Getting a Jumpstart on Organizational Agility with SAFe

The journey to Agility

Can you believe it is already the middle of January? Before we know it, Q1 will be over. Here at SolutionsIQ we are excited to place focus on the Agile community and to help each of you elevate your agility both personally and professionally. Our readers and followers are from every walk of life and at many different stages of their Agile development. That gives us reason to ask: Where are you in your Agile journey? Have you taken a chance to think about your longer-term goals and how to increase agility in your organization?

Whether your experience is primarily focused on team interactions or you are part of a large-scale Agile transformation, we would love to hear more from you and from your organization. Don’t forget we are here to help. In fact, here are a few of our best articles on leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to inspire you to get a jumpstart on increasing organizational agility at your company this year:

  • 5 Reasons to Consider SAFe
    The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), codified by Dean Leffingwell but based on a tremendous amount of real experiences in many companies, is a guide to scaling Agile practices across the enterprise. While many enterprises are already implementing SAFe transformations across the organization, some remain to be convinced of the value of this approach. Here are just five reasons why an organization like yours wants to consider SAFe.
  • SAFe: DevOps & Systems Teams
    DevOps is a buzzword we hear a lot nowadays. This blog connects the dots between SAFe and DevOps, in particular what DevOps is, who are the key roles involved in it, and how systems teams factor in.
  • 5 Tips for a Successful SAFe Release Planning Event
    One of the most critical alignment events for every Agile Release Train is the Release Planning Event. This is an opportunity for teams working on a common Vision & Roadmap to come together and build a plan for delivering their next increment of value. Release Planning of this magnitude can be quite stressful, less valuable, and nearly disastrous if teams have not prepared. Here are five easy tips that will help make your next planning event a success!
  • 10 Tips for Putting People First in SAFe
    At first glance, the Scaled Agile Framework seems to violate the Agile value of “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. And although SAFe is just one approach to Agile transformation, it is a very effective one that many enterprises in every vertical are implementing. For any who suspect that SAFe may leave people feeling unheard, here are ten tips for putting people first in SAFe.

SAFe 4.0 in Your Organization

Last year the Scaled Agile Framework received a upgrade – from SAFe 3.0 to SAFe 4.0. Many organizations are excited about taking their SAFe transformations to the next level with the help of SAFe 4.0 certified Program Consultants. For individuals in an organization using SAFe to implement an Agile transformation, this means new learning opportunities. For existing SAFe practitioners, SAFe 4.0 addresses certain issues, the biggest change being the inclusion of Value Streams. For more about the changes in SAFe 4.0, check out our blog post “Look What’s New with SAFe 4.0”.


Implementing SAFe 4.0 with SPC Certification | Upcoming Opportunities

If your organization is using SAFe and you are interested in becoming SPC4 certified, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming public SAFe classes. These highly experiential classes provide the perfect place for you to learn what it takes to train others in SAFe practices and principles, while also giving you an opportunity to share ideas with other Agile and SAFe practitioners and to learn from some of our most seasoned Consultants. The class is designed for middle management, directors, executives, especially at the Program and Project level.

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