The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe(tm)) is a powerful and popular framework for implementing agile at large scale across the enterprise.
In this talk we will examine some dangerous Agile at Scale implementation anti-patterns from real-world cases I've been involved in such as:
- Planned/Mandate-based implementation across the enterprise - Pushing implementations onto people regardless of their interest/motivation to change.
- Prescribed-based implementation - Either by the book or as designed by a central committee or an external consultant.
- Total focus on practices starting from training all the way through assessment/metrics and lack of attention to spirit/principles.
- Expecting every group in the organization to work the same way and implement change the same way.
We will then look at some healthier alternatives I used to drive more successful & sustainable change in several organizations. You will learn some concrete techniques that help live up to the Lean/Agile principles of respecting and engaging people.
Using SAFe as the specific backdrop for discussion, we will review 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 Open Space Agility can combine with SAFe.
Note that the ideas and practices have also been tried with other Scaled Agile approaches such as Enterprise Kanban, LeSS. Learning Outcomes:
- Get familiar with some scaled agile implementation anti-patterns related to push/mandate.
- Understand when to choose pull/invitation as a healthier more sustainable and successful alternative.
- Get some concrete techniques to bring pull/invitation into a scaled agile implementation approach - focusing on SAFe 1-2-3 implementation approach specifically.
- Have a high-level understanding of how to implement SAFe using "Open Space Technology".
- Understand how to apply these ideas to any Scaled Agile approach (not just SAFe)