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Not afraid of the SAFe big bad wolf


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Let’s demystify the Scaled Agile Framework and a lot of the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) going around about it. Let’s explore when and why SAFe can be useful, What’s unique about it compared to other approaches to scaling, what is causing all the bad publicity and how can we make sure we implement it effectively if we decide it’s right for us.

Talk for Agile Maine Day 2017

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Not afraid of the SAFe big bad wolf

  1. 1. Agile Maine Day 2017 – Yuval Yeret
  2. 2. About Me
  3. 3. Is SAFe really safe?
  4. 4. What are your biggest fears about SAFe?
  5. 5. “A Hard-coded Agile Framework isn’t Agile and hardly a Framework”
  6. 6. SAFe is Linear and is not fit for dealing with the Complex Domain Dave Snowden
  7. 7. “SAFe is like puCng LipsDck on a Pig”
  8. 8. SAFe is “RUP reborn in Agile clothes”
  9. 9. “not only a betrayal of the promise offered by AGILE but is a massive retrograde step giving the managerial class an excuse to avoid any significant change” Dave Snowden
  10. 10. You get the picture… Let’s move to my perspecGve…
  11. 11. My take on a SAFe value statement… For Early/late majority software/IT/technology-heavy enterprises who Develop and maintain LARGE COMPLEX products or services the Scaled Agile Framework is a Collection of lean/agile process and implementation best practices that Helps these enterprises improve their business agility despite huge change management and technology/process obstacles in their context Unlike Other scaling frameworks that assume the ability and willingness to drive revolutionary dramatic change in the organization and mostly ignore current culture and roles in the organization our solution Is able to provide a reasonable evolutionary starting point to the business agility journey flexible enough to allow organizations to evolve towards a truly lean/agile enterprise. It provides people currently holding roles in the organization a clear mapping to their new role in the agile enterprise and a path to making this change.
  12. 12. Start with what you have Respect People & Process EvoluGonary Change Challenge the comfort zone in a pragmaGc small-batch way. Crazy talk???
  13. 13. The SAFe Theater Starring the Managers-Only PI Planning, The Command & Control RTE, w/ special guest - Waterfall Thinking 18
  14. 14. 19 The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets. Alvin Toffler
  15. 15. With great power comes great responsibility
  16. 16. Scaling Agile PracGces is hard and dangerous without changing leadership mindset
  17. 17. SAFe is geVng us face &me to discuss Lean/Agile principles and pracGces with Leaders LEADERSHIP Respectfor peopleandculture Flow Innovation Relentless improvement VALUE
  18. 18. Worried about the RUP/Prince awakening? Make sure your SAFe consultants hail from the Lean/Agile/Flow community…
  19. 19. Worried about force-feeding a hard-coded methodology?
  20. 20. SAFe InvitaGons ImplementaGon Approach Roadmap Consider SAFe Train Lean/Agile Change Agents • ImplemenGng SAFe w/ SPC (Internal/ External) Train ExecuGves, Managers, Leaders • Leading SAFe for enterprise leaders Figure out how to implement SAFe across the enterprise • SAFe ImplementaGon workshop Create overall implementaGon elevator pitch and blueprint Invite Leaders to go SAFe • OpGonal - AddiGonal Leading SAFe + ImplementaGon workshops Figure out how to Go SAFe in an ART/VS – • Leading SAFe • SAFe implementaGon workshop Prepare for ART Launch • SAFe PM/PO – Train + Make key decisions • SAFe Scrum Masters – Train + Make key decisions Train Teams and Launch ART • SAFe for Teams – Train + Make key decisions at team level + ROAM implementaGon risks • PI Planning Coach ART ExecuGon Launch more ARTs/VSs • as more leaders accept the invitaGon Sustain and Improve
  21. 21. Use a “SAFe ImplementaGon Strategy Workshop” 8:00- 9:00 9:00- 10:30 1:00- 4:00 10:30- 11:30 4:00- 5:00 11:30- 1:00 R O A M
  22. 22. •  Some of the fears are grounded and some are a result of mispercepGons or agile community clashes •  If you NEED to Scale agile in a mainstream follower organizaGon - Use Real/ Genuine Agile DNA + Lean/ Agile Principles + Leadership to SAFely scale agile •  Best way to dispel the fear? See healthy SAFe in acGon. •  Next best thing? Take a good ImplemenGng SAFe 4.0 class from a Lean/Agile/Flow- oriented SPCT… @YuvalYeret