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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

“Why Agile makes people nervous? Because of the lack of trust.”

Adding three new SPCT certified trainers to the roster, Gladwell Academy consolidates its leading position as SAFe training agency. In our last blog we asked SPCT candidate Niels Groen to give us his views on becoming certified. For this article, fellow candidate Andres Jansen tells us how he experiences his candidacy so far. “I was asked to present my theory before an audience of fellows right the next day.” NB: Read also our third SPCT Odile Moreau´s interview (Also available in... Learn more
RTE-Summit

A 100-person ART that never meets in person

ScheduleOnce program director Yoram Weizman knew it full well when his company decided to take their ART completely online. Right there in article 6 of the Agile manifesto: The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.   Face-to-face is changing “The founders of Agile didn’t have what we have in terms of online tools today. They had a point to make about the value of direct interaction compared... Learn more
SAFe

SPCT candidate Niels Groen: “Failure is often the best mentor there is.”

With the popularity of Scaled Agile Framework only on the rise, demand remains high for the SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs), the professionals who guide organizations towards governing their Agile workforce with a tried and proven approach. That in turn raises the demand for those who train the SPCs: the SPC Trainers (SPCTs). Nonetheless, there are currently less than a hundred working in the world today. It’s quite the responsibility, but Niels looks forward to it, he says.  ... Learn more
Anand blog

“The two trainers seamlessly merge into one inspiring presence.”

All the marketing in the world can't beat a glowing, motivated customer review. But the e-mail we received from recent Implementing SAFe 4.5 (SPC) student Jameer Syed wasn’t just an opportunity for our trainers Anand Murthy Raj and Sathya H.R. to gloat – it’s also an opportunity for us to learn what inspires you the most.    “Anand & Sathya,  I would like to THANK YOU both for facilitating a great session with so much passion, which I believe helped all of us to... Learn more

Why 2018’s RTE Summit is a must-visit (for RTEs, that is)

What’s in it for you when RTEs, STEs, and Chief Scrum Masters gather from all corners of the globe to share & compare experiences? An opportunity to grow as a professional in a scaled agile environment, that’s what. The third edition of the RTE Summit is happening on November 13th, 2018 in Amsterdam and we asked its chairman and initiator Andres Jansen to tell us what he is looking forward to most:   “I’m really excited. SAFe is rapidly becoming the go-to option for... Learn more

How do you measure progress in your Agile transformation?

As lead developer he asked me: “and, what are you going to say we need to do to be Agile? How do we know it’s not complete and utter bulls**t?” A very legitimate question to ask of an Agile coach that is paid to supposedly make things more Agile.   What would you have answered? Well, we feel it’s time to introduce metrics to prove to anyone to see that money is well-spend, or not. And before we can conclude the Agile initiative, the transformation of the organization is... Learn more

THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD AGILE COACHING COURSE

No-one is born as an Agile Coach. There is so much to this role. An Agile Coach lives and breathes flexibility and versatility. The Agile Coach has a knowledge of psychology, group dynamics, organization science, change management and innovation. An Agile Coach has a strong approach, good communication skills and dares to take risks. He or she is decisive but is also patient and always stays positive. All in all a whole catalogue of requirements. But you don’t need to be a superhero to be a... Learn more
Agile Leadership

THE 5 QUALITIES FOR EFFECTIVE AGILE COACHING

There are all different kinds of Agile Coaches. But what exactly makes a good Agile coach? It’s not easy to give a simple answer, but it all begins with the following qualities and skills.     Knowledge of Agile Ideas Agile isn't a standard recipe, but a comprehensive philosophy. It’s a mindset in which change isn't the goal, but rather the starting point. Agile uses methods and frameworks such as Lean, Scrum, DevOps, Continuous Delivery and the Scaled Agile... Learn more
Procurement and Contracting

AGILE COACH OR SCRUM MASTER. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

There is currently a big demand for Agile Coaches. People often ask us what such a coach can add to a modern, self-managing organization. Aren’t the teams already coached by the Scrum Master? Yes they are! There are many similarities between the two roles. Both the Scrum Master and Agile Coach help organizations to develop an Agile mindset. They both use similar techniques to support and facilitate teams in this respect. The difference between them lies in their... Learn more

RTE Summit 3.0 provides SAFe Release Train Engineers with latest insights

In November, the third edition of the RTE Summit will take place, an event that provides SAFe Release Train Engineers the opportunity to access the latest trends and insights in their profession and to exchange knowledge with peers.    Agile working is booming across multiple industries, giving organisations of all shapes and sizes a new way to innovate their services, ramp up their operations and improve the effectiveness of team practices. The method has emerged out of a growing... Learn more

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE! ODILE MOREAU EARNS HER SPCT CERTIFICATION

Since obtaining SPCT (SAFe Program Consultant Trainer) certification at the beginning of July, the requests for training courses have been flooding into Odile Moreau's inbox. But our Agile coach remains firmly grounded. Delighted to be the first French (or even French-speaking) person to earn this achievement, she has just one goal: to help her fellow French colleagues achieve the same level of excellence.   Congratulations, Odile! You are now a member of the extremely select club of... Learn more

What is the secret of Agile leadership?

Implementing an Agile leadership approach not only has an impact on employees, but also on management. In an Agile organization, work is done by autonomous, self-managing teams. The employees get more responsibility and work together to decide what needs to be done and how they are going to do it. A traditional, top-down leadership style doesn't fit in with the development of an Agile mindset, but what does?     Why Agile Leadership is needed You may wonder whether we need... Learn more

What is SAFe? The Scaled Agile Framework – part 2

In the previous blog about the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), I explained the motivations  for organizations to use this well-known Agile scaling model. In this blog I will discuss the available content and the use of the framework itself.       Training is needed Nevertheless, it is very necessary to garner information from data, in order to experience practicality in theory. Getting yourself trained is the most common way. You can attend various training... Learn more

What is SAFe? The Scaled Agile Framework – part 1

Enter Dean Leffingwell’s SAFe – the Scaled Agile Framework – a framework designed by Scaled Agile, Inc. to allow large organizations to move toward a more Agile Way Of Working.       The purpose of the Scaled Agile Framework The framework is an overview of all sorts of ingenious ideas, conceived over time for problems of inflexible organizations looking for more Agility (Agile in a broader sense). In the words of Dean Leffingwell, SAFe helps companies meet... Learn more

Book review: Visual Thinking, Empowering people & organizations through visual collaboration

In training, coaching and consulting, the effectiveness of our efforts are dependent on the quality of our work x the acceptance. As a trainer and consultant, therefore, I am always looking for new ways to improve my quality, but also the acceptance.  As I am a firm believer in visual thinking, either for decluttering my own thoughts & argumentation structure or to support collaboration, I recently bought the book "Visual Thinking, Empowering people & organizations through visual... Learn more