Summer Highlights–Latest Articles & Videos for the SAFe of Mind

Summer Highlights–Latest Articles & Videos for the SAFe of Mind

Community News

Hi Folks,

This “Highlights” series captures the SAFe news and activities that haven’t been covered in other posts, but 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.

Implementing Scaled Agile (SAFe) in an Offshore Scenario
IBM’s Monica Gupta, SPC4, gives advice on how to address the challenges of geographically distributed teams, how to leverage the best from SAFe, as well as use the advantages which offshoring provides like economics, varied skill pool, and round the clock support.

VIDEO: PA Consulting interview with Dean Leffingwell
Speaking with Sam Bunting, PA’s Global Partner for Agile Consulting, Dean discusses:

  • How to deal with Legacy Systems – Dean explains why the basic principle of Plan, Do, Check, Act is right for even monumental implementations
  • His favourite use of SAFe© – Dean describes a case study where doing things by the book delivered great results
  • The value of Innovation Sprints – ‘Not optional’, according to Dean. They should always be built in to create space for new ideas
  • Commercial teams moving away from Waterfall – Why building flexibility into the roadmap and holding some capacity back is key

Organisational Culture And Agile Frameworks: How To Create An Alignment
SPCT Candidate Darren Wilmshurst discusses how to create an alignment between your organisational culture and the Agile framework you choose to adopt.

Gene Kim on DevOps in the enterprise: Architecture the next big thing
The author of The Phoenix Project opines on the DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES), trends he’s noticed regarding the practices around DevOps, including how SAFe is helpful in the DevOps context.

PEDCO Releases Applied Essential SAFe
PEDCO launches Applied Essential SAFe®, a ‘ready to go with’ implementation that allows organizations to start with a small, cost-effective package to gather first experiences with the application of SAFe, and to harmonize teams towards a common approach.

If I am going to scale agile to most of my organization, what do we need to do at the Portfolio level?
In this 7-page report, DCG Software Value offers considerations for executives seeking to grow the number of Agile teams in their organization, and addresses some of the main challenges that organizations face when applying executive-level strategic decision-making to a business value-driven software development group.

VersionOne® Summer 2016 Release Helps Organizations Unify Software Strategy, Development, and Delivery
VersionOne’s latest release provides end-to-end visibility and high-level planning capabilities to support scaling agile and Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) implementations. New features include Delivery at a Glance for providing unparalleled visibility in to the flow of features and defects through deployment, a Value Stream Board for identifying feature dependencies between teams working on a Release Train.

3 Rules for Successful SAFe Adoption
This DevOps.com article discusses three key concepts prescribed by SAFe that, if you do nothing else, will help you be successful in your evolution toward becoming a market disruptor.

We’ll keep rounding up these great resources for the community, so stay tuned to the blog.

In the meantime, stay SAFe!
–Dean

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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