RTE Summit Global: An event for RTEs by RTEs

Ali Hajou, co-chairman of the RTE Summit discusses his ambitions for the first ever virtual RTE Summit, set to be online from Gladwell Academy’s professional. Aimed entirely at strengthening the community of practice of Release Train Engineers everywhere, he invites both experienced hands and newcomers to contribute: “If you have a real-life story to share, or a question you need answers to, The RTE Summit Global is the place for you.”

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My internship with Gladwell Academy

Beginning in Feburary 2020, Andrew Dion started a copy-writing internship with Gladwell Academy. We asked him to reflect on his months with us. “A supportive environment, consistently attentive to my personal and professional development.”

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The three roles of an Agile Coach, pt. 1: The Enterprise Agile Coach

Foundational Agile thinker and author Lyssa Adkins breaks down Agile Coaching into three roles: Team Facilitator, Agile Coaching, and Enterprise Agile Coaching. Agile Coach Trainer Renate Cremer offers a deep-dive into the unique intricacies of each role beginning with the Enterprise Agile Coach.

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Capacity planning: where Scrum both hurts and heals

There are the ‘usual suspects’ in Scrum that every team quickly picks up on. The four ceremonies, of course. Artifacts, too: a Product Backlog, a Sprint Backlog. So, now are we Scrumming? Sure, a little. It’s okay as a start. But without capacity planning… you’re seriously missing a point.

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Becoming an Agile Coach in a week

Have you been interested in entering the challenging but rewarding career of Agile Coaching, but are you unsure where to begin? Search no more with Gladwell Academy’s ‘Agile Coach Bootcamp’ taught by Renate Cremer, an expert trainer of Agile coaches. Follow this course and earn your ICP-ACC, acquire foundational skills necessary for an Agile Coach, and cap your week off with the first ever virtual Agile Coach Conference on October 28th.

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The Ins & Outs of Portfolio Management in Continuous Innovation

Do you prioritize ongoing innovation initiatives to ensure a focus on the chosen strategy? Is your organization working on innovations that actually have the highest priority? Strong portfolio management helps you in making sure this is the case.

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Jimmy Cams: “Lean Portfolio Management creates efficiency and stability”

As one of the five core competencies of the Lean enterprise, Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) can help you learn to recognize and optimally leverage your organization’s value streams. We reached out to Jimmy Cams, a former participant of the course to get his thoughts on what he learned and how it has impacted his work.

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Gladwell Academy begins to experiment with Hybrid Courses

As the world begins the gradual process of returning to normal, the trainers and consultants at Gladwell Academy and Blinklane Consulting are considering how we might facilitate and make the most of this transition by introducing “hybrid” trainings”, which draw on the best qualities of both remote and in-person courses.

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Enlist in our ‘RTE Bootcamp’ and begin your RTE Journey in only One Week

Join up with Gladwell’s ‘RTE Bootcamp’ for a full week and learn all the needs and requirements of an RTE through the mentorship, knowledge, and experience of some of the industry’s best and brightest RTEs and SPCTs. Begin your RTE by attending the first ever virtual RTE Summit Global on November 9 – 10, followed by our three-day course. 

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Jobbeke de Jong: “A team is not the sum of its members”

Jobbeke de Jong is founder and director of Tachles: a company that helps organizations optimize team performance through interventions based on systems thinking. At this year’s virtual Agile Coach Conference on October 28th, she aims to facilitate Agile Coaches in experiencing teams as a ‘whole’. This is the basis for intervening in the ‘undercurrents’ of team dynamics.

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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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Saahil Panikar: “Compromise in the changing demands of PI Planning.”

Certified SPCT Saahil Panikar of Icon Agility Services is planning a workshop at the virtual RTE Summit Global. The pitch: a deep-dive into the conflicts of communication and visualization that take place between teams during PI planning events. Saahil being an expert in every facet of working within an Agile framework, we expect an exciting, informative moment.

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SAFe POPM: Vision and expertise give authority

Product Owners and Product Managers (POPM) together represent the customer’s wishes regarding a service or product. We asked Gladwell Academy trainer Boris de Jong to offer his thoughts on what role the PO and PM play in a SAFe organization, and how they can optimize their work.

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Agile Coach Bootcamp: what they think

Gladwell Academy recently held one of its Agile Coach Bootcamps: 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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Post-Covid Agile Hardware Development (2/2)

Dirk Meißner, owner and founder of CO-Improve Consulting continues his discussion with Gladwell Academy on the “Corona emergency program for development projects” and how it can help Hardware organizations bounce back following Covid-19 social distancing measures. This article continues from part 1.

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‘Certified Hardware Agilists’ to be trained at Gladwell Academy

Agile for hardware manufacturers? No way, we used to say. The interdependencies involved in physical product development are too rigid; development takes too much time to turn on a dime, we used to say. Until today: consultants Ali Hajou and Davar Azarmi explain why, how and when they will be offering our new course!

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Maaike Klasen: “Ethics in Agile Coaching.”

Maaike Klasen, an experienced Agile Coach and Scrum Master, gives us an idea of the workshop she intends to host at the virtual Agile Coach Conference on October 28th. She is planning to delve into the “Ethics in Agile Coaching”, and you can expect a deep dive into how to balance the tightrope of transparency and confidentiality within an Agile organization.

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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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Voices from the classroom: “SAFe is an egalitarian model”

Gladwell Academy’s “Leading SAFe” course with instructor Boris de Jong was one of its first courses to move to a remote setting following social distancing measures. We reached out to a former participant to get their thoughts on the experience and what they learned.

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Sicco Maathuis: “Connect the data, connect the people”

Our first presenter to highlight for the virtual Agile Coach Conference is Sicco Maathuis, who has worked at Dutch market leading companies such as Ahold, Nike and PostNL. He explains why he looks forward to the Conference, and a bit of what he plans to share.

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