Beyond Automation: How to Succeed with DevOps

Posted by Cathy McGraw on Feb 18, 2020 10:03:04 AM

We’ve heard the message of DevOps: Automate Everything.

Automate code testing. Automate workflows. Automate infrastructure. Create the no-touch deploy. Empower the application developer to deploy directly into production. Sounds simple enough, right?

As your organization begins its DevOps transformation, you may become preoccupied with automation, forgetting that there are other DevOps concepts to address in your environment. The Scaled Agile Framework® references CALMR (Culture, Automation, Lean Flow, Metrics, Risk & Recovery) to highlight the importance of more than automation in DevOps. In this article, we’ll address the other concepts to keep in mind while on the DevOps journey.

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Topics: SAFe®, Transformation, DevOps

SAFe® 5.0 in a Nutshell for Executives

Posted by Mitch Malloy on Jan 14, 2020 9:10:53 AM

Every business is a software business.

While that statement may sound extreme, it emphasizes a current reality: digital disruption is changing the landscape of business. As Mik Kersten points out in his book Project to Product: “the tech giants that have mastered software at scale are expanding into traditional business…are mastering traditional businesses more quickly than the world’s established companies are mastering software delivery.

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Topics: Business Agility, SAFe®, Leadership

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®

5 Things to Know before Your First PI Planning

Posted by Cathy McGraw on Nov 19, 2019 11:32:16 AM

Your first Program Increment (PI) Planning event is on the calendar, and you feel ready to kick-off your first Agile Release Train. It’s time to align the teams on their work for the next three months. No pressure here—PI Planning is only the most pivotal, face-to-face event in the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe).

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Topics: SAFe®, Coaching, Leadership

2019 SAFe® Summit Presentation: Hardware Agility with SAFe's Core Values

Posted by Duane Bushman on Nov 18, 2019 1:20:58 PM

It is often stated that while agility works for software, it is not as easily applied to hardware. In this presentation, you will learn how SAFe’s Core Values and Principles apply to Agile Hardware Development. Duane discusses real world considerations when executing within a Portfolio configuration, including:

  1. How is Hardware different?
  2. Horizon Planning and Hardware Phases
  3. Roles and the ART
  4. Team Composition
  5. PI Planning and “incremental delivery”
  6. What about testing and system integration?
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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®

Pitching PI Objectives to the Sharks

Posted by Randy Smith on Oct 29, 2019 9:33:31 AM

Do you find that your teams and Business Owners have a hard time digesting PI Objectives, what they are and their purpose in PI Planning? Their PI Objectives can end up sounding more like features (“Add the green widget feature to the purchase screen”), and sometimes they are ignored entirely.

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Topics: SAFe®, Coaching

A Coach's Guide to Spreading Agility through the Enterprise

Posted by Rodger Koopman on Sep 24, 2019 9:58:49 AM

How does a Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) Transformation stick and sustain? An important key to success is having communicative leaders who commit to organizational culture change. While this commitment is best obtained from the C-suite or VPs early in the sales cycle, it is also the hardest. SAFe Transformations tend to start and stop in the IT department, where the primary goal is to produce a faster software development lifecycle.

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Topics: Business Agility, SAFe®, Transformation, Sustainability, Leadership

8 Common Reasons Why SAFe® Transformations Fail (and how to avoid them)

Posted by Saajan Panikar on Aug 14, 2019 9:38:44 AM

Agile is disciplined; not reckless.

“That’s not how we do things here.”

“That will never work for us.”

“That’s not our culture.”

Sound familiar? Maybe you’ve heard or even said one of these phrases before. If so, you might be trudging through a Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) Transformation.

If you think that your SAFe Transformation is doomed to fail because your organization is unique—so unique that industry best practices couldn’t possibly apply to you—then let’s dispel that myth right now. That's not why SAFe Transformations fail. Sure, context matters, but at the end of the day, large enterprises across all industries have the same problems.

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Topics: SAFe®, Transformation, Sustainability, Leadership

Do you have the 7 Dimensions of a Great SPC?

Posted by John H. Thompson on Jul 16, 2019 9:43:54 AM

If you’re a newly minted SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), then congratulations! After all your agile/project/program management experience and diligent studying to pass a difficult exam, you deserve a sense of accomplishment. However, as you may already suspect, your journey has only just begun. To be an effective SPC for years to come, more will be required.

Today’s topic is near and dear to my heart. I’ve had the opportunity to work with and observe several great SPCs during the last five years, and I’ve learned nuances and success patterns for the multifaceted endeavor of becoming a great SPC.

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Topics: SAFe®, Coaching, Transformation, Leadership

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