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New! SAFe Implementation Roadmap identifies12 'critical moves' for success

We’ve learned from hundreds of SAFe implementations that there are distinct patterns to succeeding, just as there are to failing. The enterprises getting the best results commonly follow twelve 'critical moves' that keep SAFe on track and produce the desired benefits. These moves are identified in a new diagram, the SAFe Implementation Roadmap, and are being discussed in a developing series of twelve guidance articles.

Each Roadmap article covers mission-critical considerations, such as: How do you identify value streams and design the ARTs to begin with? How do you get ready for the first PI planning event? What do you do after you’ve launched that first ART? And so much more.

The first three articles in the series have been published, with the remainder to be released in the weeks to follow. Start your journey at the SAFe Implementation Roadmap article. This is essential reading for any organization considering SAFe. And for existing adopters, this series provides excellent guidance on how to sustain and improve their SAFe practices over time.

Invitation-based approach to implementing SAFe
A fresh take on SAFe and collaboration

Yuval Yeret, CTO of AgileSparks, has over 17 years of industry experience and always has an interesting viewpoint and pragmatic advice. Yuval has written a novel guidance article on how an invitation-based approach to implementing SAFe can create a more collaborative organizational change effort. The article describes ways to invite leaders and team members to understand SAFe, while decentralizing the timing and details of the change.
Must Read

Are you reading Mark Richards' blog, The Art of SAFe?

 "Mark has an open passion for Agile that is second to none ... He was pioneering Agile in Australia well before it became popular ... His ability to identify core issues and solutions sets him apart from those who apply methodology alone!"
—LinkedIn Recommendations

SPCT Mark Richards has been at the forefront of the Lean-Agile movement since early 2012 when he launched the first ART in Australia with business partner (and fellow SPCT) Em Campbell-Pretty. He has shown exceptional leadership through his contributions to the Framework, and the insights he shares in his blog, The ART of SAFe, provide real value to those working through the challenges that come from transforming large enterprises. His latest articles capture a range of SAFe topics, all richly informed by real world implementations:

Learnings from the SPC4 course & how it helped me

Scrum Master and Agile Coach, Lloyd Jones, gives a candid review of his experience during his SPC class and how it later helped him back in the office. This is an especially informative read for anyone considering taking the 4-day course, Implementing SAFe 4.0 with SPC4 Certification.




How does SAFe benefit the enterprise architect?

This post from the folks at focuses on the role of the architect in SAFe, and their vital function in the Agile development cycle. They discuss the idea that the architect, rather than being the foremost authority on architecture, must become an enabler of architecture; a guide and a supporter for the teams while moving toward a working architecture.



Must Read

Recorded Webinar: How to Use SAFe to Deliver Value at Enterprise Scale

Dean Leffingwell answers the top 7 questions about SAFe value streams

Dean Leffingwell, creator of SAFe, and Lee Cunningham, Senior Director of Enterprise Agile Strategy at VersionOne, share an in-depth discussion about continuous value delivery with SAFe 4.0, including:
  • What does it mean to deliver value?
  • What are value streams, and why are they better suited than projects for value delivery?
  • Why is it important to track the flow of value, and what are the challenges to doing so?
  • How does DevOps fit into a value delivery-oriented organization?
  • What can I do to maintain visibility into the flow of value, from planning to delivery?



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Royal Philips: medical technology giant cuts release cycle time by two-thirds with SAFe

We chose SAFe to meet our goals of reducing time to market, improving quality, strengthening alignment across geographically distributed multi-disciplinary teams, and collaborating across teams to deliver meaningful value to customers with reduced cycle time.”
—Sundaresan Jagadeesan, Program Manager/I2M Excellence SW Dev. Program

With 42 ARTs running across various business units—supporting 5 major releases per train per year—Royal Philips is home to one of the world's larger-scale SAFe implementations. Their determination to "vigorously" deploy SAFe has paid off. They have reduced average release cycle time from 18 months to 6 months, cut feature cycle time from 240+ days to less than 100 days, and have made significant quality improvements. This in-depth study is robust with detail, and the key learnings they provide are not to be missed.


LEGO finds the sweet spot

Another impact we’ve seen is that other parts of LEGO visit the meeting, get super inspired, and start exploring how to implement some of these principles and practices in their own department. In fact, agile is spreading like a virus within the company, and the highly visible nature of the PI planning event is like a a catalyst.”
——Henrik Kniberg and Eik Thyrsted

A year after Henrik Kniberg and Eik Thyrsted shared the first phase of LEGO’s SAFe journey, they are back with the next chapter of their story. Their efforts to nip and tuck SAFe for optimal results run the gamut from large edits to small tweaks, and their learnings and outcomes are captured in a 36-page summary that is full of candid commentary and describes the thought process behind each decision.


Agile Transformation in a Highly Regulated Environment: UK National Health Service (NHS)

Adopting SAFe has set in motion the skill development and mindset for successful organizational change even as we scale to new programs, Release Trains, and people.”
—Gary Dawson, Assistant Director, Solutions Delivery

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) turned to SAFe to improve the business processes and the supporting IT environment in two major programs, and do so without adversely impacting its core business or service delivery to patients. In their first PI, NHSBT was able to deliver a committed, finite number of product features, as well as prioritize IT operations alongside the business part of the organization.

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San Mateo, March 21–22

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Johannesburg, March 27–30

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Beijing, April 11–14

SAFe Product Mgr/Product Owner (PMPO)
Wiesbaden, April 20–21


Michael Stump, SAFe Fellow

Slay the Change Management Dragon with SAFe
Agile Leadership Day - Cologne


Dean Leffingwell, creator of SAFe

Ten Essential Scaling Patterns We Can (Probably) All Agree On
Keynote at MileHigh Agile Conference - Denver, CO
May 22, 12pm MST
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