Joy: Your Art's Source of Sustainable Energy


Aug 22, 2024 at 11am EST

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Sam Ervin

RTE, Scaled Agile, Inc.


Mike Alber

Director of Community Engagement

About RTE Circle

What is it?

It is a free two-hour event organized by Rentouch, the provider of, and it takes place every second month. The main goal is to bring together experienced RTEs / STEs and provide a platform for them to exchange knowledge, learn from each other and have fun.

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Why should I attend?

To the RTE Circle event, we always invite an expert to share her / his experience on a specific topic. This triggers an interesting discussion between participants and they exchange ideas or solutions to different problems. Or else they simply share stories they have come across.

Who else attends?

Passionate RTEs & STEs from different lean|agile organizations.

How do I get invited?

Apply to attend by clicking the button. The event has a limited seat count. If you get accepted a link will be sent out to your email address with the confirmation.

1 Year of RTE Circle

What a year. It's only been a little over a year since the first RTE Circle, and the two-month rhythm of the RTE Circle has become an integral part of many RTEs and STEs. 7 events, over 200 unique attendees and seven exceptional keynotes. For the anniversary, check out this short interview with the RTE Circle Host Silvio Wandfluh.

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Those who have attended one of the RTE Circles were happy to share their reviews. Here's what they had to say.

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Previous RTE Circles

Collaborative Facilitation for Effective Events

Lieschen Gargano

Scaled Agile's RTE

In this engaging presentation, Lieschen Gargano delves into the challenges facilitators face, encouraging participants to reflect on recent struggles in their roles. Lieschen introduces the concept of positions versus interests, emphasizing the importance of reframing statements to understand underlying concerns and engage in more productive discussions.

Dec 7th, 2023

How Leaders Unlock the Flow of Value in SAFe

Cheryl Crupi

Methodologist & SAFe Fellow

Cheryl Crupi highlighted 'flow' in RTE Circle #18, emphasizing its impact on business agility. She introduced eight flow accelerators for optimal performance, sharing insights and strategies to address common challenges. A must-watch for leaders and teams focused on enhancing workplace dynamics. Catch the replay for valuable takeaways.

Oct 19th, 2023

HR as Accelerator of Business Agility

Fabiola Eyholzer

Agile HR Transformation Expert

In this keynote by speaker Fabiola Eyholzer, you will explore the integration of Agile principles into HR practices to amplify business agility. Fabiola delves into transforming HR to foster collaboration and value, transitioning to Performance Acceleration, cultivating a culture of appreciation, and aligning practices with Agile values. Gain insights into how these shifts under Fabiola's guidance foster growth, innovation, and success within a dynamic work setting.

Aug 24th, 2023

HTE - The Hormone Training Engineer

Eelco Rustenburg


In this keynote, Eelco Rustenburg, SPCT, explores hormones' impact on workplace dynamics. Learn how stress hormones hinder performance and positive hormones enhance motivation. Discover the power of laughter in reducing stress and fostering collaboration, and the role of gratitude in promoting positive team relationships. Gain insights to create a productive work environment. Transform your workplace perception with Eelco's wisdom.

June 22nd, 2023

Adaptive Leadership for an RTE Role

Ramesh Nori


In this video, Ramesh Noir shares his passion for business agility and dives deep into the soft skills required for the Release Train Engineer to be successful. He introduces us to the concept of adaptive leadership and discusses its principles, pros, and cons. If you're interested in becoming an effective leader and acquiring this important skill, then this video is a must-watch. Rames explores the fascinating world of adaptive leadership.

April 27th, 2023

Feature Engineering and the Impact on your ART

Lindy Quick


Good Features have a crucial role because they can impact the overall success of the product and the ART’s performance. As RTEs, we have the responsibility to ensure good product quality, minimize rework, delays, and negative feedback and decrease development costs. Lindy Quick discusses various tools and techniques like feature mapping, scenario modeling, wireframing, and data-driven features that you can use to engineer great features with the Product Managers and achieve success in PI Planning.

February 23rd, 2023

So I'm an RTE, what's next?

Chris Ruch

SPCT at Agile Rising

What the future holds for you as an RTE? How do you grow within the roles, within the Agile Release Train, within the value stream, within the portfolio and beyond? Chris Ruch, SPCT guides you in this keynote on how you think about what’s the next step in your career? And when you think about what you want to do with your role then thinking about how you are going to get there.

December 8th, 2022

In it to win it! People engagement strategies to propel your transformation

Audrey Boydston

SPCT & SAFe Fellow

Why are we talking about people engagement and what does this have to do with our SAFe Transformations? Audrey Boydston, SPCT & SAFe Fellow has a passion for people and wants to make sure they are engaged with their organization. Why? She believes that people engagement is going to help organizations propel their transformation. In this keynote Audrey explains what she bases her view on, and also shares with us the top 10 engagement activators that RTEs and STEs can put into practice.

October 20th, 2022

The RTE Kata – taking a transformational leadership approach to serving the ART

Carl Starendal

SAFe Fellow

When you’re leading it simply means that you are intent on what you send towards others. You have a behavior. You want to motivate and challenge people. But if the other person doesn't perceive that, that is the truth of what the leadership actually implies. But what are the good behaviors then? What creates an effect? What is strong? What makes a difference? Carl Starendal, SAFe Fellow, transformational leadership trainer explains how transformational leadership helps to understand what type of leadership you are exposing people to and understand their experience on things.

September 1st, 2022

Dynamic Solution Trains

Wolfgang Brandhuber


Wolfgang Brandhuber, has already 10 years of experience in setting up Agile Release Trains including Solution Trains. His personal vision is that organizational structures (events, roles, artifacts) more and more disappear and organizational skills take their place. Organizational skills are something that enables the organization to independently create structures when they are needed and dismantle them when they are not. This makes a Solution Train more dynamic and more flexible. So you have to teach the participants of an Agile Release Train or Solution Train the skills, and not just give them structures to work within. Watch the keynote to learn how.

June 23rd, 2022

How to Drive a Value-Focused Release Train

Richard Knaster

SAFe® Fellow

One of the main reasons why 70% of digital transformations fail is that there is not enough focus on improving flow value. It’s not about delivering faster it’s really about delivering more value. What is the solution to gain more value and continually deliver value faster? According to Richard Knaster, one of the most important solutions is implementing Value Stream Management with SAFe®. But how can we improve the flow of business value continuously from ideation to customer delivery with VSM? These questions will be answered in this keynote.

April 21st, 2022

The RTE’s role in applying Lean Thinking

Marshall Guillory

SPCT at Agile Rising

This keynote is about how RTEs should position themselves as value stream change leaders and coaches and why this is directly related to an aspiration for changing behavior. Marshall also takes us closer to the topic of why RTEs should get to the point where they can think beyond just day-to-day activities.

February 24th, 2022

Impactful self-reflection exercises for RTEs and Leaders

Jennifer Fawcett

SAFe® Fellow

Organizations don’t transform or change, people do. We as RTEs and leaders we get to go first. We have to bring out the best in ourself, we have to know intimately ourselves. Otherwise, if we don’t have that intimate sense of self, how can we be successful in coaching others in evolving their intimate sense of self? In this keynote SAFe Fellow Jennifer Fawcett shows couple of techniques how can we grow such personal competencies like self-awareness and self-regulation.

December 9th, 2021

Value of PI Planning - Take an economic view

Cindy VanEpps


Quantifying scenarios in the language of money has the potential to motivate change in an organisation. To confirm this hypothesis, Cindy VanEpps (SPCT) is passionate about building value calculators that show clearly which values we are actually spending too much on, or which ones are worth spending much more on. Cindy has researched what are the compelling values in PI Planning and in this video she will talk about them and how we can quantify these values to make decisions later.

October 21st, 2021

Baseline Real ART Level Metrics from the 'Get Go'

Darren Wilmshurst

SAFe® Fellow

The topic of this keynote was «Baseline Real ART Level Metrics from the 'Get Go'» that was held by SAFe® Fellow Darren Wilmshurst. Darren once worked in a large bank as a manager before he started his incredible journey towards being Director at Radtac, SPCT and SAFe Fellow.

August 26th, 2021

The Fall and Rise of ROAM

Phil Gardiner


What can you do when ROAM falls? This was the topic of the RTE Circle keynote that was held by Phil Gardiner, SPCT. Phil has served as a leader, coach, and consultant helping some of the world’s largest companies and the US Department of Defense. He provides first-hand examples of typical pitfalls and how to avoid them.

June 24th, 2021

Remaining Flexible with SAFe

Michael Robertson


In this keynote Michael Robertson, who is an SPC and RTE himself, gave insights into techniques and ways that helped him to remain flexible with SAFe. He speaks about why the recipe of one ART doesn’t usually work for another ART and how important it is that everyone has a deep understanding of the backlog. Michael elaborates why we should not set our plans in stone. It is a keynote, with many excellent tips and hacks.

April 22nd, 2021

Getting the Empowerment Engine Running

Shane Harrison


Why delegation is not empowerment? Shane Harrison answers these and many other questions in this gripping keynote. It is a field report about a SAFe implementation with a focus on empowerment. Shane talks about the damage their initiatives did on servant leadership, incremental delivery, collaboration and other areas. But Shane wouldn’t be Shane if he hadn’t found a way out of it. With impressive examples and anecdotes he shows practices that everyone can apply. A very instructive keynote presentation that is well worth watching.

February 18th, 2021

The "People Runway" of the ART

Michael Stump

SAFe® Fellow

In this video, SAFe® Fellow Michael Stump is talking about putting people first on the Agile Release Train. Everybody talks about putting people first but who is really doing that? Who has people as the first priority? Micheal invested a couple of months to work with HR departments and wrote a white paper and even developed some training material around this topic. Micheal is an excellent presenter.

November 18th, 2020

Joy: Your ART's Source of Sustainable Energy

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