Making the decision to go SAFe
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The traditional methods for growing your business have been successful to date. Your organization has survived and thrived. And yet, those same practices that created value for your business and customers are impeding innovation and future growth. How do you change when you have responsibilities to your shareholders, employees and the market? How does an organization build the capabilities to adapt in a disruption-driven business environment?
Changing the way of working—the ingrained habits and culture of a large development organization—is hard. The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) for Lean Enterprises is a knowledge base of proven, integrated principles, practices, and competencies for Lean, Agile, and DevOps designed to help enterprises that are building the world’s most valuable systems. Organizations that have leveraged the SAFe Framework® have see gains in efficiency, quality, productivity, employee satisfaction, and more. Talk with one of our sales solutions experts to find out how a SAFe® Learner Subscription can help your enterprise go SAFe and continue to grow and thrive into the next 100 years.
Proving the value of SAFe
SAFe case studies, representing a wide range of enterprises including financial services, software, retail, telecom, healthcare, and government, offer compelling results around common pain points such as:
- Faster time-to-market
- Improved employee morale
- Better quality
- Increased productivity
Many organizations have succeeded by starting with a single Agile Release Train (ART) then leveraging those results to expand SAFe into the Program and Portfolio Levels. Once the first ART is launched, change agents often invite other leaders to participate in or witness a Program Increment (PI) Planning event to help spread the word. Seeing a PI Planning event in person visibly demonstrates the power of this different way of working. If needed, Scaled Agile, Inc. can facilitate an interaction between your leaders and another organization about to launch an ART to set up a viewing.
For Certified SAFe® 4 Program Consultants (SPCs), the SAFe Executive Workshop Toolkit provides an interactive approach to helping upper management reach the SAFe tipping point and take the next step in a SAFe implementation. The toolkit provides a flexible set of slides and exercises that demonstrates how key concepts of the Scaled Agile Framework help address common development challenges, highlights the benefits that others have achieved, and helps executives determine whether SAFe is the right choice.
Establish the vision for change
There must be a compelling reason for the change, and a vision to go along with it. The vision for change serves three primary purposes:
- It clarifies the purpose and direction for the change and sets the mission for all to follow. It avoids the myriad of confusing potential details and focuses everyone on the why, not the how, of the change.
- It starts to move people in the right direction. After all, change is hard, and pain is inevitable, especially in the early going. People’s jobs will change. The vision helps motivate people by giving them a compelling reason to make the change. Perhaps most importantly, it underlines that there is really no job security in the status quo.
- It helps start the coordinated action necessary to assure that hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of people work together toward a new—and more personally rewarding—goal. With clarity of vision, people are empowered to take the detailed actions necessary to achieve the vision, without the constant need for management supervision or check in.
Kotter notes that establishing a “vision for change” is a primary responsibility of leadership in a change situation.
The importance of training
Our philosophy is simple: the responsibility for Lean-Agile adoption and success lies with the enterprise’s existing managers, leaders, and executives. Such a responsibility cannot be delegated to the Agile Center for Excellence (ACE), development teams, or outside consultants. To achieve Lean-Agile adoption, leaders must be trained in these new and innovative ways of thinking and operating.
SAFe® Agilists exhibit the following characteristics:
- They are trained in Lean and Agile principles and base their day-to-day decisions on this long-term philosophy
- They develop people, and their people develop solutions
- They understand and teach Lean and Agile behaviors
- They are trained in the practices and tools of continuous improvement and teach employees problem-solving and corrective action skills
- They are hands-on in the new process, and they take personal responsibility for Lean-Agile success
One source of such training is the course Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise with the Scaled Agile Framework® (Leading SAFe®), delivered by certified consultants or trainers in open enrollment or on-site settings.
Each course is designed to help individuals maximize the value of their role within a SAFe organization, and to help them advance throughout their career as they practice, consult, or train others in SAFe. The result is higher-quality implementations, and greater stability for the organization.