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Summary

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.

 
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

Outline

Current beliefs (Lean-Agile at Scale)

  • Why are we doing this and what is our definition of success? (our goals)

  • Strategic benefits/outcomes for undertaking a Lean-Agile/SAFe® transformation (the why)

  • Leaders must understand the goal and commit to the Lean-Agile transformation journey

  • What’s in it for our company? What’s in it for our group? What’s in it for me? 

  • What is our definition of winning and who is responsible for success/failure?

  • What are our current practices and are they working for/against that definition?

 

 Lean-Agile at Scale (What is it and why will it help us?)

  • How do we achieve the realization of business value quickly, predictably, sustainably and with high quality?

  • Lean-Agile principles and practices (review)

  • The agreements required to work together effectively (focus on business value, collaborate, make all work visible, increase predictability, work within capacity, continuously improve)

  • What is our value stream and who is responsible for it?

 

What will derail us?  

  • What is the new role of leadership?

  • What bad habits do we see now and how do we change them?

  • What is technical debt and how do we stop creating it?  pay it off?

  • Do we have critical roles identified and filled?

  • Does our funding model support our transformation?

  • Are we organized properly for the quick delivery of value?

 

Navigating the storm of transformation

  • What do we need to focus on for the transformation to take hold?

  • How do we work “on” the system to improve it, instead of just “in” the system?

  • How is this effort prioritized against everything else?

  • Who is responsible for the success of the transformation?

  • How long will it take?  What are the key milestones?  What will we measure?

  • What are early-warning signs and how do we monitor them?

  • What are expected low points and how do we commit to working through them?

  • What can coaches do and what does our coaching engagement look like?

Full Description

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.

Prerequisites

Experience in any aspect of software development, including management

Max class size

24

Length

2 Days

Level

Intermediate

Offering

Preparing Leadership for a Lean-Agile Transformation