Latest Newsletter: December 14, 2018

Net Objectives

                              December 14, Lean-Agile Newsletter


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Quite a bit of year-end news and something for everyone:

Why We Are Ending our 6 Year Relationship with SAI (providers of SAFe)

After 6 years of being a contributor to SAFe in technical Agility and Kanban, my having been the first SPCT outside of SAI and us being a SAFe partner, we are amicably breaking off our relationship with SAI. I believe that SAFe has expanded the understanding of Agile at Scale and incorporates many needed practices that are not found elsewhere.
The reasons for this move include:
  • SAFe has grown considerably more complex than it needs to be
  • Many small to mid-scale orgs (technology <1000 ppl) are looking to Essential SAFe even though it is not a good solution for them
  • Many orgs are looking to take “SAFe out of the box” which has never been our approach
  • SAFe training is not tailored to the size of the organization that will use it
While taking Implementing SAFe 4.6 a couple of weeks ago I realized that SAFe and Net Objectives are on divergent paths. We like to work with small to mid-scale companies that want a focus on their specific challenges and not a canned solution.
Although we will continue to offer consulting and training to those who do SAFe (we have several courses at all levels that would be advantageous for SAFe practitioners to investigate) we will no longer offer any SAFe certified training.

If you are small to mid-scale (<1000 people in technology) check out the following, whether you are considering SAFe or not

If you either don't want SAFe or are looking for an alternative, check out our approach we call FLow for Enterprise Transformation (FLEX) at The Essence of FLEX. This is a very mature approach that is designed for small- to mid-scale.

If you are considering SAFe, I highly recommend reading:

I am leading an online workshop, Lean-Agile at Mid-Scale: FLEX Essentials, starting in January on our Lean-Agile method that is well documented and more applicable to small to mid-scale organizations than SAFe. It's only $795, is the equivalent of a 4-day course, and uses flipped classroom style learning so you can learn more effectively. In addition to all of that, you get 16 hours of Q&A with me.

If you are adopting SAFe and want more effective, lower cost training

We can provide better training because our training is tailored to the size of your organization. SAI (providers of SAFe) provides training for all scales. But the needs of a small organization is not the same as for a large one. 

Check out our Lean-Agile at Scale training for the following courses:

Advanced Scrum Master and Kanban online workshop led by me

I am leading our Advanced Scrum Master and Kanban online workshop starting in January.  This is equivalent to a 4-day classroom workshop and is both broader and deeper than other Advanced Scrum Master workshops in that it includes what it takes to lead both Scrum and Kanban teams. This is intended for those already the equivalent of a CSM or who have Kanban experience. This is a hands-on workshop where you will be guided in how to help your own teams.

Free, self-paced, online training in Foundations of Sustainable Design to the first 20 respondents

This is a great hands-on, self-paced, course for learning how to truly do object-oriented design, code and test. To promote it we're offering 20 free seats on a first come first served basis.

Achieving Business Agility at Small to Mid-Scale (book)

This book continues to get fleshed out. If you are looking for alternatives to SAFe, LeSS, DAD, or even the Spotify model (which is fairly consistent with our approach) please check it out. And please provide feedback and ask questions regarding the book.

In Addition

If you are considering getting some training or coaching, I invite you to a free 30 minute consult. 

We've scheduled the next public offering of our Design Patterns Thinking course in Seattle on December 17-19. If you are interested in attending this course yourself or in sending a group of folks to it, contact Mike Shalloway with any questions or register here.  We're still finalizing the exact location; contact Mike if you can provide a training room, as we can provide you with a significant discount if so.  This course addresses key questions in modern development such as how to design systems that have changeability as a fundamental quality and how the team can communicate effectively when a design is in a constant state of change, and is essential for technical members of a development team.

As always, if you would like to chat about your situation and what we might do to help please contact me. And if you know anyone in your company responsible for corporate wide training (or you are that person) please let me know.

Al Shalloway 
CEO, Net Objectives
425-269-8991 @alshalloway

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Date Webinars, Seminars, Conferences, Symposiums
TBA Event: TBA
Date Public Courses
December 17-19 Public Course in Seattle: Design Patterns Thinking
January 8 Online Course: Advanced Scrum Master and Kanban Online Workshop
January 8 Online Course: Lean-Agile at Mid-Scale: FLEX Essentials
Now Online Course: Agile Product Management Essential Concepts (Free!)
Now Online Course: Foundations of Sustainable Design
Let us know if we can schedule a public course in your area