What is Design Thinking and why should businesses adopt it now?

 

“The human mind wants certainty everywhere. But that’s far from what we have in reality. Markets are harsh and dynamic. Customer needs are continuously evolving. Navigating through all of these challenges and truly understand the unarticulated needs of the customers is the essence of design thinking,” says Anand Murthy Raj, Associate Partner and SPCT at Gladwell Academy.

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“Being available and accessible should be the top priority of Product Owners.”

Availability of a Product Owner is the key ingredient of product development, irrespective of whether there’s a crisis or not, says SriKrishna Joshi when talking about the challenges in product management during the pandemic.

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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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Leading SAFe: Everything you need to know

Have you heard about the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and how it can bring both Agile and Lean ways of working to large organizations? Maybe your organization has decided to adopt SAFe but you don’t know where to begin? The Leading SAFe course answers all your questions as you begin your SAFe journey and earn your SAFe Agilist certification.

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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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10 Reasons why most products fail to meet expectations

Everyday thousands of organizations design and deliver products to improve their customer lifetime value. The fact is only 3 out of 10 products are able to make good presence in the market 72 % of the main products fail to deliver on expectations*. It means 7 out of 10 products fail to meet customer needs and solve real problems. It's important to understand and address these real challenges in the initial days instead realizing the failure after launching the product or run out of cash. I give you top 10 reasons why products fail and what we can do to avoid it.
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“Welcomed into the core community of SAFe – Sathyanarayana HR”

For Gladwell Academy trainer Sathyanarayana HR, spreading the awareness and adoption of SAFe has been his bread and butter for many years. Last month of October, he dived one important level deeper, becoming the second Indian person to join the select community of SAFe Program Consultant Trainers.

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SCAIN 2020: “Business Agility without emotional Agility risks rigid denial”

If you thought Business Agility was a new-fangled concept, you’re in for something yet. Anand Murthy Raj says he will apply not just Business Agility as a curating concept, but also Emotional Agility – and he takes time to explain just what the latter entails.

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Remote SPC Training: “More important, and better than ever.”

Ever since social distancing made impact, we have been hard at work making all of our courses and trainings compatible with remote learning. Through hard work and expertise, trainers like SPCT Anand Murthy Raj have made remote SPC training effective, informative, and enjoyable leaving participants ready to begin their SAFe Program Consultant journey.  

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Agile Coach Bootcamp: what they think

Gladwell Academy recently held one of its Agile Coach Bootcamp (ICP – ACC): a three-day course meant to give you the knowledge you need to get started as an Agile Coach. We sat down with two participants, Geert-Jan van Vliet of Dutch Railways (NS) and Robert Agterberg from Vivat, to get their thoughts on the course.

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Renate Cremer: “The perfect time to become an Agile Coach”

At Gladwell Academy we are moving forward with our Agile Coach courses, adapting them to be offered remotely. According to Agile Coach Trainer Renate Cremer “crises like this are exactly when Agile Coaches are needed most,” and she has already begun to consider how this period of isolation will change the way we work and teach Agile.

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“Scrum Masters: upgrade your skill set with Agile coaching.”

Maaike Klasen and Renate Cremer are both experienced Agilists. Maaike is an experienced Scrum Master with extensive coaching capabilities who is involved with the International Coaching Federation, as well as working with Scrum.org; Renate Cremer, on the other hand, an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) at Gladwell Academy who also put together the 12-day in-depth Agile Coach course. Together, they’re going to explore the Agile Coaching discipline.

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SAFe for Architects: “The shift to agile architecture impacts everything.”

SAFe for Architects is a relatively new training in the Scaled Agile curriculum. What value does it add and why is it important? A seasoned architect himself, Frank Langeveld is also a SAFe trainer at Gladwell Academy. He shares his insights and experience with organizational architecture.

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Group interaction in remote training? Yes, we can!

Most trainers will agree that group activity is invaluable for the learning experience. But doesn’t a remote setting make such interactive moments all but impossible? Our trainers at Gladwell Academy would disagree: not only is group activity possible…it’s everywhere!

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Remote Classrooms: keeping it lively!

Here’s a few tips and tricks how we organize remote classes to encourage active engagement, participation and interaction for participants involved.

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Remote Classrooms: three things we’ve learned

Suddenly both trainers and participants find themselves unable to travel or even stuck at home entirely. Luckily, we’ve come prepared: we’re thrilled to introduce Gladwell Academy’s Remote Classrooms! With adapted content and pacing to allow digital delivery of our courses in SAFe in Agile Scrum and Kanban and in information management, your professional learning journey is continues fully adapted to digital interaction!

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A sneak peek of “The journey into the Lean-Agile mindset”

Gladwell Academy SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) Anand Murthy Raj will present this year at the European SAFe Summit on June 10…. remotely! Here is an exclusive first look into the topics and ideas he plans to discuss. 

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Your Route to RTE – Part 2: How far will you go?

What are the tasks of the Release Train Engineer? The RTE is a new breed of super scrum masters, arisen since the advent of SAFe. Upon passing the SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE) exam and achieving RTE certification, the RTE becomes a far more effective scrum master of the Team of Teams and coach for the organization around it– a complex, challenging, and intense role with a lot of responsibility for the whole enterprise. 

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Stepping up to SPC: The value of becoming a certified SAFe Program Consultant

The SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) course is a relatively new program – one that, upon successful completion of the SPC exam, will lift your knowledge and can lift your network and career, to a new level. According to thought leader Andres Jansen, Senior Trainer at Gladwell Academy, the certification unlocks a world of SAFe Program Consultant jobs as it transforms the scope and impact of your work. 

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Remote Classrooms: distant locations, nearby learnings

Suddenly  both  trainers  and participants  find themselves  unable to travel or even  stuck  at home  entirely .   Luckily, we ’ve come pre pared: w e’re thrilled to  introduce Gladwell Academy’s  Remote  Classroom s !   With  adapted  content  and pacing to allow digital delivery of  our  courses in  SAFe ,   you r  professional  learning journey  continues   fully adapted to digital interaction!
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