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Using Return on Team to Enhance Business Agility

Guest Post by Brent Barton, SolutionsIQ

Created on 26.05.2016 by Brent Barton

At this year’s Global Scrum Gathering in Orlando, SolutionsIQ President John Rudd and I presented on the topic of Agile portfolio management. During our presentation, Andreas Schliep (long time Certified Scrum Trainer, Agilist, and hilariously dry-witted guy based in Germany) tweeted, “Brent Barton and John Rudd gave the term business agility a useful meaning. Think portfolio.”

What is Business Agility?

Prior to the presentation, Andreas told me how concerned he was with the term “business agility” because it lacks meaning and can water down a company’s ability to derive the real benefits from being “Agile”. Luckily for Andreas and many people attending our session who were uncertain about what exactly business agility is, thinking about it from a portfolio perspective provided a pragmatic way for business to support a modern organization. Now I’d like to share here what we shared to participants that day. Simply put, business agility means leveraging iterative delivery capability and actively managing organizational investments. The bottom line is that, if we do not align our portfolio practices to leverage what Agile has to offer, we miss out on opportunities to maximize returns and adjust plans. The rest of this blog is dedicated to “thinking portfolio” and one of its most important components: Return on Team.

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One possible low-cost way to earn SEUs

Created on 11.05.2016 by Yuliya MIjuk

What requirements must be met before you can submit the CSP (Certified Scrum Professional) application to the Scrum Alliance?

  • A valid CSM, CSPO or CSD certification.
  • 36 months of work experience in Scrum, collected during the last 5 years.
  • 70 SEUs (Scrum Education Units or learning hours), collected during the last 3 years. Actually, there are only 54 or even fewer SEUs to collect, because the first SUEs are earned during the CSM, CSPO or CSD certification courses.

To collect 54 SEUs within three years is a realistic goal. If you live in Zurich or nearby you can, for example:

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