Article 4 in SAFe Implementation Roadmap series: Lean-Agile Center for Excellence (LACE)

Article 4 in SAFe Implementation Roadmap series: Lean-Agile Center for Excellence (LACE)

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Changing the fundamental behavior and culture of a large development organization is no small task. In a SAFe rollout, one of the signature attributes of a successful implementation is the organization’s commitment to developing a dedicated change management team. They go by various names, so in order to describe one, we simply picked a descriptive general purpose term, the “Lean-Agile Center of Excellence” (LACE).

The LACE is a small team of people dedicated to driving the change, and it is often a key differentiator between companies practicing Agile in name only, and those fully committed to adopting Lean-Agile practices and getting the best business outcomes.

Creating a LACE is the fourth ‘critical move’ in the SAFe Implementation Roadmap, and the subject of our latest guidance article in this series. The article outlines the mission and responsibilities of the LACE, and provides guidance for size, structure, and operation of the LACE team.  It is based in on our own experience, as well as others, working directly in the field.

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

Author Info

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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