Leading SAFe: It’s all in your head. – PART 1

There are absolutely no one-size fits all, just-tick-the-box solutions in an agile environment. Instead, leaders who want to manage with the Lean-Agile mindset need to learn to organize safe environments so that others – through engagement – can come to the next steps of effective action. To get the knowledge and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) certifications, like the Implementing SAFe (SPC), into the organizations’ very foundations, leaders actually have to expand their understanding of what it means to manage and lead. And that is the real challenge: expanding your mind(set).

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The tasks of a product owner

The Product Owner is a value optimiser who turns the client’s needs into value. In Scrum, you create value at the end of each sprint by providing a new product, the increment. In addition to this role there are two other roles within Scrum; the Scrum Master and the Development Team. Earlier we explained the differences between the role of a Scrum Master versus that of a Product Owner. Having someone who provides high quality in this role is crucial in order to deliver a valuable product to the client.

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What is an Agile Release Train?

Forget the express train, the Intercity or the Thalys. The Agile Release Train is where it’s at! This train runs quickly and efficiently to its ultimate goal. It always keeps to the timetable. The passengers mostly set this timetable themselves! The Agile Release Train (ART) was invented by SAFe, the Scaled Agile Framework. The ART is a virtual train consisting of 5 to 10 self-organising, multidisciplinary teams who plan, organise and perform their work together. Together they work on Program Increments, components that fit together perfectly and provide added value to the entire organisation.

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The toolkit of an effective SAFe Program Consultant

Big organizational changes only have a chance of succeeding if there is a clear vision for the future that has broad support. A SAFe implementation will be successful if enough people are involved and are prepared to work together according to the SAFe principles. The SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) takes the lead in this. As a SPC you’re responsible for setting up the new organisation. You train teams in the SAFe framework and help colleagues to find their way in their new role. The SPC gets the organisation moving and steers everyone in the right direction.

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What is Agile?

What is Agile? Agile is revolutionary. A completely different approach to work in the 21st century. Agile introduces different rules to what we’re traditionally used to. Pre-defined plans, processes and hierarchical control mechanisms can often be thrown out here.

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A safe transformation to a SAFe organization requires leadership

In practice, the Scrum/Agile way of working seems to work best in a greenfield. The ideal approach is for one or two development teams to set up and maintain an application landscape. As soon as there’s a complex environment with a lot of legacy and interdependencies, more help is needed. This is why more and more established organisations in particular are becoming familiar with the Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe.

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Gladwell Academy is one of the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands!

Gladwell Academy is again FD Gazelle 2018! For the second year in a row Gladwell Academy is nominated as one of the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands by the Dutch newspaper Financiële Dagblad ‘s FD Gazellen -awards. The final results of the rankings will be published in the middle of November. 

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“The two trainers seamlessly merge into one inspiring presence.”

All the marketing in the world can’t beat a glowing, motivated customer review. But the e-mail we received from recent Implementing SAFe 4.5 (SPC) student Jameer Syed wasn’t just an opportunity for our trainers Anand Murthy Raj and Sathya H.R. to gloat – it’s also an opportunity for us to learn what inspires you the most. 

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What is the secret of Agile leadership?

Implementing an Agile leadership approach not only has an impact on employees, but also on management. In an Agile organisation, work is done by autonomous, self-managing teams. The employees get more responsibility and work together to decide what needs to be done and how they are going to do it. A traditional, top-down leadership style doesn’t fit in with the development of an Agile mindset, but what does?

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What is SAFe? (Scaled Agile Framework) part 2

In the previous blog about the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), I explained the Scaled Agile Framework in its most elementary form and why it’s gaining such popularity in large organizations. Now we’ll dive into the available content and the application of the framework itself.

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What is SAFe? (Scaled Agile Framework) part 1

In my previous two blogs I explained the challenges to and solutions for scaling Agile. In this blog I’ll discuss the best-known Agile scale-up model: the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). SAFe, the acronym for Scaled Agile Framework, 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 is promoted worldwide by publisher Scaled Agile.

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Gladwell & BlinkLane organise a Summit for SAFe Release Train Engineers

On November 14, Gladwell Academy will organise the RTE Summit for the second time, a two-day event organised for and by SAFe Release Train Engineers. During the event – called RTE Summit 2.0 – Release Train Engineers share knowledge and experiences with each other and participants are presented with an extensive and interactive program.

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”How do you do Scrum with 200+ teams? You do it SAFe. Pure pragmatism.”

In the Scaled Agile framework (SAFe), the highest rank is reserved for the SAFe Program Consultant Trainer. There are only about 50 such SPCT-certified SAFe gurus in the world today. Two of these work at Gladwell Academy: the recently certified trainer-consultants Eelco Rustenburg and Anand Murthy. We looked the two of them up in Amsterdam, the Netherlands to discuss how they see the future of Agile project management in the corporate world.

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