10 Tips For Creating User Stories That Actually Add Value

10 Tips For Creating User Stories That Actually Add Value

For many Agile teams the vague user stories are serious impediments to team performance. Imagine the amount of time that is wasted in trying to make sense the ambiguous customer requirement, not to mention the accrual of technical debt when our requirements assumptions are way off. User stories that don’t express business value should not be on the product backlog. Read More

Agile Day: Nominate Speakers or Topics

Agile Day: Nominate Speakers or Topics

In order to host an un-conference in Johannesburg or Cape Town we would like your input on possible speakers and or topics, stuff that interests you or that you are struggling with at work. We will consider all inputs you provide in order to create a great event. There are prices up for grabs to random selected participants.

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Certified Scrum Master vs. PMI’s Agile certified Practitioner



There are countless arguments for and against Agile training certificates. Some will suggest it gives a false sense of quality to employers. That a certificate does not justly certify that an individual understand or can properly implement the complex agile processes and techniques in software development. But, there are others who believe that those willing to spend the time and money on obtaining these certificates will gain more knowledge and understanding of the agile methods.

Whether you have been debating registering for a PMI-ACP certification or a CSM certification, you will want to first decide which certificate is the right one for you to start with.  Read More

Shane Hastie presents Certified Professional in Agile Portfolio Management (ICP-PFM)


Agilocity is pleased to announce that it will host an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Portfolio Management (ICP-PFM) course in South Africa, a first for the African continent. Presented by Shane Hastie, a lead Agile Knowledge Engineer.

Shane is Chief Knowledge Engineer at Software Education, providing training and consultancy in business systems analysis, requirements engineering, software project management, software testing and design techniques using traditional, Object Oriented as well as Agile methodologies. Read More

Scrum Master Salary Survey 2015


Growing Agile brings you the Scrum Master Salary Survey 2015, containing salary statistics from coaches, consultants and Scrum Masters. Have a look at their interesting findings here.

Some key observations:

  • A Senior Agile Coach earns about double of that of a Scrum Master in Gauteng
  • There is a growing number of Agile coaches in SA
  • Salary is mostly determined by one’s previous job
  • The most influential learning for Agile practitioners are:
    • Having a mentor
    • Mentoring others
    • Doing pair work
    • Mentored others
    • Being mentored
    • Having a coach
  • Attending local conferences and events came out as top in the “How do you share and connect” category.


Read the full article, which appeared first on www.growingagile.co.za on May 22nd, 2015.

Memoirs and lessons from Lean Leadership workshop – Sam Laing


Last week I was privileged to attend the Lean Leadership Workshop by Mary and Tom Poppendieck. I would like to say thanks to Agilocity for bringing them to South Africa – as a trainer I understand how expensive this is…. [read more]

Agile Certified Practitioner exam preparation


Agilocity offers PMI-ACP® –  PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner exam preparation courses!

The course covers all knowledge areas for the PMI-ACP® exam, and offers you 21 educational contact hours as required by the exam entrance. For current PMI® credential holders, these PDU’s may be applied to your PDU maintenance cycle.

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