Category Archives: Scaled Agile Framework

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
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
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
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
Anand blog

“The two trainers seamlessly merge into one inspiring presence.”

All the marketing in the world can't beat a glowing, motivated customer review. But the e-mail we received from recent Implementing SAFe 4.5 (SPC) student Jameer Syed wasn’t just an opportunity for our trainers Anand Murthy Raj and Sathya H.R. to gloat – it’s also an opportunity for us to learn what inspires you the most.    “Anand & Sathya,  I would like to THANK YOU both for facilitating a great session with so much passion, which I believe helped all of us to... Learn more

What is SAFe? The Scaled Agile Framework – part 2

In the previous blog about the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), I explained the Scaled Agile Framework in its most elementary form and why it’s gaining such popularity in large organizations. Now we’ll dive into the available content and the application of the framework itself.   “Train everyone, launch Trains.” The slogan above is Scaled Agile’s launch mantra, and it’s completely true. Getting trained in SAFe is tremendously helpful in bringing the framework to life.... Learn more
Scaled Agile Framework

What is SAFe? The Scaled Agile Framework – part 1

In my previous two blogs I explained the challenges to and solutions for scaling Agile. In this blog I’ll discuss the best-known Agile scale-up model: the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).SAFe, the acronym for Scaled Agile Framework, is probably the most widely encompassing framework of all the Agile frameworks. SAFe was published in 2011 by management consultant and software developer Dean Leffingwell, and is promoted worldwide by publisher Scaled Agile.    What Is SAFe? SAFe is... Learn more

”How do you do Scrum with 200+ teams? You do it SAFe. Pure pragmatism.”

In the Scaled Agile framework (SAFe), the highest rank is reserved for the SAFe Program Consultant Trainer. There are only about 50 such SPCT-certified SAFe gurus in the world today. Two of these work at Gladwell Academy: the recently certified trainer-consultants Eelco Rustenburg and Anand Murthy Raj. We looked the two of them up in Amsterdam, the Netherlands to discuss how they see the future of Agile project management in the corporate world.   Good day, gentlemen. Let’s get... Learn more
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