Day of SAFe® 3: Elaborating SAFe®

Net Objectives is led by Al Shalloway, an industry thought leader in Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Scrum and technical Agile. Net Objectives has led several successful SAFe based transitions and has seen more that were not as successful. There is a pattern that underlies this difference. We have seen that SAFe can be used as a base for successful transitions but that “SAFe out of the box” often has challenges.  We must remember that SAFe is a framework, and one identified for use at scale, not everywhere.  SAFe should be thought of as a tool-box of great ideas that can sometimes be used as is, but more often benefits from some degree of elaboration.  This day presents a quick overview of SAFe followed by four elaborations we've seen useful in most of our SAFe implementations.  These elaborations are:

  • Why and how you must drive from business value – why using Minimum Business Increments (MBIs) is essential
  • How to create your trains even when they are not well defined and everybody seems to be working on everything
  • An introduction to Leanban, Net Objectives’ new team level approach that provides consistency across the enterprise while enabling it to be tailored for the context in which it is being used
  • Using SAFe at the mid-scale (organizations of 30-150 people) for which the standard adoption of SAFe may be too heavy

Want more SAFe webinars?  See A Day of the Scaled Agile Framework: An Introduction and A Day of SAFe: Tailoring SAFe to Your Organization.

  Note; You must register to watch the following webinars.
Given 8:30am-  9:30am PDT
SAFe® in an Hour. This presents what SAFe is and why it works. It explains SAFe from a Lean-flow perspective while describing how teams are organized so that they can work together.
Given 10:00am-11:00am PDT
Driving from Business Value in SAFe®, the Net Objectives Way. Years before SAFe existed, Net Objectives had been doing scaled Agile by focusing on high density value to be delivered. The Lean Startup does this with MVPs (minimal viable products).  We prefer to call them Minimum Business Increments (MBIs). We have found that embedding MBIs into the SAFe framework makes it considerably more effective. This talk discusses how focusing on high density business value improves SAFe’s practices while helping align people as well.
Given 11:30am-12:30pm PDT
The Net Objectives’ RAPID Implementation of SAFe®. RAPID is Net Objectives knowledge base of Lean-Agile implementations.  Net Objectives uses the concept of inflection points and the possible solutions to the questions they ask to both transition to and elaborate on SAFe.  This webinar presents this approach and illustrates how you can implement SAFe in stages while learning how to elaborate on it when needed.
Given 1:30pm- 2:30pm PDT
Introducing Leanban.  Leanban is the next generation of Agile at the team level.  More than an integration of Scrum and the Kanban Method, Leanban incorporates Lean practices with Acceptance Test-Driven development to provide proven methods that will work in all areas of an organization.

Leanban enables an organization to have essentially one approach that can be tailored by teams to meet their needs.  This avoids the Agile wars within an organization, allows people to move freely across teams, and yet enables teams to have an approach that works well for them.  Leanban also has a method of transitioning to new practices in an effective manner, enabling teams to improve their practices as they mature.
Given 2:40pm- 2:55pm PDT
LeanKit Demo.LeanKit
Given 3:00pm- 4:00pm PDT
Using SAFe® in Small & Mid-Scale Organizations. As good as SAFe is, it is intended for large scale organizations (trains of over 50 people).  However, many organizations with program smaller than 50 are using SAFe, but in a cumbersome manner.  This talk describes how smaller organizations can use SAFe effectively by tailoring key practices.  In particular, these include Program Increment Planning, team organization and backlog management.  This provides the value of SAFe’s all-in agreement while keeping it Agile and effective.

See our current listing of SAFe with Net Objectives Extensions courses here.

Please contact us (info to the right) for information on how to bring us in for in-house training or a public offering in your area.

See supplemental notes for this webinar.

All the Details

May. 14, 2015 11:30am to 7:00pm PDT
Cost: Free
Questions or problems with registration or directions? Contact Mike Shalloway for assistance.
Presented By:
Net Objectives
PDUs: 6 PDUs Category B

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