Program - RTE Summit 2019


Program RTE Summit 2018

November 12th – 13th 2018 | Amsterdam ArenA Congress Center

RTE BOOST | November 12th

Executive learning and networking (optional)

The RTE community loves chewing on food and insights at the same time. So, preceding the RTE Summit 3.0, you are warmly invited to join us for a pre-Boost dinner party. Seats are limited, so register now to make sure your spot is being reserved!

17:00 to 22:00 - RTE Boost


17:00 Drinks & Bites
18:30 Welcome and in-depth introduction game
19:00 Walking dinner
20:00 Personal RTE quick-scan and sharing
21:00 Informal drinks

RTE SUMMIT | November 13th

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

08:30 - Doors open and registration

Coffee or tea anyone?

09:00 - Kicking off our world-wide unique event!

Welcome and introduction to the Unconference sessions

Harvest your interesting and urgent topics to discuss.

By: Andres Jansen, BlinkLane Consulting

09:15 - Key-note 1: EELCO RUSTENBURG

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

By: Eelco Rustenburg, SPCT BlinkLane Consulting

09:30 - State of the ART case 1: AIRBUS

Build the largest plane with multiple trains

By: Kay Buring, Agile Coach & Skywise, Airbus

10:00 - State of the ART case 2: ING GROUP

Reinventing the enterprise, based on Spotify-model. Can do without RTEs?

Speaker(s) yet to be announced.

10:30 - Active coffee break with optional networking activity


11:00 - State of the ART case 3: POST NL

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

What was the specific RTE challenge in and during this process?

What were the RTE’s crucial steps taken and solutions to overcome the contrast in services whilst in the midst of a transformation?

By: Erik Bootsman, Post NL Parcels

11:30 - State of the ART case 4: SCHEDULEONCE

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

Many ARTs struggle to work smoothly with remote teams/developers. How about running a 100% virtual ART! Get inspired by how ScheduleOnce runs their remote teams via a 100% virtual ART.

By: Yoram Weizman, ScheduleOnce

Noon - State of the ART case 5: WOLTERS-KLUWER and RENTOUCH

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

  • Connectivity, Time Zones and Information radiators issues
  • Video demo: key moments during one of their PI Plannings
  • Problems with remote teams? Start preparing well on time!
  • Check out Wolters Kluwers PI-planning app
  • Be inspired by the Twinfield story that runs a remote ART over 5 locations

Speaker: Gianfranco Franceschi, Wolters Kluwer & Silvio Wandfluh, Rentouch


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12:30 - Walking lunch, exchange experience with peers, grow your professional network

13:30 - Parallel mini power-workshops

2-rounds of 30 mins, max 15 per session

– Disruptive soft skills for the RTE of tomorrow

by Ralph Hofman, Blinklane Consulting

– Get your act together, increase your gravitas

By Hanne, freelance actor

– Conflict resolution, on personal and inter-team level

By Niels Groen

– Impact-full speaking for large audiences – TED-X style

Speaker to be announced

– 3D-printing workshop, speed-up your feedbackloops

By Hennie, showing/sharing his hand-on experiences and insights as professional 3D-printing contractor

– Optional workshops, provided by YOU, attending RTEs

Contact the organization before the summit if you want to present/share/try any of your RTE-role related ideas/knowledge/experience.

14:00 - Unconference sessions

Let’s turn the typical conference format on its head and get you encouraged to connect, mix & mingle!

Get feedback on your ideas and best practices. All is fair at the Unconference!

We’ve started off the day with a blank schedule to permit anyone to pitch a session. Now it’s time to hop on these multiple sessions in parallel, making sure there’s something of your liking in all the time slots. Later on the day we’ll wrap up with all-hands gathering sharing the lessons from the sessions to everybody.

To get you inspired, these are the topics your peer RTE’s have already suggested to cover. Do you recognize any?

  • RTE as wedding planner, organizing awesome PIPEs
  • Do’s or Don’ts in distributed set-ups and cross value streams
  • RTE Try/Keep/Avoid Board
  • Agile and the business: marketing & HR interaction
  • The role of RTE in portfolio management
  • Practical and cultural communication with geographically spread teams
  • How to get Continuous Integration (CI) right

By: Andres Jansen en Abram Janse

15:00 - Key-note 2: DEAN LEFFINGWELL

The RTE role is evolving. Take a step ahead and get ready for the next round!

Live stream session:

Best practices and future developments on SAFe implementation and Q&A with Dean Leffingwell, founder of the Scaled Agile Framework

15:30 - Tea break

Take the opportunity to share your insights and experiences with peers

16:00 - State of the ART 6: ASML

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

ByAndres Jansen, a.i. Release Train Engineer, ASML

16:30 - Inspirational talk

Inspirational talk on how to grow multi-functional, multi-skilled, high-performing teams A real-life story shared with us by an international top sport professional

Speaker yet to be announced.

17:00 - Announcement of exciting new initiative to our RTE-community: RTE of the Year Award

RTE of the Year 2019 Award 

A brand new award to recognize 1 release train engineers exceptional achievement in business or significant contribution to the RTE community

17:15 - Wrap-up findings Unconference sessions & take-aways

17:30 - Drinks

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


18:00 - Optional dinner with participants of the summit (self-organizing event)

Self-organize event. The Summit organization will facilitate/support.


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

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