Sicco Maathuis: “Connect the data, connect the people”

Our first presenter to highlight for the virtual Agile Coach Conference is Sicco Maathuis, who has worked at Dutch market leading companies such as Ahold, Nike and PostNL. He explains why he looks forward to the Conference, and a bit of what he plans to share. Data, connections and computing “It’s an exciting time for roles like the Agile Coach – so it’s also a good time to visit this event. Companies and organizations are getting used to the idea, and especially virtual Agile... Learn more

Eduardo Alvim: “Investing in Agile pays off in times of crisis!”

With social-distancing measures gradually being rolled back, Agile trainer Eduardo Alvim looks back to where and how organizations stumbled in handling the crisis. “Time, money, and resources have been wasted where value-driven investments could have been made.”   Why it’s important to invest in the right place “It’s important for organizations to know where and how to invest if they wish to remain competitive and successful. Having an Agile mindset can answer such questions... Learn more

SAFe Summit 2020: A new frontier in virtual communication

On June 10-11 2020, Gladwell Academy was proud to be among the exhibitors at Scaled Agile’s first ever virtual European SAFe Summit. One of the first events of its kind, the summit provided an opportunity to consider where the future of events to share knowledge and build new connections may be moving.   A new platform The SAFe Summit’s remote setting did nothing to hinder the exchange of new ideas and knowledge. Gladwell Academy’s speakers found that the online platform offered... Learn more
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SAFe for Architects: “The shift to agile architecture impacts everything.”

SAFe for Architects is a relatively new training in the Scaled Agile curriculum. What value does it add and why is it important? A seasoned architect himself, Frank Langeveld is also a SAFe trainer at Gladwell Academy. He shares his insights and experience with organizational architecture. Improve the impact of architecture “This course fundamentally addresses how architects work because the shift from traditional architecture to agile architecture impacts everything. “When the class... Learn more

First Agile Coach Conference: “Remotely building the knowledge exchange”

The number of people who call themselves ‘Agile coach’ has exploded in recent years. For Gladwell Academy, reason enough to build a platform for knowledge exchange in this diverse discipline. First order of business: the first Agile Coach Conference held remotely on 28 Oct ’20 from a professional film studio. A place to become immersed in the Agile Coaching despite the distance between everyone. Chairwoman Renate Cremer, experienced Agile coach trainer, dives into the agenda. Why an... Learn more

Gladwell Academy remotely trains over 170 participants simultaneously!

Okay, here’s a challenge for you. At Gladwell Academy, we recently remotely trained an organization that produces hardware and advanced technology. This training on SAFe practices presented a new threshold for us, as it brought our training to a scale previously unheard of! Our trainers bringing everything together In preparation for this monumental undertaking, Gladwell Academy’s trainers brought everything they had learned about remote trainings together to make this course they’re... Learn more

Post-Covid Agile Hardware Development (1/2)

Dirk Meißner, managing partner and founder of CO-Improve Consulting has opted to share his four-step for 'Corona emergency program for development projects' with us. It leverages Agile ways of working so hardware organizations might recover from social-distancing measures smoothly and quickly.   Step 1: Project recovery check “Before we can do anything else, we set one day aside to sit down with our clients. We assess together what their most important projects are; why they are... Learn more

Group interaction in remote training? Yes, we can!

Most trainers will agree that group activity is invaluable for the learning experience. But doesn’t a remote setting make such interactive moments all but impossible? Our trainers at Gladwell Academy would disagree: not only is group activity possible…it’s everywhere!   Ad-hoc Scrum Masters Careful preparation by the instructor in advance of the course is key to the success of these group activities. We carefully consider who will be attending our courses: what their needs are,... Learn more

Summer spare time? Get a discount on your training!

Beginning in 2017, Gladwell Academy began offering discounted summer courses in Scrum & SAFe and will continue to do so this year. With summer coming and many organizations slowing down, now is the time to take the initiative on your career path with training that will boost you and your organization in the coming year.   Summer sun, same training While most organizations slow down over the summer, Gladwell Academy keeps going as strong as ever. Offering a mixture of both... Learn more

Remotely happy? Participant feedback

Working remote means following remote trainings, too. Is a remote course worth your time? What’s it like? How does Gladwell Academy enhance the experience? Here’s what Jeroen Frenken has to say.   Jeroen Frenken, Product owner business intelligence Jeroen Frenken attended of one of Gladwell Academy’s very first remote Leading SAFe courses, and he was kind enough to share his experience with us. “In terms of content, the course was what I had expected. That didn’t vary... Learn more
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Renate Cremer: “The perfect time to become an Agile Coach”

At Gladwell Academy we are moving forward with our Agile Coach courses, adapting them to be offered remotely. According to Agile Coach Trainer Renate Cremer “crises like this are exactly when Agile Coaches are needed most,” and she has already begun to consider how this period of isolation will change the way we work and teach Agile.   An evolution in Agile Coaching While Renate has been hard at work adapting our existing coaching content to be taught remotely, she has already... Learn more

Lisa van de Voort: “Training the U.S. Army is both other-worldly and familiar.”

Lisa van de Voort, a seasoned Agile transformation consultant at BlinkLane Consulting, reflects on her recent first training session with the U.S. Army on Agile practices. Traveling to the U.S. military base in San Antonio, TX she visited “a unique organization with its own unique challenges… and a wholly unique impact.”   Experienced and knowledgeable Lisa comes to this training with over 4 years of experience as an Agile consultant, having contributed to over twelve Agile... Learn more
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Agile Coach Webinar: Keeping your teams with you

With social distancing the norm, and everyone working remote, are you finding it harder to stay relevant for your audience as an Agile Coach? Join Gladwell Academy Agile Coach and trainer Boris de Jong for an informative and interactive Agile Coach webinar on how to stay on everyone’s radar, on May 15, 2020 10:00 AM.   The distance problem Agile Coaching is always a very hands-on role, putting yourself directly at the heart of a team or an organization, navigating by tension and to... Learn more

Eduardo Alvim: “Adapting Remote RTE Training”

With the World Health Organization’s current guidelines Gladwell Academy finds itself moving its trainings into an online remote only setting. Gladwell Trainer Eduardo Alvim discusses how he has adapted the highly advanced, SAFe RTE course to be effectively taught in a remote classroom. “A great course!” Eduardo describes how the traditional in-person RTE course is one of his favorites to teach. “RTE’s usually come to the course excited and ready to collaborate and interact during... Learn more

Markus Weck-Bonetti: “Locking down Agile in hardware in lockdown”

The corona virus has virtually every organization scrambling to adapt: social distancing and other measures have an immense impact on everyone’s business and the way we work. We spoke with Markus Weck-Bonetti, principal consultant and Agile Coach at our German partner Co-Improve. He offers a glimpse into how the Agile mindset allows hardware organizations to work and communicate effectively in this difficult time.   Never too late to learn “While I’ve been working in hardware... Learn more

Eduardo Alvim: “Moving Leading SAFe online”

Gladwell Academy trainer Eduardo Alvim has been hard at work adapting our course content for remote teaching. A candidate to become SAFe Program Consultant Trainer, he recently taught his first remote Leading SAFe course and has walked away excited and motivated to make the course even better. A SAFe foundation “This has always been one of the best courses in SAFe. We go over a lot of different subjects around managing and leading change. This course is especially interesting for leaders... Learn more
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A sneak peek of “The journey into the Lean-Agile mindset”

Gladwell Academy SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) Anand Murthy Raj will present this year at the European SAFe Summit on June 10.... remotely! Here is an exclusive first look into the topics and ideas he plans to discuss.    Anand’s ‘a-ha’ moment Anand has spent over twenty-two years working in IT in a wide variety of roles beginning as a developer. As a product developer in 2009 he was introduced to “a new way or working. I was totally shocked to discover the whole... Learn more

Remote Classrooms: keepin’ it lively!

Here’s a few tips and tricks how we organize remote classes to encourage active engagement, participation and interaction for participants involved.   Interaction via technology When teaching via a video screen it is important to note how interactions are different compared to the traditional classroom. The trap to avoid is when  participants ‘sit back’ and become passive receivers of information rather than active learners. We have a few strategies to counter this:... Learn more
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Remote Classrooms: three things we’ve learned

Suddenly both trainers and participants find themselves unable to travel or even stuck at home entirely. Luckily, we’ve come prepared: we’re thrilled to introduce Gladwell Academy’s Remote Classrooms! With adapted content and pacing to allow digital delivery of our courses in SAFe in Agile Scrum and Kanban and in information management, your professional learning journey is continues fully adapted to digital interaction!   Tried and true platforms Our instructors at Gladwell... Learn more

Herbert Schönebeck: “Typical mistakes when starting an Agile transformation”

At this year’s upcoming Agile for Hardware conference hosted by Gladwell Academy, Herbert Schönebeck from Co-Improve is planning an interactive workshop where he will offer a deep-dive into the typical problems encountered during an Agile transformation. Expert on Hardware and Agility Herbert describes how he spent “over twenty-five years in various functions within traditional line-organizations, where I was responsible for a wide variety of different projects. In 2017 I made the... Learn more
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