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Servant Leader in Superman’s clothing: Ready to be RTE?

What are the tasks of the Release Train Engineer? The RTE is a new breed of super scrum masters, arisen since the advent of SAFe. Upon passing the SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE) exam and achieving RTE certification, the RTE becomes a far more effective scrum master of the Team of Teams and coach for the organization around it– a complex, challenging, and intense role with a lot of responsibility for the whole enterprise. “It’s like Scrum on steroids,” says Andres Jansen, Senior... Learn more

“U.S. corporate culture helps and hinders Agility” – Eelco Rustenburg, SPCT

As an accredited SPC Trainer, Eelco Rustenburg is one of the very few people in the world today allowed to train new SAFe Program Consultants – and he’s coming to New York this April 16thto train a hopeful group. We asked him to share his experience in training people from both sides of the Atlantic. “My life as an SPCT changed significantly when I was okayed for that additional T. But that change hasn’t been nearly as heavy as when I became an SPC! Demand for corporate Agility is so... Learn more

Different functions, different challenges

As one of the very few SAFe Program Consultant Trainers in the world, Eelco Rustenburg has become an authority on company-wide Agility. Here, he explores his intended keynote for Agile Munich on May 8th: a concise review of the specific challenges for several important supporting functions. PM/PO, Finance, and HR: to each their own hurdles to jump. PM/PO “Project management and planning organization is a key source of Agile momentum, in theory at least. A major part of company-wide... Learn more
Dr Kraus & Partners

“Agile scares people, even if its benefits are obvious.”

Guido Wiggerink is transformation consultant at Dr. Kraus & Partner – a consultancy firm that has change management itself as its fascinating area of focus. He explains why it was evident for his company to adopt Agile Munich as Gold Partner – and what he hopes to witness at the event on May 8th. “We’ve made change itself our expertise. It might be the change that comes from a merger, or a corporate rebranding; the change that comes from organic growth. We specialize in... Learn more

“This July 2nd, Agile is spreading beyond software development.” 

Ralph Hofman is an experienced consultant in digital transformation. He’s worked with leading industrial manufacturers such as ASML, NXP, JDE and many others. And today, he’s excited. “The Agile way of working has been out of reach for much of the non-software industry for decades. Now, it’s slowly making up to change the history of industry. With this event, we’re bringing it to them.”    July 2nd will see the Agile for Hardware event, hosted by Agile training... Learn more
Stepping up to SPC

Stepping up to SPC: The value of becoming a certified SAFe Program Consultant

The SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) course is a relatively new program – one that, upon successful completion of the SPC exam, will lift your knowledge and can lift your network and career, to a new level. According to thought leader Andres Jansen, Senior Trainer at Gladwell Academy, the certification unlocks a world of SAFe Program Consultant jobs as it transforms the scope and impact of your work.      SPC certification: next-level Lean/Agile coaching The Number One... Learn more

Find your way through the maze: online course ‘Compass to Scaling Agile’

Travelling around the world to train and coach people about scaling Agile is a privilege. Working as a trainer feels sometimes like working as an explorer. During the trainings I get to educate and inspire people to apply Lean-Agile ways of working. But sometimes I notice that the participants would need some extra advise on where to start from. For this, we have recently developed a new online platform.   After 2-4 days of training, your behavioural patterns might not be radically... Learn more

BOSSA nova combines ‘everything that works’

Keynote speaker Jutta Eckstein’s recent book ‘Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Spaces & Sociocracy’ aims to bring Agile principles beyond the software development core – which aligns neatly with our focus on the supporting functions at Agile Munich 2019. She chose not to add yet another framework to the already brimming pool of Agile-ish intellectual property, but rather sifts through what’s out there, tests its merits, and builds a better beast from... Learn more
Gladwell Academy 5 years

Hooray! We’re 5 years old today…!

One moment in 2014 you’re nervously watching registrations trickle in for your first training session. The next moment, five years have passed. Happy birthday to Gladwell Academy! Time for a heart-felt thank you: to our many eager participants, to our ambitious clients, and to all the colleagues who have come and gone.   A simple realization gave birth to this company. That ‘digital transformation’ was starting to have a huge impact on business. That consulting services alone... Learn more

“Agile transformations: by invitation, not by imposition.”

Most people know that the principles underpinning Agile were born in software development. Niels Pfläging argues that those principles should have been broadened long ago, and that they need to be scaled up to reach beyond their initial domain. ‘Agilists have been somewhat selfish in that respect. The BetaCodex movement and OpenSpace Beta address the gap.”   Niels Pfläging is a well-known voice in the international Agile, leadership, and organizational development communities.... Learn more

“Helping someone get educated is actually very easy.”

Gladwell Academy supports South African education through the Kwasa Foundation. After successfully training thousands of established professionals all over the world, we figured it was time for Gladwell Academy to help those for whom education is a more troublesome affair. Luckily, we have Kwasa Foundation to show us how.   South Africa is a flourishing economy, especially compared to some other parts of Africa. Still, millions of South Africans struggle to put food on the table,... Learn more
Agile for Hardware

‘Certified Hardware Agilists’ to be trained at Gladwell Academy

  Agile for hardware manufacturers? No way, we used to say. The interdependencies involved in physical product development are too rigid; development takes too much time to turn on a dime, we used to say. Until today: consultants Ali Hajou and Davar Azarmi explain why, how and when they will be offering our new course! Upcoming course aims to bring Agile approaches to hardware design and manufacturing   “For hardware and other non-software environments, embracing Agile... Learn more
Natalie Warnert - Women in Agile

“Diversity makes organizations smarter”

Joining us for this article is Natalie Warnert, an experienced SPC and Agile trainer who also set up the movement ‘Women in Agile’, a US-based non-profit agency that aims to increase the impact women can make on spreading Agile ways of working. We are welcoming her as a keynote speaker for Agile Munich. She offered to shed some light on her contribution.   “Several years ago, I was visiting several Agile conferences as an upcoming SPC where, at some point, I noticed how few... Learn more
Patricia Kong

“Making the value of Agility measurable”

We’re thrilled to be welcoming Patricia Kong from Scrum.org who will both lead a workshop and make a keynote contribution to Agile Munich. While Patricia’s workshop will be about Nexus, one of the leading frameworks used to implement Agility at scale, Patricia Kong will also be introducing an entirely new framework by Scrum.org. Evidence-Based Management is a framework developed by Scrum.org to help organizations measure, manage, and increase the value they derive from their product... Learn more
Agile in 2019

Agile in 2019: A look at the upcoming trends

The future of Agile working looks promising. Agile is not just a hype; it has become a concept. The word Agile even made it onto the list of office clichés in 2018. However, Agile working has become indispensable. After all, we live in a world that is constantly changing and in which time-to-market plays an extremely important role. Agile working makes your organisation flexible and versatile, so that your organisation is better able to hold its own in a world full of change. But what are the... Learn more
Agile at Scale

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

Low-maturity functions – Agile at Scale - 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 firm Incrementor will be hosting with Gladwell Academy, to outline the event.   Agile Munich website Agile at Scale “Implementing ways of working with Agile at scale is always a... Learn more
Leading SAFe

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

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... Learn more
Tasks of a product owner

The tasks of a Product Owner (PO)

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 the role of a Product Owner. Having someone who provides high quality in this role is crucial in order to deliver a valuable product... Learn more
RTE Summit 3.0

RTE Summit 3.0 – RTEs did rock you!

It’s a wrap – the 2018 edition of the RTE Summit 3.0 of November 13th was a resounding success. Here is an overview of the highlights as we saw them at Gladwell Academy; if you attended, you will doubtlessly have your own memorable moments to add.     RTE Summit 3.0 chairman Andres Jansen Kick off and keynote - RTE Summit 3.0 Summit chairman Andres Jansen opened the event convincingly with a play on the worldwide Queen hit song, shouting “RTE Will Rock You” as the... Learn more
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