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SAFe – A dangerous weapon: Techniques for implementing a lasting adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework - Agile Connecticut Feb 2016

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The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a powerful and popular framework for implementing agile at large scale across the enterprise. In this talk we will examine some dangerous implementation anti-patterns as well as healthier alternatives. You will learn some concrete techniques that help live up to the Lean/SAFe principles of respecting and engaging people. We will discuss field-proven ideas such as pull-based crossing the chasm approach to implementation, use of Open Space as part of the different SAFe ceremonies, and how OpenSpace Agility can combine with SAFe.

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SAFe – A dangerous weapon: Techniques for implementing a lasting adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework - Agile Connecticut Feb 2016

  1. 1. yuval@ .com SAFe – A dangerous weapon. Techniques to implementing a lasting adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework Yuval Yeret Feb 29 2015
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  3. 3. 3© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved.V4.0.0© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Foundations of the Scaled Agile Framework® 4.0 Values, Principles, Practices, Implementation http://scaledagileframework.com/videos-and-presentations/
  4. 4. 4© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 4 Apply Lean-Agile principles #1-Take an economic view #2-Apply systems thinking #3-Assume variability; preserve options #4-Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles #5-Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems #6-Visualize and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes, and manage queue lengths #7-Apply cadence, synchronize with cross-domain planning #8-Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers #9-Decentralize decision-making Leffingwell et al. © 2015 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved 4
  5. 5. 5© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. SAFe for midsize solutions Expand one level
  6. 6. 6© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. SAFe for large solutions Collapse one level
  7. 7. 7© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Build value with Agile Release Trains 4 Apply cadence and synchronization 4 Communicate with Vision and Roadmap 4 Manage the flow of work 4 Apply objective Milestones to measure progress
  8. 8. 8© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Synchronize with PI Planning 4 Requirements and design emerge 4 Important stakeholderdecisions are accelerated 4 Teams create—and take responsibilty—for plans 4 All stakeholders face-to-face, (but typically multiple locations) 4 Managementsets the mission, with minimum possible constraints Future product development tasks can’t be pre-determined. Distribute planning and control to those who can understand and react to the end results. — Michael Kennedy, Product Development for the Lean Enterprise
  9. 9. 9© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 9 Lead the implementation
  10. 10. 10© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Leadership Foundation People are already doing their best; the problems are with the system. Only management can change the system. —W. Edwards Deming ‣ Lead the change ‣ Know the way; emphasize life-long learning ‣ Develop people ‣ Inspire and align with mission; minimize constraints ‣ Decentralize decision-making ‣ Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers Respectfor peopleandculture Flow Innovation Relentless improvement VALUE LEADERSHIP
  11. 11. 11© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Implementing SAFe 1,2,3
  12. 12. 12© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved.V4.0.0© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  13. 13. 13© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Sustainable Pace – Not just for engineers… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGfplQ1FUFs
  14. 14. yuval@ .com Guided Tour vs Self Guide
  15. 15. yuval@ .com Freedom on the Freedom Trail
  16. 16. yuval@ .com Organizations ARE Snowflakes
  17. 17. yuval@ .com Sometimes a walk with an expert IS much better …
  18. 18. yuval@ .com Come Soon… COME SOON
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  20. 20. yuval@ .com How we achieved a healthy transformation flow at companies like HP, Siemens, Amdocs Improve/ Boost Backlog I DecideProspects Stable/ Recharging F B Leading SAFe Mgmt Workshop Kickoff/ Quick Start Stabilize – I&A L N “Pull from management & executives” E D Market/Sell more depth Q R Market/Sell the change to LOBs G
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  22. 22. yuval@ .com Let Leaders Pull Training • Run Leading-SAFe / Foundations every X weeks • Market internally using “Launch” techniques (Scarcity, Deadline, etc.) • Let people opt-in • Will identify champions and potentially interested value streams/ARTs
  23. 23. yuval@ .com Use a “SAFe Implementation Workshop” for a specific VS/ART http://bit.ly/ImplSAFe
  24. 24. yuval@ .com Open the space “SAFe @ our company/org – What does it mean? Why? How?” https://twambeke.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/openspace.gif
  25. 25. yuval@ .com 8:00- 9:00 9:00- 10:30 1:00- 4:00 10:30- 11:30 4:00- 5:00 11:30- 1:00 Sample Open Space Agenda
  26. 26. 26© 2016 Scaled Agile, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 12. Open the space in the SAFe QuickStart When you find a Value Stream, go all in and all at once for each Train. The one-week launch is a proven adoption model. SAFe Scrum Master Orientation SAFe Product Owner Orientation Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Tooltraining Go. SAFe. Now. Training: SAFe for Teams Prepare PI Planning • Leave some of the HOW decisions open for discussion • Mini-open-space addressing “Vote of confidence” concerns regarding “What are the implications of running SAFe on our train”
  27. 27. yuval@ .com Follow a Confidence Vote with a mini-open-space
  28. 28. yuval@ .com Use guerilla marketing to grow – leveraging the beach head Improve/ Boost Backlog I DecideProspects Stable/ Recharging D Leading SAFe Mgmt Workshop Kickoff/ Quick Start Stabilize – I&A L N Q R Share success,publicly visualize, invite prospects to PI Demo Invite prospects to QuickStart/ PI Planning Any other ideas?
  29. 29. yuval@ .com In summary - Try this on your next SAFe implementation: 1. Treat the enterprise/portfolio as an open market, use marketing techniques,let trains/value streams pull. 2. Invite people to pull/opt into training (Foundations,Leading SAFe, ScrumXP,PO, etc.) and use that to identify leads/prospects. 3. Use open space to invite interested people to discuss the potential and implications of Scaling Agile w/ SAFe in the organization. 4. Use Leading SAFe combined with ManagementWorkshop for Trains/VSs that pull and want to start – make them own their SAFe approach. 5. Spice QuickStart with mini-open-space vignettes e.g. around “Vote of confidence”in first PI Planning. 6. Use guerilla marketing to grow – share successes,invite prospects to exciting ceremonies such as PI Planning, PI Demo, invite excited leaders to share their story in periodical training or directly send prospects to hear a testimonial from them.
  30. 30. yuval@ .com • http://scaledagileframework.com/videos-and-presentations/ • http://scaledagileframework.com/videos-and-presentations/ • http://yuvalyeret.com/pull-based-change-management/ • http://yuvalyeret.com/2015/11/02/safe-invitations-part-13-pull-based-change/, • http://yuvalyeret.com/2015/11/03/safe-invitations-part-23-management-workshop-and-vote- of-confidence-driven-open-space-in-quickstart/ • http://yuvalyeret.com/2015/11/04/safe-invitations-part-23-combining-open-space-agility-and- safe/ • http://www.agilesparks.com/safe-implementation-strategy-leadership-focusing-workshop • http://openspaceagility.com/ References
  31. 31. yuval@ .com http://bit.ly/LeadingSAFeCTApril Use CT20 20% discount TODAY+ TOMORROW
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  33. 33. yuval@ .com Feedback/ Questions/ Suggestions/ Followup… Yuval@AgileSparks.com T: 857-218-9585

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