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Two SAFe Summits slated for 2018: Washington, DC, and Frankfurt, Germany

Join us in celebrating a major milestone: this year, there will be not one, but two SAFe Summits! The Global SAFe Summit in Washington, DC (Oct. 1 – 5) is the world's largest gathering of SAFe professionals. It's where the SAFe community gathers to learn best practices, network with each other, connect with thought leaders and influencers in the industry, and see first-hand how enterprises are leveraging SAFe to continuously deliver value to the customer. Early bird registration discounts are available for the main conference through March 27. Pre-conference training is also available.

The Regional SAFe Summit, Europe is happening in Frankfurt, Germany (25 – 28 June). It provides two days of regionally focused keynotes, technical sessions, customer success stories, and exhibits. There also will be unlimited networking opportunities to help you drive your business or career forward. The first 75 registrants for the Regional SAFe Summit will save 100 euros on the main conference, and the first 50 people who register for pre-conference training will save 50 euros. Both Summits are limited space events. Register now!

Scaled Agile expands headquarters to serve growing SAFe community

Scaled Agile has just moved to a larger headquarters building in Boulder, Colorado, USA. The 27,000 square foot combined office space and training facility is a big step up from the 7,000 square foot office the company moved into just three years ago.

“We’re increasing our staff to better serve our partners, enterprises, and the community," said Scaled Agile CEO Dean Leffingwell. “Our customers are benefiting from the Framework which, in turn, drives our growth. We're investing extensively in our professional staff and now we have a world class facility to support the next stage of our growth."

Having trouble validating Feature backlogs for PI Planning? Try this visualization technique.

Is your Program Backlog good enough for PI Planning? A good backlog often comes down to whether the entire Program team has the same understanding of the Features on the Roadmap, the Features have been right-sized, and the priorities are correct. SAFe Fellow Ian Spence, from Gold SPCT Partner Ivar Jacobson International, suggests using a visualization technique to create a shared understanding of the behaviors that the system should exhibit by focusing on Feature flow. Click here to read more.

Framework and standards are the ‘essence’ of Agile at scale

That’s the conclusion of an article written by Jenna Sargent in SD Times. She notes that Agile is no longer a new or different methodology, but simply the standard practice for most development teams. She surveys many thought leaders in the industry to help her understand where Agile can go from here and if there is more room to grow. Read the article to learn more.

Overcoming the challenges of Agile transformation with Dean Leffingwell

What are the challenges facing an organization when starting an Agile transformation and how can they be overcome? Sam Bunting, global lead for Agile transformation and delivery at Scaled Agile Gold Partner PA Consulting, discussed some approaches with Dean Leffingwell that have proven to be effective. In four short video segments, they look at the best line management models to optimize value delivery, adding supporting functions into the organizational transformation, and other ways to smooth the transformation. Watch the videos for more.


New Zealand company rebuilds confidence in six months with Essential SAFe

Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) had only six months to plan and prepare the release of a proprietary herd management system timed for New Zealand’s most important farming trade show. To make the deadline, the company decided it needed to deploy Essential SAFe, a subset of SAFe that includes 10 major elements necessary for a successful implementation. Not only did LIC meet its release deadline, it also noted improvements across multiple areas:

  • Time-to-market – A 75% reduction in the time to get features to market (from 12 to 24 months down to three to six months). Features are now released twice a week for COBOL and legacy solutions. 
  • Customer value – With more frequent releases, customers now see value much faster. 
  • Quality – A 25% reduction in defects in production. 
  • Predictability – 98% accuracy on delivery predictability. 
  • Morale – A 60% improvement in employee engagement survey results.

Webinar: Deliver compliant software releases

Dr. Steve Mayner, SAFe Fellow
Chris Ruch, SPC
Hosted by Gold Partner Blueprint

March 13, 11:00am EST


Webinar: Extending DevOps to the Value Stream

Inbar Oren, SAFe Fellow
Hosted by Gold SPCT Partner Icon Agility Services

March 13, 12:00pm EST


Meetup: SAFe Implementation Roadmap: avoid pitfalls & mitigate challenges for success!

Michael Stump, SAFe Fellow

March 14, 6:00pm EST
NYC Office Suites, 1350 6th Avenue, New York, NY


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