Just tuning into business agility? Dean and Mik define the new paradigm in two video keynotes.
Those of you who have been with us for awhile know that the launch of SAFe 5.0 represented a significant evolution in thinking when it expanded its focus to enabling full business agility. The imperative was clear. It was time to go beyond IT to align the entire enterprise on strategy and execution; to empower companies to undertake company-wide initiatives that are critical for the company’s future. Of course, we need our business partners to do this.
If you are just wrapping your head around this new direction and what it means to businesses competing in today’s fast-moving markets, I’d encourage you to watch two keynotes, both from the 2019 Global SAFe Summit where we launched SAFe 5.0 in October, 2019:
One features Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and author of the best-selling book, Project to Product which Gene Kim describes as “Every decade there are a couple of books that genuinely change my worldview … This is one such book.” In his keynote, Mik talks about how many business leaders are tracking actual delivery results of transformations, rather than measuring via project plans and cost centers. He discusses the fundamental problem, which is that the way transformations are structured has a very different meaning to the technology side than it does to the business. And he describes how a product-focused operating model can provide the critical glue between the hierarchical and finance-oriented structures of the business and the agility enabled by delivery teams adopting SAFe.
In my keynote, I discuss how all aspects of the business can operate in harmony to deliver and evolve innovative business solutions faster than the competition. I describe the technical and business competencies needed to achieve business agility, how they are integrated into SAFe, and I share insights as to how an enterprise can measure and grow the prowess they need to thrive in the digital age.
And if you happen to be in Europe in June, and you want to take a deep dive into this new way of thinking, join Mik and I at the 2020 European SAFe Summit in The Hague, June 10 – 11.