Category Archives: RTE Summit

RTE Summit

Joe Vallone discusses new version of SAFe at RTE Summit

 “By the time of the RTE Summit in November, we will have released a new version of the Scaled Agile Framework. So, while I’m not allowed to say what the version number of the new framework will be, I can go into particulars at the RTE Summit. I’ll also discuss how the role of the RTE evolves in the new version. That might be something to look forward to.”   Evolving role He continues: “The role of the RTE is continuing to evolve. There are thousands of RTEs all over the... Learn more
ART

State of the ART: Triple the predictability of your ART

Sweden’s only SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT), enterprise Lean/Agile trainer and coach Carl Starendal gives insight into his upcoming presentation at the RTE Summit.   Mr. Starendal introduces himself concisely in his bio description: "I am an experienced Lean-Agile leader, having served directly for Scaled Agile Inc., the creators of the Scaled Agile Framework® for two years as well as having years of hands-on experience as an important part of several multinational... Learn more

“RTEs and Controllers need to learn the same language.”

Starting with his work for Schiphol Group and now continued in his work with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, freelance 'Agile controller' Martin Hofman has slowly been building his authority in the Agile Control discipline. “Conventional Controllers have difficulty building the business case for working Agile. Agility has become too important for Controllers to ignore though… and vice versa!”   Agile and Control “Working Agile at the elementary team level doesn’t pose too many... Learn more

Your Route to RTE – Part 1: Where do you come from?

In a role as newly-minted as that of SAFe Release Train Engineer there are still few practicing, certified RTEs, and no prescribed or clearly-defined career paths to becoming RTE. But there are trends in the pathways to this very significant senior role according to Andres Jansen, Senior Trainer, interim RTE at ASML and Founder of the RTE Summit. And right now, the two main career routes to becoming RTE are via the program side (PM, PL and the like); or from the (Advanced) Scrum Master... Learn more
RTE Summit

RTE Summit 2019: Schiphol Airport Agile Controller Martin Hofman will speak

Andres Jansen updates the agenda for November 12th, the RTE Summit 2019. As chairman of the RTE Summit 2019, Andres Jansen is certain that this year’s edition on 12 November of 2019 will be even better than the last one. “We’re circling the speakers list, admiring the venue and building the social program. Not wanting to be pinned down by a theme, we’ve nonetheless listed several clear topics for the event. It’s exciting!”    “We’re definitely keeping the... Learn more

“Helping someone get educated is actually very easy.”

Gladwell Academy supports South African education through the Kwasa Foundation. After successfully training thousands of established professionals all over the world, we figured it was time for Gladwell Academy to help those for whom education is a more troublesome affair. Luckily, we have Kwasa Foundation to show us how.   South Africa is a flourishing economy, especially compared to some other parts of Africa. Still, millions of South Africans struggle to put food on the table,... Learn more
RTE Summit 3.0

RTE Summit 3.0 – RTEs did rock you!

It’s a wrap – the 2018 edition of the RTE Summit 3.0 of November 13th was a resounding success. Here is an overview of the highlights as we saw them at Gladwell Academy; if you attended, you will doubtlessly have your own memorable moments to add.     RTE Summit 3.0 chairman Andres Jansen Kick off and keynote - RTE Summit 3.0 Summit chairman Andres Jansen opened the event convincingly with a play on the worldwide Queen hit song, shouting “RTE Will Rock You” as the... Learn more
RTE Boost

Are you fit to drive your AR Train? | RTE Boost

Join the RTE Boost by dr. Yannick Balk A lot about Agile transformations is abstract concepts, intangible processes and organigrams. We sometimes forget that people are involved: able bodies that need leadership to guide them and an example to follow.   For this year’s RTE Boost we’ve invited dr. Yannick Balk, sports psychologist. His research centers on the role of mental effort and recovery in (elite) sports. His recent dissertation came with a simple, powerful message:... Learn more
PI Backlog refinement

PI backlog refinement? “Yes, please.”

Global fintech software publisher SimCorp started working with SAFe more than two years ago, and their creative interpretation of the framework soon became evident. At the RTE Summit, Agile coaches Piet Syhler and Frank Olsen will co-present how their company has come to adapt the Framework to their organization’s needs: “The PI planning event requires such tremendous effort to prepare. How do we prepare to a proper degree?”   Seven ARTs “SimCorp’s main product is an... Learn more
ART

The art of the cross-company ART

Amadeus creates solutions that help airlines and airports, hotels and railways, travel agencies, tour operators and other travel players to run their operations and improve travel experience - billions of times a year, all over the world. RTE Eduardo Avila Alvim has plans for a fascinating show-and-tell on building inter-company or cross-company ARTs: “We’re a pioneer, but we inevitably won’t be forever.”   For Eduardo Avila Alvim, cross-company ARTs aren’t just a new... Learn more
Value stream

“A strong ART in a successful value stream.”

The global consultant ALTEN isn’t just gold partner for the 2018 RTE Summit: Agile chapter lead Wikash Madarie will be sharing the stage with Arno Hanssen of T-Mobile, an accomplished RTE who drives the telecoms giant’s B2C Value Stream. Together, they look forward to presenting a story of a widely shared success, and several of the learnings they picked up along the way.   Not invented here? “A key factor in the success of the Agile transformation at T-Mobile is that it was not... Learn more
RTEs

“Why ABN AMRO doesn’t work with RTEs”

At a gathering of RTEs, Dennis Struis is something of a foreign agent. Presenting at the RTE Summit as a Product Owner for Agile Tooling at ABN AMRO, his organisation has so far made the deliberate choice not to deploy RTEs or to adopt the ART nomenclature – despite using many other concepts and approaches from SAFe.   Dutch global consumer and business bank ABN AMRO has followed a well-known path into Agile way of working. Starting in 2015 with several small teams, the results... Learn more
PI Planning

More than a showcase of Agile tooling

Gianfranco Franceschi visits the RTE Summit to share his experiences on automating a distributed Planning Event, with several different tools like Rentouch PI planning or Retrium Retrospectives, at international publishing house WoltersKluwer. But he also looks forward to sharing his work as a Scrum Master – one whose job is starting to look a lot like that of an RTE. “It’s a slippery slope and I still have a lot to learn, but I also have learnings to share.”   Shifting... Learn more
VersionOne

Platinum partner CollabNet VersionOne: “RTE becomes crucial for proper SAFe”

We’re happy to announce that CollabNet VersionOne has decided to become platinum partner for the RTE Summit. Executive Account Director Olav Maassen explains why he looks forward to the event. “I was an Agile consultant for many years. My heart is still very much in the game.”   “First off, in case you’re wondering – the name comes from a merger between two companies that are probably well-known to the experienced Agilist. Today VersionOne is our main agile product –... Learn more
RTE Summit Gold Partner Alten

Gold Partner ALTEN: “Agile is a collective evolution.”

We’re thrilled to welcome the international consultancy firm ALTEN as Gold Partner for the RTE Summit on November 13th. ALTEN technical manager Edo van der Post joins business manager Gerd Buter and managing consultant Wikash Madarie to share some of ALTEN´s vision on bringing Agile professionals to help with client transformations.   Edo: “We’re partnering with the RTE Summit because we see a bright future for the RTE’s role in the Agile corporate environment. RTEs and... Learn more
RTE Summit - PostNL

When ARTs collide: intra-BU vs cross-BU

RTEs Erik Bootsma and Jeroen Manten both drive a substantial ART at PostNL, the Netherlands’ leading player in parcel logistics and mail. Erik joins us to shed some light on what he has planned for his part of their joint contribution to the RTE Summit: “Even in a single organization, approaches diverge. Let´s dive in and see how our profession can mature.”   Erik: “PostNL has three major business units – Parcels, Mail and International. I’m driving the ART for Parcels,... Learn more
AgilityMasters.com

Gold Partner AgilityMasters.com: “The ‘engineer’ in RTE confuses people.”

AgilityMasters.com has decided to be Gold Partner for the RTE Summit. Wessel van Herwijnen, founder of the company, explains why. “I’m in the people business. And RTEs are the people that are going to be in high demand in the corporate Agile landscape. I´m certain of it.” Indeed, AgilityMasters.com deals in people: renting out Agile (team) Coaches, Scrum Masters and other Agilists to companies gearing up for a team transformation or otherwise in search of Agile-related expertise.... Learn more
ASML

Agile the hard way @ ASML

ASML veteran Arjan Martens aims for his contribution to the RTE Summit to be a personal narrative of regained focus, as well as a rallying cry to RTEs: “Stick to your principles. We need you. Don’t be swayed by corporate culture.”   With 15+ years of experience at ASML, today Arjan Martens is project manager at IBP&S, the division that handles the competitively crucial business of installed-base maintenance and upgrades for this global leader in semiconductor machinery... Learn more
SPCT

“Why Agile makes people nervous? Because of the lack of trust.”

Adding three new SPCT certified trainers to the roster, Gladwell Academy consolidates its leading position as SAFe training agency. In our last blog we asked SPCT candidate Niels Groen to give us his views on becoming certified. For this article, fellow candidate Andres Jansen (SPCT) tells us how he experiences his candidacy so far. “I was asked to present my theory before an audience of fellows right the next day.”   “There’s a so-called immersion week in Boulder, The United... Learn more
Yoram

A 100-person ART that never meets in person

ScheduleOnce program director Yoram Weizman knew it full well when his company decided to take their ART completely online. Right there in article 6 of the Agile manifesto: The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.   Face-to-face is changing “The founders of Agile didn’t have what we have in terms of online tools today. They had a point to make about the value of direct interaction compared... Learn more
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