Jan 17, 2020
On today’s podcast, Dan Neumann is joined once again by Christy Erbeck! Christy is a principal transformation consultant at AgileThought and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. She has over 25 years of experience in domestic and international consulting, training and coaching, and working in both software development and non-product-focused environments, including manufacturing (discrete and process), distribution, and sales and marketing.
On top of all of Christy’s licenses and titles, she is also a Certified SAFe® Program Consultant — which is also the topic of today’s show! There are a lot of horror stories around SAFe implementations because, in many cases, the original intent has been corrupted. So in this episode, Christy is breaking the SAFe framework down for listeners. She’s busting the myths that have given SAFe a bad rap and then providing her tips for a successful and effective implementation of SAFe!
What is SAFe?
SAFe is a framework for predictability at scale
Empowers complex organizations to achieve the benefits of Lean-Agile software and systems development at scale
Christy busts some myths regarding the SAFe:
“Waterfall disguised as Agility” — not true; it is a framework with elasticity in how it can be implemented
“It’s very prescriptive” — though there is an overarching framework and path that is laid out, the fundamental mindset underneath it is Agility
“SAFe stops at training the leaders about velocity” — untrue! Just train the leaders and just get started
“You can just put aside vulnerability” — you cannot, so instead get in front of it and break down the walls by discussing the discomfort and change that comes with implementation
“SAFe always goes wrong and completely goes against an Agile mindset” — SAFe as a framework does not do this; it’s perpetrated by the consultants and the organizations that don’t fully commit to implementing it
How to ensure your SAFe implementation is effective and successful:
Start small and ‘nail it before you scale it’
Start with training your leaders and give them a compelling ‘why’
Create a Lean-Agile center of excellence where you can bring everyone together to help identify the system-level items and issues that are going to need to be addressed as you all move through the implementation roadmap
As a manager, reject bad plans (this is very beneficial towards getting more predictable deliveries)
Implement the events within SAFe well (and safely) so that your organization can be set up for success
Understand Lean thinking
Establish safety within the team and the organization to build trust
Listen to what the client needs, not what you think they need
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