System Demo

SAFe has an event at the program level that occurs at the end of each iteration — it is the system demo.

System demo’s big idea is in alignment to SAFe Principle #5 — base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems.

So … what to demo? Demo the completed feature that best represents the achievement of the advancement of the Program Increment (PI) Objectives. It is a higher level of demo … higher than the team-level stories demo. Find that demo-able part of completed feature (feature that advances the PI objective) and show it to the whole ART!

Who presents this program-level demo? Typically, it is the Product Manager who presents; however, anybody in the team can present if the Product Manager (or Product Owner) is not comfortable in presenting just yet! Baby step towards that direction — PM to present; this way PM is another step of him/her more engaged!

Note that this system demo is different from the PI system demo that occurs during the program’s ‘Inspect and Adapt’ event.

By Clarence Galapon

CE, MBA, Lean Agile coach, Trainer, SPC, RTE, PSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMP, CC, ABNLP NLP Practitioner. NLP Coach, NLP Trainer, Software Executive, Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, and Innovator with a Creative, Lean, Agile, and Wander mindset

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