Category Archives: Change Management

My Agile 2016 Talk – How to make SAFe really SAFE Scaling Agile using Pull/Invite rather than Push/Mandate

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Here are the final slides (including live session polling data) from my Agile 2016 talk last week. If you want to read deeper into this I suggest you look at my blog series from earlier this year.

PS Sadly enough the session wasn’t recorded. If you’re interested in to see this talk leave me a comment here. If there’s enough interest I might do a webinar/periscope/whatever at some point.

Pull-based SAFe Invitations – Now in presentation form

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This week I’m in Boulder, CO participating in the SAFe SPCT program as an SPCT candidate. One thing we do here is present a personal showcase. Naturally I chose to talk about combining SAFe and the pull-based change and invitations language. Here it is… Continue reading

Just because you hate guided tours doesn’t mean you need to hate SAFe!

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(This post is based on content which originally appeared in an interview I gave InfoQ for Lean Kanban France 2014)

A pattern I recognized on enterprise agile transformations is the difference between the guided tour and guide book approaches to change management.

This pattern basically talks about this choice that people have to make between following big, organized, prescriptive framework or basing their decisions on principles and then choosing the different practices that make sense along the way. Continue reading

SAFe Invitations – Part 3/3 – Combining Open Space Agility and SAFe

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In parts 1 and 2 of this series about bringing Invitations into the Scaled Agile Framework implementation approach I talked about various ways to switch from Mandates to Invitations when choosing the timing and the how-to. In this post I describe an even more Invitational style using an approach called Open Space Agility. Consider this an experimental suggestion that combines two field-proven practices into one mashup that is just looking for the first opportunity to get its field test (If you’re interested to go for it, let me know…)

In this approach the leader would say something like “We decided to use SAFe in order to XXX insert Commander’s intent here XXX. We know this is the direction we want to take but we need your help figuring out how this would work here in our group. Scaling Agile is a complex thing and while we the leadership team believe SAFe is a good starting point we also believe there are many open questions and risks and we want your help figuring this out. We also want to do Continue reading