Preparing Leadership for a Lean-Agile/SAFe Transformation

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Course Overview
Summary: 

For any sizeable transformation to take root and become part of the culture, leaders must own and commit to the vision of the end state, and then promote continuous learning to guide the teams to the desired end state. This requires changes in mindset, habits and process with the end goal being an organization that can rapidly discover and sustainably deliver the next highest increment of value.

This two-day workshop is tailored for leaders involved in scaled Lean-Agile / SAFe® transformations. It is designed to help leaders through the paradigm shift required to apply Lean and Systems Thinking at all levels of the delivery organization. It is intended to assist leaders in understanding the why of the transformation, the path they should take and their required roles in the upcoming effort.

The experience can support up to 15 leaders, presented in a workshop fashion with exercises and activities designed to present key ideas required to understand and commit to the benefits of scaled Lean-Agile practices. It prepares leaders to recognize expected challenges and come up with counter-measures to address challenges during the transformation.

Since this workshop is domain- and context-driven, we personalize the experience by having two senior level executive coaches co-teach this event.

The effectiveness of this course is greatly enhanced when our executive coaches can perform pre-workshop interviews and assessments to verify the context in which the leaders perform. We recommend two weeks in advance a half day of effort for each of two instructors to perform offsite/onsite assessment of context and domain through interviews and observations. 

Course Objectives: 
  • To enable executives and directors understand how to use lean principles to transform their organization
  • To provide the context for developing software faster, with higher quality and lower cost 
  • To create a new paradigm of software development that integrates people and process
  • To enable participants to see the cost of poor quality in the software development cycle
  • To improve the awareness of the importance of fast-flexible flow
  • To underscore the importance of using process as a baseline for change.

Target Audience:

Primary Audience: 

Executives and leadership.

Secondary Audience: 
Directors and mid-management
Learning Objectives: 
  • Understanding the importance of time to market and how to use minimal marketable features to achieve that
  • Why visibility of the organization's process is so important
  • Why efficiency will lead to low cost, but why you can't go after low cost directly
  • What is in the way of predictability
  • Why quality is so important
  • How to measure success
  • How to use pull to plan
  • Understand key factors in transitioning

From our clients ...

  • Spectacular course. By far the most informative training I have taken. Lean is giving me the perspective I need to see how Agile might really fit in my enterprise.
Certification and PDUs
Yes
14 PDUs Category B
Maximum Number in Class
24 (Approximate. Depends upon make up and experience level of team.)
Room Setup and Equipment Needed
Classrooms require students at tables (round or long) as well as several white boards or flip-charts. A projector with screen is also needed.