SAFe gets its own event! First SAFe Summit to be held Oct. 25–28 in Denver
SAFe has come a long way, not just in the development and refinement of the concepts and ideas, but in the sheer size and diversity of the community it serves.
I remember the first time we had anything resembling an ‘official’ SAFe meeting. It was with a smattering of folks in a small hotel suite at Agile2012 in Dallas. We were grateful that these brave early adopters saw so much potential in the Framework, and though we felt confident that we were on the right track, we really had no idea that just a few years later there would be nearly 60,000 professionals trained in SAFe, and over 70% of U.S. Fortune 100 enterprises adopting SAFe practices.
Now, with so many enterprises depending on SAFe to drive business results, there has been a growing—and loud—demand for an event dedicated to furthering the knowledge and practice of the Framework. Last year we dipped our toes in the water with a two-day Partner Summit. Over 100 Partner members came to Denver with their sleeves rolled up, ready to listen, learn, debate, and share ideas. The event proved to be productive and successful in a way that far exceeded our expectations, and we walked away with an understanding that the entire community, not just partners, would benefit from an event dedicated to SAFe.
So, I’m delighted to say that it’s happening. This October, we’re holding the first SAFe Summit in Denver, Colorado, open to the entire SAFe community: partners, practitioners, instructors, consultants, and enterprise business leaders. It will combine three key events:
—October 25, Partner Day: Dedicated to building Partner success in selling, supporting, and deploying SAFe products and services, the Partner Day is for Scaled Agile Partners’ business leaders and their associated SPCs and SPCTs.
—October 26–27, SAFe Summit: The two-day Summit will bring together SAFe practitioners, consultants, as well as Partners and enterprise customers. With multiple keynotes, tracks, breakout sessions, and enterprise success stories, this is a must-attend event for anyone who depends on SAFe to support their business or enterprise.
—October 28, SAFe Training Day: For certified SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs), and SAFe Program Consultant Trainers (SPCTs), the SAFe Training Day includes: Building Large and High Assurance Systems with SAFe 4.0; SPC Performance Toolkit for the Portfolio; SAFe 4.0 Course Delivery Enablement; Training SAFe 4.0 from the back of the room.
Session and Keynote topics include:
- SAFe: Past, Present, and Future
- Applying SAFe to Large and Complex Value Streams
- The Lean Portfolio Management
- Agile HR
- Enterprise Customers and their SAFe Journey
- Applying SAFe in a Project Delivery Environment
- Financial Aspects of Lean Portfolio Management with SAFe
- Implementing SAFe with a Structured Approach to Organizational Change Management
- SAFe in Government,
- Building Large and High Assurance Systems
- And more topics to be announced in the coming weeks
Early-bird registration is available until September 15 on the Summit website at safesummit2016.com, where you can also find the latest updates to the agenda, speakers, sessions, and venue.
We’re really excited about taking this next, important step in supporting SAFe and the community of practice, and hope you will be able to join us this October in Colorado.
I hope to see you there. Stay SAFe!
—Dean and the Scaled Agile team