See you at Agile 2015!

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Hi Folks,

The Scaled Agile team has been busy getting ready for Agile2015.

In order to support our growing community, we are a conference sponsor and will have our own booth for the first time, which we think of as “SPC and Partner Central.” Please stop by the booth and say hello.

Drew and I will be both be speaking at Agile2015, as follows:

  • I’ll ...
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New Webinar: DevOps, SAFe and the Path to Better Agile Development

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A Perspective on DevOps from SAFe, IBM and Telstra

Hi everyone,

Alex just participated in a webinar hosted by IBM that provides SAFe, IBM and customer implementation perspectives on DevOps. Other participants include:

  • Tony Christensen, GM/Agile Competency Lead, Telstra
  • Amy Silberbauer, Executive IT & Solution Specialist, SAFe and DevOps

The session was facilitated by IBM’s Kelli Houston. The customer is Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications provider, who has recently implemented SAFe, with a rollout that includes over a thousand software development practitioners. That’s agile at scale!

It’s an interesting construct—a distributed ...

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SAFe 4.0 Sneak Peek 2!

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Note: This post was updated on July 16, 2015

Hi Everyone,

Since our last update, the team has been working on the next revision of the Big Picture, V4.0. In so doing, we have taken every opportunity to test assumptions and learn new insights from our practitioners in the field: SPCs, Agile coaches, and leaders who deal with different aspects of scaling development within large enterprises. Multiple SPC testing sessions in Boulder, CO, Herndon, VA, and Sydney, Australia are the latest ...

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CIO Magazine – Introduction to SAFe

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As the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) expands in Fortune 1000 companies, we are starting to see more press coverage. In addition to the recently featured Forbes article, SAFe and is now getting more “C-Suite” attention, as exhibited by last weeks publication in CIO MagazineIntroducing the Scaled Agile Framework by Matt Heusser, Managing Consultant at Excelon Development. 

Such articles are building greater awareness amongst the important SAFe constituency of executives, managers and leaders, whose involvement and leadership is critical for the success of Lean-Agile ...

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All new SAFe Foundations PowerPoint & Video to sync with SAFe 3.0 updates

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Hi Folks,

One of our most popular PowerPoint decks—SAFe Foundations—just got a major refresh to sync up with the most recent developments in SAFe 3.0. The previous version has been downloaded over 20 thousand times, so we know that it’s an important resource heavily used by our community.

thumb_foundations_2This slimmed down 26-slide deck is a great way to introduce SAFe and its underlying concepts to your executive leadership, team members, ...

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Check Out SAFe LSE Preview 2!

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Well, it’s been a bit zany time since the inaugural (and sold out) April 2015 SAFe LSE class, and the Boulder SAFe 3.0 SPC class immediately after. The feedback we received from those two audiences was amazing, and much of it unexpected. That’s the nature of good, fast feedback—if you knew everything, you wouldn’t need it.

Armed with these new insights, we have been advancing LSE and re-conceptualizing the future SAFe 4.0 to be based on the broader, and more scalable, discoveries and ...

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The SAFe Leadership Retreat and the Power of Self-Organization

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Eight months ago, Martin Burns posted a message in the LinkedIn SPC Community of Practice titled “SAFe Leadership Retreat?”  The goals he stated were simple: (1) share ideas and experiences from a broad range of SAFe practitioners; (2) provide input into the direction of SAFe; and (3) build our community.

Inspired by this vision, Martin made this happen and approximately 40 people from 20 different companies ...

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Two New Guidance Articles by Eric Willeke

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Back in February of this year, Dean Leffingwell blogged about two great articles written by Eric Willeke, Rally SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) and Agile Transformation Coach.  Dean thought these articles should be in guidance and with Eric’s help they finally made it to the top of our backlog.

Article #1 – Role of PI Objectives

If you have ever been confused about the role and importance of PI Objectives and why we commit to objectives rather than Features, you will ...

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New Case Study from Nordea

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Thanks to Gold Partner IJI, Nordea, northern Europe’s largest financial group  has successfully implemented SAFe and provided this great case study showing their path forward.

From IJI’s two-day kickstart session with management and stakeholders involving simulation-based training and workshops, to mapping delivery streams and team compositions, this case study delves deep into how Nordea achieved their SAFe transformation. It also shows how cultural and individual change is possible, as evidenced by this quote: “To see a waterfall Program Manager embrace SAFe after ...

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SAFe Lean-Agile Principles Have Arrived!

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The impression that “our problems are different” is a common disease that afflicts management the world over. They are different, to be sure, but the principles that will help to improve the quality of product and service are universal in nature.                             —W. Edwards Deming

Why the Focus on Principles?

SAFe provides an integrated set of proven practices that enterprises rely on to improve their solution development capability. Implementation of these practices however, ...

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