Category Archives: Agile

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

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
Remote Agile coach

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

Saahil Panikar: “Compromise in the changing demands of PI Planning.”

Certified SPCT Saahil Panikar of Icon Agility Services is planning a workshop at the RTE Summit Americas. The pitch: a deep-dive into the conflicts of communication and visualization that take place between teams during PI planning events. Saahil being an expert in virtually every aspect of working within an Agile framework, we expect an exciting, informative moment. An RTE with ‘rock star’ status? Saahil has over 10 years of experience with Agile, working with SAFe since 2014, and time... Learn more
Agile coaching

“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 Scrum.org; 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
Agile

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
Hardware

Why bring Agile ideas to Hardware?

The advantages of working Agile have been a revolution for software development - and then for services-oriented businesses too. Why is the world of hardware development now suddenly becoming so eager to follow suit? Because, finally, it can.   The promise of Agile is well-known and widely acknowledged.  The ability to ‘turn on a dime, for a dime’.  The ability to drastically reduce time-to-market.   The increased sense of empowerment that pervades all layers of the... 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

“SAFe helps to fail-fast-learn-faster in hardware development.”-Tanya Kudchadker, ASML

The experienced ASML Agilists Tanya Kudchadker and Wendy Versteeg are presenting together at the Agile for Hardware event. Here, they prelude on their contribution: applying Agile ways of working to the development of hugely complex lithography machines that cost billions to make.   The lithography giant ASML builds tools crucial for semiconductor production: robotized, mobile assembly lines that produce fully formed silicon chips. Because semiconductors are feats of nanotechnology... Learn more

Team Spirit: The Scrum Master Role in theory and practice

Are you empathetic and mindful of others? Are you able to read between the lines, and quickly understand the ‘question behind the question’? Do you enjoy removing impediments and obstacles so that team members are able to accomplish their particular tasks in their particular way? If this describes you, then the role of Scrum Master may fit you like a glove, according to Hanne Jacobs, Trainer for Gladwell Academy and a certified SPC.  In this blog Hanne talks about the tasks of the Scrum... Learn more

“Scaling is Scrum’s biggest challenge – but we’re finding ways.” – Arjan Tuinhout, NXP

“I’m not about to ditch old-fashioned project management,“ assures Arjan Tuinhout, senior project manager at the Smart Antenna Solutions product line for NXP, global champion in semiconductors. “But after Scrumming pulled my team through some nasty timeframes, I’m convinced Agile can add to hardware development, too.”   “We build high-frequency integrated circuits for products like mobile phones that involve radio emission and reception – a crucial component,... Learn more
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“Partnering with Scrum.org means we train Scrum properly.”

Scrum.org has included Gladwell Academy as a partner in their global Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) Network. Since Scrum was one of the first Agile trainings we started offering at Gladwell Academy, we have plenty of experience with this exciting framework. By leveraging our network of global trainers, we can now offer Scrum taught by certified PSTs.    Experienced trainers “Scrum was hot five years ago when Gladwell Academy began, and it's still hot today,” says Miranda... 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

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

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
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
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