SAFe 4.0 Distilled: A Practical Guide for Implementing the World’s Leading Framework for Enterprise Agility
The SAFe knowledge base on this website is an invaluable resource for people who build software and systems, however, navigating the guidance can be daunting for the uninitiated. SAFe is a robust framework supported by hundreds of web pages. Where do you start? In what order should you read the articles? What information is really important to you and when? We get it. There’s a Wikipedia aspect to the SAFe body of knowledge that takes.
If you’ve been reading the SAFe Implementation Roadmap article series and have made it to this stage, congratulations! When leaders are diligent in following these critical moves, and are making the appropriate course corrections along the way, the results for the organization should look like this: The new way of working is becoming a part of the culture all the way from team, to program, to value stream, to portfolio Substantial business benefits are accumulating.
“We had been challenged a number of times in changing our underlying CRM platform. After implementing SAFe, our overall effort actually came in $12M less than originally estimated and 18 months sooner than predicted.” —Bryan Kadlec, Director, Client Digital Experience How do you change a deeply ingrained Waterfall culture? For a 160-year old life insurance company, it wasn’t easy, but it was ultimately worth it. Our latest case study from Northwestern Mutual (NWM) tells the.
Many systems in aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, banking, and other industries have an unacceptable social or economic cost of failure. In order to protect the public, these systems are also subject to extensive regulatory oversight and rigorous compliance standards. Historically, organizations building these systems have relied on comprehensive quality management systems and stage-gate based waterfall life-cycle models to reduce risk and ensure compliance. These same organizations are now adopting Lean-Agile methods, and are struggling to understand.
If you’ve been following the SAFe Implementation Roadmap series—or you’re engaged in a real world transformation—you’ll appreciate the effort and commitment it takes to reach the 11th ‘critical move,’ Extend to the Portfolio. At this stage in the rollout, the new behaviors are becoming second nature to all the players, and the measurable benefits of time to market, quality, productivity, and employee engagement have become tangible and are demonstrating real progress. The door is now.
When you’ve done all the hard work—planned, prepared, trained, launched the first ART, and then put in the effort to make it even better—there’s this moment in a SAFe rollout when the early results are coming in and you start to fully realize the potential that has been unleashed for the organization. It’s an exciting time, as enthusiasm from the first ART is making its way into other parts of the organization, and more people.
“I personally believe we have delivered more in the two years we’ve been using SAFe than we did in the four years prior—not in raw code, but in value. Our downtime went down and that saved the company about 30 million over the course of the year. That’s real money and a really positive outcome.” —Tripp Meister, Director of Technology, PlayStation Network PlayStation, made by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), currently leads the gaming console market.
About a year ago we made the decision to work a little harder to help SAFe enterprises input case their studies. We wanted to meet the growing demand for more studies, more industries, and more fully developed narratives. The effort has paid off. If you go to scaledagileframework.com/case-studies, you’ll find a greater diversity of industries and implementations (34 so far). The newer studies tell a more complete story with personal observations, results, shared best practices for implementation,.
The ninth ‘critical move’ in the SAFe Implementation Roadmap series, Coach ART Execution, is when you really start to capitalize on the investment that has been made developing SPC change agents, and training stakeholders in the new way of working. At this stage of the implementation, the first big events are now in your rear view mirror. You’ve launched the first Agile Release Train (ART), and held the first Program Increment (PI) planning session. The result.
As we like to say, “Train Everyone. Launch Trains.” That’s the subject of the eighth ‘critical move’ in the SAFe Implementation Roadmap, as you can see in the new article: Train Teams and launch ART. This is a milestone moment in a SAFe rollout as it covers the steps that need to be taken to actually launch the first ART, and trigger the business benefits that can be had from the new way of working. It is also when.