Charlene M. Cuenca

Charlene M. Cuenca
With over 26 years of professional experience, Charlene has been a leader in transforming organizations, leveraging Lean-Agile practices across multiple functions within an enterprise. Charlene has experience working with enterprise Agile initiatives with publicly-traded corporations, large and small, as well as the Department of Defense for over 14 years. She is passionate about Agile and enjoys enabling enterprises on their journey towards organizational agility. A SAFe Fellow, SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) and SAFe Contributor, Charlene has been part of several proven large scale Agile Transformations providing portfolio, program, team and leadership coaching and training, and frequently speaks at conferences including the SAFe Summits. When she is not working, Charlene can be found at the beach, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, sightseeing, and knocking items off of her bucket list.

Recent Posts

2019 SAFe® Summit Lightning Talk: Coming Down from the Ivory Tower- Agile Architecture with SAFe

Posted by Charlene M. Cuenca on Nov 20, 2019 2:55:48 PM

As the Lead Transformation Coach at Aegon Asset Management, Charlene Cuenca presented her story of how AAM began implementing SAFe Agile Architecture out of the gate, the challenges and pitfalls overcome along the way, and the resulting successful Global Architecture Team that exists today.

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Topics: SAFe®

2019 SAFe® Summit Presentation: Pragmatic Lean Portfolio Management

Posted by Charlene M. Cuenca on Nov 6, 2019 2:14:51 PM

More often than not, the shift to Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) is not an overnight one. After all, it takes time to pivot from traditional Project Management (PPM) to a lean-agile LPM capability, especially since we want to get the SAFe Essentials established first. But the benefits are clearbetter exposing strategy and demand and having a big picture view of capacity and impact on delivery provides better alignment and transparency, which in turn informs better decision making and trade-off discussions at all levels. But where do we begin?

In this presentation, you will learn the context of LPM and view field-tested, practical approaches to get started.

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Topics: SAFe®

The Synergistic Nature of PI Objectives

Posted by Charlene M. Cuenca on Oct 4, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Connecting the Dots Between Goals and Outcomes

In line with the SAFe® Core Values, PI Objectives create a synergistic effect between business and IT, resulting in alignment, transparency, and efficient program execution. This synergy manifests itself during the PI Planning event and continues throughout the PI Cycle as value delivered is demonstarted to the business incrementally. It has the ancillary benefit of increasing the quality of backlog items socialized to teams as part of PI Planning readiness.

Check out Charlene's presentation and gain an appreciation for how Business Value Scoring provides evidence on the amount of synergy acheived.

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Topics: SAFe®

Enterprise Backlog Structure and Management

Posted by Charlene M. Cuenca on Oct 30, 2017 12:58:00 PM

Program execution is one of the four SAFe® Core Values. To achieve successful program execution, organizations need an efficient system that defines the backlogs of the value to be delivered, the roles that manage them, and the proper timelines for refinement at every level of SAFe. Understanding that we are already doing some form of preparedness today, with our own checklists and timelines being more ad hoc, this article illustrates how to connect the levels to enable ‘continuous Program Increment (PI) readiness.’ This requires contemplating these processes to provide an organized thread aligning them and the people using them to make them more cohesive. To pursue this, we adopt Principle #2, Apply Systems Thinking.

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Topics: SAFe®