SAFe Configurations

By |2022-12-14T17:28:00-05:00April 20, 2017|SAFe, Scaled Agile|

I just shared my perspective that SAFe isn’t a hard-coded methodology and while it gives you a comprehensive and to some even overwhelming set of practices, there are still a lot of choices.My old friend Sutap suggested: Would be great if you can share examples around how SAFe is not a one size fits all framework. Examples/ case studies will really help. From experience, enterprises typically have very different projects: from large programs running for years with say once in [...]

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Musings about “Hard-coded” Frameworks

By |2022-12-14T17:28:20-05:00April 20, 2017|Agility, Change Management, SAFe, Scaled Agile|

A recent discussion on the Scrum Alliance Linkedin group was around Mike Beedle’s claim that “Hard-coded Frameworks are neither Agile or Frameworks” which is clearly aimed primarily at SAFe.I admit to thinking something similar before really getting to know SAFe in depth. Over time I realized SAFe isn’t one size fits all. Far from it.It has many configurations and options. Do we need the Value Stream level? a System Team? at which level? How many ARTs? Component teams or Feature [...]

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Comparing and choosing scaled agile approaches (or not scaling at all? )

By |2022-12-14T17:28:35-05:00February 27, 2017|Change Management, SAFe, Scaled Agile|

This week I’m in Fort Lauderdale, Florida speaking at the Lean/Agile US conference.The subject of my talk today was “Introduction to Lean/Agile scaling approaches” where talked about why scaling approaches are necessary and when to actually try to de-scale as well as gave a very brief introduction to a couple of the key frameworks we typically use — SAFe, Large Scale Scrum, Spotify’s approach, Connected kanbans. I then finished with some decision criteria questions to ask yourself as you’re starting this journey.Here [...]

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Agile Release Train Leadership Team — Servant Leadership In Action During PI Planning

By |2022-12-14T17:28:59-05:00January 11, 2017|Agile Marketing, Leadership, Scaled Agile|

Last week I helped facilitate Program Increment (PI) Planning for an Agile Release Train (ART) practicing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). One impediment for this ART was that although the leadership team ROAMed risks in PI Planning as well as continued to manage the flow of risks/issues using a ROAMing Kanban Board throughout PI execution, there wasn’t enough clarity and alignment around what exactly would Owning a risk look like and what are the expected deliverables/objectives.One experiment we tried this [...]

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Invitation-Based SAFe Implementation — a SAFe Guidance Article

By |2022-12-14T17:29:19-05:00January 9, 2017|Change Management, SAFe, Scaled Agile|

Invitation and Pull-based approaches for implementing agile at scale has been a reoccurring theme in my work, writing and talks in recent years — including my talk at Agile 2016 and this series on my blog.In recent months I was working on a SAFe guidance article on this topic. Richard Knaster as well as Dean Leffingwell & Inbar Oren helped crystallize the guidance and I’m really happy about the end result.One of the key details in the approach I describe is our [...]

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Uncertainty & the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe™)

By |2016-02-05T14:44:40-05:00February 5, 2016|Export, Export dec 2022, Scaled Agile|

What is the connection between Uncertainty and the Scaled Agile Framework? Uncertainty is one of the core reasons we need to be agile. Different modes of Business/Requirements/Technology uncertainties impact our economic costs in product development - especially the potential impact of risk. The first principle of SAFe™ is “Take an economic view”. I frequently use my “uncertainty filter glasses” to take an alternative economic view. I find it helps Scaled Agile/SAFe™ practitioners/leaders understand both the need for Agility as well [...]

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