I’m excited to be heading to Agile 2016. I’ll be in Atlanta all week and will talk about SAFER SAFe implementations on Wednesday (See the full session description below)
This will be my first time attending/speaking at the Agile Alliance annual conference. In the past it was a tough time to travel to the US smack in the middle of the summer vacation in Israel. But now it is both an easier travel coming from Boston and I also get the opportunity to take the family along and visit friends and family in the area.
I’m looking forward to the big agile conference experience. Looking forward to meet long-time friends and make new ones as well as have some interesting bizdev discussions.
Are you coming to Atlanta? If you want to meet/catchup contact me on twitter or leave me a comment here or on the conference scheduling/social app where you can also see the sessions I’m thinking of attending.
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe(tm)) is a powerful and popular framework for implementing agile at large scale across the enterprise.
In this talk we will examine some dangerous Agile at Scale implementation anti-patterns from real-world cases I’ve been involved in such as:
Planned/Mandate-based implementation across the enterprise – Pushing implementations onto people regardless of their interest/motivation to change.
Prescribed-based implementation – Either by the book or as designed by a central committee or an external consultant.
Total focus on practices starting from training all the way through assessment/metrics and lack of attention to spirit/principles.
Expecting every group in the organization to work the same way and implement change the same way.
We will then look at some healthier alternatives I used to drive more successful & sustainable change in several organizations. You will learn some concrete techniques that help live up to the Lean/Agile principles of respecting and engaging people.
Using SAFe as the specific backdrop for discussion, we will review field-proven ideas such as pull-based crossing the chasm approach to implementation, use of open space as part of the different SAFe ceremonies, and how Open Space Agility can combine with SAFe.
Note that the ideas and practices have also been tried with other Scaled Agile approaches such as Enterprise Kanban, LeSS.
Get familiar with some scaled agile implementation anti-patterns related to push/mandate.
Understand when to choose pull/invitation as a healthier more sustainable and successful alternative.
Get some concrete techniques to bring pull/invitation into a scaled agile implementation approach – focusing on SAFe 1-2-3 implementation approach specifically.
Have a high-level understanding of how to implement SAFe using “Open Space Technology”.
Understand how to apply these ideas to any Scaled Agile approach (not just SAFe)
Earlier this evening I delivered a talk at Agile Boston named “The Art of SAFe ART/Value Stream Design” where I tried to explain the different layers of SAFe and how they apply in a variety of real-world situations. We discussed Telco and Financial Services systems of systems as well as some examples brought up by the audience. I had lots of fun although my Wacom tablet didn’t play along nicely. Need to figure out what that was about.
PS If you’re interested to learn about SAFe, ART, Value Streams, my next Leading SAFe 4.0 workshop is in the Boston area on March 9-10th. If you move REALLY fast you can take advantage of early bird pricing. In any case as readers of my blog you can get a 10% discount. Just use YYBLOG on checkout.
Here is my slide deck from my talk at the Software Testers Atlanta Conference. It was lots of fun to deliver it. Full, engaged, room (even though it was on of those dreaded post-lunch slots!), good questions, good laughs. It was also refreshing to do a US conference without checking into an hotel not to say a 12+ hours flight… (One of the advantages of living in Boston …)
Thank you for the conference team for inviting me! always fun to visit Atlanta (and have some BBQ on the way back to the airport…)