Development Team (focus on the "how") and a Scrum Master (focus on the "process").

    3.Which Scrum-training to choose?

    According to the authors of the Scrum Guide, Scrum is lightweight, simple to understand, but extremely difficult to master. In the mastering we will help you.

    If you have (almost) no Scrum knowledge and you want to get an overview of it in one day and you do not need certification, then we advise you to start with our one-day classroom training Scrum Kickstart.

    Would you like to start working as a (certified) Scrum Master or Scrum Product Owner, then you have a choice between two kinds of courses: those from Capgemini Academy itself or those from Scrum.org, the creators of Scrum. Both alternatives prepare for the Professional Scrum Master level I or Professional Scrum Product Owner level I assessment of Scrum.org. And with both alternatives you receive a code which you can use once to take the related assessment. Please see question 4 for more details.

    If you have practical experience as a Scrum Master and you want to further professionalise and grow, consider our courses Scrum Master Advanced (in development) or Scrum Coach.

    If you have a group of people to be trained and you have specific training needs, of course we can together design a custom training program!

    4.What are the differences between the Scrum Master and the Scrum Product Owner courses?

    In the table below we show you the main differences between the Capgemini Academy courses and the Scrum.org courses for Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner.

    Capgemini Academy courses

    Scrum.org courses

    Blended learning:

    • one day classroom training
    • preceded by our Scrum Basics e-learning and self-study of the Scrum Guide
    • followed by practice questions to prepare for the assessment

    Two day classroom training

     

    Based on own training materials and delivered by Capgemini Academy trainers

    Based on training materials from Scrum.org and delivered by trainers from Scrum.org

    Classroom training conducted in Dutch; all training materials and assessment in English

    Classroom training conducted in English (unless the trainer and all participants speak Dutch); all training materials and assessment in English

    Particularly recommended if you already have some first basic understanding of Scrum and you have no opportunity to attend two days of classroom training

    Particularly recommended if you have no prior knowledge of Scrum and you have the opportunity to attend two days of classroom training

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    5.What is SAFe?

    SAFe is an abbreviation of the Scaled Agile Framework. Where Scrum focuses on product development by a team, SAFe focuses on product development with large numbers of teams that have many relationships and dependencies. SAFe is not the only framework that focuses on this situation. But SAFe is ‘the’ number 1 in the ranking of scaling frameworks in the State of Agile Report. Knowledge of SAFe is freely accessible on the website, but experience shows that you can only start to apply this knowledge after going through a proper training. Our most popular training around SAFe is Leading SAFe. This training provides a really good overview of all aspects of SAFe. In addition, upon request we provide all other SAFe-related training modules with certification: SAFe Scrum Master, SAFe Advanced Scrum Master, SAFe for Teams and SAFe Product Manager / Product Owner. And of course you can also contact us for customized training or workshops.

    6.What about managing projects in an Agile environment?

    We often come across people who think that executing projects and working in an Agile way are contradictions. But nothing is less true: projects can be executed and managed just fine in an Agile way. But you will need additional practices, especially in addition to Scrum. Because Scrum is not a project management method: Scrum tells you nothing about starting, initiating, managing and closing a project. But above all: Scrum assumes infinite ongoing product development, while a project always has an end, a (usually ‘hard’) deadline. And that has consequences!

    For managing projects in an Agile environment, you can choose between two frameworks: DSDM Agile Project Management and PRINCE2 Agile. Luckily the similarities between these frameworks are greater than the differences.

    Both frameworks are based on Agile thinking and the 12 principles behind the Agile manifesto. In the classic "devils square” of project managing, both frameworks focus on fixing time, cost and quality and being flexible in scope. And they both keep the distinction between steering, managing and product delivery. For the latter aspect, both frameworks integrate very well with delivery-oriented frameworks like Scrum, Kanban and XP. Finally, for both frameworks you can certify through an exam.

    7.What are the differences between Agile Project Management en PRINCE2 Agile courses?

    In the table below we show you the main differences between the DSDM Agile Project Management and PRINCE2 Agile courses:

    DSDM Agile Project Management

    PRINCE2 Agile

    Based on DSDM terminology

    Based on PRINCE2 terminology

    Recommended for those who have no current knowledge of PRINCE2

    Recommended for those who do have current knowledge of PRINCE2

    Has a Foundation level:

    • aimed at anyone who is involved in an Agile project
    • focuses on theory and basic knowledge
    • one day classroom training

     

    and a Practitioner level:

    • aimed at project managers
    • focuses on applying the theory and on digging in to the details
    • two day classroom training

    Has a Practitioner level:

    • primarily aimed at project managers
    • focuses on applying the theory and on digging in to the details
    • two day classroom training

    for which it is necessary to have current PRINCE2 knowledge prior to training!

     

    If you want to take the PRINCE2 Agile exam, you must hold a PRINCE2 Foundation, IPMA or PMP certification. As an alternative, you can use a digital badge from the AXELOS Professional Development Programme.

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    8.What is DevOps?

    Ask this question to 100 people and you will get 100 different answers. But many of those answers have these elements in common:

    • DevOps is a next step in Agile. Where Agile focuses on iterative and incremental development of products, in DevOps we extend this to deliver those products quickly, safely and without risk to the end users. Where we have broken down the ‘wall’ between end-user and developer in Agile, in DevOps we break down the ‘wall’ between development (Dev) and operations (Ops). In addition, we make teams responsible for both the development and the operations of a product ("You build it, you run it"). This often requires a significant cultural change.
    • DevOps also focuses on automating (in the end) all the steps needed to get a product delivered to the end user quickly, safely and without risk: "automate everything". This includes mostly automated testing, automated infrastructure and a lot of "as a service" concepts.
    • Within DevOps continuous feedback, both from a technical and a functional point of view, plays a crucial role to get ever better products and an ever better process. This includes a culture of continuous improvement and experimentation, where we don’t mind making mistakes as long as we learn from them.

    Are you looking for a complete, but brief overview of all aspects of DevOps? Then our half day classroom training DevOps Awareness is the right one for you!

    9.Can I certify in DevOps?

    Of course you can! Multiple certifications exist around DevOps. The DevOps Skills Association (DASA) is the leading certification. We already offer the DASA-course DevOps Fundamentals, and soon we will also offer the DevOps Practitioner course. Later this year, we will also offer the modules Enable & Scale, Specify & Verify and Create & Deliver. The exams related to these courses are all web-proctored. That means: you get a voucher code after the training, which you can use at a time and place that suits you best to take the online exam where you will be supervised remotely.

    10.What about the professional knowledge that is always needed in an Agile environment?

    No matter in which Agile framework you work, professional skills and competencies are always needed. To further develop yourself, we offer these courses:


    If you have any questions about Agile or if you would like to get in touch with us on this matter, please contact us via the contact form.

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