Article 5 in SAFe Implementation Roadmap series: Identify Value Streams and ARTs

Article 5 in SAFe Implementation Roadmap series: Identify Value Streams and ARTs

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Perhaps you’ve worked your way through the first five ‘critical moves’ in the SAFe Implementation Roadmap, and the big moment has arrived. You are now ready to actually implement SAFe. That means it’s time to Identify Value Streams and Agile Release Trains (ARTs), which is the topic of our latest guidance article in the Roadmap series.

If you think of value streams and ARTs as the organizational backbone of a SAFe transformation, you will understand their importance to this journey. Attempting to shortcut or breeze through this step would be the same as putting your foot on the brake at the same time you are trying to accelerate. But get this one right, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful transformation. This is a not-so-subtle hint to strongly encourage you to read this article, especially if you are engaging with SAFe for the first time.

This article covers the key activities involved in identifying value streams and ARTs. They include:

  • Identifying operational value streams
  • Identifying the systems that support the operational value stream
  • Identifying the people in the development value stream
  • Identifying ARTs

To assist you in this effort, the article provides two examples—one from healthcare, and one from financial services—that illustrate how specific elements of value flow to the customer.

Read the full article here.

As always, we welcome your thoughts so if you’d like to provide some feedback on this new series of articles, you’re invited to leave your comments here.

Stay SAFe!
—Dean and the Framework team

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Dean Leffingwell

Recognized as the one of the world’s foremost authorities on Lean-Agile best practices, Dean Leffingwell is an author, entrepreneur, and software development methodologist.

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