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How Scrum Increases Collaborative Efforts In Your Organization (And Why That Makes Your Life Easier)

Collaboration is key to any organization’s success. In this article, we invite you to look at the benefits of collaboration in the workplace and the role that Scrum plays in this process. No matter how many members of the team work together, there is always some communication taking place between different departments and individuals within the organization. So, that brings us to the question: why does that level of communication need to be increased?

Why Scrum Masters Should Consider the PSM II Training

If you aspire towards a Scrum Master role, having some form of certification on your resume is a must. Scrum.org offers the acclaimed PSM learning track to support Scrum Masters in professionalizing their skills. Roland Flemm is a Scrum Trainer at Gladwell Academy and Scrum.org and has trained hundreds of Scrum Masters over the past few years. Newcomers begin their careers with a PSM I class to gain an understanding of Professional Scrum and the essence of the Scrum Master's role. Yet many Scrum Masters are hesitant to participate in a PSM II training course. This may be because it is unclear to them what the PSM II training has to offer. Perhaps this article will help offer a better understanding.

Introduction to Agility

Agility, Kanban, Scrum -- what does it all mean? These terms can be incredibly disorienting when you find yourself diving into the world of working Agile for the first time in your life. But fortunately, learning about Agile doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. In fact, when you break these terms down into their simplest form, they prove to be part of a straightforward methodology on the most productive manner of working in a collaborative environment: Agile.

What is SAFe? The Scaled Agile Framework – Part 1

In my previous two blogs, I explained the challenges that arise with scaling Agile, as well as solutions to these challenges. In this blog, I will discuss the best-known Agile scale-up model: the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). SAFe 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 it is promoted worldwide by publisher Scaled Agile, Inc.

What is SAFe? The Scaled Agile Framework – Part 1

In my previous two blogs, I explained the challenges that arise with scaling Agile, as well as solutions to these challenges. In this blog, I will discuss the best-known Agile scale-up model: the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). SAFe 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 it is promoted worldwide by publisher Scaled Agile, Inc.

Introduction to Agility

Agility, Kanban, Scrum -- what does it all mean? These terms can be incredibly disorienting when you find yourself diving into the world of working Agile for the first time in your life. But fortunately, learning about Agile doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. In fact, when you break these terms down into their simplest form, they prove to be part of a straightforward methodology on the most productive manner of working in a collaborative environment: Agile.

Why is an Agile transformation so demanding?

Agile transformation is an organizational transformation that affects all the people in a company: leaders, managers and employees. It is a bottom-up and top-down transformation that requires a strong focus on the overall mindset of an organization and one of the critical aspects: the elimination of fear-based norms.

5 Reasons to Implement Agile in Your Business

As a business owner or an employee, you’ve probably heard about Agile. But have you managed to gain an in-depth understanding of Agile, really discovering what it is and why more and more people are coming to the conclusion that Agile is an effective methodology that helps bring about an organization’s success? If you are new to the world of Agile, then you’re in luck. Today, we are going to familiarize you with Agile and its advantages, so that you can consider applying it in your workplace to manage your teams and projects effectively.

5 Reasons Why Gladwell Academy Is Your Perfect Growth Partner

The modern world is teeming with competition. It takes a lot to differentiate yourself from the crowd, whether you’re looking to excel at the personal or the business level. Everybody wants to make it to the top, but not everyone has what it takes to get there. And at Gladwell Academy, we understand that like no one else. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to offer you the tools you need to help you go further and learn the lifelong lessons that will prove integral in paving your path to success. But we don’t want you to just take our word for it when we say that we’re the best in the game in helping you and your business grow; we want you to see it for yourself. That’s why today, we’ll be introducing you to the 5 reasons why Gladwell Academy is your number one choice for Scrum, Agile, and SAFe trainings, with trainers who will stay by your side throughout the entire process in order to drive you and your business to the top.

Changing the World's Environment With High-Performance Teams

Developing a high-performance team has always been a challenge, but a hybrid work model adds a new layer of complexity to this process. Jenny van Rinsum, Agile Coach and Scrum Master at Alliander, will make a presentation on this topic at this year’s in-person 2022 Agile Coach Conference. Jenny is a certified (SAFe) Agile Coach and Scrum Master, as well as an expert in creating high-performance teams through servant leadership and communication. Enjoy this warm-up for her presentation at the Agile Coach Conference, which will happen on March 30th at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam.

Meet Lina de Meyer: Certified SAFe 5.1 Trainer, Agile Coach, and RTE

At Gladwell Academy, we are proud to offer you courses by a variety of experienced and knowledgeable trainers. Today, we want to introduce you to one of these trainers: Lina de Meyer. Lina is a certified SAFe 5.1 Trainer, Agile Coach, and RTE. Having been with Gladwell since September 2021, Lina has already managed to make a significant impact within our organization through the transformational trainings she has provided. Check out our interview with Lina to learn more about her professional background, experiences, and who she is as a person.

Agile Team Facilitation (ICP – ATF)

Facilitation is the ability of an Agile coach to host events that are meaningful, constructive, and capable of leading to actionable results, based on sufficiently high degrees of consensus. In the words of SAFe Agilist and Trainer, Boris de Jong, “That’s an art form, or at least a craft. If you get a group of people in a room, knowing what to do with those people to bring them to a result they’re satisfied with -- navigating all the ebbs and the current that occurs when you’re with them -- that’s a craft.”
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