We have been working with agile since the 1990s, unlike many of those working in the agile space, and along the way we have been involved in many of the key developments. Today we still continue to innovate and develop new methods and approaches. With our long history you can be sure your agile journey is in safe hands.
After working at IBM and experiencing their embryonic approach to a new agile philosophy, Keith Richards recognised that agile was the future. He left to set up agileKRC, offering consultancy in a new way of getting organisations to work.
In the mid-nineties, RAD (Rapid Application Development) suddenly became all the rage in the IT industry but just as quickly fell into disrepute. However, Keith saw that many of the RAD disciplines had advantages which could potentially solve some of the drawbacks of the common “waterfall” approach. He realised that although agile was the future, it needed to be carried out with the right level of control and governance or it would result in the problems that were putting people off RAD.
So just when most large UK training and consultancy companies were pulling out of the early stages of the birth of agile, agileKRC were moving in.
PRINCE2® was now becoming the dominant force in project management. Although perceived by many as bureaucratic, it did manage projects in a sensible and controlled way. Keith had been training people in PRINCE2 for nearly a decade and had been pioneering ways of integrating its strengths with the benefits of agile.
agileKRC had discovered that the secret was to apply PRINCE2 in a pragmatic way to suit the individual needs of every customer. We quickly became a leading authority in this area.
The agile manifesto was created, signalling the arrival of a new breed of lightweight approaches to software development. agileKRC saw the potential for these lightweight disciplines and set about integrating them into the agileKRC approach and evolving industry best practice.
DSDM was growing in popularity, as its focus on a collaborative ‘timeboxed’ approach to delivery and a rich communication environment offered many advantages that PRINCE2 didn’t have. agileKRC identified this as one of the key approaches for the next decade and beyond – but not to the exclusion of other approaches.
agileKRC also started to develop workshops and courses to suit the needs of their customers who needed help with scaling agile to fit into larger situations and more complex corporate cultures.
Keith was invited to become a director of the DSDM consortium and within months was the new Technical Director with a vision to evolve the existing method into something fit for the new millennium. At that time the DSDM framework was fundamentally strong but needed updating to integrate with other approaches and to branch out into non-IT applications.
Keith started to forge links with APMG with a view to taking DSDM to a wider audience. This initially resulted in a DSDM foundation level qualification, and as this became successful he helped put plans in place with APMG to create an agile qualification aimed specifically at project managers.
Keith investigated and researched how an evolution of the current DSDM framework might look. This involved engaging with many in the agile community and challenging existing ideas and canvassing a wide variety of opinions. Work on the new framework began.
Work was completed on the new DSDM framework and it was launched that April. Keith was the lead author and leader of the team of 30 people that created this new version of the DSDM framework (called DSDM Atern). This version of the DSDM framework is still in existence today and has created the highly successful ‘AgilePM’ qualification for project managers.
Keith wrote the ground-breaking book Agile Project Management: running PRINCE2 projects with DSDM
agileKRC materials and input shape the next steps in the evolution of DSDM as the new qualification for agile project managers takes shape in the form of AgilePM.
The corporate strength agile project management qualification (AgilePM) came into being. Currently AgilePM is one of the fastest-growing agile qualifications in the marketplace today and agileKRC are at the forefront of creating and delivering this qualification.
Keith Richards was voted “Most Valuable Agile Player UK” by his peers in the agile community. This was a proud moment for agileKRC – recognition for a decade’s work promoting the wider acceptance of agile.
With the growth of Scrum, agileKRC were involved in applying this in larger enterprise wide contexts. Keith Richards is currently a co-author of The DSDM project framework for SCRUM, a publication designed to wrap around company’s existing Scrum practices to enable it to be used on projects both large and small. agileKRC’s new “Scrum in One Day” course is now amongst their most popular offerings.
agileKRC continues to be prominent in today’s agile community – always eager to learn, challenge, develop and contribute for the common good. We regularly present at conferences and seminars and are proud to be seen as thought leaders in this strongly growing and vibrant community.
AXELOS selected Keith Richards to be lead author and Chief Examiner for ‘PRINCE2 Agile’. This is an accredited training course and qualification that builds on people's existing knowledge of PRINCE2 and allows them to configure and tailor how PRINCE2 is used in an agile context.
Keith Richards was selected to be the agile mentor for the update to PRINCE2, one of the world’s most popular project management methodologies. This most recent update to PRINCE2 included clearer guidance on how to tailor PRINCE2 in a variety of situations, one of which being when used with the agile ways of working.
Dramatic change is taking place in the agile world. Scaling agile to work at large organisations and on large projects is presenting challenges that only a few organisations are currently able to help customers with.
Today, agile is no longer a niche market that focuses on Continuous Integration (CI) and Test Driven Development (TDD) in the arena of small scale software development projects. Robust and scalable applications of agile in IT and non-IT environments are now becoming commonplace.
Moving agile beyond the delivery level at organisations is where the marketplace is now going. As you would expect, agileKRC are at the forefront of these changes.