Simplifying SAFe

May 22, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
SAFe has gone from 3 to 5 levels in recent releases as well as increasing its number of roles, artifacts and activities. When something new is discovered to be useful, SAFe obligingly adds another component to the framework.
 
The different SAFe models (program, portfolio, ...) are designed to help simplify SAFe. 
 
Simplicity is not achieved by leaving things out or by just attending to part of the system. This actually, violates a basic tenet of systems-thinking: systems are more than the components from which they are made. To make SAFe simpler requires a focus on essence of what it’s trying to accomplish.
 
A way to avoid this complexity while providing an holistic view is to consider what it takes to go from strategy to realization requires:
  • Identifying what should be built
  • Ranking these items in importance
  • Organizing the development group so these can be built effectively
  • Coordinating the work being done
  • Managing shared services and ops as well as any other constraining capacity
 
We call this Value Stream Delivery Management. By considering these outcomes, organizations can create their own approach or adopt those aspects of SAFe that fill this in or a combination of the above. 
 
 
For more, check out the FLEX course on the university as well.
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About the author | Al Shalloway

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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