My Agile 2016 session – How to make SAFe implementation really SAFE

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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.

Hope to see you there!

 

Wednesday, July 27 • 3:45pm – 5:00pm

 

Abstract:
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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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)

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