Newly appointed SPCT Niels Groen: “Excited to educate the change agents.” 

Gladwell Academy’s own Niels Groen has been accepted into the ranks of the SAFe Program Consultant Trainers this week! As only the second Dutchman ever to receive this highest Scaled Agile certification, he’s quite thrilled: “Educating the change agents also involves me in the transformations they lead.

With demand for SAFe continuing to rise, becoming an SPC is an appealing possibility for thousands of aspiring Agile professionals around the world. So, Niels Groen’s SPCT certification means he doesn’t expect his life to get any quieter any time soon: “Becoming an SPCT means joining the only trainers that may educate the large and growing pool of aspiring SPCs. My calendar will groan, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Currently the number of certified SPCTs hovers around seventy, worldwide. “Besides training aspiring SPCs, we also work with the Scaled Agile Institute (SAI) to help grow the framework. I look forward to that part of the job, because I like to think my activities as a consultant will help to keep SAFe rooted in practice.”


A year after Immersion Week

Niels’ elevation to SPCT level comes almost exactly a year after his candidacy began: “The path to becoming an SPCT starts with an Immersion Week in Boulder, Colorado at SAI. It’s been a year since, during which I’ve amassed sufficient training hours and honed my knowledge of SAFe together with SAFe Fellow Joe Vallone, my guide throughout the process. So, I have him to thank for a lot of what I know.”


Thank you, Andrew and Joe

One other person stands out among the many Niels wants to thank, though: “Andrew Sales was the SPCT I did my final pairing with. His highly supportive approach put me at ease and really gave me space to breathe as I was carrying out that crucial Implementing SAFe training in Madrid. You have to do it exactly by the book, which can be stressful – Andrew took a lot of that away just by being there, smiling and putting some light into the whole thing.”


Join Niels and become an SPC!

If you’d like to make one of the most rewarding decisions of your career, please contact us for a training by Niels Groen and one of the other highly talented and knowledgeable Gladwell Academy trainers at

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