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The Benefits Of Using Training Sprints To Achieve Agile Transformation

The Benefits Of Using Training Sprints To Achieve Agile Transformation

When it comes to managing complex software development projects, some organizations still employ a top-down process known as Waterfall. However, more businesses are starting to adopt Agile Scrum due to the many benefits it provides.

To successfully manage Agile transformation in your business, it’s important to communicate changes to your team, hold training sessions and establish stable teams.

It’s also important to become familiar with the processes involved in Agile Scrum, and using training sprints is a great way to do this.

What Are Training Sprints In Agile Software Development?

In Agile Scrum, a sprint is a set period of time during which specific work must be completed and made ready for review. The Scrum Master determines the duration of the sprint, which can be from one to four weeks.

When you’re transitioning to Agile Scrum, going full force and jumping right into your first sprint is often overwhelming for both leadership and employees. Training sprints give your employees a chance to get used to working in sprints and help with the transition from Waterfall to Agile.

Benefits Of Using Training Sprints

Agile Scrum offers many benefits in software development, but managing Agile transformation comes with challenges. Success in Agile requires that you shift your thought process around how to manage your software initiatives and understand that processes will change.

When transitioning to Agile Scrum, training sprints help your entire organization adapt to Agile practices. Instead of focusing on velocity or producing new software, teams are able to learn about Agile Scrum and get used to the new processes. Teams also hold the traditional Agile meetings such as daily stand-ups, sprint planning and weekly retrospectives.

How To Use Training Sprints To Achieve Agile Transformation

If you’d like to achieve Agile transformation in your organization, here are several ways to use training sprints:

1. Training sprints help create a stable, predictable rhythm when developing new software applications.

2. Training sprints help build better collaboration between business and IT, and help to engage business stakeholders and embed the new processes.

3. When working in a co-development setting with a software development company, training sprints allow you to quickly align processes and culture.

4. When your organization is moving to Agile Scrum, use training sprints to help acclimate your team to the Agile methodology.

Agile transformation is a journey that results in major changes to the way your software development process works. By implementing training sprints, you give your employees an opportunity to become familiar with new processes, making the transition smoother for everyone.

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Rob joined Small Footprint as an Engagement Manager and Senior Consultant in January 2010 and now serves as VP Global Practices & Strategy.

He has over 25 years of experience in technology leadership positions at start-ups and major corporations. He has held a number of executive positions (C-level, VP, and Director) in Application Development and Enterprise Architecture directing small and large professional teams at companies such as GMAC Financial Services, United Airlines, Comdisco, and SHLSystemhouse (EDS). He has significant experience in building large scale enterprise solutions and eBusiness systems.

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