RTE Summit 2018 - Event for the Release Train Engineer & Scrum Master


Join the international 100+ RTE Summit for best
practice sharing and specific in-depth knowledge

November 12th – 13th 2018

Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam

Hope to see you there again!

Andres Jansen, Chairman / RTE

Please note: The RESERVE MY SEAT button will redirect you to the website of Gladwell Academy to fulfill your order.

Organized for and by Release Train Engineers, the RTE Summit is the annual event for RTEs and Chief Scrum Masters to share experiences, find inspiration from insightful contributions and establish best practices for the future of this developing discipline.

Join us at Amsterdam ArenA – take your place in the RTE community.

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Add to My Calendar 2018-05-04 18:00:00 2018-11-13 17:30:00 Europe/Amsterdam RTE Boost + Summit 2018 This event is organized for and by Release Train Engineers. We are looking for RTE’s or Chief Scrum Masters who are willing to invest their time and are looking forward to share their experiences with this role. Do you want to join us at Amsterdam Arena and be part of a professional RTE-platform? Amsterdam, The Netherlands Gladwell Academy rtesummit@gladwellacademy.com


Dean Leffingwell, a forty-year software industry veteran, has spent his career helping software teams achieve their goals. A renowned methodologist, author, multi-entrepreneur, consultant and executive, he has founded multiple software companies, including Scaled Agile, Inc, and Requisite, Inc., makers of RequisitePro, which was purchased by Rational Software (now IBM). He served as Vice President of Rational Software (now IBM) from 1997-2001. Later, as an independent consultant and advisor to Rally Software, he helped numerous distributed, multinational corporations implement Agile methods at scale.

He is the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework, a public-facing knowledge base of proven best practices that bring the benefits of software agility to the largest software enterprises. He currently serves as both Chief Methodologist and CEO at Scaled Agile, Inc., which he cofounded in 2011.

Yoram Weizman has over twenty years of experience in the IT industry, taking different positions ranging from development, team lead, technical manager and DBA, quality management , Agile and Lean advocate and lately RTE in ScheduleOnce.

He has been involved in Agile and lean transformation of organizations in the past eight years on both medium and very large scale companies (SAP).

Eelco Rustenburg is certified SPCT (SAFe Program Consultant Trainer), Agile Master and is a wellknown Agilist in the community. He has written the top100 book in Holland on Scrum: “The power of Scrum”, which has been translated in 4 languages. Eelco has been at the front of the Agile community for more than 15 years now. He has helped Philips  in its transformation to Scrum and Agile, where he worked with the Agile Center of Excellence and trained more than 1000 people. Currently Eelco  accompanied an Agile/SAFe transformation at Air France KLM.

With an impressive list aimed at large businesses, (senior) management and program/project management, Eelco is renowned for his Agile workshops. He is also known for giving speeches at both company and open events. Recent events include: CIO Day in Holland, ALE2011 in Berlin, JFall in Holland diverse business events at Rabobank, Agile consortium, Nationale-Nederlanden, Essent, Achmea SAP, and XPDays(Madrid).

Eelco is an Agile management thinker, program manager for change programs and creative thought leader for Agile practices, principles and behavior. His ability to change mindsets alongside process and structure is valuable for any large change program.

Since July 2017, Eelco is the first Dutchman to be accredited as an official SPCT. This allows him to train SAFe Program Consultants (SPC4).

Kay Buring is best described as “Innovation Strategist”. He is able to develop a coherent vision and translate that vision into an executable roadmap. In the early stages of the following change initiative he will personally lead the way. He is currently involved in the development of a highly intelligent solution for the ABI (healthcare) domain.

After an extensive period of acting as a crisis manager/problem solver for large international customers he fully focussed on innovation implementation. As of 2013 the primary domain is Cyber Security. He is quickly gaining reputation as a valuable asset and bridge builder driving the crucial innovation and collaboration in the IT security domain.

Andres Jansen is senior trainer at Gladwell Academy. He specializes in metrics and performance measurement. Recent years he focused on organizational transformation, making organizations controllable, more Agile and action oriented.

Andres favors an analytical approach to problem-solving, without losing sight of pragmatic solutions. He easily adapts, secures stakeholder support and masters complex situations. Andres enthusiastic, creative and entrepreneurial attitude help him to realize ambitions. His effective communication skills make

Andres a competent presenter and sparring partner at all levels. He is currently running a part of the transformation to SAFe for ASML.

Andres is certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant and SPCT Candidate, he is qualified to teach and examine for all Scaling Agile training courses: SAFe Agilist (SA), SAFe Practitioner (SP), SAFe PM/PO (SPMPO), SAFe Scrum Master (SM), SAFe PM/PO (PMPO). He is also qualified to teach and examine Agile Scrum Foundation.

Silvio is a SAFe® Program Consultant, has experience in different positions ranging from Scrum Master, Product Owner, team lead to coaching teams and organisations in agile transformations. He thinks in build-measure-learn loops and understands how to deliver value to customers in fast iteration cycles. He’s very interested in modern organisational forms and their practical use in companies as well as outcome-oriented implementations. His profound knowledge and experience in the areas of distributed planning gives him the opportunity to put together optimal toolset for enhanced collaboration.

Gianfranco obtained his Professional Scrum Master certification back in 2012; since then he has applied Agile methodologies as Scrum Master in different companies and industries, generally serving multiple teams in the SAFe environment. He is currently acting as Release Train Engineer for the Twinfield product at Wolters Kluwer Tax & Administration Europe.

Gianfranco always strives to empathize with every stakeholder to thoroughly understand their deepest motivation. He is naturally inclined towards the new organizational models that are increasingly gaining ground in nowadays enterprises. His solid knowledge of several classic and innovative methodologies provides him the unique ability to coach teams and individuals along complex transformations.

Eduardo Avila Alvim is certified SPC4 (SAFe Program Consultant), being an agile expert and agility leader for the last 4 years at Amadeus, in the sunny south of France. Holding other certifications as CSM, PSM, CSPO, CSP-SM, CSP-PO he is passioned by all the different aspects and subjects around the agile world, specially on helping to scale up agile in large organizations and lean budgeting.

During the last 10 years, has been an active member of different agile communities, speaking in different events and trainer for different subjects around agility and people management in the agile world.

Initial contacts with agile started on 2004, when he first heard about a different way of work, more efficient, focused on people and customer value. Since then, he played different roles as business analyst, project manager, program manager and Scrum Master.

Currently, in Amadeus, he is very busy helping to scale up agile to enterprise level by using SAFe as the framework to achieve business objectives in an end-to-end perspective. In addition, plays the role of RTE for one ART with 130 people spread around the globe.

Ralph Hofman is one of the founding partners at BlinkLane Consulting. Ralph has 20+ years of experience helping large organizations in the areas of outsourcing, software development, IT governance and value management. Having spent the last four years mainly focusing on improving the business agility of large organizations. Ralph uses his expertise to help companies improve their ability to effectively sense and respond to internal and external changes in a swift and cost-effective manner.


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Together we create this event, unique in it’s kind world-wide. We believe that we’re able to unleash a lot of positive energy, will share and learn a lot again this 3rd Summit. This all with the purpose to support professionals in this new, critical role.


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Drinks & Bites

05:00 PM

Welcome and in-depth introduction game

06:30 PM

Walking dinner

07:00 PM

Personal RTE quick-scan and sharing

08:00 PM

Informal Drinks

09:00 PM

Doors open

08:00 AM

Kicking off our world-wide unique event!

08:45 AM



How to f&*%k up your role as an RTE!

Eelco Rustenburg, SPCT BlinkLane Consulting

09:00 AM

case 1


Skywise by Airbus: supporting and improving the global fleet

Kay Buring, Agile Coach & Skywise, Airbus

09:30 AM

case 2


Creating a chain of ARTs, crossing not silos but complete enterprises!

Eduardo Avila Alvim, Agile Expert / AIR Agility Leader RTE Red Train Digital Tribe

10:00 AM

Active coffee break with optional networking activity

10:30 AM

case 3


The role of RTEs in utilizing disruption in two differing impacted services: Parcels and Mail

Erik Bootsma, Post NL Parcels

11:00 AM

case 4


Struggling with remote teams? Eat this: my high performing ART is 100% virtual!

Yoram Weizman, ScheduleOnce

11:30 AM

case 5


Operational challenges and pragmatic solutions for distributed PI Planning (incl. demo)

Gianfranco Franceschi of Wolters Kluwer

12:00 Noon

Walking lunch, exchange experience with peers, grow your professional network

12:30 PM

Parallel mini power-workshops

01:30 PM

case 6


T-Mobile: Our agile journey
Wikash Madarie (Agile Coach T-Mobile en ALTEN Consultant) & Arno Hanssen (RTE T-Mobile)

02:15 PM

Q&A Session (remote)


Interactive Q&A session with the founder of the Scaled Agile Framework.

founder of the Scaled Agile Framework Dean Leffingwell

03:00 PM

Tea break, take the opportunity to share your insights and experiences with peers

03:30 PM

case 7


Olav Maassen, Enterprise Account Director CollabNet, Inc.

04:00 PM

case 8


Agile, the Hard Way. HW- and SW professionals working together in Feature Teams

Andres Jansen, a.i. Release Train Engineer, ASML
Bianca Mallée, Business Transformation Manager, ASML
Arjan Martens, Project Manager, ASML

04:30 PM


RTE of the Year Award

Exciting new initiative to our RTE-community

05:00 PM


by chairman Andres Jansen

05:15 PM


Ongoing sharing of experiences, business cards and growing our RTE platform

05:30 PM


Engaging presentations

The RTE Summit will be fully focused on the day-to-day context of the RTE with a program full of engaging presentations.

Unique location

The RTE Summit will be held in an unique and inspiring venue, the Johan Cruijff ArenA (former Amsterdam Arena) in Amsterdam.

Founder of SAFE

Opportunity to ask your most pressing questions about the RTE role in an interactive Q&A session with Dean Leffingwell, the founder of SAFe.

Interact with RTE's

Opportunities to interact and discuss RTE-related topics on a personal level.


Get an impression of photos and videos of our previous RTE Summit events.


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The RTE Summit will be held in the Amsterdam ArenA Congress Center within the Johan Cruijff ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

How can I get to the Johan Cruyff Arena?

By train – It is a 5-minute walk from Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA train station to the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Plan your route

Metro – Metro lines 50 and 54 stop at Bijlmer ArenA train station.

Plan your route

By bus – Bus line 300 of Connexxion R-NET uses special coach lanes between Haarlem train station and Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA. On business days: 10 times every hour and once every hour during the night.

Plan your route

By car – The following address can be entered into your GPS system:

ArenA Boulevard 1, 1100 DL Amsterdam

Plan your route

Where can I park my car?

You can park your car in the vicinity of the Johan Cruijff ArenA. The rate for the car parks is 1 Euro for every 25 minutes.

What about accommodation?

We recommend combining your Summit (and Boost) visit with a 1, 2 or 3 night stay in one of these two hotels:

Courtyard by Marriott
Situated in the business district of Amsterdam, at walking distance of the Johan Cruijff Arena, Courtyard by Marriott Amsterdam Arena Atlas offers a bar and a spacious lobby, decorated with the hotel’s signature staircase. Free WiFi access is available throughout.

Book your stay

Ozo Hotel Amsterdam
The brand-new OZO hotel is a luxury 4 star hotel which is located at the heart of dynamic Amsterdam Zuid-Oost. The hotel is reasonably priced and is located one stop from the Johan Cruijff Arena, which makes it ideal for attendees of the RTE Summit.

Where to stay?

Where to stay

We arranged a special discount deal for you as an attendee of the event in case you’d like to stay for 1, 2 or 3 nights.

Courtyard by Marriot Atlas Arena

Book your stay

Ozo Hotel Amsterdam

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In this three-day course  you will gain an in-depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of a Release Train Engineer (RTE) in the SAFe enterprise. You will learn how to facilitate and enable end-to-end value delivery through Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and value streams.

More info



Amsterdam ArenA Congress Center

ArenA Boulevard 1

1100 DL Amsterdam

The Netherlands

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For any questions regarding the RTE Summit you can contact Marianne Noiman of Gladwell Academy.


 +31 (020) 240224

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