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Thank you…! Silver Gazelle Award goes to Gladwell Academy

For the second year in a row Gladwell Academy has been selected as an FD Gazelle, the award handed out by business newspaper Het Financiële Dagblad to the fastest growing businesses of 2018. This year we´re not just on the list though; we´ve landed a solid second place for the West Holland region, small business category - just after Gold winner Stars and Stories.   International growth The FD Gazellen awards are given to companies that have shown a consistently impressive... Learn more

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

Part 1 of 2 “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum (gap) a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” – Antonio Gramsci, political theorist   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... Learn more

The path to an Agile Transformation

When I came into contact with Scrum as a trainer circa 2015, I understood from my colleagues that it was a new project management methodology. Training courses according to PRINCE2, ITIL or another best practice were common at that time. At first sight, Scrum seemed very simple thanks to a few books I had read. Until I looked into it in more detail.   Project management We understood that in addition to Scrum, there were various other Agile approaches to project management such as... Learn more

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... Learn more

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... Learn more

THE TOOLKIT OF AN EFFECTIVE SAFE PROGRAM CONSULTANT 

Big organisational 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... Learn more

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.     What is Agile? (definition) Agility is the ability to move quickly and easily. The Agile movement was founded in 2001, when 17 people put together the Agile Manifesto. They share a sympathy for the... Learn more

A SAFE TRANSFORMATION TO A SAFe ORGANISATION 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.   Why scaling is often necessary Speedy innovation on a... Learn more

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'sFD Gazellen-awards. The final results of the rankings will be published in the middle of November.  We celebrated this achievement with a tailored cake!   “We are extremely happy and proud of this achievement. We have seen a constant, sustainable growth in... Learn more

Scaled Agile Framework 4.6 for Lean Enterprises released

Scaled Agile Inc. Announced 3rd October the general availability of SAFe® 4.6 for Lean Enterprises. Main updates constitute the five core competencies of a Lean Enterprise, and two new courses: SAFe for Government and Agile Software Engineering. The new Five core competencies of organizations that have successfully transformed into a Lean enterprise, working as the starting point for understanding and implementing SAFe:     Lean-Agile Leadership     Team and Technical... Learn more