A brief wrap-up can’t do justice to what took place during the four days of the Summit, but here are some themes and topics that Scaled Agile we’ll be thinking about and working on in 2017:
SAFe thrives in a strong learning culture. The four enterprise adopters who shared their SAFe journeys told stories that resonated with the people in the room, all facing similar challenges. Their organizations couldn’t have been more different from each other in terms of size, industry, and development challenges (insurance, pharmaceutical, defense, telecommunications), but they all had something in common: a strong commitment to supporting a learning culture where practitioners are encouraged to continually acquire new knowledge and skills relevant to their role in the implementation.
Some of those case studies were captured in video interviews produced by our Summit media partner, AgileAmped. You can find the videos at scaledagile.com/safe-summit.
“Long-term coaching is essential, especially dealing with non-software teams who are new to the terminology.”
–Yael Man, Elbit
Essential SAFe. Sometimes called ‘Little-Big SAFe,’ Essential SAFe debuted as a concept earlier this year and was a hot session topic at the Summit. It’s a set of minimal practices without which SAFe might no longer be ‘safe.’ It can provide guidance for organizations that are customizing SAFe but don’t want to stray so far they lose advantages, and it can act as an easy entry point for organizations who aren’t ready for full-on SAFe, but want to start practicing and getting the benefits as soon as possible. We appreciate all the feedback we received at the Summit, and will be introducing a fully-supported version of Essential SAFe in the coming months. In the meantime, you can read more about it here.
“A powerful but more accessible perspective to achieving enterprise agility.” —Aspire Consulting
Value Streams—can’t live without ’em. There was much furious note-taking in the two sessions that had to do with value streams. That’s because it’s no secret that the flow of value is entirely dependent on how well you apply and map and analyze your value streams. Without that broader context, your planning, execution, and I&A will always fall short of their potential. As Ryan Martens said, “This little tab changes everything.”
It was great to see that human resources (HR) is getting Agile as top topic and that companies are applying agile practices in HR and vice versa. HR is about to change and to reflect new needs of teams and people: Bringing People Operations into the 21st Century with Lean-Agile Values and Principles. Fabiola Eyholzer, CEO from Just Leading Solutions presented together with Dean Leffingwell ‘Agile HR with SAFe® 4.0’. We liked it so much, that we decided to offer a workshop on Agile HR with SAFe together with Fabiola.