SAFe Business Agility Podcast

Looking for the latest news, experiences, and answers to questions about SAFe®? You have come to the right place! This audio platform is for you, the SAFe community of practitioners, trainers, consultants, and everyone who engages with the Framework on a daily basis. Consider this your sounding board for SAFe trends, news, and learnings from the trenches as we invite listeners to ask questions and and discuss solutions to their toughest transformation challenges.

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Episode 59: Purposeful Portfolios

Aired on: June 22, 2021

What happens when the strategy set by an organization’s leaders is disconnected from the work that’s actually happening on the Agile Release Train? In this episode, SAFe® Fellow and SPCT Eric Willeke joins us to discuss how to get leadership to focus on strategic direction, and how to make sure people on the trains know the why (not just the what) behind the work.

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Episode 58: Scrum Master Tips and Tricks, Part Two

Aired on: June 8, 2021

In part two of our scrum master tips and tricks series, Madi Fisher and Sam Ervin are back with even more advice. In this episode, we talk about managing timeboxes, why communication and trust within teams are so important, and how to be an awesome scrum master.

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Episode 56: SAFe for Hardware

Aired on: May 11, 2021

Many organizations that develop and deliver software have been practicing Agile for a decade, if not longer. That hasn’t typically been the case for organizations developing hardware, until now. In this episode, Harry Koehnemann, Principal Contributor at Scaled Agile, joins us to discuss why organizations developing hardware are under pressure to deliver faster. And what … Keep reading

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Episode 55: Strategy and Execution: Business Owners are the Key

Aired on: April 27, 2021

It’s hard to practice SAFe® effectively and achieve business agility if your key stakeholders aren’t fully engaged at the right levels. In this episode, Charlene Cuenca, principal consultant and SPCT at Icon Agility, joins us to discuss why business owners are critical to successfully connect strategy to execution—and deliver better business outcomes.

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Episode 54: Operational and Development Value Streams

Aired on: April 13, 2021

Organizations practicing SAFe® create value streams to accelerate time to value. But what’s the difference between an operational and a development value stream? How do they coexist to optimize flow? And how are value streams critical to achieving business agility? In this episode, Ian Spence, SAFe Fellow and Chief Scientist at Ivar Jacobson International, answers these questions and much more.

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Episode 53: Value Remeasured

Aired on: March 30, 2021

Without internal alignment on a clear definition of value, how can an organization quickly respond to changing customer demands? In this episode, Shawn Lowe, business agility advisor at Accenture│SolutionsIQ, joins us to discuss how to bring clarity to what value is, as well as its effect on customer satisfaction and achieving business agility.

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Episode 52: What’s New in SAFe® 5?

Aired on: March 16, 2021

Earlier this year, we introduced new updates to SAFe® 5, including the new 5.1 Big Picture, several new articles, improvements to existing articles, and more. Andrew Sales, member of the Framework team and SAFe Fellow joins us to share details about the evolution of SAFe and explain why we’ve taken a slightly different approach with this release.

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Episode 51: Leading with Intention

Aired on: March 2, 2021

Leaders cultivate success by exemplifying behaviors that align with their organization’s values, and by integrating these values into their decision-making processes. In this episode, Audrey Boydston, SPCT and Scaled Agile senior consultant, joins us to talk about leading with intention, and why core values are so important personally and professionally.

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Episode 50: Improving Agility at American Express

Aired on: February 16, 2021

Many large finance and technology companies are vying for market share in a very competitive space. In this 50th episode of the SAFe Business Agility Podcast, we talk with Oden Hughes from American Express. She joins us to discuss what the company is doing to improve its business and technical agility and provide the best customer experience.

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Episode 49: Agile HR

Aired on: February 3, 2021

While Agile practices often translate well in development and marketing organizations, it’s more challenging to apply them in other areas of the business. In this episode, Gez Smith discusses key topics around Agile HR, including where it makes the most sense, and provides some implementation tips.

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Episode 48: Customer Centricity, Silo Busting, and Organizational Agility

Aired on: January 19, 2021

Organizations worldwide are shifting their focus toward customer centricity for lots of reasons, including to build loyalty and drive revenue. But an amazing customer experience isn’t just about customers. In this episode, Tiffani Bova shares her advice about why organizations need to start by creating a great employee experience.

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Episode 47: A Conversation with Dean Leffingwell and Geoffrey Moore

Aired on: January 5, 2021

In 1995, author and advisor Geoffrey Moore released Inside the Tornado, the second book in his popular three-part marketing series that offers strategies to get products into the mainstream market. Twenty-five years later, is the guidance in the book still relevant? In this episode, Dean Leffingwell takes over the mic to find out from the author himself—and to ask some other burning questions.

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Episode 46: The RTE Role

Aired on: December 15, 2020

While the title release train engineer, or RTE, is specific to SAFe®, the role exists under different names, such as Agile delivery lead, and is critical to managing the flow of value in an organization. In this episode, SAFe Fellow Carl Starendal joins us to define exactly what problem the RTE solves, explore patterns and anti-patterns, and discuss the future of the role.

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Episode 45: Agile Marketing Panel, Part Two

Aired on: December 1, 2020

From their origins in software development, Agile practices are expanding to business teams, including marketing. But making that happen requires a different mindset and tactics. In this second of two episodes, host Tim Shisler speaks with three Agile marketing experts to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between Agile transformations in technology and in marketing.

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Episode 44: Agile Marketing Panel, Part One

Aired on: November 19, 2020

From their origins in software development, Agile practices are expanding to business teams, including marketing. But making that happen requires a different mindset and tactics. In this first of two episodes, host Tim Shisler speaks with three Agile marketing experts to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between Agile transformations in technology and in marketing.

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Episode 43: The SAFe® Coach

Aired on: November 3, 2020

There are lots of key roles associated with SAFe: Business Owners, Product Managers, Release Train Engineers, Scrum Masters. But probably the most ubiquitous is the SAFe coach, a role that’s elemental throughout all of SAFe’s core competencies. But it’s also a role that doesn’t have its own guidance article on the SAFe website. In this episode, SAFe Fellow Jennifer Fawcett joins us as we dive into all the different aspects of the SAFe coach and how they facilitate change.

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Episode 42: Stories from the Field: Patterns in PI Planning

Aired on: October 20, 2020

In this ongoing series, our customers and partners share their stories from the field about working with SAFe® ceremonies and implementations. This episode features Vikas Kapila, SPCT at Enterprise Agility Consulting, who talks to us about the various patterns he’s seen in PI Planning and the impact they’ve had on organizations’ outcomes.

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Episode 41: Stories from the Field: ART Tips and Tricks

Aired on: October 6, 2020

In this ongoing series, our customers and partners share their stories from the field about working with SAFe ceremonies and implementations. This episode features SAFe® Fellow Em Campbell-Pretty of Pretty Agile (a Scaled Agile partner) sharing her practical insights, advice, and personal stories about launching and operating effective Agile Release Trains, or ARTs.

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Episode 40: 2020 Global SAFe® Summit

Aired on: September 22, 2020

A majority of the events many of us are used to attending in person are now virtual, including our upcoming 2020 Global SAFe Summit in October. In this episode, we talk to the event’s program chair, Deema Dajani, to find out what’s in store for attendees and how we’re bringing the Summit to life in a virtual setting.

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Episode 39: Stories from the Field: Remote I&A at Travelport

Aired on: September 8, 2020

In this ongoing series, we talk to customers about their field experiences with remote SAFe ceremonies and implementations. This episode with Hilla Knapke, director, enterprise transformation office, and Charles Fleet, VP of transformation from Travelport dives into conducting a fully remote and distributed Inspect & Adapt workshop.

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Episode 38: Stories from the Field: Coaching in Government

Aired on: August 25, 2020

In this ongoing series, our customers and partners share their stories from the field about working with SAFe ceremonies and implementations. This episode features Phil Gardiner, enterprise Agile coach at SAIC (a Scaled Agile partner), who talks to us about his coaching experiences in the public sector.

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Episode 37: Stories from the Field: Remote Experiences in Government

Aired on: August 11, 2020

In this ongoing series, customers and partners share their stories from the field about working with SAFe ceremonies and implementations. This episode features Mark Byers and Dan Montgomery from Octo Consulting—a Scaled Agile partner—who share their experiences working with federal government agencies and contractors in a fully virtual environment.

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Episode 34: The Tipping Point at Travelport

Aired on: July 30, 2020

Listen to a candid conversation about what prompted Travelport to adopt SAFe®. Hint: it partially started with a grassroots movement. Hilla Knapke, director, enterprise transformation office, and Charles Fleet, VP of transformation share their stories, observations, and perspectives.

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Episode 32: Deep Dive: Measuring Business Agility

Aired on: June 2, 2020

In this episode of the SAFe Business Agility podcast, Melissa Reeve, SPC, and Inbar Oren, SAFe® Fellow and principal contributor to the Scaled Agile Framework®, take a deep dive into how organizations can measure their progress toward business agility. Listeners will learn what business agility is, why measuring it is so important, and get details about how they can use Scaled Agile’s seven business agility assessments.

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Episode 31: Enterprise Strategy Formulation and Lean Portfolio Management

Aired on: May 19, 2020

In this deep-dive episode of the SAFe Business Agility podcast, Melissa Reeve, SPC and Dean Leffingwell, chief methodologist for the Scaled Agile Framework explore enterprise strategy formulation as it relates to lean portfolio management (LPM) and SAFe 5.0, as well as how organizational agility gives companies flexibility to respond to unexpected global events like COVID-19.

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Episode 30: Deep Dive: Team Topology

Aired on: May 5, 2020

In this deep-dive episode of the SAFe Business Agility podcast, Melissa Reeve, SPC and Dean Leffingwell, Chief Methodologist for the Scaled Agile Framework, explore the correlation between the structure of business and technology teams in delivering value faster to improve business outcomes.

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Episode 27: Deep Dive: Remote PIs, ARTs, and Teams

Aired on: March 24, 2020

In this deep-dive episode of the SAFe Business Agility podcast, Melissa Reeve, SPC and Inbar Oren, SAFe® Fellow and principal contributor to the Scaled Agile Framework®, explore what it takes to run dispersed and remote PIs, ARTs, and teams.

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Episode 24: Deep Dive: Journey to Design Thinking

Aired on: February 11, 2020

In this Deep Dive episode of the SAFe Business Agility podcast, Melissa Reeve, SPC and Joe Vallone, SPCT and SAFe Fellow, explore design thinking, its nuances and how organizations can take the journey from a traditional product development approach to an approach driven by Customer Centricity and Design Thinking.

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Episode 10: DoD uses AI for background checks, government agencies using SAFe, remote problem solving workshops, and more

Aired on: September 10, 2019

Learn how the Department of Defense is using artificial intelligence and SAFe to reduce queue lengths for background checks, and how a government agency transformed itself from a lagging to a leading organization. We’ll also be addressing how to run remote problem solving workshops, along with how to measure the impact of an Agile Release Train on the organization.

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Episode 1: Leadership Buy-in, Normalized Story Points and more

Aired on: February 25, 2019

Learn how the US Department of Defense is using SAFe to build out a cyber-factory to defend against cyber-attacks. Understand the difference between leadership buy-in and engagement, why engagement is so much more powerful, and how to get it. Hear answers to commonly asked questions around remote PIPlanning and normalized story points

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