Peter Pedross’ workshop has undoubtedly been one of the highlights at the Agile in Automotive 2018 conference. The audience has had the chance to discover the key principles of DevOps and how they are in harmony with the SAFe framework.

We have recorded an exceptional interest in SAFe methods. More than 200 selected professionals came in touch with us looking for ways to apply SAFe to solve their business challenges. Continuous Delivery, PI Planning, Architectural Runway are terms that have vehemently entered into their “wallet’s solution” for a successful products development. With many of these new SAFe believers, already at the PEDCO’s booth, we scouted for ways to solve their problems leveraging Applied SAFe; with all the others we will set up specific meetings to help bring SAFe to Life in their organizations.

The key highlights of our presence at the conference:

  • Engagement with the audience both on the stage and at the booth
  • Q&A session of how, PEDCO’s Applied SAFe is compliant with current automotive requirements A SPICE
  • Peter discussing with Maria Hasson of Volvo, on the status of SAFe implementation to drive continuous innovation
  • PEDCO has also discussed possible collaborations with key players of the industry like TaskTop and Hucon AG
  • On the funny side, the recreational events after the conference helped us to create even more boundaries with the audience, GREAT!

Many thanks to all the business creators who visited our booth and discovered our methods to bring innovation forward. Rest reassured that we will reach out to all the people who contributed to make our presence at the conference a truly enriching experience.

Peter’s intervention summary:

Building large-scale software and cyber-physical systems are one of the most complex and challenging endeavors in the industry today. There are some emerging practices from industries like Automotive-, MedTec, and Finance which approach this complexity in different manners.

Moving value through the enterprise with the continuous delivery pipeline!

Together with the rise of agile development methods, the need for faster delivery has been even more increased. With this need, DevOps and its implementation with the continuous delivery pipeline come into place.

DevOps is a mindset, a culture, and a set of technical practices. It provides communication, integration, automation, and close cooperation among all the people needed to plan, develop, test, deploy, release, and maintain a Solution. It is part of the DevOps and Releases on Demand competency of the Lean Enterprise.

DevOps is a combination of two words, development and operations. Without a DevOps approach, there’s often significant tension between those who create new features and those who maintain the stability of the production environment. The development team is measured on the business value they deliver to end users, while IT service management is measured on the health and stability of the production environment. When each group has seemingly opposing business objectives, delivery inefficiency and organizational friction may rule the day.

But DevOps ends the silo approach, providing an enterprise with the ability to develop, deploy, and release small batches of functionality to the business or customer in a flow process called the continuous delivery pipeline. DevOps is integral to every Value Stream, and, by definition, is integral to SAFe. It includes not just development and operations but everyone needed to release value, such as security, compliance, audit, and others.

“Imagine a world where product owners, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Infosec work together, not only to help each other, but also to ensure that the overall organization succeeds. By working toward a common goal, they enable the fast flow of planned work into production, while achieving world-class stability, reliability, availability, and security.

—The DevOps Handbook

Many concepts and principles—systems thinking, small batch sizes, short iterations, fast feedback, and more—directly support DevOps principles. In addition, the practices of Continuous Exploration (CE), Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Deployment (CD), and Release on Demand (RoD) directly support this business need.

The goal is simple: Deliver value whenever there is business demand.


Peter Pedross, CEO - PEDCO AG

Peter Pedross, CEO & Founder

  • Certified in SAFe, DAD, EFQA, CMMI, PMI.
  • Studied Software Engineering, Finance and Management Psychology
  • World-wide responsible for lifecycles, processes, methods and tools at a leading Swiss financial institute
  • Several publications and lectures since 1995 in USA, Japan and Europe.
  • Encountered first experience with Agile in 1999 (XP)
  • President of the board for computer science at the Swiss Association of Quality and member of the board of directors.