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Agile Mishap #5: The Certification Circus –  Reflecting on the Agile Accreditation Landscape

In this blog post, I delve into the complexities and challenges of the Agile certification market, reflecting on my own experiences as both a Certified Scrum Trainer and a critic. From the democratisation of skill validation in societies where education is a luxury, to the pitfalls of commoditisation and “home made” certifications, I explore how what started as a well-intentioned system has often strayed from its roots. Despite these issues, I argue that when issued by credible organisations, certifications still hold significant value as markers of genuine skill and knowledge. Join me in unpacking the “Certification Circus” and discovering the true worth of Agile certifications.

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Agile Leadership: The Vital Role of Sensemaking, Integrity, Presence, and Authenticity

In today’s complex and ever-changing organisational landscapes, effective leadership goes beyond strategies and plans. It involves navigating complexities through sensemaking, acting with integrity, fostering presence, and leading with authenticity. Drawing on insights from Ralph Stacey and Karl Weick, this blog post explores how these elements are essential for agile leadership. Learn how to help your team make sense of their roles, build trust through consistent actions, connect deeply with your colleagues, and lead with your true self. Reflect on these principles to enhance your leadership and support your team’s success.

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The Unseen Potential of Scrum Masters: Future Leaders in a Time of Uncertainty

This blog post explores why managers might be resisting the Scrum Master role, despite its alignment with the qualities needed for future leadership. Scrum Masters are not just facilitators of agile practices; they embody relational intelligence, contextual thinking, self-awareness, and creative agility. However, many fall into the trap of rigidly following the Scrum framework, missing the chance to become true change agents. Discover why retaining Scrum Masters could be crucial for driving innovation, enhancing collaboration, and promoting resilience in these challenging times.

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Agile versus Systemic Coaching

Which Competencies Should an Agile Coach Have?

In Agile transformations, the role of an Agile coach is often misunderstood. Many focus on processes and frameworks, neglecting the human aspects such as trust, relationships, culture, and psychodynamics. This post explores the key competencies an Agile coach should possess, emphasising the importance of acting more like psychologists, anthropologists, or sociologists rather than engineers. By balancing knowledge of Agile frameworks with an understanding of human dynamics, Agile coaches can empower individuals and teams to take ownership of their Agile journey and ensure sustainable, meaningful transformations.

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Humble Inquiry – The Art of Elevating Your Employees

Effective leadership requires more than just authority – it demands humility, curiosity, and empathy. Explore the concept of humble inquiry with insights from experts like Edgar Schein and research by Mats Alvesson and Stefan Sveningsson. Discover how asking questions with genuine curiosity can transform your leadership approach and foster a culture of trust, collaboration, and innovation within your organisation.

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Mount Stupid - the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Agile Mishap #4: Incompetent Coaches and Trainers

Explore how the prevalence of incompetent coaches and trainers hampers Agile adoption, uncovering the reasons behind this pervasive issue. We shed light on the challenges organisations face in navigating the complexities of Agile transformation. From the commodification of Agile to the misinterpretation of confidence as competence.

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Picture by Robert Anasch on Unsplash.com

Agile Mishap #5: The Certification Circus –  Reflecting on the Agile Accreditation Landscape

In this blog post, I delve into the complexities and challenges of the Agile certification market, reflecting on my own experiences as both a Certified Scrum Trainer and a critic. From the democratisation of skill validation in societies where education is a luxury, to the pitfalls of commoditisation and “home made” certifications, I explore how what started as a well-intentioned system has often strayed from its roots. Despite these issues, I argue that when issued by credible organisations, certifications still hold significant value as markers of genuine skill and knowledge. Join me in unpacking the “Certification Circus” and discovering the true worth of Agile certifications.

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Agile Mindset & Culture – Leadership

Navigating Leadership Challenges in SAFe® Scaled Agile Framework Adoption In the quest for organisational agility, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) stands out as a beacon of promise. Yet, the journey

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Agile Mindset & Culture – Employee

The Cost of Resistance: Navigating Employee Challenges in SAFe® Scaled Agile Framework Adoption In the dynamic landscape of organisational change, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) stands out as a beacon

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