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Radtac Becomes a PMI® Registered Education Provider

21-Feb-2017 11:33:27 Agile training PMI Certifications

We are pleased to announced that we have successfully received Registered Education Provider (REP) status with Project Management Institute® (PMI).


PMI is the “world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world.”


We are always working on initiatives to improve the products and services we provide to our clients, as a PMI REP we will now have the opportunity to offer Professional Development Units (PDUs) and contact hours that are pre-approved by PMI.  

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Agile Business Transformation Values and Principles (White paper)

When the business environment is complicated, complex or chaotic, evolutionary Agile Business Transformation is more appropriate than large scale revolutionary programmatic business transformation.

This is the second white paper in the Agile Business Transformation series focusing on organisational change. These two white papers are written by Peter Measey, Radtac CEO and Agile business transformation expert. Peter uses his 20+ years of experience to share knowledge and practical examples, coupled with independent research from the industry.

View the 'Why Agile Business Transformation' white paper

While the first white paper in the series deals with the question 'Why Agile business transformation?', the second white paper discusses the values and principles that should characterise an Agile business transformation. Below you can find an extract from the white paper - download the white paper to view the full content.

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Introducing Agile to Young People Starting Work

08-Feb-2017 12:05:04 BCS Agile foundations

Why I Believe Agile Should Be Introduced to All Young People Starting Work

Just as a disclaimer, this is my first blog and it will also be a blog about a subject that I am by no means an expert in.  So, this could very well be a very subjective opinion.

About Me  

Since I am trying to get across a message that anyone can be Agile, I feel as though it is important to give you a bit of information about me.

I started working for Radtac as a not-so-fresh-faced apprentice about nine months ago. I was relatively new to the working world, so I kind of expected to be a little bit confused at every twist and turn. The only problem was that everyone at Radtac seemed to speak an entirely different language. I cannot tell you the amount of times someone has been talking, and I was just sitting there nodding, thinking  “I have no clue what this person is saying, at all.”

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Top 6 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Just in case you missed any of them, or would like to refresh your learnings reading them again, here are our top six blog posts of 2016 from the Radtac Blog.

1. Organisational Culture and Agile Frameworks: How to Create an Alignment

Can you map a certain type of organisational culture against an Agile framework? Is a certain Agile approach better suited to a certain culture? How can various culture types affect the success of your chosen Agile approach?

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Motivating Teams for the New Year: A Snapshot of the Meetup Talks

17-Jan-2017 17:48:06 Agile teams Meetup Events staff motivation

 

A New Year arises, we’re back to work, and have deliberated a dry January - but it’s not all doom and gloom. The cold weather and train strikes could not prevent a mass of like-minded people from attending our first ‘Stand Up and Talk Agile’ Open mic meetup of 2017.

Carrying on with the success from previous meetups, we kick-started the session with one open mic slot, and were dazzled in exchange with a generous selection of four thought-provoking talks. Loosely focused around motivating teams, each talk brought new insights that naturally fuelled further discussions and learning.

Nevil Wharton, our very welcoming host for the evening at the Hiscox venue, was first to take to the stage. He discussed the positive impacts that adopting Agile ways of working has had on his team, and the ripple effect this has had on the organisation. He shared the three key ingredients which led to a truly motivated team.

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Why 'Agile' Business Transformation (White paper included)

To keep pace with an ever-changing  business environment and with increasing business challenges, organisations are faced with the need to transform. However, the transformation itself isn't enough - it has to be successful, effective, and ensure growth and competitivity. How can this be achieved?

Peter Measey, CEO of Radtac and Agile expert, builds on his 20+ years of experience with Agile, in order to provide you with a deeper understanding of Agile business transformation - what it is, why you need it, and what difference it is going to make. The learnings are captured in a series of white papers on Agile Business Transformation, with the first one looking at the 'why' in Agile Business Transformation.

The below is an extract from the Why 'Agile' Business Transformation white paper.

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Agile Awards 2016: Agile Consultancy of the Year (Enterprise)

As 2016 is almost over, we want to take a moment and look back at the Agile Awards 2016, where, with great honour, we have received the ‘Agile Consultancy of the Year (Enterprise)’ award.


The Agile Awards ceremony is a ‘celebration of global Agile talent and achievement’,  recognising the merits of individuals, teams, and organisations who have had outstanding results with Agile. We’ve been extremely honoured to receive the award, and would like to thank Barclays for giving us the opportunity to work together on their Agile transformation. Thanks to a great collaboration, we are now both in a place where our achievements together have stood out among a notable competition.


We’d like to congratulate all winners and participants of the 2016 Agile Awards: thank you for all your contribution to the Agile community, and for helping keep up great professional standards!


This year’s awards ceremony marks the third consecutive time Radtac has been awarded in the last three years, directly or in collaboration with our clients, which makes us turn around to you and thank you. Thank you for choosing us and thank you for achieving excellent results together.

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A Look Back at Radtac’s Website Redesign (2016)

 Before ending this year and moving towards the new, exciting challenges that we hope 2017 will bring, we’d like to take a look back at an important 2016 milestone for us: our website redesign.


Why is it an important milestone? Well, firstly, because we wanted to make our website more friendly for you. We wanted you to find quicker what you’re looking for, to browse through the content more easily, and to have a pleasant experience when using our website.


Second, as with any Agile approach where you inspect and adapt your work, we wanted to make sure our website reflects our beliefs, our brand and our identity. This is why we have turned to Brand it Guru (BiG), a creative, London-based agency of ‘Gurus’ that we have worked with in the past. The team at BiG have known us for a while now, and were ideally placed to help us communicate our message in the best possible visual way.

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How to Prioritise Using Mince Pies

I love mince pies. FACT.


It was a day in late November, and I was catching the late train home after a long day in the office. I needed a drink, so I went to the food and drink place in St Pancras International. I asked for my coffee, and was offered a Mince Pie for an extra £1. Ooh that’s a good offer, I thought, so I said ‘Okay’.


Whilst sitting on the train I sipped my drink and devoured my Mince Pie. The coffee was good, but the mince pie was average at best. Especially for a £1, I thought. Perhaps it wasn't such a good deal!


So I posted a picture of my pie to our Slack channel, and jokingly gave it a score of 6 out of 10. Our Slack channel went berserk with ‘You’ve had a mince pie - why have you scored it?’ ‘OMG you scored it’ etc. And I thought, well yes, I have had a mince pie, and yes I have scored it... I wonder how others compare, and I wonder which one is best!


And that is where it all started.

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Is Your Code on the Naughty List? Ask Yourself Why.

Christmas is coming and Father Christmas is making those last minutes checks to see if you've been naughty or nice!  But what about your code?  Would it make it onto the nice list or has it been naughty this year?

The Santa Claus of Development is on the lookout for code with technical debt; lots and lots of technical debt. But how did we get here? We can all identify technical debt and know that the chance of paying it back are slim, yet we carry on doing it.  No presents for this code :(

Technical debt is "a concept in programming that reflects the extra development work that arises when code that is easy to implement in the short run is used instead of applying the best overall solution." (Wikipedia)

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