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SAFe 4.0 Distilled: A Practical Guide for Implementing the World’s Leading Framework for Enterprise Agility
The SAFe knowledge base on this website is an invaluable resource for people who build software and systems, however, navigating the guidance can be daunting for the uninitiated. SAFe is a robust framework supported by hundreds of web pages. Where do you start? In what order should you read the articles? What information is really important to you and when? We get it. There’s a Wikipedia aspect to the SAFe body of knowledge that takes.
Many systems in aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, banking, and other industries have an unacceptable social or economic cost of failure. In order to protect the public, these systems are also subject to extensive regulatory oversight and rigorous compliance standards. Historically, organizations building these systems have relied on comprehensive quality management systems and stage-gate based waterfall life-cycle models to reduce risk and ensure compliance. These same organizations are now adopting Lean-Agile methods, and are struggling to understand.
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.
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.
“Having a clear methodology and training in place has been very helpful when hiring people: Good developers expect a modern methodology. Being able to tell candidates that we take Agile principles seriously-by mentioning that we have trained and certified product owners and Scrum masters, and that we follow a clear Agile path-definitely makes a difference.” —Walter Bauer, CTO, censhare Our latest case study from censhare shows the value of getting management on board from the.
There are twelve ‘critical moves’ in the SAFe Implementation Roadmap, and seven of them are all about reaching the tipping point, then training, preparing, and planning. Prepare for ART Launch is the last move in that ‘plan and prepare’ group, guiding you through the final steps needed before actually launching your train. From a change-management perspective, the first ART is very important with potentially far-reaching implications. It sets in motion the first material change to.
Alan Shalloway, CEO of NetObjectives, a Scaled Agile Gold partner, is an SPC and a long-time community contributor to SAFe. With over 40 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, SAFe, Scrum and agile design. Al always has unique and insightful observations about software and systems development. Recently, Al and I were collaborating on how to tackle some important SAFe implementation challenges, and I was excited to learn about.
In the sixth ‘critical move’ in the SAFe Implementation Roadmap series, we tackle how to Create the Implementation Plan. This is where the rubber meets the road in a SAFe implementation, as it sets in motion the first real and tangible changes to individual and organizational behavior. While all steps in the Roadmap are critical, and you want to do your utmost to get them right from the start, creating the Implementation Plan is all.