Category Archives: Agile

“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

“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

‘Certified Hardware Agilists’ to be trained at Gladwell Academy

Upcoming course aims to bring Agile approaches to hardware design and manufacturing 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 Agile for Hardware course.   “For hardware and other non-software environments,... Learn more

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

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.   Project management We understood that in addition to Scrum, there were various other Agile approaches to project management such as... 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


No-one is born as an Agile Coach. There is so much to this role. An Agile Coach lives and breathes flexibility and versatility. The 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 Leadership

The 5 qualities for effective Agile Coaching

There are all different kinds of Agile Coaches. But what exactly makes a good Agile coach? It’s not easy to give a simple answer, but 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 Scaled Agile... Learn more
Procurement and Contracting

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

There is currently a big demand for Agile Coaches. 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 respect. The difference between them lies in their... Learn more

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

Agile way of working

Agile is a philosophy aimed at effectively dealing with insecurities within organisations. 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 intelligent ly deal with insecurities. The philosophy has its roots in software development, but holds value for all processes where the correct approach or desired... Learn more

Agile in control

As a manager, you support the Agile principles. And now the first hurdles have been passed, you can see the transition to Agile beginning to bear fruit. But you are still missing your own role in this. Or 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 senses whether or not there is enough control over the... Learn more