SAFe Lean-Agile Principles #2 and #9 updated

SAFe Lean-Agile Principles #2 and #9 updated

SAFe Updates

Hi Folks,

As you can probably imagine, we are quite relieved to have finally published the SAFe 4.0 Reference Guide. But after our five-minute celebration we went right back to work on some other projects, one of which is another SAFe book that Richard and I are collaborating on. The work has revealed some room for improvement on the SAFe Lean-Agile Principles articles, so I’m now in the process of getting those updated. They aren’t long, but distilling the nine most valuable principles into these short articles isn’t a trivial effort either.

I’ve largely completed that work, and in the interest of accelerating value delivery, I’ve already pushed two of them to the site. Specifically, Principle 2: Apply Systems Thinking, and Principle 9: Decentralize Decision-making. These aren’t dramatically different conceptually, but they are a little deeper, a little better written, and hopefully, a little more valuable.

Stay SAFe!

—Dean and the Framework team

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.

comment (2)

  1. Daniel Miklusicak

    09 Sep 2016 - 7:48 am

    These are good updates to the Principles, and I just purchased the book version – looking forward to that as great reference material!
    Also, I would like to suggest that the term integration “events” [vice “points”] be used as much as possible in talking about Principle #4

    The term “points” can lead one to think of intersections of components [or unlikely, but worse yet, story points] , whereas the term events leads to thoughts of things that happen at certain times.

    I reached out to Dantar about a month ago, and we have had some god chats about Lean-Agile – I have suggested he try to attend the Summit! As a side note, I can’t help but notice that Dantar’s influence in Principle 4 is even encoded in the title of the principle itself, with the word “cycles” LOL There again, I would offer the use of the word “events” :]

    Just a thought for consideration as I know you and your team are updating principles right now.

    • Dean Leffingwell

      Dean Leffingwell

      09 Sep 2016 - 8:35 am

      Thanks Daniel. At present, i still like integration “points”. Yeah, its a bit overloaded (like everything else, including events) but it is the nature of the “singularity” of the point that provides the meaning I was looking for. And that was a key takeaway from Dantar’s work. It just really hit me when I first read it.

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