How Scaled Agile Uses SAFe to Run Itself


Michael Stump, SAFe fellow and VP of Global Partner Programs at Scaled Agile, advises that agile implementations are not a one-size-fits-all approach. It involves some thinking, and not a copy-paste system. He advocates for experiential learning, making mistakes and using that wisdom as guidance to do better, learning how to apply agile to different situations.

He says, “Creating alignment, creating transparency and having those tough discussions and session points…is really powerful”. Stump subscribes to the belief that you can run the whole company using SAFe as the operating model. He discusses the effect of change management and using that as a platform to learn.

“Organizations are not aligned on the goal”, he says. Then how do you achieve the goal? Getting buy-in from management, together with support and the commitment to be successful. Mistakes are happening either way, to get to the other side, you have to go through it.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Scott Frost hosts at the European SAFe Summit in The Hague, Netherlands.