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KnowledgeHut becomes a Scaled Agile, Inc. Gold Partner

SAFe®, the world’s leading framework for enterprise agility, supports organisations in their adoption of lean-agile values and principles at enterprise scale.We are delighted to share that KnowledgeHut is now a Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Gold Partner with Scaled Agile, Inc. (SAI).We're proud of our over 12,000 SAFe certified professionals and our network of SPCs, SPCTs, and SAFe fellows across the globe dedicated to creating lasting impact through enterprise-wide Agile transformations.In today’s fiercely competitive business environment coupled with the new norm of social distancing and remote work, it’s ever more important for enterprises to embrace digital transformation to become more agile, collaborative, and customer-centric. We’re seeing increased adoption of agile and lean techniques across different industries as companies recognize the need to re-invent and drive innovation. We understand and support these enterprises as they embark on their transformation journey by providing strategic advisory services—often leveraging SAFe®. Our objectives and key results-driven (OKR-driven) transformation services enable organizations to tailor their transformation journeys to meet their goals.Our Gold partnership with Scaled Agile, Inc. is a validation of our significant experience and commitment in helping enterprises achieve agility and increased business value at scale. It’s a manifestation of our dedication to ensuring that our clients and learners get consistent training with a world-class learning experience in scaling agile from early stages to advanced enterprise configurations.Our SPCs deliver SAFe® coaching, consulting, and training, leveraging their industry experience and focusing on customer business environment and culture. Our network of SPCTs (SAFe Program Consultant Trainers) comprises some of the deepest thinkers when it comes to scaling agile. They’ve seen it all–across all industries–and they bring that experience to the classroom with real-life examples of problems and solutions.We're committed to scaling our efforts to help organizations focus on driving Lean-Agile adoption incrementally and iteratively and support all aspects of digital transformation. We believe that becoming truly Agile requires much more than just tooling—it takes coaching, mentoring, pragmatism, Lean-Agile, and a change in organizational culture. With this important milestone, we’re excited to capitalize on our existing momentum helping the world embrace better business practices by applying SAFe®.Interested in learning more about our Agile transformation services and capabilities?Visit: https://www.knowledgehut.com/safe-transformation

KnowledgeHut becomes a Scaled Agile, Inc. Gold Partner

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KnowledgeHut becomes a Scaled Agile, Inc. Gold Partner

SAFe®, the world’s leading framework for enterprise agility, supports organisations in their adoption of lean-agile values and principles at enterprise scale.

We are delighted to share that KnowledgeHut is now a Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Gold Partner with Scaled Agile, Inc. (SAI).

We're proud of our over 12,000 SAFe certified professionals and our network of SPCs, SPCTs, and SAFe fellows across the globe dedicated to creating lasting impact through enterprise-wide Agile transformations.

In today’s fiercely competitive business environment coupled with the new norm of social distancing and remote work, it’s ever more important for enterprises to embrace digital transformation to become more agile, collaborative, and customer-centric. We’re seeing increased adoption of agile and lean techniques across different industries as companies recognize the need to re-invent and drive innovation. 

We understand and support these enterprises as they embark on their transformation journey by providing strategic advisory services—often leveraging SAFe®. Our objectives and key results-driven (OKR-driven) transformation services enable organizations to tailor their transformation journeys to meet their goals.

Our Gold partnership with Scaled Agile, Inc. is a validation of our significant experience and commitment in helping enterprises achieve agility and increased business value at scale. It’s a manifestation of our dedication to ensuring that our clients and learners get consistent training with a world-class learning experience in scaling agile from early stages to advanced enterprise configurations.

Our SPCs deliver SAFe® coaching, consulting, and training, leveraging their industry experience and focusing on customer business environment and culture. Our network of SPCTs (SAFe Program Consultant Trainers) comprises some of the deepest thinkers when it comes to scaling agile. They’ve seen it all–across all industries–and they bring that experience to the classroom with real-life examples of problems and solutions.

We're committed to scaling our efforts to help organizations focus on driving Lean-Agile adoption incrementally and iteratively and support all aspects of digital transformation. We believe that becoming truly Agile requires much more than just tooling—it takes coaching, mentoring, pragmatism, Lean-Agile, and a change in organizational culture. 

With this important milestone, we’re excited to capitalize on our existing momentum helping the world embrace better business practices by applying SAFe®.


Interested in learning more about our Agile transformation services and capabilities?

Visit: https://www.knowledgehut.com/safe-transformation


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