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WHAT IS AN AGILE RELEASE TRAIN? 

Forget the express train, the Intercity or the Thalys. The Agile Release Train is where it’s at! This train runs quickly and efficiently to its ultimate goal. It always keeps to the timetable. The passengers mostly set this timetable themselves! The Agile Release Train (ART) was invented by SAFe, the Scaled Agile Framework. The ART is a virtual train consisting of 5 to 10 self-organising, multidisciplinary teams who plan, organise and perform their work together. Together they work on... Learn more

Thank you…! Silver Gazelle Award goes to Gladwell Academy

For the second year in a row Gladwell Academy has been selected as an FD Gazelle, the award handed out by business newspaper Het Financiële Dagblad to the fastest growing businesses of 2018. This year we´re not just on the list though; we´ve landed a solid second place for the West Holland region, small business category - just after Gold winner Stars and Stories.   International growth The FD Gazellen awards are given to companies that have shown a consistently impressive... Learn more

What is Agile?

What is Agile? Agile is revolutionary. A completely different approach to work in the 21st century. Agile introduces different rules to what we’re traditionally used to. Pre-defined plans, processes and hierarchical control mechanisms can often be thrown out here.     What is Agile? (definition) Agility is the ability to move quickly and easily. The Agile movement was founded in 2001, when 17 people put together the Agile Manifesto. They share a sympathy for the... Learn more

THE TOOLKIT OF AN EFFECTIVE SAFE PROGRAM CONSULTANT 

Big organisational changes only have a chance of succeeding if there is a clear vision for the future that has broad support. A SAFe implementation will be successful if enough people are involved and are prepared to work together according to the SAFe principles. The SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) takes the lead in this. As a SPC you’re responsible for setting up the new organisation. You train teams in the SAFe framework and help colleagues to find their way in their new role. The SPC gets... Learn more

Are you fit to drive your AR Train?

Join the RTE Boost by dr. Yannick Balk A lot about Agile transformations is abstract concepts, intangible processes and organigrams. We sometimes forget that people are involved: able bodies that need leadership to guide them and an example to follow.   For this year’s RTE Boost we’ve invited dr. Yannick Balk, sports psychologist. His research centers on the role of mental effort and recovery in (elite) sports. His recent dissertation came with a simple, powerful message:... Learn more

PI backlog refinement? “Yes, please.”

Global fintech software publisher SimCorp started working with SAFe more than two years ago, and their creative interpretation of the framework soon became evident. At the RTE Summit, Agile coaches Piet Syhler and Frank Olsen will co-present how their company has come to adapt the Framework to their organization’s needs: “The PI planning event requires such tremendous effort to prepare. How do we prepare to a proper degree?”   Seven ARTs “SimCorp’s main product is an... Learn more

The art of the cross-company ART

Amadeus creates solutions that help airlines and airports, hotels and railways, travel agencies, tour operators and other travel players to run their operations and improve travel experience - billions of times a year, all over the world. RTE Eduardo Avila Alvim has plans for a fascinating show-and-tell on building inter-company or cross-company ARTs: “We’re a pioneer, but we inevitably won’t be forever.”   For Eduardo Avila Alvim, cross-company ARTs aren’t just a new... Learn more

“A strong ART in a successful value stream.”

The global consultant ALTEN isn’t just gold partner for the 2018 RTE Summit: Agile chapter lead Wikash Madarie will be sharing the stage with Arno Hanssen of T-Mobile, an accomplished RTE who drives the telecoms giant’s B2C Value Stream. Together, they look forward to presenting a story of a widely shared success, and several of the learnings they picked up along the way.   Not invented here? “A key factor in the success of the Agile transformation at T-Mobile is that it was... Learn more

“Why ABN AMRO doesn’t work with RTEs”

At a gathering of RTEs, Dennis Struis is something of a foreign agent. Presenting at the RTE Summit as a Product Owner for Agile Tooling at ABN AMRO, his organisation has so far made the deliberate choice not to deploy RTEs or to adopt the ART nomenclature – despite using many other concepts and approaches from SAFe.   Dutch global consumer and business bank ABN AMRO has followed a well-known path into Agile way of working. Starting in 2015 with several small teams, the results... Learn more

More than a showcase of Agile tooling

Gianfranco Franceschi visits the RTE Summit to share his experiences on automating a distributed Planning Event, with several different tools like Rentouch PI planning or Retrium Retrospectives, at international publishing house WoltersKluwer. But he also looks forward to sharing his work as a Scrum Master – one whose job is starting to look a lot like that of an RTE. “It’s a slippery slope and I still have a lot to learn, but I also have learnings to share.”   Shifting... Learn more

“Ours is an adventurous discipline.”

Experienced Agilist and STE Kay Buring is a familiar name for many in the Dutch RTE community. For airplane manufacturer Airbus, he currently drives the Solution Train SkyWise, a companywide initiative that involves several ARTs: each of these working to apply big data to improve the performance of the Airbus fleet.   Patterns… “I have an idea what my contribution could look like, of course. There have been some interesting anti-patterns that have emerged during our work over... Learn more

Platinum partner CollabNet VersionOne: “RTE becomes crucial for proper SAFe”

We’re happy to announce that CollabNet VersionOne has decided to become platinum partner for the RTE Summit. Executive Account Director Olav Maassen explains why he looks forward to the event. “I was an Agile consultant for many years. My heart is still very much in the game.”   “First off, in case you’re wondering – the name comes from a merger between two companies that are probably well-known to the experienced Agilist. Today VersionOne is our main agile product –... Learn more

A SAFE TRANSFORMATION TO A SAFe ORGANISATION REQUIRES LEADERSHIP

In practice, the Scrum/Agile way of working seems to work best in a greenfield. The ideal approach is for one or two development teams to set up and maintain an application landscape. As soon as there’s a complex environment with a lot of legacy and interdependencies, more help is needed. This is why more and more established organisations in particular are becoming familiar with the Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe.   Why scaling is often necessary Speedy innovation on a... Learn more

Gladwell Academy is one of the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands!

Gladwell Academy is again FD Gazelle 2018!    For the second year in a row Gladwell Academy is nominated as one of the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands by the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad's FD Gazellen-awards. The final results of the rankings will be published in the middle of November and the final held in December. We celebrated this achievement with a tailored cake!   “We are extremely happy and proud of this achievement. We have seen a... Learn more

Gold Partner ALTEN: “Agile is a collective evolution.”

We’re thrilled to welcome the international consultancy firm ALTEN as Gold Partner for the RTE Summit on November 13th. ALTEN technical manager Edo van der Post joins business manager Gerd Buter and managing consultant Wikash Madarie to share some of ALTEN´s vision on bringing Agile professionals to help with client transformations.   Edo: “We’re partnering with the RTE Summit because we see a bright future for the RTE’s role in the Agile corporate environment. RTEs and... Learn more

When ARTs collide: intra-BU vs cross-BU

RTEs Erik Bootsma and Jeroen Manten both drive a substantial ART at POSTNL, the Netherlands’ leading player in parcel logistics and mail. Erik joins us to shed some light on what he has planned for his part of their joint contribution to the RTE Summit: “Even in a single organization, approaches diverge. Let´s dive in and see how our profession can mature.”   Erik: “POSTNL has three major business units – Parcels, Mail and International. I’m driving the ART for Parcels,... Learn more

Gold Partner AgilityMasters.com: “The ‘engineer’ in RTE confuses people.”

AgilityMasters.com has decided to be Gold Partner for the RTE Summit. Wessel van Herwijnen, founder of the company, explains why. “I’m in the people business. And RTEs are the people that are going to be in high demand in the corporate Agile landscape. I´m certain of it.” Indeed, AgilityMasters.com deals in people: renting out Agile (team) Coaches, Scrum Masters and other Agilists to companies gearing up for a team transformation or otherwise in search of Agile-related expertise.... Learn more

Video recap: Agile Amsterdam 2018

This short video gives a good impression of Agile Amsterdam 2018 where Eelco Rustenburg, partner at Gladwell Academy served as keynote speaker. More information about the event can be found... Learn more

AGILE THE HARD WAY @ ASML

ASML veteran Arjan Martens aims for his contribution to the RTE Summit to be a personal narrative of regained focus, as well as a rallying cry to RTEs: “Stick to your principles. We need you. Don’t be swayed by corporate culture.”     With 15+ years of experience at ASML, today Arjan Martens is project manager at IBP&S, the division that handles the competitively crucial business of installed-base maintenance and upgrades for this global leader in semiconductor... Learn more

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.6 for Lean Enterprises released

Scaled Agile Inc. Announced 3rd October the general availability of SAFe® 4.6 for Lean Enterprises. Main updates constitute the five core competencies of a Lean Enterprise, and two new courses: SAFe for Government and Agile Software Engineering. The new Five core competencies of organizations that have successfully transformed into a Lean enterprise, working as the starting point for understanding and implementing SAFe:     Lean-Agile Leadership     Team and Technical... Learn more