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Leading SAFe course

Since the 20th January 2021, I have had the privilege of training 55 people on Leading SAFe across Old Mutual. I think of it as a privilege because during these 2 days we truly start the conversation and thinking about how to implement business agility. We have had vigorous debates on financing Value Streams and why project thinking limits us and how empowered teams really are the way of the future. In my opinion, the …

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2021 – What now?

2021 – What now? AUTHOR: Malene Marie Bendixen Jacobsen, Agile Coach Happy New Year and welcome to 2021! We from Kaizania are back from holiday and ready for a new year, are you? At the end of 2020, most people were longing for 2021 and change – but what would actually change in 2021? What were people’s expectations? No doubt 2020 has been a tough year for the whole world – but also an interesting …

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Sprint Goal

How to Write Good Sprint Goals?

What is a good Sprint Goal? How do you write a good Sprint Goal? AUTHOR: Malene Marie Bendixen Jacobsen, Agile Coach To answer this question, let us first look into the reason behind the Sprint Goal… From the official Scrum Guide: “The Sprint Goal is an objective set for the Sprint that can be met through the implementation of the Product Backlog” The outcome of Sprint Planning is the Sprint Goal and a Sprint Backlog. …

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Tips To Become A Great Scrum Master

How do you become a great Scrum Master? Read the Scrum Master tips to find out how. AUTHOR: Malene Marie Bendixen Jacobsen, Agile Coach Let’s first have a look at what skills you need to be a great Scrum Master. As the Scrum Guide explains, a Scrum Master needs to be a Servant Leader – but what does that mean? It means that Scrum Master responsibilities are always centred on serving the people. This differs …

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ABSA Risk Reporting Programme

ABSA Risk Reporting Programme ABSA operates in multiple African countries, has a revenue of over R39BN and employs over 39 000 people In the light of financial reporting scandals, the SARB mandated that all banks meet new standards of compliance within a strict timeframe to reduce exposure liability into the future. The ask…align all of Absa to ensure delivery of a critical SARB requirement in the next 18 months. Across over 15 internal departments needed …

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BMW Financial Services

BMW Financial Services BMW has been selling cars in SA since 1968 and SA was the first country outside of Germany to produce BMW’s in 1975. To build and maintain BMW FINANCIAL services – linking into all elements of the greater BMW business was vital. Multiple systems in various areas of the business Ageing systems Business losing faith in IT delivery Key man dependencies Oliver Kreibich BMW, Head of Department Rosa Pienaar Head of Department, …

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Breakout Rooms in Microsoft Teams

How to use Breakout Rooms in Microsoft Teams

Can you use breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams? You actually can!  AUTHOR: Malene Marie Bendixen Jacobsen, Agile Coach I have always been a fan of Zoom and it’s breakout room functionality for my virtual sessions, and I must admit I was always skeptical when working on Microsoft Teams as I hand a long list of “issues” with what they could do for remote teams. Breakout room functionality was at the top of this list. How …

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AUTHOR: Darren Bekker, Agile Coach & RTE ‘’We should never waste a good crisis’’ Winston Churchill With Covid-19, most of the world in lockdown and a pending global recession, it has never been more important for businesses to transform. Many companies have ceased projects and programmes and have moved into survival mode. It is now, more important than ever for organizations to accelerate digital transformation initiatives or face potential extinction.  The last global recession in …

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