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Blue Agility is excited to announce that we have been acquired by cPrime, a full service consultancy that helps companies deliver the extraordinary through consulting, managed services and custom solutions for thousands of software teams, including more than half of the Fortune 100. cPrime is a leader in Agile / Scrum transformation services, one of the largest Agile training companies in the United States, Atlassian Platinum Solution Partner and Verified Vendor, Gold SAFe Partner and a well established DevOps solution provider. companies are able to drive consistency and accelerate rollout of SAFe transformations of all sizes.

“Teaming up with cPrime accelerates our ability to grow the reach of our Scaled Agile Expertise, proprietary BlueKit Implementation methodology and deliver holistic solutions to our existing client base,” said Ken France, CEO of Blue Agility.

“Blue Agility is recognized as one of the best companies at delivering SAFe transformations. Bringing them into the cPrime family positions us to better provide and support global SAFe transformations. Built from actual implementations, their BlueKit has proven to be extremely useful in successfully implementing SAFe transformations through industry-specific best practices, and we look forward to incorporating it into our delivery of SAFe transformations,” said Zubin Irani, CEO of cPrime.

We spoke with cPrime CEO, Zubin Irani, this week about the acquisition and what it means for cPrime and Blue Agility customers.

Q: What is the main reason Blue Agility was the right additional “piece of the puzzle” for cPrime?
A: I believe there are multiple pieces they add to the puzzle – they have a great deal of scaled agile expertise and as we are doing more enterprise transformations, we are able to combine their expertise and proven practices to provide a more comprehensive solution and support for transformations both locally and globally.

Q: Timing can be everything. Why do you feel this was the right time to participate in this acquisition adventure?
A: As the market is maturing and large scale transformations are growing, there is a need to have a larger transformation consulting organization with deeper and more experienced teams to support those demands. We are taking two of the largest scaling agile teams and bringing together years of knowledge and best practices to allow us to be able to deliver small to very complex enterprise transformations.  Right now it is more important than ever for companies to be able to accelerate and achieve their goals and this acquisition further strengthens our ability right now to incorporate Software Services Lifecycle Management (SSLM) into our clients’ strategy to achieve accelerated flow of value delivery to their customers and greater responsiveness to business needs.

Q: What specific synergies do you see in the solution offerings and how will they bring value to cPrime and Blue Agility customers?
A: We are very much like-minded in the belief you need to be able to have your business and development teams working together synergistically through Agile and DevOps, and to scale together for a complete solution.  By combining their scaling agile expertise with our extensive agile and tooling consulting practices, we are able to provide and deliver a holistic solution that help both companies’ current clients and future client base with continued lifetime value.

Q: Looking at your crystal ball, what does the future look like for the Agile/DevOps space? What trends do you see on the horizon?
A: We see Agile + DevOps being two key pieces in the same puzzle and becoming ever more necessary.  Organizations don’t realize the value of Agile without DevOps, and DevOps by itself is meaningless without Agile. You only get 30% of the benefit that Agile promises without DevOps, but without being agile your DevOps practice misses out on the biggest value they can achieve which is to get to true agility in effectively building the extraordinary, regardless if it is software, hardware, or products.


This addition will expand cPrime’s ability to deliver patented BlueKit best practices library for SAFe transformations and help customers implement Software Services Lifecycle Management (SSLM)

FOSTER CITY, CA (PRWEB) AUGUST 28, 2017

cPrime, the largest Agile, Atlassian and DevOps consulting company in the United States, today announced that it has acquired Blue Agility, a leading Agile and DevOps consulting and training firm, based in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Since 2011, Blue Agility has helped organizations implement large-scale agile transformations, DevOps automation and application lifecycle management (ALM) technology. With “BlueKit”, a proprietary library of best practices, templates and workshops, companies are able to drive consistency and accelerate rollout of SAFe transformations of all sizes. The acquisition will deepen cPrime’s Agile consulting and training practice and help software development teams better incorporate Software Services Lifecycle Management (SSLM) into their process to create accelerated flow of value delivery to customers and greater responsiveness to business needs.

“Blue Agility is recognized as one of the best companies at delivering SAFe transformations. Bringing them into the cPrime family positions us to better provide and support global SAFe transformations. Built from actual implementations, their BlueKit has proven to be extremely useful in successfully implementing SAFe transformations through industry-specific best practices, and we look forward to incorporating it into our delivery of SAFe transformations,” said Zubin Irani, CEO of cPrime.

Launched in 2016, SSLM is a new approach designed to address the fragmented way software and services are used to support Agile, DevOps and ALM initiatives. It aligns teams, processes, and tools used to build applications through a unified approach to software services that removes the cultural barriers that result in siloed operations and disconnected software delivery workflows. SSLM promotes an integrated and comprehensive approach that supports the software goals of an organization. As Agile and DevOps reach further into the enterprise, SSLM establishes the need for tool and process convergence, and building a unified, integrated strategy.

“Teaming up with cPrime accelerates our ability to grow the reach of our Scaled Agile Expertise, proprietary BlueKit Implementation methodology and deliver holistic solutions to our existing client base,” said Ken France, CEO of Blue Agility.

About cPrime
cPrime, an ALTEN Group Company, is a full service consultancy that helps companies deliver the extraordinary through consulting, managed services and custom solutions for thousands of software teams, including more than half of the Fortune 100. cPrime is a leader in Agile / Scrum transformation services, one of the largest Agile training companies in the United States, Atlassian Platinum Solution Partner and Verified Vendor, Gold SAFe Partner and a well established DevOps solution provider. For more information, please visit http://www.cprime.com. Follow cPrime on Twitter at https://twitter.com/cprimeinc.

cPrime Contact
Tiffany Metzinger
tiffany.metzinger(at)cprime(dot)com
(415) 706-3492

 


REPLAY OF EXPERT VIRTUAL PANEL

CPrime hosted virtual panel with top SAFe/DevOps leaders in the industry: Zubin Irani, CEO of cPrime; Ken France, CEO of Blue Agility; Brandon Cipes, VP of DevOps at cPrime, & Dr. Steve Mayner, SPCT & Senior Consultant at Scaled Agile. Wednesday, Aug 16 at 2 pm ET.

Scaled Agile recently announced a more formal integration and stronger focus on DevOps and Continuous Delivery in the most recent 4.5 release of the SAFe framework – more specifically a “CALMR” approach to DevOps. C – Culture. A – Automation. L – Lean Flow. M – Measurement. R-Recovery. Is it just another acronym I need to learn? Is it any different from the way I develop and deliver? What does it really mean in real-world implementations?

In this Web Event, you will learn: The underlying value of the acronym! How our partners define and implement each one of the values; the successes and challenges they’ve encountered in real-life; and opportunities stemming from DevOps & Continuous delivery when done right.


If you’re looking to amp up your flow of value delivery to your end customer via DevOps strategy and continuous delivery, join us Thu Jul 13 @1ET – with Dean Leffingwell and Ken France.

REGISTER HERE

The recently announced SAFe 4.5 introduced and refreshed many capabilities and represents a major milestone for this proven and successful framework.

Two of the major focus areas are DevOps and Continuous Delivery. These crucial capabilities ensure that your organization delivers “the last mile”, the working software to the business, in an efficient, cost-effective & repeatable way.

Join us for this Web Seminar to hear Dean Leffingwell, co-founder and chief methodologist at Scaled Agile, Inc., and Ken France, CEO at Blue Agility, explore some of these enhanced capabilities and share some real-life examples of how DevOps enables the organization to continuously define and deliver solution elements to the end user that ultimately lead to superior business performance.

If developing at scale is something you are considering and you want to learn how DevOps can accelerate time to value to your customers, or if you’re already an experienced SAFe practitioner and want to come up to speed on these enhanced developments to the Framework, we would love to have you join us.

REGISTER HERE

PRESENTERS


Dean LeffingwellDean Leffingwell
Co-founder and Chief Methodologist
Scaled Agile, Inc.

Dean Leffingwell, a 40-year software industry veteran, has spent his career helping software teams achieve their goals. A renowned methodologist, author, multi-entrepreneur, consultant and executive, he has founded multiple software companies.

His current project is the Scaled Agile Framework, a public-facing knowledge base of proven best practices that bring the benefits of software agility to the largest software enterprises. He currently serves as both an independent consultant and Chief Methodologist at Scaled Agile, Inc., which he cofounded in 2011.

Ken France

Ken France
CEO
Blue Agility

Ken France has more than 22 years’ experience helping large-scale organizations adopt iterative and incremental development practices such as RUP and Agile. As CEO of Blue Agility, he helps develop and implement corporate strategy, provides executive level coaching for our clients, and works with and across all Blue Agility departments to ensure overall Client Success.

Much of his career has been spent directly coaching Agile teams and their management chain on how to drive the change necessary to become successful at the enterprise level, while recognizing the uniqueness of each environment and what trade offs need to be made to achieve that success. He is also the first US minted SAFe SPCT.

 


On Wednesday, April 6, we had the pleasure of hosting Dean Leffingwell, Scaled Agile, Inc., co-founder and chief methodologist, and Ken France, SPCT4 and CEO at Blue Agility for a very special “Happy Hour” Web Event. Dean and Ken updated us on the latest and greatest with SAFe 4.0. They shared real-life use cases and how you can gain the business benefits of scaling agile to the enterprise to help you survive and thrive in the face of tough competition.

If you’re looking for a better understanding of how you can take advantage of the improvements in SAFe 4.0, then this replay is for you.

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So kickback, relax and enjoy an hour chock-full of valuable and actionable information. 


Presentation

Architecture vs. Design vs. Agile: What’s the Answer pdf-icon

Speaker(s): Anthony Crain

Abstract: Is architecture the same as preliminary design in agile? It shouldn’t be. Do we do architecture up front, then do iterative development after the architecture is done? That is edging back toward waterfall. Can you explain the purpose of the architecture in just two or three statements? Anthony Crain says that when he asks that question, he gets either verbose answers or blank stares. So Anthony shares an elegantly simple two bullet explanation of what an architecture does. Explore the models architects and designers should produce and learn why the models are so important to keep separate. Understand why it is vital to separate functional from nonfunctional requirements and how this affects architecture, design, and even code and test. Explore what a conceptual architectural model should look like vs. a physical one, and for the conceptual design model vs. a physical one—and the timing of all four models. Finally, explore the impact of iterative development on architecture.

 


Agile 2015, the most talked about agile conference, is in its 13th edition and takes place from August 3 to August 7, 2015 in the Nation’s Capital, at the Gaylord Hotel. This conference brings together an international community of agilists who seek to expand their knowledge of agile methods and practices.

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At Blue Agility, we’re very excited to be sponsoring this event (Silver) and look forward to meeting new agilists and reconnect with old friends.

Blue Agility executives will also be attending the Agile Executive Forum and join a select group of executives in an intensive 1-day event to explore the latest strategic thinking in Lean/Agile principles and practices.

Ok, so here’s my take on Top 10 at Agile 2015!

1. We’re hereby formally inviting you to join us at our booth to talk challenges and solutions with #agiletransformation #scalingagile, #bluejazz and more with our Executives and Team!

2. Dean Leffingwell, creator of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFeTM), will be at our booth on Wednesday, August 6, from 7:45-8:30 pm. Alex Yakyma, SAFe Methodologist at SAI, will join us on Monday, from 9-10 pm. Bring your questions and get ready for interesting discussions!

3. If you’re new to agile and wondering what it’s really all about and how it can benefit your organization, then you might want to sit in on this session: Introduction to Agile: The Genesis – Monday, Aug. 3 – 10:45-12:00 – James Newkirk – http://sched.co/36M

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4. Ok, so you’re already doing agile. But now it’s time to scale the benefits! What are some of the activities that can promote success or spell failure? Scaling Agile Patterns and Anti-Patterns – Monday, Aug. 3 – 2-3:15 pm (Monica Yip and David Grabel) – http://sched.co/36Pm

5. It’s always a cool thing to hear the spearhead of something speak of his work. Don’t miss Dean Leffingwell, creator of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) talk about the Nine Immutable Principles of Lean/Agile Development. Thursday, August 6, 9-10:15 am – http://sched.co/37oV

6. As we all know, change is a difficult thing, regardless of where you stand on the agile continuum. In this sessions, presenters will discuss practical ways of dealing with the challenges inherent to change in a large organization: Navigating the Complexity of Organizational Change – Monday, August 3 – 10:45-12:00 (Jason Little and Declan Whelan) – http://sched.co/36QW

7. When facing the task of becoming more efficient, Value Stream Mapping can be a little tricky sometimes. In this session, the presenter will show practical ways to uncover bottlenecks, queues and silos in any organizational process: Value Stream Mapping Workshop – Wednesday Aug. 5 – 3:45-5:00 pm (Nayan Hajratwala) – http://sched.co/36sj

8. Coming from a neuroscience background, the behavioral aspect of change and its challenges and how to mitigate these in the agile world always fascinates me. These ones, I wouldn’t want to miss: Six Rules for Change – Monday August 3 – 3:45-5:00 pm (Esther Derby) http://sched.co/36Q4 and The Secret of our DevOps Success: Fostering Human Behavioral Change – Tuesday August 4 – 2:00-3:15 (Mark Nemecek) – http://sched.co/36Z4

9. DevOps on your mind? What is it? How can it benefit your organization? The 10 Myths of DevOps – Tuesday August 4 – 3:45-5:00 pm (Seth Vargo) http://sched.co/36Re

10. Now this one is kinda neat. If you’re interested in having dinner and mingling with your fellow agilists on Tuesday evening, August 4, you can sign up for “Dinner with New Agile Friends.” Restaurant seating is limited, so sign up early! http://sched.co/3xfB

See you in DC!


Presentation

Intro to SAFe

Speaker(s): Anthony Crain

Abstract: The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is one of the fastest growing frameworks for large teams doing agile. Scrum looks to help small co-located teams develop solutions in an agile fashion, but up until now most teams have had to scale agile for large teams, teams of teams and program management on their own. SAFe targets teams of 50-150 people or more and collects the wisdom of all who use it. At only three years old SAFe has quickly become the most popular technique for scaled agile.

This session assumes you know agile, the agile manifesto and Scrum very well, but are brand new to what SAFe is, how it is organized, and how to get started using it. We will explore the SAFe model and make it simple to understand. We will show the team, program and portfolio levels of SAFe and demystify what all the major ideas are in that model. We will also share how-to-get-started tips for those interested in moving forward with SAFe. Many clients make adopting SAFe too difficult and this session will show the simple path to adoption of this exciting model for large teams.


Presentations

The world is flatter: Software development and reducing barriers with Rational Team Concert pdf-iconmp3

Speaker(s): Eyal Abukasis and Pratik Bengali

Abstract: Over the past decade, we have seen software processes, practices and tools used to transform and then re-transform. Not too long ago, the norm was waterfall development using best of breed tools often working in siloes. Teams were co-located and projects involved teams of 5-10 software developers who wore the hats of many (analysts, architects, developers, testers, project managers and deployment managers). Recently, everything became more complicated with much larger projects and teams, often geographically distributed, but by using integrated suites of tools and processes, we were able to take advantage of the flatter world. The playing field has changed once again with shrinking budgets, outsourced development and the need for fast results. Come and hear a real world example of the evolution of a team and a project that moved from silo’d development to JAZZ based solutions.

How to Build a Successful Agile Test Team with Non-Technical Testers pdf-icon

Speaker(s): Kim Werner, Sr. Management Consultant

Abstract: Creating a Testing Team from mostly non-technical Testers can be very challenging. This is especially true when the Team is spread out over multiple geographical areas. Building a Test Team and adopting best practices from scratch is not a trivial task. In addition to building the team, the act of testing itself needs to be more efficient and yield more value through the adoption of one or more Agile techniques. Technology must play an important point in the solution in order to be successful. IBMs Rational Quality Manager (RQM) and Rational Functional Tester (RFT) certainly fit this solution. This session is a Case Study of the build-out of a new testing team including the deployment and adoption of the Jazz-based IBM Rational Functional Tester (v2) and integration with IBM Rational Functional Tester, RequisitePro, and email servers. The case study focuses on a large Health Insurance organization that deployed an enterprise level Quality Management solution using RQM, and RFT.


“Here they come – They’re back in town – It’s the greatest show around…”

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IBM’s premier Cloud and Mobile Conference is coming to town. Well, the town of Las Vegas, NV, that is. InterConnect 2015–amalgamating three dynamic IBM conferences—Impact, Innovate and Pulse, is a little more than a week away and the team here at Blue Agility is so looking forward to this adventure in learning and networking. We are headed to the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay Hotel for a week brimming with stimulating discussions, key insights from fellow industry leaders, integral sessions, hands-on labs and a look to what’s ahead for new technologies, including IBM Watson and the coming of era of cognitive computing.

 

After sponsoring Innovate as a Silver Sponsor three years in a row, Blue Agility is excited to be sponsoring the new InterConnect conference as a Gold Plus Sponsor. You might have also heard that we won the Beacon Award for bluejazz, our unique knowledge platform (second year in a row, YEAH!). We’re sure you’ll want to see it in action, with its shiny new features…

 

Yes, we’ll be joining the more than 16,000 attendees to discuss and learn about the newest on topics such as Cloud, Mobile, Data and Watson. Also, Blue Agility subject matter experts will be presenting three technical sessions during the week.

Blue Agility Session Schedule:

  • Title: SAFe in the Wild: Lessons from Real-World Scaled Agile Implementations
  • Presenters: Tom Sylvester, Si Alhir
  • Date/Time: Mon, 23-Feb, 02:00 PM-03:00 PM

Abstract: What does a real-life SAFe implementation look like? Come hear tales of adoption, benefits realized and challenges faced by organizations implementing SAFe.

  • Title:  Features, Use Cases, User Stories
  • Presenters: Anthony Crain, Marianne Hollier
  • Date/Time: Mon, Feb 23, 11:00-12:00 PM

Abstract: The three most common techniques used today for capturing requirements are Feature Writing, Use Cases and User Stories. Learn all three techniques and understand the real differences between them, as well as when it is best to use which of these three powerful techniques.

  • Title: Agile Portfolio Management Strategies  
  • Presenters: Anthony Crain, Marianne Hollier
  • Date/Time :  Thur, 26 Feb, 1:00-2:00 PM

Abstract: Learn how to use simple agile practices to achieve what complex portfolio practices do not. Examine an agile estimation technique that can be applied to projects to obtain extremely quick yet accurate estimates using historical values for time and cost. 

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The best is yet to come! Will you be joining #IBMInterConnect? Stop by booth #621, chat with our team on topics like #AgileTransformation #AgilityatScale #AgileCoaching #SAFe #bluejazz, checkout what’s coming down the pike…