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October 10, 2017
When you work in companies of various sizes, in varied industries and in different parts of the world, repeating patterns stand out among the diversity. A pattern we've noticed is when clients get these three things right—1) dedicated...
September 28, 2017
The journey of transforming an organization from a waterfall approach to an agile mindset can be daunting, particularly if the organization is attempting the journey alone. Scaling the formidable peaks of moving from command and control to empirically-...
July 26, 2017
If you are serious about reaping the benefits from transforming to an agile culture, using a CSP+ — Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Team Coach (CTC), Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) — is key. CSP...
September 6, 2016
We see one scrum master responsible for two or more scrum teams in many organizations. Staffing budgets and management perspectives may influence an organization to entertain the idea of "thrashing" its scrum masters (i.e. working on multiple...
August 10, 2016
Platinum Edge developed a simple and useful product backlog and sprint backlog template for our students and clients. Several product backlog templates, as well as both 1- & 2-week sprint backlog templates are available for download in MS Excel...
June 22, 2016
Platinum Edge, LLC is pleased to announce that the company has continued global expansion to provide agile coaching on multiple continents with the goal of aligning teams, delivering better consistency, and transforming organizations to agile. Many of...
April 19, 2016
At its core, agile project management is an empirical approach to projects, focused on incremental delivery of highest business value through: Scope flexibility Iterative planning, development and testing Continuous improvement of product and process...
March 15, 2016
Bridge renovations, bullet trains, major sporting events, oil refineries, canals, commercial construction, healthcare applications, software upgrades—they’ve all made recent headlines with record-breaking cost overruns. Some of these reported...
March 15, 2016
Forrester has released its 2016 annual industry research predictions. Of those findings, the power of the customer is prominent, and many companies still don’t operate accordingly. The impact of customer involvement on the success of business is...
February 18, 2016
Agile leadership techniques are often explained by contrasting with the military’s “command and control” approach. Although structured and hierarchal organizations like the military can make iterating and responding quickly to change...
February 18, 2016
What are companies doing with all the data collected? They are empirically identifying patterns and responding to what they’re learning from those patterns. As fast as the data can be collected, decisions about what to do with the data must be...
September 28, 2015
If you’re a startup, you’re up against organizations with experience and capital. Your ability to pivot quickly (i.e. agility) is your survival. The “lean startup” approach is essentially scrum for startups.   Many startups...
September 17, 2015
According to the 9th Annual State of Agile survey, the majority of organizations (66%) use scrum. And among agile projects, 85% use scrum. As organizations using scrum begin to mature, scaling beyond the pilot scrum team becomes a common challenge....
September 14, 2015
Platinum Edge, LLC is excited to announce that the company’s Founder and CEO, Mark Layton, will be giving a keynote presentation at the Agile Gathering West Michigan conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 16, 2015.   ...
August 12, 2015
Cyber attacks are now the highest national security threat, according to the United States Director of National Intelligence.   Technology that changes on a daily basis allows this type of attack to spread more rapidly than any other. This requires...
August 12, 2015
Plan a wedding. Save for retirement. Find “the one” you want to be with. Teach your children how to set goals and make decisions.   How does scrum make these life-altering events easier? Scrum and other common agile practices walk you...
February 4, 2015
Leadership is naturally one of the largest components in the success of a project team (or any team for that matter). Sure, the actual project results the team produces are the primary measurement of success, but the journey taken by the team to get to...
February 4, 2015
A project’s ultimate success can significantly be determined well before the work actually begins. Establishing an effective framework for roles, teamwork, planning and communication is crucial and can be the secret leading to that success. Generally...
January 6, 2015
Project managers throughout San Diego have realized the importance of becoming a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and in recent years interest in Scrum has spiked considerably with an increased number of people completing certification courses. This video...
November 25, 2014
We agile people like to say a lot that being agile, and scrum is not just for software and the IT department, and I’d like to prove it. We have successfully worked on transformational projects with construction, human resources, micro-miniature medical...

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