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

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)

Lean Kanban North America is coming to San Francisco but when will I have time to enjoy the city?

Lean Kanban North America a.k.a Modern Management Methods conference for 2014 is coming up. This year it will take place in beautiful San Francisco.  I love San Francisco and the conference hotel is smack in the area I love most – the waterfront… But I’m not sure how much time I will have to wander outside…

I’m expecting quite a busy week – As one of the two winners of last year’s Brickell Key award I’m on the selection committee this year. Legends tell of long nights deliberating the merits of the different candidates until white smoke rises. Looking at the strong candidates nominated for this year I don’t see how it will be any different this time… 🙂

Beyond that I have two sessions I’m involved in this year. One is the Amdocs Case Study. Conference series veterans will recall an Amdocs case study Erez Katzav and I presented back in LSSC2010 in Atlanta. Wow, that was a long time ago… Anyhow this year a fine team from another division in Amdocs is coming to talk about how they are using Kanban to improve the agility of a business group encompassing thousands of people. For those of you keeping track of my work and talks – The initiative is based on a lot of the things I talked about in the last years and has been a source for a lot of talks/write-ups as well. It is a very interesting story with ups, downs and new interesting challenges every week or so. For anyone interesting in change management in a large scale global enterprise as well as how to run a large scale operation using kanban flow approaches, don’t miss this session.

And finally, on thursday, I’m running an interactive workshop about Crossing the Chasm and pull-based change. This workshop will be an opportunity to elaborate and go deeper on some of the themes in the Amdocs case study and other talks like Kanban – a SANE way to go agile from LKUK13. I’m still obviously working on the structure for the workshop but am excited to have a more interactive intimate opportunity to talk about these topics, answer questions, hear feedback and ideas as well as stories/experiences from others who are facing similar situations. The Amdocs team will obviously also participate in this workshop so it is a great opportunity to dive deeper into questions that arise from the track session.

And on top of that there’s a very interesting schedule of sessions, keynotes and other interactive workshops I’ll want to see… (Here is my current plan…)

Busy week. Where is the time to go to the wharf and enjoy some clam chowder bread bowl? To catch up with everyone? Oh well.

Having said that, if you are at the conference and want to talk, I’m sure we can find the time… best way would be to contact me on twitter.

See you there!

 

 

My slides from Lean Kanban Benelux 2011 – Commitments and Energies in a Kanban system

I’m currently at LKBE11 enjoying the great lineup of speakers and great atmosphere.
As for my part, I’m 50% done…

Below is my Prezi for Commitments and Energies in a Kanban/Pull system.
I’ll share tomorrow’s prezi tomorrow once I finish some last responsible moment tweaks based on things I heard today and want to emphasize / relate to.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Webinar LSSC11: Session 4 – Intro to Lean Product Development Flow

I’ve been asked to deliver a pre-LSSC11 webinar on the topic of Lean Product Development flow. I’m going to introduce an approach to mixing Lean and Agile in order to achieve end to end agility. This is a major focus of my work in the recent 2 years with AgileSparks clients.

Register for the Webinar at Webinar LSSC11: Session 4 – Intro to Lean Product Development Flow

This is also the topic I will talk about in my Agile Israel 2011 session Techniques and experiences for managing end to end Releases/Projects/Programs using Kanban and Flow”

In my Using flow approaches to effectively manage agile testing at the enterprise level talk at LSSC11 I’m focusing on an aspect of this approach – how to use it to address challenges in quality assurance/testing approaches when dealing with agile projects.

 

 

LeanSSC/Kanban US conference 2011 – #LSSC11 – Are you coming?

 

The Lean Software and Systems Consortium US-based community conference will be May 3-6 next year, in Long Beach California. I'll be there, talking about  "Using Kanban and CFD to effectively manage Agile Testing"

For some initial ideas in that area you can checkout earlier blog posts as well as  http://www.slideshare.net/yyeret/using-kanban-and-cfd-to-effectively-manage-agile-testing

The Lean Software and Systems Conference is the Kanban conference for North and South America in 2011. This is where the community gathers and is where you will get the first chance to see and hear the best new material.

 

Are you also interested in presenting a case? The Call for Papers and Registration are now open. The CfP Deadline is Dec 19th and will not be extended.
 
 

 
Use #LSSC11 to join the twitter before, during and after the conference!
Hope to see you there!