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Building Great Release Train Engineers – a talk with Mattias & Yuval

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In the scaled Agile framework, one key role is the Release Train Engineer (RTE). But who should I look for to fill this role? What are the first few process improvements experienced RTE’s typically do? Yuval Yeret (AgileSparks) and Mattias Skarin (Crisp) took the time to discuss the traits of a good RTE.

What are the traits of a good RTE?

Yuval: The easy answer to this question is that you are looking for a Scrum master for a team of teams. Going beyond that, when it comes to specific traits, you are looking for someone who cares about process and improvements, someone who has the ability to orchestrate things. But at the same time, someone who also knows when to step back and let the teams organize themselves. A good RTE is a great communicator and can see and understand what is happening.

Mattias: Firstly, a good RTE should be a people person, someone you’d like to talk to and bounce ideas with. Someone who builds trust and energy with their presence. In essence, a good RTE is the Uber Scrum master across teams. Secondly, a good RTE is systematic and makes sure the process events are run and planned in advance. Thirdly, a good RTE should be a good problem solver.

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On Scaled Agile approches, interview with Yuval Yeret

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Yuval is coming to Stockholm to teach a Scaled Agile class (Implementing SAFe) in January. I know Yuval from the Kanban community from a number of years back. We invited him because we know he shares the same pragmatic view on things as we do in Crisp.  We made the interview in order for our audience to got to know him a little bit. I could think of no better way than putting him on the spot with a few tricky questions  🙂

Among them:

  • Can you elaborate on the pro’s/cons of different approaches to scaling? (LeSS, Large Scale Scrum, SAFEe, Enterprise kanban)
  • What should companies that goes down the path of SAFe pay more attention to?
  • If I do face resistance when applying scaling practices, what are my options?
  • What will I learn if I attend the SAFe class in January?

A key quote from the interview:

“If you don’t pay attention to the principles, the practices applied will deteriorate to ‘for show’

Case: Real World SAFe at SimCorp

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Not every company starts from a green field. Many carry legacy. So how do you kickstart Agile and get traction in an organisation with scale?  We can learn lessons from SimCorp,  a successful provider for asset management solutions, who runs 500 developers across 4 sites and went from 0 to 8 release trains in 14 months.  Here’s their story.

Interview – How SimCorp got going with Scaled Agile (12 min)

with Neil Cook

Presentation – Real World SAFe at SimCorp (from team to portfolio, across 8 relese trains in 14 months)

with Mattias Skarin

Agile Architecture with SAFe  – Evolving architecture in a scaled environment

with Jan Grape

 

psst: If you’d like to learn how you can get traction with your own Scaled Agile transition, join our  “Implementing SAFe  SPC4 class” in January 23-26. We have handpicked trainers with deep Agile experiences for the class, trainers that shares our pragmatic mindset.  You’ll also meet me and Jan Grape, so lots of opportunities to discuss Scaling challenges, regardless of you favourite choice of approach. Ds.