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Embracing Agile Principles at an Organisational Level 2 | Webinar

Learn how to embrace Agile principles at an organizational level from our Agile expert. Also, know the appropriate working culture for your organization and the way managers and leaders motivate the team during the project.

Embracing Agile Principles at an Organisational Level 2 | Webinar

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Learn how to embrace Agile principles at an organizational level from our Agile expert. Also, know the appropriate working culture for your organization and the way managers and leaders motivate the team during the project.

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KnowledgeHut is an outcome-focused global ed-tech company. We help organizations and professionals unlock excellence through skills development. We offer training solutions under the people and process, data science, full-stack development, cybersecurity, future technologies and digital transformation verticals.
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These work-like experiences help in preparing you to take up employment, by making you fully eligible in terms of being hands-on, for a particular role.  Work like experience will help you: Develop employability skills by gaining active, real-time work experience  Develop new skills to explore new opportunities and become attractive candidates for new roles Prepare you for the next step in your career after school/college Understand corporate work culture Build your professional network Remain motivated And it’s not just for fresh graduates. This model even benefits professionals who have to upskill or re-skill—a necessary practice to remain relevant in the current job market. Technology is changing at breakneck speed. Fields like automation, artificial intelligence, and data science have a ripe job market; but these jobs require a workforce that is equipped with the right skills. 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