March Highlights—Latest Articles & Videos for the SAFe of Mind
We started this new “Highlights” series last month to capture the SAFe news and activities that haven’t been covered in other posts, but would still provide real value to the community. Here’s the latest roundup—a mix of new perspectives, understanding, and practical steps for successful implementation of the Framework.
Recorded Webinar: Building Complex Systems with SAFe 4.0
Presented by Alex Yakyma, SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant, Scaled Agile & Harry Koehnemann, SPCT, Director of Technology, 321 Gang
This is a must-see video for anyone working with large solutions including hundreds or more practitioners per value stream. Alex and Harry take a deep dive and discuss the challenges large systems builders face and key approaches for addressing them. They look at the key challenges that make complex systems development so complex, and explore the myths that surround Lean-Agile in a complex, multidisciplinary world that include hardware, firmware and other engineering domains.
SAFe Provides a Recipe for Agile at Enterprise Scale
by Guy Harrison, Executive Director of R&D at Dell
Guy Harrison describes SAFe as attempting to define the ‘Agile Enterprise;’ a solution to software development that is still somewhat at odds with the broader business life cycle in which it resides.
The Top 10 Pitfalls of Agile Capitalization
by Catherine Connor, SPC4, Portfolio Agility Solutions Specialist at CA Technologies
A good read for companies looking for ways to accurately and defensibly capitalize agile software development.
Ready to get started on your SAFe® 4.0 transformation? (SAFe 4.0 for ALM)
by Amy Silberbauer, SPC, Solution Architect, Enterprise Scaled Agile (SAFe), Strategic DevOps at IBM
“Is it SAFe yet?” Get the answer in this 5th installment describing the transformation of IBM’s internal ALM development organization towards a Continuous Delivery model.
Using Agile Based Strategic Planning Across Your Enterprise
by Steve Elliott, SPC, CEO of AgileCraft
What does it mean to have an “Agile” strategic planning process? Steve Elliott discusses how enterprise agility solves the three key problems of traditional strategic planning.
SAFe Agile Release Train Launch (ART) / Client: Totemic Tech
by McKenna Consultants/ Nick McKenna, SPC, CEO McKenna Consultants
This quick read describes the early stages of a SAFe adoption by Totemic Tech, a UK-based SaaS platform provider for banking and finance markets.
Shiny Objects and SAFe – article hosted by VersionOne
by Tom Weinberger, SPC, Agile Coach at Blue Agility
Too much WIP on your plate? Read Tom Weinberger’s discussion on how to handle multiple requests from multiple stakeholders within the SAFe discipline.
The brains from BestBrains share a 5-minute video on their 2-day PI planning simulation. Check it out for some creative use of LEGOS and chalkboards as the ART teams build a ‘village.’ Said one participant, “It gave me a deep understanding of SAFe and how to use the theory in practice.”
We’ll keep rounding up these great resources for the community, so stay tuned to the blog.
In the meantime, stay SAFe!