How Lean Can Make SAFe &/or Scrum Adoption Faster, Better, Cheaper

July 4, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I have decried calling Lean “faster, better, cheaper” because “faster” is not the goal as much as removing delays with the result being “quicker”. I also think the focus is on quality &being effective. But in SAFe &/or Scrum adoption, Lean provides a different perspective than the standard focus on certification &frameworks, &maybe “faster, better, cheaper” is the right moniker.
 
One of the central tenets of Lean is systems-thinking–looking at the system as a whole. When one considers a new Agile adoption, at any scale, there are several factors that must be considered. At the program/team level these are:
  • how to identify work to do and how to decompose it into small stories with clear scope &acceptance criteria. This needs to go well beyond “as a <user> I want <something> …” since that provides neither acceptance criteria nor a way to easily decompose to small stories
  • the environment & ceremonies to follow (essentially your framework)
  • how to write quality code
  • How these interact with each other is very important to a systems-thinker.  I believe initial training should focus on the actual work. The ceremonies then make more sense &won’t be resisted. Faster, better & cheaper adoption results.
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Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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