Keeping SAFe™ Agile: Guiding SAFe™ with Lean. POSTPONED

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Many in the Agile community are blasting SAFeTM as a heavy weight process. Unfortunately, SAFeTM is often implemented as a heavy process because people take what they learn from the standard courses and apply it by rote.

However, SAFe does not need to be heavy at all. But to make it lightweight, one must differentiate between the framework part of SAFe and the practices within that framework. We call this framework the Lean-Agile Framework and it should be the core of a SAFe implementation. The essence of SAFe’s framework is:

  • Prioritizing work across the portfolio and organizing it to be implemented efficiently across a program by coordinating teams
  • Managing the amount of work in process at all of these levels
  • Making all work visible
  • Following Lean Management principles
  • Pushing decisions down as far as possible in the organizational hierarchy
  • Attending to the entire value stream with appropriate team structures and roles

The main practices of SAFe include:

  • Scrum at the team level
  • 10-14 week release plans done over 2 days done by all of the people in the release train
  • Identification of dependencies and risks over this time period during the planning event
  • Having architectural epics be managed by an enterprise architect to create an overall view

This talk discusses how the benefits of SAFe’s holistic framework (which is not heavy) can be combined with lightweight practices other than those needed when the organization is large. This approach both improves implementations of SAFe where it is required and allowing for SAFe to provide guidance where it’s practices are heavier than the situation demands.

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Nov. 3, 2014 5:00pm PST
Cost: Free
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Net Objectives
PDUs: 1 PDU Category B

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