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Hi Folks, About 18 months ago, we launched SAFe 4.0, a major upgrade that delivered innovations for Lean software and systems engineering. It represented a major milestone of maturity for the Framework, and has enjoyed widespread popularity, including being named the #1 scaling framework by VersionOne’s State of Agile Report. That tells us we were on the right track. But digital disruption is driving innovation at speeds we’ve never seen before, so while enterprises have.
Hello Folks: Our friend and ‘mad scientist’ Ian Spence has more than his share of street cred when it comes to working with SAFe. He is the Chief Scientist at Gold Partner Ivar Jacobson International, was one of the first SPCTs in Europe (the highest SAFe certification possible), and has worked with Dean Leffingwell for over 15 years. His deep knowledge of Agile and his vast experience leading large-scale transformations have given him a exceptionally.
Hi Folks: Anyone reading this is likely aware that SAFe was developed to address the challenges of ‘people building some of the world’s most important systems.’ And while ‘important’ isn’t the same as big, I think most would agree that most of the world’s most important systems are indeed, big. Big systems are harder to build, more complex (and more fun). Addressing this challenge often requires hundreds, and even thousands of practitioners. SAFe was designed.
The concept of the Agile Release Train (ART) originated a decade ago, and the role for the Release Train Engineer (RTE) became evident in version 1.0 of the Framework. As ARTs have grown their ability to continuously deliver value, the RTE has evolved into a critical role as servant leader and coach for the program, and the value streams they support. Being an effective RTE requires an exceptional range of skills, and is a career.
SAFe 4.0 Distilled: A Practical Guide for Implementing the World’s Leading Framework for Enterprise Agility
The SAFe knowledge base on this website is an invaluable resource for people who build software and systems, however, navigating the guidance can be daunting for the uninitiated. SAFe is a robust framework supported by hundreds of web pages. Where do you start? In what order should you read the articles? What information is really important to you and when? We get it. There’s a Wikipedia aspect to the SAFe body of knowledge that takes.
Many systems in aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, banking, and other industries have an unacceptable social or economic cost of failure. In order to protect the public, these systems are also subject to extensive regulatory oversight and rigorous compliance standards. Historically, organizations building these systems have relied on comprehensive quality management systems and stage-gate based waterfall life-cycle models to reduce risk and ensure compliance. These same organizations are now adopting Lean-Agile methods, and are struggling to understand.
If you’ve been following the SAFe Implementation Roadmap series—or you’re engaged in a real world transformation—you’ll appreciate the effort and commitment it takes to reach the 11th ‘critical move,’ Extend to the Portfolio. At this stage in the rollout, the new behaviors are becoming second nature to all the players, and the measurable benefits of time to market, quality, productivity, and employee engagement have become tangible and are demonstrating real progress. The door is now.
When you’ve done all the hard work—planned, prepared, trained, launched the first ART, and then put in the effort to make it even better—there’s this moment in a SAFe rollout when the early results are coming in and you start to fully realize the potential that has been unleashed for the organization. It’s an exciting time, as enthusiasm from the first ART is making its way into other parts of the organization, and more people.
“I personally believe we have delivered more in the two years we’ve been using SAFe than we did in the four years prior—not in raw code, but in value. Our downtime went down and that saved the company about 30 million over the course of the year. That’s real money and a really positive outcome.” —Tripp Meister, Director of Technology, PlayStation Network PlayStation, made by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), currently leads the gaming console market.
About a year ago we made the decision to work a little harder to help SAFe enterprises input case their studies. We wanted to meet the growing demand for more studies, more industries, and more fully developed narratives. The effort has paid off. If you go to scaledagileframework.com/case-studies, you’ll find a greater diversity of industries and implementations (34 so far). The newer studies tell a more complete story with personal observations, results, shared best practices for implementation,.