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Agile at Scale: ‘Not without the supporting functions!’

Low-maturity functions – those parts of any large-scale organization that have not yet transformed – are the core theme for 2019’s Agile Munich, which will take place on May 8th-10th in Munich, Germany. We asked Chairman and conference curator Nils Oud, whose consultancy Incrementor will be hosting with Gladwell Academy, to outline the event.   Agile Munich website   “Implementing Agile ways of working at scale is always a phased process. You just don’t... Learn more

Leading SAFe: It’s all in your head. – PART 2

There are absolutely no one-size fits all, just-tick-the-box solutions in an agile environment. Instead, leaders who want to manage with the Lean-Agile mindset need to learn to organize safe environments so that others - through engagement - can come to the next steps of effective action.   In this two-part blog, Janse gives his expert perspectives on the challenges – and rewards – of expanding your mind and becoming a SAFe Agilist. This is the second part of the blog... Learn more

Leading SAFe: It’s all in your head. – PART 1

Part 1 of 2 “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum (gap) a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” – Antonio Gramsci, political theorist   There are absolutely no one-size fits all, just-tick-the-box solutions in an agile environment. Instead, leaders who want to manage with the Lean-Agile mindset need to learn to organize safe environments so that others - through engagement - can come to the next... Learn more

The tasks of a Product Owner

The Product Owner is a value optimiser who turns the client’s needs into value. In Scrum, you create value at the end of each sprint by providing a new product, the increment. In addition to this role there are two other roles within Scrum; the Scrum Master and the Development Team. Earlier we explained the differences between the role of a Scrum Master versus that of a Product Owner. Having someone who provides high quality in this role is crucial in order to deliver a valuable product to... Learn more

RTE Summit 3.0 – RTEs did rock you!

It’s a wrap – the 2018 edition of the RTE Summit of November 13th was a resounding success. Here’s an overview of the highlights as we saw them at Gladwell Academy; if you attended, you’ll doubtlessly have your own memorable moments to add.     RTE Summit chairman Andres Jansen Kick off and keynote Summit chairman Andres Jansen opened the event convincingly with a play on the worldwide Queen hit song, shouting “RTE Will Rock You” as the iconic... Learn more

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

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

The path to an Agile Transformation

When I came into contact with Scrum as a trainer circa 2015, I understood from my colleagues that it was a new project management methodology. Training courses according to PRINCE2, ITIL or another best practice were common at that time. At first sight, Scrum seemed very simple thanks to a few books I had read. Until I looked into it in more detail.   Project management We understood that in addition to Scrum, there were various other Agile approaches to project management such as... 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

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

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