XSCALE Alliance represents an open model for Business Agile training and coaching. A creative-commons kernel shared by multiple independent service providers integrates best practice patterns and shared training collateral into the Linux of the Agile world.
Like the Linux Kernel, a common reference base, xscale.wiki, is shared like software on github. Under a Libre License, community edits are managed as “pull requests” in a github-flow. Coaches also share closed content with each other under a Gratis License.
Avoiding the “Cathedral” model common to most Agile frameworks, XSCALE Alliance follows Eric Raymond’s famous credo, “Treating your users as co-developers is your least-hassle route to rapid improvement and effective debugging.”
Coaches are trainers. Certificates don’t expire.
The hierarchies that have grown up around Agile training don’t improve client outcomes. So XSCALE coach and trainer roles are the same thing. And while certification is a valuable recognition of learning, students are in no danger of forgetting what they’ve learned. So XSCALE coach and practitioner certificates never expire.
Agility emphasises team responsibilities over individual ones. A practitioner certificate assures you have sufficient practice-pattern literacy to take part in a team conducting a certain function, not a role with a certain responsibility. XSCALE offers training in four practice pattern languages:
- XPM, which aligns tech, design and business leaders, breadth-first, into a team of peers who iteratively convert their business drivers and constraints into maximum impact product backlogs.
- XBA, which generates self-managing value streams by integrating Product, Feature and Systems teams hand-in-glove, continuously prioritising bottlenecks to dramatically accelerate top-line business throughput.
- XAP, which is both a fast start for new Feature delivery teams and a productivity supercharger for vanilla Scrums, providing hands-on guidance in best practices of XP, Kanban, Scrum, BDD and CICD.
- XDevOps, which extends XAP to rapid round-trip DevOps including the combination of legacy layers with serverless microservices via Test Injection, BDD Generators, Service Virtualisation, RPA and DVCS workflows.
These team-oriented courses support the horizontal component of an Exponential Agile Transformation, not CSM-style CV-stuffing. XSCALE Alliance carefully assures the quality of its coaches, but a hiring manager must always investigate the track record and capabilities of a practitioner, not some bunch of acronyms after their name.
XSCALE, XPM, XBA, XAP and XDevOps and the related materials on this website are used under license from Peter Merel and the XSCALE Alliance: http://xscalealliance.org.