All posts by : Dean Leffingwell
Hello everyone, Context Matters – a Scaled Agile Gold Partner – recently invited us to cosponsor the 9th Agile Australia conference in Sydney. Partners Em Campbell-Pretty and Mark Richards, both of whom are SPCTs and SAFe Fellows, helped gather several executives from some of Australia’s most successful SAFe implementations for a roundtable discussion of the challenges and successes they’ve experienced ‘in the trenches.’ The comprehensive panel discussion has been posted to Em’s Adventures in Scaling.
Most strategy dialogues end up with executives talking at cross-purposes because … nobody knows exactly what is meant by vision and strategy, and no two people ever quite agree on which topics belong where. That is why, when you ask members of an executive team to describe and explain the corporate strategy, you frequently get wildly different answers. We just don’t have a good business discipline for converging on issues this abstract. —Geoffrey Moore, Escape.
In his recent blog post, Drew Jemilo announced the release of the Value Stream Workshop Toolkit for SAFe 4.5. A key benefit of being a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), in good standing, is that these toolkits and other resources are available to help you in the important work of transforming enterprises to Lean-Agile development with SAFe. We’ve built quite a good collection of toolkits, many of which have now been already updated to SAFe 4.5: Essential.
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with SPCT Darren Wilmshurst from Radtac⎯a Scaled Agile Gold Partner⎯for a wide ranging discussion around SAFe and SAFe 4.5. They recorded our talk in four video segments, each averaging 9–12 minutes. Here are some of the things that we discussed: Insights into the future of the Framework and how it relates to the wider enterprise Impediments to implementing, and how to get people on board with the.
Payment processing leader Vantiv sees gains in productivity, quality and employee engagement with SAFe
“Since beginning our Lean-Agile journey with SAFe, Vantiv has focused its strategic efforts and its execution. We have improved the predictability of product delivery while maintaining high quality, and have become even more responsive to customers—resulting in higher customer satisfaction. And just as important, employee engagement went up over the past year.” —Dave Kent, Enterprise Agile Coach, Vantiv How do you pull ahead in a highly competitive industry? For payment processing leader Vantiv, the answer.
Hi Folks, About 18 months ago, we launched SAFe 4.0, a major upgrade that delivered innovations for Lean software and systems engineering. It represented a major milestone of maturity for the Framework, and has enjoyed widespread popularity, including being named the #1 scaling framework by VersionOne’s State of Agile Report. That tells us we were on the right track. But digital disruption is driving innovation at speeds we’ve never seen before, so while enterprises have.
“SAFe has been a successful story for us. It allowed us to grow our team in a seamless way that integrated cross-functional groups and aligned with the company’s long-term strategy. Fitbit has grown significantly since we adopted SAFe, and we were able to scale the process and still deliver high achievement every PI. My VP calls it the scaffolding that has helped move our team forward.” —Damian Brown, Sr. Director of Program Management Office, Fitbit.
Hi Folks: Anyone reading this is likely aware that SAFe was developed to address the challenges of ‘people building some of the world’s most important systems.’ And while ‘important’ isn’t the same as big, I think most would agree that most of the world’s most important systems are indeed, big. Big systems are harder to build, more complex (and more fun). Addressing this challenge often requires hundreds, and even thousands of practitioners. SAFe was designed.
Hi Folks, A couple of days ago I delivered a keynote at Mile High Agile, “10 Essential Scaling Patterns We Can (Probably) All Agree On.” Judging from the size of the audience—and from the general buzz throughout the conferences we’ve been attending—there’s no question that the topic of scaling has captured much of the mindshare in the Agile community. Afterall, what enterprise wouldn’t want to enjoy the business and personal benefits of self-organization, higher quality.
We know you’ve worked hard to gain SAFe Certification. Now we want to help you tell the world about it so you can find the best opportunities to apply your training and experience. We also want to give employers the ability to quickly validate your knowledge and skills. The Scaled Agile Professional Certification Program’s digital badging initiative will help you connect with the leading enterprises and development teams that seek your skills and experience as.