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AgileCraft Named a Strategic Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant

Posted by Steve Elliott on May 9, 2018 12:31:10 PM

I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve been included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools as the top visionary offering a comprehensive solution for large-scale organizations aspiring to embrace Agile and DevOps. This is the first time we’ve been included in a Gartner Magic Quadrant, and we are honored that we’ve been chosen for such a prestigious position.

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Topics: Scaled Agile, capacity planning, Enterprise Scaled Agile, Digital transformation, Agile, ROI, devops, CIO, Fintech, enterprise agile

The Quest for DevOps Repeatable Robustitude* in a Scaled Agile Transformation

Posted by Steve Elliott on Mar 22, 2018 1:15:10 PM

Innovation.  Speed.  Quality.  Value.  Today’s tech savvy customers demand these from the companies they support. If your organization can’t deliver on those expectations, consumers are just a single mouse click away from another company that can fill their order in a millisecond.  Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, put it this way; “Our customers are loyal to us right up until the second somebody offers them a better service.” When scaling Agile in your transforming organization, you need to be fully confident in the repeatable robustitude* of your delivery pipeline. The principles surrounding DevOps (people, process and technology), play a key role in that journey, and front and center is automation around testing, continuous integration, and continuous delivery.

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Topics: Scaled Agile, capacity planning, Enterprise Scaled Agile, Digital transformation, Agile, ROI, devops, CIO, Fintech

The Best of 2018 Predictions on Digital Transformation

Posted by Steve Elliott on Feb 15, 2018 1:09:29 PM

Now that January is behind us and I have been able to read up on all the latest predictions for digital transformation in 2018, I wanted to highlight some of my favorites that resonated with me and I think they will resonate with you also.

  1. By the End of 2019, DX Spending Will Reach $1.7 Trillion Worldwide, a 42% Increase from 2017 –IDC Top 10 Worldwide Digital Transformation (DX) Predictions
  2. By 2019, All Digitally Transformed Organizations Will Generate at Least 45% of Their Revenue from "Future of Commerce" Business Models -  IDC Top 10 Worldwide Digital Transformation (DX) Predictions
  3. 20% of CEOs will fail to act: As a result, those firms will be acquired or begin to perish. –Forrester 2018 Predictions – A Year of Reckoning
  4. By 2020, five of the top seven digital giants will willfully "self-disrupt" to create their next leadership opportunity. Gartner Top Strategic Predictions for 2018 and Beyond/ Pace Yourself, for Sanity's Sake
  5. Individuals are increasingly asserting their desire to communicate and collaborate however they want, using their choice of tools. Employees ─ particularly millennials don’t just prefer to use their own devices, they also want to use their own applications. –Dimension Data Top IT Trends for 2018: digital workplaces
  6. Digital disruptions … show no sign of being reduced in frequency or impact. Instead, those who seek value from technology-based options must move faster as their bimodal IT efforts move into high gear. –  Gartner Top Strategic Predictions for 2018 and Beyond/ Pace Yourself, for Sanity's Sake
  7. Over the next 18 to 24 months, we will likely see CIOs begin reengineering not only their IT shops but, more broadly, their approaches to technology. – Deloitte Insights Tech Trends 2018 -  The symphonic enterprise
  8. By 2020, we expect that the ‘new normal’ operating model will be customer- and context-cantered. That is, companies will change the way they interact with their customers based on the context of the exchange. They will offer a seamless omnichannel experience, through a smart balance of human and machines.- Financial services technology 2020 and beyond: Embracing disruption
  9. Seventy percent of healthcare companies are looking to digitize their operations in order to facilitate growth. While healthcare organizations see the value of digitalization, just 3 percent have completed digital transformations across their enterprises, while 54 percent of the organizations are testing or piloting digital transformation programs. - SAP Digital Transformation Executive Study: “4 Ways Leaders Set Themselves Apart"
  10. And one last one from me - 2018 will be the first year AI is truly harnessed in large scale enterprises to optimize software delivery and accelerate digital transformation.  

Hear more about AgileCraft’s adoption of Artificial Intelligence in our latest press release on our mission to optimize enterprise agility with machine learning.

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Topics: Scaled Agile, capacity planning, Enterprise Scaled Agile, Digital transformation, Agile, ROI, CIO, Fintech

Scaling Agile with JIRA Plugins: the 1968 Alfa Romeo Solution to Scale

Posted by Steve Elliott on Jan 31, 2018 4:55:46 PM

It’s like that time you saw that gorgeous 1968 Alfa Romeo Giulietta for sale on Craigslist – truly a thing of beauty, with all the bells and whistles one could want. It even has a brand-new paint job, new aftermarket headlights, and a cool new stereo. The owner is selling it for dirt cheap, and insists it’s ready to go, . It’s like the mythical Craig of Craigslist crawled right in your head, figured out your dream car and plopped it right into your search results. Excitedly, you mention it to your favorite uncle, who happens to be a very smart, old school auto mechanic.

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Topics: Scaled Agile, Agile Metrics & Measurement, capacity planning, Enterprise Scaled Agile, Digital transformation, Agile, atlassian, ROI, JIRA

What SAFe 4.5 can do for you? Getting the most out of SAFe 4.5

Posted by Steve Elliott on Dec 12, 2017 11:46:41 AM

The release of SAFe® 4.5 couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve spent most of my career in startups and Lean startups, and UX has truly become my passion. Fortunately, 4.5 brings Lean startup and UX concepts to the enterprise, while driving a clearer and deeper integration with SAFe. So, whether you are just starting to implement the SAFe framework or are in the process of updating to 4.5, I wanted to share some tips and tricks to make the move more successful.

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Topics: Agile, SAFe, lean agile, devops

Is there a Silver Bullet to Accelerate Your Agile Transformation?

Posted by Scott Blacker on Oct 11, 2017 9:14:12 AM
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Topics: Scaled Agile, Agile, JIRA, SAFe, Agile Coach, Enablement

Agile from the field: Next stop - Singapore

Posted by Nat Tanner on Jun 22, 2017 5:02:44 PM
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Topics: Scaled Agile, Agile, JIRA, SAFe, Signapore

AgileCraft Named as a 2017 Red Herring North America Winner

Posted by Steve Elliott on Jun 19, 2017 2:39:22 PM
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Topics: Scaled Agile, Agile, atlassian, JIRA, SAFe, redherring

Scaling JIRA all the way to Barcelona

Posted by Stephanie Bailey on May 10, 2017 12:36:21 PM

I was lucky enough to attend Atlassian’s first European Summit in Barcelona last week with my team. We had 2 fantastic days meeting people from all over the world from South Africa to Sweden and funny enough, had to go all the way to Barcelona to spend some time with a friend from my hometown in the states.

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Topics: Scaled Agile, Agile, atlassian, JIRA, SAFe

Connecting the Dots - The ROI of your Agile Investment

Posted by Scott Blacker on Mar 30, 2017 11:28:00 AM


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Topics: Scaled Agile, Digital transformation, Waterfall, Agile, ROI