Category Archives: Highlights

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

7 Habits of highly effective RTEs

The role of Release Train Engineer (RTE, Chief Scrum Master) has only come into existence over the past decade or so. Its origins can be found in the Scrum Master’s role, in short: the coach operating in a single Agile Scrum Team, with roughly 7 +/-2 members. In this Whitepaper, Andres Jansen will elaborate the role, its possibilities and the habits that effective RTEs have in common. Release the trains! Contents of this White paper:  RTE: A new role for a unique... Learn more
scrum.org

“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
Ready to be an RTE?

Servant Leader in Superman’s clothing: Ready to be RTE?

What are the tasks of the Release Train Engineer? The RTE is a new breed of super scrum masters, arisen since the advent of SAFe. Upon passing the SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE) exam and achieving RTE certification, the RTE becomes a far more effective scrum master of the Team of Teams and coach for the organization around it– a complex, challenging, and intense role with a lot of responsibility for the whole enterprise. “It’s like Scrum on steroids,” says Andres Jansen, Senior... Learn more

“U.S. corporate culture helps and hinders Agility” – Eelco Rustenburg, SPCT

As an accredited SPC Trainer, Eelco Rustenburg is one of the very few people in the world today allowed to train new SAFe Program Consultants – and he’s coming to New York this April 16thto train a hopeful group. We asked him to share his experience in training people from both sides of the Atlantic. “My life as an SPCT changed significantly when I was okayed for that additional T. But that change hasn’t been nearly as heavy as when I became an SPC! Demand for corporate Agility is so... Learn more

Find your way through the maze: online course ‘Compass to Scaling Agile’

Travelling around the world to train and coach people about scaling Agile is a privilege. Working as a trainer feels sometimes like working as an explorer. During the trainings I get to educate and inspire people to apply Lean-Agile ways of working. But sometimes I notice that the participants would need some extra advise on where to start from. For this, we have recently developed a new online platform.   After 2-4 days of training, your behavioural patterns might not be radically... Learn more

BOSSA nova combines ‘everything that works’

Keynote speaker Jutta Eckstein’s recent book ‘Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Spaces & Sociocracy’ aims to bring Agile principles beyond the software development core – which aligns neatly with our focus on the supporting functions at Agile Munich 2019. She chose not to add yet another framework to the already brimming pool of Agile-ish intellectual property, but rather sifts through what’s out there, tests its merits, and builds a better beast from... Learn more
Gladwell Academy 5 years

Hooray! We’re 5 years old today…!

One moment in 2014 you’re nervously watching registrations trickle in for your first training session. The next moment, five years have passed. Happy birthday to Gladwell Academy! Time for a heart-felt thank you: to our many eager participants, to our ambitious clients, and to all the colleagues who have come and gone.   A simple realization gave birth to this company. That ‘digital transformation’ was starting to have a huge impact on business. That consulting services alone... Learn more
Agile at Scale

Agile at Scale: ‘Not without the supporting functions!’

Low-maturity functions – Agile at Scale - those parts of any large-scale organization that have not yet transformed – are the core theme for 2019’s Agile Munich, which will take place on May 8th-10th in Munich, Germany. We asked Chairman and conference curator Nils Oud, whose consultancy firm Incrementor will be hosting with Gladwell Academy, to outline the event.   Agile Munich website Agile at Scale “Implementing ways of working with Agile at scale is always a... Learn more
Leading SAFe

Leading SAFe: It’s all in your head. – PART 2

There are absolutely no one-size fits all, just-tick-the-box solutions in an agile environment. Instead, leaders who want to manage with the Lean-Agile mindset need to learn to organize safe environments so that others - through engagement - can come to the next steps of effective action.   In this two-part blog, Janse gives his expert perspectives on the challenges – and rewards – of expanding your mind and becoming a SAFe Agilist. This is the second part of the blog... Learn more
Leading SAFe

Leading SAFe: It’s all in your head – part 1

Part 1 of 2 “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum (gap) a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” – Antonio Gramsci, political theorist.    There are absolutely no one-size fits all, just-tick-the-box solutions in an agile environment. Instead, leaders who want to manage with the Lean-Agile mindset need to learn to organize safe environments so that others - through engagement - can come to 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 Release Train

What is an Agile Release Train?

Forget the express train, the Intercity or the Thalys. The Agile Release Train is where it’s at! This train runs quickly and efficiently to its ultimate goal. It always keeps to the timetable. The passengers mostly set this timetable themselves! The Agile Release Train (ART) was invented by SAFe, the Scaled Agile Framework. The ART is a virtual train consisting of 5 to 10 self-organising, multidisciplinary teams who plan, organise and perform their work together. Together they work on... Learn more
Silver FD Gazelle

Thank you…! Silver Gazelle Award goes to Gladwell Academy

For the second year in a row Gladwell Academy has been selected as Silver FD Gazelle, the award handed out by business newspaper Het Financiële Dagblad to the fastest growing businesses of 2018. This year we are not just on the list though; we have landed a solid second place for the West Holland region, small business category - just after Gold winner Stars and Stories.   International growth The FD Gazellen awards are given to companies that have shown a consistently impressive... Learn more
SPC

The toolkit of an effective SAFe Program Consultant

Big organisational changes only have a chance of succeeding if there is a clear vision for the future that has broad support. A SAFe implementation will be successful if enough people are involved and are prepared to work together according to the SAFe principles. The SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) takes the lead in this. As a SPC you’re responsible for setting up the new organisation. You train teams in the SAFe framework and help colleagues to find their way in their new role. The SPC gets... 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
A SAFe transformation

A safe transformation to a SAFe organization requires a SAFe leader

In practice, the Scrum/Agile way of working seems to work best in a greenfield. The ideal approach is for one or two development teams to set up and maintain an application landscape. As soon as there’s a complex environment with a lot of legacy and interdependencies, more help is needed. This is why more and more established organisations in particular are becoming familiar with the Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe. What are the concrete tasks of a SAFe leader?   Why scaling is... Learn more
FD Gazellen 2018

Gladwell Academy is one of the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands!

Gladwell Academy is again FD Gazellen 2018!    For the second year in a row Gladwell Academy is nominated as one of the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands by the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad's FD Gazellen-awards. The final results of the rankings will be published in the middle of November and the final held in December. We celebrated this achievement with a tailored cake!   “We are extremely happy and proud of this achievement. We have seen a... Learn more
Scaled Agile Framework 4.6

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.6 for Lean Enterprises released

Scaled Agile Inc. Announced 3rd October the general availability of Scaled Agile Framework 4.6 for Lean Enterprises. Main updates constitute the five core competencies of a Lean Enterprise, and two new courses: SAFe for Government and Agile Software Engineering. The new Five core competencies of organizations that have successfully transformed into a Lean enterprise, working as the starting point for understanding and implementing SAFe:     Lean-Agile Leadership     Team and... Learn more
SPCT candidate Niels Groen

SPCT candidate Niels Groen: “Failure is often the best mentor there is.”

With the popularity of Scaled Agile Framework only on the rise, demand remains high for the SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs), the professionals who guide organizations towards governing their Agile workforce with a tried and proven approach. That in turn raises the demand for those who train the SPCs: the SPC Trainers (SPCTs). Nonetheless, there are currently less than a hundred working in the world today. It’s quite the responsibility, but Niels (SPCT candidate) looks forward to it, he... Learn more
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