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

5 Little Changes that Make a Big Difference in your SAFe® Transformation

Posted by Mitch Malloy on Jun 11, 2019 8:25:39 AM

A colleague suggested I write this article, and I quickly agreed, thinking to myself, “No sweat! There are so many little things that can make a big difference. I can type this out in no time.”

Now pause. Go back and review that last thought. Do you see a flaw in my logic here? “There are so many little things...I can type this out in no time.” Did I really think a long list of things would make this task any easier? That it would make the writing process fly by?

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Topics: SAFe®, Coaching, Transformation, Sustainability, Leadership

10 Teaching Tips for Your First SAFe® Classes

Posted by Scott Green & Randy Smith on Jun 4, 2019 8:39:56 AM

You’re a new SPC gearing up to teach your first class in the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), i.e., formal training with lots of slides. You’re probably a bit nervous, maybe unsure about how to present all this information in an engaging, relevant way.

Want some advice? Preparation is key to success. Take it from two battle-hardened SAFe veterans who’ve taught thousands of studentsgoing in prepared gives you greater self-confidence, more flexibility, and an opportunity to be more strategic with what you and your students will get out of the class. The end result? Grateful students who walk away feeling confident that SAFe will work for their organization, and maybe even inspired to teach their own classes someday.

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Topics: SAFe®, Leadership, Training

5 Tips for Leading a Great Inspect & Adapt Workshop

Posted by Randy Smith on May 22, 2019 11:56:23 AM

OK, you’re an RTE or an SPC in the IP iteration at the end of your PI. You’re getting ready to run the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) Inspect and Adapt (I&A) Workshop, and it seems a bit daunting. It’s big. It’s a bit complicated. It’s got lots of people. Maybe you’re wondering if it’s even worth it. Trust me, it is. And I promise that an I&A is easier than it seems.

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Topics: SAFe®, Coaching

6 Videos that Reveal the Secrets of Lean-Agile Leadership

Posted by Susan Strain on May 17, 2019 9:27:48 AM

As a leader, how do you create an environment that is nimble enough to thrive in an era of digital disruption?

Certainly not through “Command and Control,” which has been the prevailing management model for decades. Nothing limits creativity or the growth of new leadership quite like an “I know best” attitude. So what’s a better alternative?

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Topics: SAFe®, Transformation, Leadership

5 Common (and Wrong) Expectations of a SAFe® Transformation

Posted by Travis Reed on May 9, 2019 8:27:11 AM

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."

Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)

SAFe® is all the rage, folks. With over 300,000 trained SAFe practitioners in demand all over the globe, including at over 70% of Fortune 100 companies, The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) is by far the most popular framework for scaling agile. Considering that Scaled Agile, Inc. started in 2010, this growth is no small feat. SAFe has a positive track record as the most viable framework for better solution delivery (just see one of their 50+ case studies), and many businesses may view it as the silver bullet to solve their modern value delivery problems.

It’s in our instinct to ‘seek the path of least resistance’, and SAFe could very well be the easiest, most clearly defined way to scale agile. Consequently, it’s common to enter a SAFe Transformation with a set of false expectations. Whether you’re considering SAFe or just starting the journey, my goal is to help you prepare for reality.

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Topics: SAFe®, Coaching, Transformation, Sustainability

Free ICON Maturity Assessment Tool for your SAFe® Transformation

Posted by Susan Strain on Apr 16, 2019 6:03:31 PM

Let’s consider a common request from Agile Transformation teams and PMO offices: Have you assessed the Agile maturity of your teams?

This seems like a reasonable ask—after all, the teams are the ones responsible for creating the shippable software every two weeks. But do team-based metrics tell the whole story?

Now consider this: Is it possible for teams (even high performing teamsto be limited by the Agility of their executives, stakeholders, managers, and shared services?

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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®

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