All posts by : Dean Leffingwell

SAFe Takes off at Thales InFlyt, doubling frequency of releases in a highly regulated industry

SAFe Takes off at Thales InFlyt, doubling frequency of releases in a highly regulated industry

Case Studies SAFe Updates

“The great thing about SAFe is that we have a structure in place to deliver better quality more rapidly. We can easily share with our customers and OEMs how Lean-Agile is a part of what we do.” —Celie Navatel, VP Quality and Customer Satisfaction at Thales InFlyt Experience Breaking free from large batches is tough for any organization—and all the more so when you’re developing complex hardware and software solutions in the highly regulated airline.

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Africa’s largest bank leverages SAFe to improve time-to-market 23X, decreases cost 77%

Africa’s largest bank leverages SAFe to improve time-to-market 23X, decreases cost 77%

Case Studies

“SAFe provided the structure we needed to scale Agile enterprise-wide. It addressed the complexities and gave us the framework for building portfolios, roles, and jobs to achieve our goals for productivity, morale, and quality.” —Alex Keyter, Lean Agile Transformation Consultant (SPC), Standard Bank At Africa’s largest banking group, getting IT projects across the finish line hasn’t always been easy—especially with 600 projects a year. But in our latest case study, Standard Bank shares how SAFe.

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SAFe from the Trenches at Agile Australia

SAFe from the Trenches at Agile Australia

Lessons from the Trenches

Hello everyone, Context Matters – a Scaled Agile Gold Partner – recently invited us to cosponsor the 9th Agile Australia conference in Sydney. Partners Em Campbell-Pretty and Mark Richards, both of whom are SPCTs and SAFe Fellows, helped gather several executives from some of Australia’s most successful SAFe implementations for a roundtable discussion of the challenges and successes they’ve experienced ‘in the trenches.’ The comprehensive panel discussion has been posted to Em’s Adventures in Scaling.

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New Lean Portfolio Management article in SAFe 4.5

New Lean Portfolio Management article in SAFe 4.5

SAFe Updates

Most strategy dialogues end up with executives talking at cross-purposes because … nobody knows exactly what is meant by vision and strategy, and no two people ever quite agree on which topics belong where. That is why, when you ask members of an executive team to describe and explain the corporate strategy, you frequently get wildly different answers. We just don’t have a good business discipline for converging on issues this abstract. —Geoffrey Moore, Escape.

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New for SPCs—Implementation Roadmap Toolkit

New for SPCs—Implementation Roadmap Toolkit

SAFe Updates

In his recent blog post, Drew Jemilo announced the release of the Value Stream Workshop Toolkit for SAFe 4.5. A key benefit of being a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), in good standing, is that these toolkits and other resources are available to help you in the important work of transforming enterprises to Lean-Agile development with SAFe. We’ve built quite a good collection of toolkits, many of which have now been already updated to SAFe 4.5: Essential.

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New video interviews: future of SAFe, implementation challenges, role of project managers, and more

New video interviews: future of SAFe, implementation challenges, role of project managers, and more

SAFe Resources

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with SPCT Darren Wilmshurst from Radtac⎯a Scaled Agile Gold Partner⎯for a wide ranging discussion around SAFe and SAFe 4.5. They recorded our talk in four video segments, each averaging 9–12 minutes. Here are some of the things that we discussed: Insights into the future of the Framework and how it relates to the wider enterprise Impediments to implementing, and how to get people on board with the.

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Payment processing leader Vantiv sees gains in productivity, quality and employee engagement with SAFe

Payment processing leader Vantiv sees gains in productivity, quality and employee engagement with SAFe

Case Studies

“Since beginning our Lean-Agile journey with SAFe, Vantiv has focused its strategic efforts and its execution. We have improved the predictability of product delivery while maintaining high quality, and have become even more responsive to customers—resulting in higher customer satisfaction. And just as important, employee engagement went up over the past year.” —Dave Kent, Enterprise Agile Coach, Vantiv How do you pull ahead in a highly competitive industry? For payment processing leader Vantiv, the answer.

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SAFe 4.5 Goes Live: Top 5 Reasons to Update

SAFe 4.5 Goes Live: Top 5 Reasons to Update

SAFe Updates

Hi Folks, About 18 months ago, we launched SAFe 4.0, a major upgrade that delivered innovations for Lean software and systems engineering. It represented a major milestone of maturity for the Framework, and has enjoyed widespread popularity, including being named the #1 scaling framework by VersionOne’s State of Agile Report. That tells us we were on the right track. But digital disruption is driving innovation at speeds we’ve never seen before, so while enterprises have.

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New Case Study: SAFe helps Fitbit Increase velocity by 33%

New Case Study: SAFe helps Fitbit Increase velocity by 33%

Case Studies

“SAFe has been a successful story for us. It allowed us to grow our team in a seamless way that integrated cross-functional groups and aligned with the company’s long-term strategy. Fitbit has grown significantly since we adopted SAFe, and we were able to scale the process and still deliver high achievement every PI. My VP calls it the scaffolding that has helped move our team forward.” —Damian Brown, Sr. Director of Program Management Office, Fitbit.

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SAFe for smaller development organizations?

SAFe for smaller development organizations?

SAFe Updates

Hi Folks: Anyone reading this is likely aware that SAFe was developed to address the challenges of ‘people building some of the world’s most important systems.’ And while ‘important’ isn’t the same as big, I think most would agree that most of the world’s most important systems are indeed, big. Big systems are harder to build, more complex (and more fun). Addressing this challenge often requires hundreds, and even thousands of practitioners. SAFe was designed.

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