The ‘RTE of the year' in 2020 reveals why you need to join the 6th RTE Summit in November

 

The RTE community will gather in less than a month at the Railway Museum in Utrecht, The Netherlands, for the 6th edition of the RTE Summit. This event location has been chosen as the perfect metaphor for deliberate planning, aligning teams, reducing risk, and creating value.

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The train is coming : ‘RTE in a Week’

What happens when you combine RTE-training with the RTE-Summit? You get the completely immersive “RTE in a Week”-course: combining theory and practice, learning and networking.

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Changing Times require Agile Minds: Agile Coach Conference 2021

If ever there was a time to put our Agile abilities to the test, it has been the past year. Which is why we are thrilled to welcome you to this year’s in-person Agile Coach Conference. So many experiences to share, best practices and learning cases to put under the loop and the chance to reconnect with fellow Agile colleagues. Or, as Renate Cremer, our chairwoman for the Agile Coach Conference, puts it: “it has been a unique learning curve for everyone working Agile, while at the same time making a unique case that working Agile is the only way forward.”

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Agile Coach Essentials: Spend Time to Save Time

'Great, you're here! So, this is the issue we're facing. Let's get to work.' It's a pretty familiar opening to any assignment for an Agile coach. And you could do it, of course. But are you sure you're dealing with the right problem? Odds are, you're not. Time to take a step back.

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Eduardo Alvim becomes SPCT !

 

Proud to share that Eduardo Alvim, Senior Trainer at Gladwell Academy  is now a qualified SPCT (SAFe Program Consultant Trainer). This qualification makes Eduardo the world’s first and only Spanish & Portuguese speaking SPCT, something we are thrilled to congratulate him on! Representing Gladwell’s global and diverse presence, Eduardo shares his knowledge in no less than 4 languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French and English.  Find out in this interview how he feels about achieving this long-term goal.

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3 Important Questions People Often Get Wrong on the Scrum Master Exam

No matter how well you've done in your training program or how hard you've studied, you're bound to make mistakes when you finally sit down for your Scrum Master exam. Here are the three most important questions people often get wrong.

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How to Be a Good Scrum Master 101: Get Certified

Of course, being a truly great Scrum Master doesn't require any certifications. Your skills, experience and mindset aren't tied to a (virtual) piece of paper. So, why would you invest in it anyway? Let's find out.

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Virtual PI Planning: doing it right!

Program Increment Planning is all about synchronization. To process feedback from the prior delivery; to plan out together what comes next. Doing it right gives you a Train that is worth more than its individual Teams combined. But how to move a decidedly in-person gathering to a virtual setting?

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Why SPCTs are more than SPC trainers

You could be an SPC for years and it might never occur to you. Or, you might discover it’s what you were made for: to become SAFe Program Consultant Trainer - the select class of people that train the SPCs. Scaled Agile’s own Deema Dajani, herself a seasoned SPCT and an advisor to aspiring SPCTs explains why there is much more behind the role. 

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Implementing SAFe with Eduardo Alvim: “Powerful, fascinating and fun!”

Following an Implementing SAFe with Gladwell Academy trainers is always a good idea. If you are currently considering signing up though, 30 March is an exceptionally good time to go for. Eduardo Alvim is one of the most practically experienced SAFe change agents we have with us. He’s also a highly talented and entertaining trainer. He will join Scaled Agile‘ own Deema Dajani to become a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer. 

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How to Approach Resistance in Teams in Three Steps

"How do you deal with resistance to change? While it's a question I often get, in my experience resistance is usually a symptom of something else. To find out what lies at its root, we need to ask different questions. I like to start by going through these three steps." Renate Cremer, trainer at Gladwell Academy

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Michael Stump, welcome to Gladwell!

We are strengthening our leadership team with SPCT and SAFe Fellow Michael Stump, who will now oversee our operations as COO. Because innovative companies from all industries are increasingly using the Scaled Agile Framework, Gladwell Academy is seeing substantial growth in all domains, including operations. We had a conversation with Mr. Stump about how he intends to facilitate that growth with us.

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The Most Important Learnings from SAFe in 2020

SAFe 5.0 was launched a little over a year ago. A new version dedicated to business agility: making whole companies more flexible and agile, ready for change at a moment's notice. Because the world is constantly changing, and you need to change with it if you want to be able to compete. 2020 gave us a perfect example.

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Leadership Is Key at First Online Edition of Agile@Scale Global

 

Live, from the studio in Loosdrecht: Agile@Scale Global. An event organized for people not just interested in working agile, but at scale – with hundreds of employees at the same time. Hosted by Eelco Rustenburg and Laurens Bonnema, over 50 participants from all over the world took in presentations, breakout room workshops and roundtable sessions, and enjoyed some comic relief during PowerPoint Karaoke.

 

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10 Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills

One of the key topics in the Agile community is leadership. What kind of leader motivates people to get up every morning and give their all? Here are 10 ways to improve your leadership skills and help your team reach new heights.

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Prize-winning transformation @ Florius

If you’re a Dutch citizen and you have a mortgage, there’s a reasonable chance that your case file runs on a Florius platform. To reduce time-to-market and increase customer centricity, the company put together its first Agile Release Train about three years ago. Several prize-winning innovations later, there’s reason for SAFe Agilists Maartje van der Veen and Patrick Wijsman to look back and share the learnings at Agile@Scale.

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Combine Agile@Scale and Implementing SAFe with ‘SPC in a week’

Aspiring SPCs that want to improve their game should seriously consider the triple-deal ‘SPC in a week.’ The subtle work of the SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) requires a lot of what the Germans call ‘Fingerspitzengefühl’: in other words, experience is key. So, what better way to boost your beginnings as an SPC than with our ‘SPC in a week’ offer? Immerse yourself in a full week of mentorship, knowledge exchange and training by one the world’s most experienced SAFe trainers, SPCT Eelco Rustenburg with Marijt Weerts. From January 25th ‘til 29th… it’s all about the ART.

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“Combining Product Ownership with line management? Hold my beer.”

Agilists focus on program performance; line management focuses on functional excellence and control. Agilists preach a focus on product outcome, while line management tends to maximize output. Just two obvious stereotypes between the two groups. Sander Nienkemper looks forward to visiting Agile@Scale, because he combines both roles (as well as a third!) at insurance company Vivat.

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“The outcome is key, not the method.”

The first speaker to present a case on January 25t, 2021 at our upcoming event Agile@Scale is Rick van Benten, of telecoms conglomerate VodafoneZiggo. Offering a peek into his planned narrative, he says: “I wanted the desired outcome to lead us, rather than just unbox a method.”

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‘Hippie’ RTEs celebrate online togetherness

My personal highlight of the RTE Summit Global: seeing the conference’s chairman Ali Hajou wearing a black braided ‘hippie’ wig for a themed presentation halfway through the second day. That, and seeing so many seasoned RTEs share their stories of failure, struggle, strength and success at the end-of-day online roundtables. What was yours?

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