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Sarah Scott on Cows as Impediments & Using SAFe to Implement SAFe

What do cows and trains have in common? They’re both on the Kanban board that Sarah Scott uses to visualize the SAFe implementation at Northwestern Mutual. Sarah walks us through the visualization method they use to track progress of their SAFe implementation, which they use Agile-Lean practices and values to execute on the plan. The team calls their visualization tool a “cow board” rather than a Kanban board because of a funny if somewhat morbid occurrence from early in Northwestern Mutual’s history, which taught the then-president a valuable lesson on thinking outside the box.

SolutionsIQ SAFe consultant Scott Frost hosts at SAFe Summit 2016 in Denver, Colorado.