SAFe Is Like Chess

To Bobby Fischer, chess is life… not ‘like life’.

The rest or most of us, chess is like life… including Emanuel Lasker — a former world chess champion.

In my new book, ‘SAFe (6.0) Is Like …’, there is a topic titled ‘SAFe is like chess‘.

Chess has three stages: 1) Opening, 2) Middle Game, 3) End Game … and the denouement (which can happen at anytime — decoupled from the three): checkmate, resignation, or draw.

SAFe has similar three: 1) Hypothesis (of an idea) , 2) Build it with quality , 3) Delivery of value (Time to market) … and the denouement (which can happen at anytime — decoupled from the three): Release on Demand’ (ROD) where value is realized when it is in the hands of the customer; then evaluate if the hypothesis was correct or not … to determine next steps: continue, pivot, or stop.

In SAFe, just like chess, nothing is straightforward … there is a lot of planning. Plans are sometimes useless — responding to change, rather than following a plan, remember? — but the act of planning is essential and of paramount importance!

More insights are found in my book. Read more about it by clicking this link…

By Clarence Galapon

CE, MBA, Lean Agile Coach, Trainer, Teacher, SPC, RTE, PSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMP, CC, ABNLP NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, NLP Coach, NLP Trainer, Practical Psychologist, Life Coach, Software Executive, Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, and Innovator with a Creative, Lean, Agile, and Wander mindset.

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