Software development company DVT has appointed Embrenchia Snyman to head its training academy in Gauteng. Snyman, who was previously regional head of project management for DVT, will continue to be involved in staff career development, training and coaching. Highly experienced in the art of Scrum, she has certifications as a ScrumMaster, Scrum Product Owner and Scrum Professional.

“Qualifications count,” says Jaco van der Merwe, MD of DVT Gauteng, “but the reason we appointed Embrenchia to run the DVT Academy in Gauteng is because of her hands-on experience. When you are on-site, people look to you for answers and direction. Her advice comes with six years of successful Agile implementations, all of which can be referenced. Our clients can be assured they will be in safe hands.”

Under Snyman’s management, the DVT Academy will offer consulting and training in enterprise Agile adoption; consulting and training in change management; consulting and training in hybrid Waterfall/Agile models; and consulting and training in pure Agile and combined Scrum, Agile and Kanban methods.

“Agile training is easy to come by,” says Snyman. “There are many service providers to choose from, but what makes our approach different is that our courses are customisable to each client’s unique context. We stick to one-day programmes to cater for time constraints, and we provide both on- and off-site training.

“On the coaching side, we have on board the industry’s most respected and well-known individuals in the Agile industry,” she adds. “These experts were hand-picked, have successfully held their own in the industry for many years, and are well-versed in effecting change in organisations of any size or complexity. We may have different approaches to client solutions, but our healthy debate and sound communication as well as respect for each other’s background and capabilities have led to many successful implementations and happy clients.”

Snyman and her team will focus strongly on helping project management offices to adapt to lightweight, Agile ways of work without losing the value of the project management discipline, or the governing role of the PMO. The academy’s services will also be aimed at companies which have tried Agile frameworks and failed, those which have successfully adopted early Agile practices but are uncertain how to scale or improve, people across the software development lifecycle who want to equip themselves with the skills and know-how to excel in an Agile environment, and companies planning to implement Agile practices.

“Our clients can count on two things,” Snyman says. “We have ample on-site experience in Agile, and we know the challenges. In addition, we believe in customisation. The team is Agile agonistic which ensures that we find the best solution for each client’s specific needs, without being bound by any particular methodology.”

She says the DVT Academy is set to become a one-stop Agile knowledge shop for change management, graduate programmes, consulting and training. “Our team comprises Scrum Masters, Agile coaches, change management specialists and even programme and project managers who actively advocate Agile practices in the execution of their discipline – everyone committed to seeing Agile succeed both at DVT and at our clients’ sites.”