Category Archives: Agile

What is Agile

“I’m happy we’ve partnered with Scrum.org, but…!”

Scrum.org has recognized Gladwell Academy’s quality training by including us as a partner in their global Professional Scrum Trainer Network. Scrum was one of the first Agile trainings we started offering at Gladwell Academy. It was hot five years ago, and it’s still hot today. And yet, our lead trainer Hanne Jacobs has her reservations about the emphasis on certification...!   Experienced trainers “Almost all of our trainers have experience from training Scrum at some point of... 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 whitepaper, 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

Agile way of working

Agile is a philosophy aimed at effectively dealing with insecurities within organizations. The starting point of all Agile work is a self-organising, fixed team that consists of various disciplines and is capable of realising concrete results in a relatively limited timeframe.   Agile working is not a goal in itself, but a way to intelligently deal with insecurities. The philosophy has its roots in software development, but it holds value for all processes where the correct approach or... 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

Agile in Control

As a manager, you are supporting the Agile principles. When the first hurdles have passed, you can see the transition to Agile way of working beginning to bear fruit. Perhaps you are experiencing less control and are doubtful of how to tackle the administration and take responsibility. After all, you are responsible for feeding and following the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle. You are still the person who knows whether or not there is enough control over the work that is being done. You indicate... Learn more

“This July 1st, 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 1st and 2nd will see the Agile for Hardware event, hosted by Agile... 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
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
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
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
Agile Transformation

The path to an Agile Transformation

When I came into contact with Scrum as a trainer circa 2015, I understood from my colleagues that it was a new project management methodology. Training courses according to PRINCE2, ITIL or another best practice were common at that time. At first sight, Scrum seemed very simple thanks to a few books I had read. Until I looked into it in more detail. Let's go on the path to an Agile transformation.    Project management We understood that in addition to Scrum, there were various... Learn more
What is Agile

What is Agile?

What is Agile? It is revolutionary. A completely different approach to work in the 21st century. It introduces different rules to what we’re traditionally used to. Pre-defined plans, processes and hierarchical control mechanisms can often be thrown out here.     What is Agile? Agility is the ability to move quickly and easily. The Agile movement was founded in 2001, when 17 people put together the Agile Manifesto. They share a sympathy for the lightweight approach to... 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 Transformation

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 indeed... Learn more
Agile Coaching course

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. An 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 Coaching

The 5 qualities for effective Agile Coaching

There are different kind of Agile Coaches. But what exactly makes a good Agile coach? It’s not easy to give a simple answer, but with Agile Coaching 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... Learn more
Agile Coach or Scrum Master

Agile Coach or Scrum Master: What’s the difference?

There is currently a big demand for Agile Coaches. But what is the difference between an Agile Coach or Scrum Master. 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... Learn more
What is the secret of Agile leadership?

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