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May 4, 2016 Continues to Help Avanade Build Its Worldwide Agile Capabilities

Avanade and Renew Their Partnership In Principle Agreement

Seattle and Boston – May 4, 2016 –, the mission-based organization dedicated to improving the profession of software development, has announced that it has renewed its Partnership in Principle agreement with Avanade, the leading provider of innovative digital services, business solutions and design-led experiences, to help them continue to develop, validate and improve their agile capability.  The renewal of this Partnership in Principle agreement continues the successful collaboration has with Avanade to improve the software development landscape.

The partnership helps Avanade with the increase in demand for complex, large-scale opportunities with clients, which require thought-leadership guidance and help in implementing Scrum and DevOps, at the project and enterprise level. To satisfy this demand, thought leadership on Professional Scrum, scaling software and product development with the Nexus Framework and Evidence-Based Management are key to helping Avanade provide the necessary support for these clients. 17 of Avanade’s 34 Agile Coaches, its best agile practitioners, are now part of the Professional Scrum Trainer community, and since the original Partnership in Principle agreement was signed in March 2014, Avanade has trained more than 2,500 of its skilled experts.  During that time, more than 20 percent of them have earned Professional Scrum Developer and Professional Scrum Master certifications and are actively helping clients with their agile expertise.

“We have had a fantastic relationship with so far, from which we have both seen the benefits,” said John-Paul Edwards, Senior Vice President, Global Delivery, Avanade. “Renewing our Partnership in Principle agreement further strengthens that relationship and demonstrates our commitment to building our agile capability worldwide.  Avanade has long since realized that embracing an agile mind set will help both us and our clients in an ever evolving digital landscape.  Delivery excellence and agility are at the core of everything we do at Avanade. They require a behavioural shift at all levels of the organization and this partnership underlines our commitment to our people, so they are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to help our clients become more agile.” Partners in Principle are organizations that join them in their mission to improve the profession of software development, abide by the Scrum values and actively seek to drive agility and transparency within their own organizations and with others. requires that Partner in Principle members be active in the wider agile and Scrum community. These organizations must first foster their internal development competencies and be able to demonstrate this initiative through evidence.

“Avanade embraces Scrum and agile values with an aim to foster agility and transparency internally, while delivering ultimate business value to its clients,” said Dave West, Product Owner, “We are pleased to work with Avanade as a Partner in Principle to jointly deliver value through professional software development.”


About Avanade

Avanade leads in providing innovative digital services, business solutions and design-led experiences for its clients, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals combine technology, business and industry expertise to build and deploy solutions to realize results for clients and their customers. Avanade has 28,000 digitally connected people across 23 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at


Based on the principles of Scrum and the Agile Manifesto, provides comprehensive training, assessments and certifications to improve the profession of software development. Throughout the world, our solutions and community of Professional Scrum Trainers empower people and organizations to achieve agility through Scrum.  Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, founded in 2009 as a global organization, dedicating himself to improving the profession of software development by reducing the gaps so the work and work products are dependable. 

Visit for further information on the organization’s Professional Scrum assessments, training and global community; follow us on Twitter @scrumdotorg and read more from our community of experts on the blog.



Kate Thermansen
fama PR