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The latest edition of the Scaled Agile Insider is hot off the press. This almost-monthly email is the best resource for getting all the latest news from the SAFe universe in one place. In this edition you’ll find: 11th Annual State of Agile Report: SAFe #1 in Scaling Methods and Approaches New course unveiled: SAFe® 4.0 Release Train Engineer with RTE Certification Video: Dean Leffingwell discusses Scalable DevOps and Continuous Delivery with SAFe The final installment.
The SAFe community is very diverse, with nearly 200,000 new visitors to the SAFe website coming from non-English speaking countries in the last six months alone. And more SAFe classes are popping up all over the globe. Today we counted nearly 400 non-U.S. classes on the public training calendar. Although most local concerns are supported by our Global Partner Network, the Framework itself has been—with a few exceptions—available exclusively in English. This is because adopting SAFe.
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.
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 Teams and 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.