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Let's Talk About SAFe

Join us for discussions and presentations about the Scaled Agile Framework. There will be presentations by people who have implemented SAFe, as well as demonstrations by tool vendors.

The evening will be hosted by Steve Adolph, and is being sponsored by VersionOne and Rally.

There is no charge to attend, and the meeting is open to anyone. Please RSVP so that we know how many people to expect.

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  • Evgenia F.

    Thank you it was quite an eye opening informative discussion. Made me realize that currently we are using agile on a very basic level and there's a lot of room for improvement, and now I know where to start. Thanks a lot again to speakers and organizers!

    February 18, 2014

  • Johnny H.

    In my presentation, I mentioned "Spotify model" (which does not Google well). I intended to point folks to Kniberg: http://blog.crisp.se/2012/11/14/henrikkniberg/scaling-agile-at-spotify

    February 18, 2014

  • Johnny H.

    Glad folks found the discussion useful!

    BTW, one more thing mentioned but not highlighted enough is the fact that the entire SAFe content & application is free. Cost applies if you want/need additional training/consulting. I.e., the "freemium" model on steroids.

    If the Big Picture is at all confusing (still gives me vertigo at times :-)), then you can click around anywhere to drill into excellent, comprehensive content.

    February 17, 2014

    • Johnny H.

      By "application",­ I mean your rollout of SAFe (not free software).

      February 17, 2014

  • Len W.

    Great discussion. I have no experience with SAF so it's great to learn about it.

    February 17, 2014

  • Joe L.

    I thought that was a great discussion tonight. Some information that I have found helpful in understanding SAFe and it's underlying principles:

    First, the Don Reinertsen book on Flow is probably the best single book out there on Lean/Agile for product development. You can read the first chapter here http://www.celeritaspublishing.com/PDFS/ReinertsenFLOWChap1.pdf Or read about how it fits in with SAFe at http://scaledagileframework.com/the-safe-way-to-lean-software-development/

    Second, I really like this webinar by Al Shalloway (the guy mentioned tonight who provides SAFe training in Seattle). I especially like the first 1/2 where he talks about the problems with traditional delivery approaches. You need to register, but it is worth it. http://www.netobjectives.com/resources/webinars/day-of-scaled-agile-framework-exec-overview-SAFe-2013-12

    February 17, 2014

  • Kim, W.

    Very good! It would be better if somebody had explained the figure of the Big picture.

    February 17, 2014

  • Andrew R.

    Good add-on for those of us taking the workshop. I'm interested in the business cases used by those that have implemented SAFe. Steve's example from the last meetup was that the team went from, "this can't be done, no way" to "we now have a fighting chance". Does it always take "Impending Doom" to show his face before the business decides to make a change?

    Can the changes be "green fielded" into a business; winning supporters at each step of the way as the process matures? What does success look like in this example?

    February 12, 2014

  • Swapnil S.

    February 11, 2014

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