Category Archives: Agile

Jobbeke de Jong

Jobbeke de Jong: “A team is not the sum of its members”

Jobbeke de Jong is founder and director of Tachles: a company that helps organizations optimize team performance through system centered interventions. At this year’s virtual Agile Coach Conference on October 28th, she aims to facilitate Agile Coaches in experiencing teams as a ‘whole’. This is the basis for intervening in the ‘undercurrents’ of team dynamics.   The ‘undercurrents’ of a group “In my career, I have specialized in group dynamics from a systems... Learn more

Agile Coach Bootcamp: what they think

Gladwell Academy recently held one of its Agile Coach Bootcamps: a three-day course meant to give you the knowledge you need to get started as an Agile Coach. We sat down with two participants, Geert-Jan van Vliet of Dutch Railways (NS) and Robert Agterberg from Vivat, to get their thoughts on the course. Why did you attend this course? Robert: Well, I’m already coaching teams, and it’s always good to gain more knowledge about coaching. I’m also playing a part in making the company more... Learn more
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Post-Covid Agile Hardware Development (2/2)

Dirk Meißner, owner and founder of CO-Improve Consulting continues his discussion with Gladwell Academy on the “Corona emergency program for development projects” and how it can help Hardware organizations bounce back following Covid-19 social distancing measures. This article continues from part 1.   Step 3: Product Development Process Essentials “Once we’ve taught the teams how to work Agile, to work efficiently, that’s when we shift our focus to the macro level. We... Learn more

Maaike Klasen: “Ethics in Agile Coaching.”

Maaike Klasen, an experienced Agile Coach and Scrum Master, gives us an idea of the workshop she intends to host at the virtual Agile Coach Conference on October 28th. She is planning to delve into the “Ethics in Agile Coaching”, and you can expect a deep dive into how to balance the tightrope of transparency and confidentiality within an Agile organization. Who is Maaike? Maaike began her career as an Educational Psychologist and Play Therapist but it wasn’t long before she found... Learn more

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

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

Agile for Finance in Control

As the business or financial controller of this increasingly Agile department or organization, there is reason for you to be doubtful of the Agile ways of working. If left unchecked, don’t these Agile ways of working threaten your ability to be in control? Don’t they hamper you in executing your role properly? You are still the controller, of course. Responsible for feeding and following the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle. For identifying of risks and opportunity and communicating them - enabling... Learn more

Agile, Scrum, SAFe and your career

Ever wondered what Scrum and Agile ways of working might mean for your career?  We wrote the Agile, Scrum, SAFe and your career white paper to explain the possibilities that open up to you when your organization embraces an Agile framework such as Scrum or SAFe. What does it mean for conventional roles? What new roles are there, and which might suit your personality? Interesting? Download the white paper and see for... 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

Agile Coach: Crucial for Transformations

Do you see the role of an Agile Coach as a logical next step in your own career? You could be right. Not only in terms of content, because Agile clearly has a rich future in business, but also as a ‘transversal skill’: Coaching is a skill that can be useful throughout your professional life.     But what does it take to become a good Agile... Learn more

Agile @ Hardware

The advantages of working Agile have been a revolution for the world of software development - and following that, for much of the business world in general. From services firms to municipal governments, the promise of Agile ideas is irresistibly convincing.  In this white paper, Davar Azarmi and Ali Hajou will present these topics: Why bring Agile ideas to hardware development? Why not? Agile methodology for the hardware environment Product-centered and process-centered... 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
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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
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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

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

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

The Agile Coach Toolkit

The responsibilities of the Agile Coach are many and diverse. Hence, the ‘ Agile Coach Toolkit’ for the AC is equally diverse! Here’s my own take on the collection of skills and best practices that every Agile Coach should employ. It ranges from to ‘how to start out as an Agile Coach’, to Agile Coaching techniques, and to the Agile Coach’s role as a facilitator - to name a few. Supercharge your organization’s Agile transformation with these Agile Coach ‘tools.’ Building my... Learn more
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“Scrum Masters: upgrade your skill set with Agile coaching.”

Maaike Klasen and Renate Cremer are both experienced Agilists. Maaike is an experienced Scrum Master with extensive coaching capabilities who is involved with the International Coaching Federation, as well as working with; Renate Cremer, on the other hand, an ICF-certified Agile trainer and coach at Gladwell Academy who also put together the 12-day in-depth Agile Coach course. Together, they’re going to explore the Agile Coaching discipline. This first edition: the Scrum master as... Learn more

Give engineers problems, not instructions

We don’t apply Agile ways to make the simple stuff. We use Agile because what we create is hard. By that, I mean those hardware manufacturers that seek to apply Agile ways of working are usually in complex manufacturing industries: automotive, semiconductors, medical tech. Embracing Agility in such industries is very advisable, and indeed many are attempting this in some way. But it does come with its own manual. Here’s a page from my book.   Hardware development comes down to... Learn more
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