The Keys to AT&T’s SAFe Transformation


Candace Kelley is the Director of Enterprise Agile Transformation at AT&T. She has been influencing the adoption of SAFe and Agile practices at AT&T for the last 5 years. Kelley shares her path to becoming an Agile leader within her organization and the keys to scaling Agile.

One of the key factors that has allowed the adoption of Agile at scale has been leadership engagement in the process. When embarking on a new program or portfolio, Kelley brings in the executives for a full day immersion.

The reality is when you start a conversation with “We can deliver products and services faster, cheaper and at a higher quality, are you interested?” they’re going to say yes. They are willing to come in. They’re setting the example to their team, they’re showing it’s important.

Adam Mattis hosts at SAFe Summit 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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