RTE Summit 2022 (7th edition)

November 7, 2022 and November 8, 2022
Capital C Amsterdam, The Netherlands
For RTEs by RTEs, this is your event! The 7th RTE Summit is coming to you from Former Diamond exchange "Capital C" in Amsterdam.
And when you become a diamond, you’ll see why life had to pressure you.

RTEs are like Diamonds

Network with your peers from around the globe, inform yourself about new developments, share experiences, and learn from fellow professionals.

We are taking inspiration from this year’s location, Capital C, Amsterdam’s prolific former diamond trading location. The C in Capital C stands for Creativity, but it can also stand for Clarity, Cut, Carat, and Color: the four criteria by which a diamond is judged, and its price is set.

RTEs are like diamonds, they are polished and formed under high pressure and are as versatile as a diamond . When there is a lot of pressure, passion and issues they become like shiny objects and everyone wants a RTE to run their train.

Program Highlights

Opening Key Note: You Can’t Make People Change, But You Can Trick Them

by Jurgen Appelo: Author
Be inspired by Author, TEDx speaker and Creative Networker Jurgen Appelo
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RTE of the Year 2021: As an RTE, I believe boring is good

by Mayank Khare: RTE at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
RTE of the Year 2021 Mayank Khare will share his learnings
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Closing Key Note: reconnecting to the “HUMANVERSE“

by Jimmy Nelson: Entrepreneur and creative director
Entrepreneur Jimmy on how his team made his succes possible
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The SAFe return of the Pink Panther

by Eelco Rustenburg: RTE, SPCT, Author at BlinkLane Consulting
More information on this keynote will follow soon
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Dynamic scaling of an Agile Release Train

by Hào Lǐ: RTE and Agile Coach at Allianz Technology
A journey of transforming finance by adapting lean-agile principles and organizing around value
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Mastering the Business Value Driver bingo

by Rajender Bouman of APG Asset Management
Find answers to your questions during this 1 hour Bingo game
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The Transformational Leadership Dojo - practical Leadership Tools for the RTE

by Carl Starendal: at We Are Movement
Learn to use and apply a new assessment tool that all RTEs can use
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Normal ticket price 2 day event: EUR 999,- The ticket includes your participation at the 2-day RTE Summit 2022, welcome coffee with pastries, buffet lunch, drinks with bites and interactive workshops

Want to order 5 tickets or more? Scroll down for the group discount information.

Read the full program consisting of more than 30 items and speakers

Curious about the complete timetable? Get the Program Flyer!

At the 7th RTE Summit you’ll have the opportunity to hear presentations from seasoned professionals in the field, as well as join in on a number of collaborative workshops where you’ll put your skills and knowledge to the test. And, of course, no RTE Summit by Gladwell Academy could be complete without an exciting energizer!

What else will the 2022 RTE Summit bring your way? The complete program flyer is available for download now! We'll send the link directly to your inbox.


Ali Hajou

Chairman RTE Summit 2022 / SPCT at BlinkLane Consulting
Ali is an absolute Agile Nerd with more than a decade of proven, hands-on experience of supporting Agile adoption.
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Jurgen Appelo

Author, serial founder, successful entrepreneur and speaker
As a serial founder, successful entrepreneur, author, and speaker, Jurgen is pioneering management to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century. He offers concrete games, tools, and practices, so you can introduce better management, with fewer managers. He also offers a platform for you to share your practices and stories with the rest of the world.
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Jimmy Nelson

Creative Director at Jimmy Nelson Studio
If you change the way you look at people, the people you look at change. And if that change is powerful enough, it will gather momentum to affect the whole of humanity.
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Carl Starendal

SAFe Fellow and SPCT at We Are Movement
Carl is an Enterprise lean/agile trainer, coach and Swedens only SAFe Fellow and Program Consultant Trainer (SAFe SPCT). He has worked directly for Scaled Agile, Inc.,
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Heiko Sudar

RTE, Trainer, SPC, Agile Coach at BMW Group
Since 2018, Heiko has been working as an Agile Master at the BMW Group in scaled environments in the areas of Connected Drive, Data Analytics and Dealer Channel.
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Mayank Khare

RTE of the Year 2021 / Agile Transformation Coach at KLM
Mayank is an Agile enthusiast with more than 17 years of total working experience and 10+ years of agile experience in various roles and aspects (RTE, SM, PO, Epic Owner, System team lead). He is someone who has a practical approach with respect to Agile implementations, be it IT, Business, NFRs, OPS or any other aspect.
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Guus Prick

24 years in 17 words and one number: Coder -> Lead Developer -> Requirements Engineer -> Lead Functional Architect -> Program manager -> Release Train engineer of a 12 team ART.
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Odile Moreau

SAFe Strategic advisor and SPCT at Scaled Agile Inc.
Odile has 20+ years of experience helping profit and non-profit organizations in the fields of IT Service Management, Business Information Management, and Software Engineering across Europe. Over the last ten years, Odile has been helping leaders and teamsadopt Lean and Agile values, mindset, principles, and practices at scale.
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Willem-Jan van Asseldonk

Sr. Sales Engineer and Solutions Architect at Digital.ai
Willem-Jan has always been interested in how people and teams work together. From his first role as a software engineer, he had built a career analyzing and improving software development, with a particular focus how processes, ways of working and people can be best connected.
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Discover All Speakers...

This year's edition of RTE Summit features more than 15 high level presenters full of mind-blowing stories and valuable insights for the Release Train Engineer role... Discover them all!

Get inspired by the Creativity of the Venue

Venue: Capital C, Amsterdam

Former home to diamond trading is now perfectly equipped to host our growing community of RTEs. In collaboration with over 20 Dutch designers, Capital C has been designed to inspire Creativity with a capital C.

Capital C is located on the banks of the river Amstel at Weesperplein 4B in Amsterdam

Accommodation and Hotel deal

If you’re looking for a place to stay during the event, we have arranged for a hotel deal (16% discount) with the Hyatt Regency (Sarphatistraat 104, Amsterdam). If you want to make use of this deal, there are 2 ways to arrange this:

  1. In regards to individual booking you can book your stay directly via Gladwell's booking page on the website of the Hyatt Regency hotel.
  2. You can also reserve your accommodation by entering the group code G-5CU8 under 'Special Rates -> Corporate or Group Code' section on the main reservation page.

This deal will be available to book until October 17th 2022.

These companies help to make this event possible

Agile Hive

Agile Hive simplifies the implementation and execution of SAFe® in your organization
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Atlassian & Cprime

Atlassian & Cprime deliver you a synergy of expertises to deliver transformations
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Scaled Agile

Work Differently. Build the Future. Discover a faster, more flexible, customer-centric way to work with SAFe®.
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Digital.ai provides a platform to help you accelerate digital transformation that DevOps platform unifies, secures, and generates predictive insights across the software lifecycle to enhance business value
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piplanning.io empowers RTEs and STEs to lead remote PI Planning events without distraction, avoids manual copy paste work and ensures alignment and focus across all your teams.
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Dynamic Solution Trains

by Wolfgang Brandhuber: SPCT
Deliver Large Complex Cyber Physical Systems with Solution Trains
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The power of servant leadership: lessons from an aviator

by Niels Groen of Blinklane
How aviators are trained in fast and effective problem solving when lives are at stake
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Back in the driver-seat with RTE predictive analytics

By Willem-Jan van Asseldonk and Stephane Lachaud of Digital.ai
We discuss metrics and how new technologies (machine learning and AI) can contribute to better insights
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Co-develop your ultimate Scrum of Scrums

by Michiel Lamers, Danny van Loon and Koen van der Aa
Learn to co-develop your ultimate scrum of scrums
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Research meets Practice: Do Agile Transformations make you successful?

by Christoph Stettina and Maarten Lim of University Leiden
Walk away with findings and improvements that bring more success in your agile transformation
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Boost your Problem-Solving workshops results with the eight Flow Accelerators

by Odile Moreau and Rune Christensen of Scaled Agile
Learn to leverage the flow accelerators within your context
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Leveraging Motivation profiles in an Agile Transformation

by Gianfranco Franceschi of STONE Business Associates
Learn to use motivation profiles in an Agile transformation
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Keeping the Train on the Tracks: Building Great Release Train Engineers (RTEs)

by Rod Morrison
The job of an Release Train Engineer (RTE) is a complex one, tends to carry significant responsibilities, and may sometimes feel lonely. RTEs need to build great and effective teams, foster strong and productive relationships while managing a wide range of people and personalities. And the RTE is also an enabler of outcomes. He or she is tasked with fixing the problems that have been uncovered by external SMEs, often without the full buy-in of internal stakeholders who may not understand the role and responsibilities of the RTE. In many cases organizations engage an RTE to manage the dependencies, risks, and symptoms rather than fixing the fundamental issues with systems and processes. These are just some of the wIde range of challenges RTEs face as they carry out their important mission in the organization. In this hands-on workshop we will explore ways of improving the integration of RTEs in the organizations from a logistical, productive, and cultural perspective. Participants will create a backlog of value drivers, examine the most common challenges and facilitate activities and actions to mitigate those issues to create “space and time” for the RTEs. These activities will lay the foundation needed to create an environment where agile transformation can flourish and scale. We will also examine how the role of the RTE will fit within the upcoming SAFe 6.0 update. This workshop is intended for SAFe coaches, leaders, and RTEs. Participants will learn: 1. Common RTE challenges across a wide variety of clients 2. Best practices for RTE succes 3. Tooling to accelerate success, enable situational awareness efficiencies, and create true business agility
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Eight high-profile speakers in one RTE | STE workshop

by Silvio Wandfluh
We're kicking off the workshop with pre-recorded videos of high-profile speakers like Darren Wilmshurst, Shane Harrison, Michael Stump, Wolfgang Brandhuber, Carl Starendal, Jennifer Fawcett, Cindy VanEpps and Richard Knaster. Thanks to these incredible speakers, we will address topics such as Dynamic Solution Trains, Value of PI Planning, Transformational Leadership, the "People Runway" of an ART, and more. This workshop creates space for RTEs and STEs to engage in peer-to-peer learning. In this interactive workshop, you will have the chance to vote on the topics you want to explore in greater depth. The knowledge exchange will be facilitated by the participants. You have to be a part of it to experience where we are going with this. So don’t think twice and join us! piplanning.io will be our silent supporter of the session.
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Become our Partner

Share your story, host your own company booth and enjoy exclusive networking opportunities with potential clients in our growing RTE community: become a partner at the 7th edition of the RTE Summit! Learn more about our Diamond Deluxe, Ruby, Emerald, and Clean Cut partner packages today, or contact Joost Brugman for more information.

Joost Brugman
+31 (0)6- 27 99 58 58

Group Discount

For RTEs by RTEs, the RTE Summit is your event. Feel free to bring along your peers to share the knowledge at this unique, annual event. Contact Joost Brugman for any questions or if you’d like to learn about group discount rates.

Joost Brugman
+31 (0)6- 27 99 58 58

FAQ RTE Summit 2022

Capital C is located at the Weesperplein in Amsterdam and is easily accessible via the Wibautstraat (Knowledge Mile), via Weteringschans or the Stadshouderskade. There is regular construction work going on around Amsterdam. Plan your route here before you go. Park your car at one of the Q-parks nearby. From here, it's approximately 10 minutes by foot:
Q-park Weesperplein: check the address or available parking spots here.
Q-park Centrum Oost: check the address or available parking spots here.

Public Transport
Tram lines 1, 7 & 19 stop at Weesperplein, within walking distance of Capital C. The nearest metro station is again Weesperplein. From here it is 5 minutes to the main entrance.

During the RTE Summit we will comply with the corona guidelines of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) and welcome visitors in a safe way. At this time there are no restrictions for this event, however it is recommended to take a self test before visiting any event.