Author Archives: Frank Schophuizen (fschop)

About Frank Schophuizen (fschop)

Hi, my name is Frank Schophuizen and I am working as a consultant in CM, Agile and ALM for TOPIC Embedded Systems. I have over 30 years experience in software development in the technology industry, with the last 15 years mainly in process improvement, deployment and integration of methods and tools in the area of Agile (SAFe, Scrum), CM and ALM. I am strongly interested in the complexities of collaboration and integration in multi-project and multi-site organizations. I have worked with various technology companies such as Philips, ASML, NXP and Vanderlande, and with various tool vendors such as Atlassian (e.g. Jira, Confluence),IBM Rational (e.g. ClearCase, Synergy, Jazz products) as well as open source tools (e.g. SVN, Git, Jenkins, Trac, Eclipse). I am living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with my wife. We have 3 adult children. My main hobbies are classical music and photography.

Configuration Management with SAFe

Introduction Configuration Management is crucial for the success of an enterprise, whether it applies an agile, lean or a more traditional approach. Although CM is crucial, it has been given little attention in SAFe and other agile methodologies. In this … Continue reading

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Agile Manifesto in het Nederlands

Hoewel er al een vertaling bestaat van het Agile Manifesto naar het Nederlands (zie¬† hier), geef ik de voorkeur aan mijn eigen vertaling. Het zijn niet altijd letterlijke vertalingen vanuit het Engels omdat ik probeer (voor mezelf) de essenties te … Continue reading

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SAFe 4.0 for small release trains

Introduction SAFe 4.0 states that an Agile Release Train consists of 50 to 125 people. Larger teams should be split up in multiple release trains and smaller teams should be organized as individual agile teams, not as an agile release … Continue reading

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“Olifantenpaadjes” or how to change habits

One of the most difficult things in change management is change people’s habits. Habits are like reflexes: act without thinking why and how to do it. Habits save a lot of time and energy. How difficult would walking or driving … Continue reading

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SAFe 3.0 versus SAFe 4.0

When SAFe 4.0 was release was my first question: which one is better, 3.0 or 4.0. In my opinion the 3-level model of SAFe 4.0 is definitely an improvement compared to SAFe 3.0. The triangle RTE – System Architect – … Continue reading

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Implementing SAFe with Jira (part 3)

In part 2 we have looked at estimating and planning of a release of the Agile Release Train. This is mainly on SAFe portfolio and program level. In this part, I will focus more on the challenges of estimating and … Continue reading

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Een acuut hartinfarct – hoe is dat?

Op 28 september 2015 om kwart voor twaalf ‘s nachts kreeg ik plotseling pijn. We waren net naar bed gegaan en ik wilde net gaan slapen. Terwijl ik op mijn zij was gaan liggen om lekker te gaan slapen kwam … Continue reading

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