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Opportunities for Project Managers in the Lean-Agile Enterprise with SAFe®

Traditional project management thinking and practices were not designed to deal with the level of uncertainty and disruptive speed of change organizations are faced with today. To survive and thrive in today’s digital age, enterprises must figure out how to deliver high-quality solutions with the best quality and value in the shortest sustainable lead time.

Achieving this goal requires Project Managers to adopt a Lean and Agile approach to support their organizations during this shift. As a result, the opportunities for Project Managers in the midst of this disruption have never been greater.

The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) is the leading framework for scaling Lean and Agile for enterprise-wide success. Watch this recorded webinar with SAFe Fellow Richard Knaster (PMP, PMI-ACP) and SAFe Fellow Dr. Steve Mayner (PMP, PMI-ACP) as they discuss:

  • What Lean-Agile Program Management is and why it’s the right approach for the digital age
  • The differences between a traditional vs. Agile mindset
  • How SAFe handles core PMI core processes
  • The opportunities for Project Managers within the context of SAFe

Driving Innovation in the Enterprise with Lean thinking and SAFe®

With the marketplace changing more rapidly than ever before, there needs to be a paradigm shift in how we enable innovation in large enterprises. And yet, sometimes it seems that the larger and more successful the company, the more difficult it is to innovate. Even worse, traditional project management thinking and practices are not equipped to handle the level of uncertainty and disruptive speed of change that is so prominent in today’s economy.
Fortunately, Lean and Agile development gives us many of the tools we need to apply that momentum to new innovations, and to do so at scale. And now, the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) and other industry trends bring new mindsets and thinking to bear on this challenge.

In this webinar, Richard Knaster—author, Principal Consultant, and Fellow at Scaled Agile, Inc.—illustrates how seemingly disparate practices like Agile, Scaled Agile, Lean Startup, Lean UX, DevOps, and Continuous Delivery need not be separate initiatives. Instead these can be a continuum that helps enterprises deliver more innovative solutions at a velocity they could only imagine before. From Minimum Viable Product to Minimum Marketable Feature, to the-smallest-package-that-can-be-efficiently-released-into-production, Richard discusses how making small improvements in the way we work and manage projects can have dramatic impact on business results and team performance.

Procurement Management Using Lean-Agile Contracts

Building large-scale systems frequently involves partnering with multiple suppliers who contribute to the final solution. The system builder must continually align with these suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders on what is being built. And, they often must do so in the midst of continuous changes driven by development discoveries, evolving customer needs, changing technologies, and competitor innovations.

In traditional contracts, requirements and design decisions are made up-front, forming the basis of the relationship between the systems builder and its suppliers. But these early requirements and design decisions constrain teams, reducing their ability to adapt to emerging data and to deliver a solution with better economic and competitive value. In short, the terms of contracts can diminish the potential of the final result when those terms do not align with a Lean-Agile development model.

Fortunately, contract approaches have evolved, with more shared risk and reward that benefits all contract parties in both the short and long term. This webinar describes traditional contract terms, and compares them to the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) guidance for a Lean-Agile contract approach, the ‘SAFe Managed-Investment Contract’.

In this webinar, we:

  • Describe the challenges created by traditional procurement practices on Agile projects
  • Review the goals for developing a new approach for Agile contracts
  • Understand SAFe’s Managed Investment Contracts approach
  • Identify resources for further research into Agile procurement practices
  • The Essential SAFe configuration and when to use it
  • The 10 core practices that are needed for a successful SAFe implementation
  • Anti-patterns that emerge when the core practices are absent

The Essentials of Scaling Agile with SAFe

The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) was designed to address the most challenging scaling problems that many organizations face by leveraging Agile development, Lean product development, and systems thinking. SAFe synchronizes alignment, collaboration, and delivery for large numbers of Agile teams. It supports both software and systems development, from the modest scale of well under 100 practitioners to those building the largest software solutions and most complex cyber-physical systems.

The size and complexity can be daunting, and not every Agile implementation realizes the full business benefits that others achieve. This is often because the most essential practices have been skipped. So, how much of SAFe does an enterprise have to implement to get the business benefits? After all, it’s a big framework, and the practices aren’t prioritized.

In this webinar, we’ll answer the question “how would an enterprise moving from traditional project management to SAFe know what’s essential?” by reviewing:

  • The Essential SAFe configuration and when to use it
  • The 10 core practices that are needed for a successful SAFe implementation
  • Anti-patterns that emerge when the core practices are absent

Portfolio Management at the Speed of Change: a Lean-Agile Approach

Fast value delivery and operating at the speed of change are imperative to stay competitive in today’s fast-moving world. Companies like Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, LinkedIn, Spotify, and Facebook are disrupting the marketplace in ways never imagined. Enterprises have awoken to the fact that all industries are at risk of disruption and are quickly responding by implementing Agile for team-based work. And that is a great first step.

However, the problem for most companies is escaping the inertia of doing things in a traditional, sequential way. Many who work in large enterprises have experienced how long it takes good ideas to go from concept to cash. It’s not enough for teams to be Agile; the whole system must also be Lean and Agile to gain the benefits.

A Lean-Agile approach to Portfolio Management will help your company eliminate the waterfall-Scrum-fall pattern that is so prevalent today. Waterfall methods are used to create plan-driven business cases, project-based funding, phase-gated Capital Expense (CapEx) budgets, detailed requirement analysis, and artifact-based metrics. Projects are executed by Agile teams but are still measured and governed the old way. If you persist with the old ways of measurement and governance, you will get the same old results.

Please enjoy this recorded webinar with Scaled Agile’s Richard Knaster, Principal Consultant and SAFe® Fellow,  to learn how a Lean-Agile approach to portfolio management can help your organization operate at the speed of change.

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