SAFe 5.0

Why I Use Jira and Confluence

Day 28... stay at home. Jira is a great tool to have for issues management. In fact, replace the word ‘issues’ with ‘work’. Why I use both Jira and Confluence? From my perspective, here is why: I can use Jira to record my work. I can use Jira to manage my ‘flow of work’. I can use Jira to accumulate my work into my ‘backlog’ of work; from the backlog, I can prioritize my work... then work on it to completion. I can use Confluence to record almost anything about my work, my thoughts, artifacts about my work, blog about…
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Content Authorities

Day 25... stay at home. In SAFe, the content authority of what the team builds is the product owner. The ‘what’ to build is in alignment with the program’s ‘what’ to build. Scale that ‘content authority’ up to the program-level: the content authority of what the program builds is the product management.
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SAFe 5.0 Has Two Major Story Types

Day 23... stay at home. Key to success in correctly modeling the agile requirements is the awareness of and knowing what to do with the two major types that a story could exclusively fall under; a story is either one of these two types types. A story could be a ‘User’ type — a story that directly impacts the user. It has, therefore, a user voice. Example: ‘As a driver, I want my car to have a rear view camera so that when I am backing my car out of my driveway I don’t run over anybody’ A story could…
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SAFe 5.0 is Customer Centric

Day 22 of ‘Stay at home’ order. Beginning a series of small-sized blogs... about SAFe and its practical application within the context of the enterprise. The best place to start is at scaledagileframework.com ; there, the visual representation of the scaled agile framework (SAFe) is displayed with ‘tabs’ at the top. Click on the first tab... you get to see the image as shown on figure-1... I have encircled in red, ‘Customer Centricity’. Put that in mind... everything that we will do will revolve around the customer... everything that the enterprise (and its employees) has done, doing, and will do...directly…
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SSM 5.0

SSM 5.0 is very cool! The flow of content is better than its predecessor. Great job, SAI. I, however, noticed that the predictability ratio calculation is not in the book... very important piece of info for all SSMs... but, I taught it -- the ratio and how it is calculated-- just the same.
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SAFe 5.0 — Essential SAFe

The program-level and team-level are now combined into one level -- the essential-level. This combination created an unintended bad consequence: the program-level roles and the team-level roles seem combined (it's not to the the people in the know) to the uninitiated. As a result, some can confuse product owners being the content authority of Features -- a program-level artifact! The placemat of SAFe 5.0 framework does not have the line separating these two levels anymore! This is a bad visual in my opinion. The line must be placed back by Scaled Agile inc. (SAI) -- the makers of SAFe. Thoughts?
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SAFe POPM 5.0

After teaching my first SAFe 5.0 class, overall, I'm pleased with the improvements over previous SAFe POPM course versions. The flow does not start on feature writing. Instead, it starts with the customer... customer centricity... using Design Thinking tools to flesh out the need/benefit to the customer... and the potential features to deliver the benefit. Thumbs up!
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SAFe POPM 5.0

The course, SAFe POPM 5.0 is good but could be better. Program Predictability Measure is missing. It has the PI Objective's planned BV value assignment and that's it! No mention of the PI Objective's actual BV assignment (at the PI's 'Inspect and Adapt')... no mention of using the ratio of actual BV / planned BV for measuring the team's predictability. It has a section, however, that mentioned PI objective used for determining 'predictability without specificity'. Overall, teaching SAFe 5.0 today, January 18, was a pleasure! Great job, makers of SAFe!
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Evolve

Which events a story can evolve? Program Increment (PI) planning Backlog refinement Iteration planning These events trigger conversations, that could potentially reveal more information... that could potentially alter estimated size, acceptance criteria, uncover constraints, further assumptions, risks, dependencies, impediments, bottlenecks, etc. SAFe is all about cadence and synchronization... therefore, impacted teams, suppliers and potentially the Agile Release Train (ART) must be aware of any evolutionary changes. A SAFe Scrum Master coordinates, cooperates with impacted parties and communicates these changes.
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SAFe 5.0

Where to start? 1) go to https://www.scaledagileframework.com/ Immediately on the website you see the SAFe 5.0 Framework... there are several tabs... and lots of clickable icons leading you to more information. Start reading the articles and familiarize yourself of the various levels and roles in each level, the seven competencies and their respective 3 dimensions. 2) Take SAFe classes... 3) Get certified... 4) Use SAFe 5... not just at work... you may use it anywhere... at home, while driving, shopping, etc. I do... and it's fantastic! Once you go SAFe 5.0... you won't go back to SAFe 4.x ... 5.0…
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Design Thinking — Synthesis

In SAFe 5.0 terms ...in Design Thinking specifically... Information flows from various collaborators in 'Diverge' state... synthesis is when 'Converge' state occurs: when synthesizers -- people -- able to put together -- creatively -- the right information at the right time... think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
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PI Business Objective Value

Team PI (Program Increment) Business Objective Value could be viewed from various perspectives. Here are the different perspectives for consideration when assigning team PI business objective value: Market Value -- the functionality is a market differentiator? Efficiency Value -- the functionality reduces operating cost? Regulatory Value -- the functionality, if not deployed, results in fines? Commercial Value -- the functionality brings new or maintain revenue? Future Value -- the functionality enables or realizes future value? For 'Planned Business Value', assign a value from 1 to 10 range... 1 being least valuable; 10 being most valuable. For 'Actual Business Value', assign…
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SAFe 5.0

Bye 'Stretch Objectives' Hello 'Uncommitted Objectives'! SAFe makers recognized that a lot of people got tripped by the word 'Stretch'... so they've replaced it with 'Uncommitted'... just to make clearer the same intent: knowing that the work is important (could be very or most important), the team will do the best they can -- capacity will be allocated; still part of the plan; included in the team's load for the PI (Program Increment) -- but will not be penalized if not achieved... this situation happens when there are too much unknowns... impossible to commit to... but it is not a…
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SAFe 5.0

Specialized Agile Teams of all kinds coming up! Agile Finance Team Agile Compliance Team Agile Marketing Team Agile Human Resources (HR) Team Agile ... Team Specialized agile teams may be: Stand-alone agile teams Part of an ART broken down and be part of other agile teams Each of these teams has to specialize the agile principles and practices to suit or fit the nature of their work. Example: What does an Agile Marketing Team look like? It is an Agile team that has 5 to 11 members... with product owner and a scrum master already included in the count --…
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SAFe 5.0

More on the Organizational Agility's three dimensions: Lean Thinking by People and Agile Teams: create an enterprise-wide Lean Agile Mindset Lean Business Operations -- remove waste... make the enterprise a Lean Enterprise... Lean out the Value Stream... implement the SAFe House of Lean. Strategy Agility --- the ability of the enterprise to respond quickly to opportunities and threats There you have it: one of the seven competencies with its three dimensions. This is a good way to ingest SAFe 5.0: in small bite-sized pieces. How do you eat an elephant? One small bite at a time. To be continued...
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SAFe 5.0

Let's look at the three dimensions per competency... Organizational Agility (AO): Lean Thinking People and Agile Teams (LT PAT) Lean Business Operations (LBO) Strategy Agility (SA) You can see my mnemonic in parentheses... it has meaning to me... and I've created a story behind the whole set of mnemonic items for easier memorization and faster recall. To be continued...
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SAFe 5.0

The seven competencies Organizational Agility Continuous Learning Culture Lean Agile Leadership Team and Technical Agility Agile Product Delivery Enterprise Solution Delivery Lean Portfolio Management Since SAFe 5.0 is new, I suggest that you make a mnemonic of your own for each of these competencies... for faster recall... at least as a crutch for now. Mine would be the first letters of each word of each. I made it meaningful in my mind... to make it stick. There are three dimensions per competency... to be continued...
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SAFe … Playing Catch-Up?

Two things I've seen as new in SAFe 5.0: 1) Customer Centric + Design Thinking 2) Organizational / Business Agility These are already in 'Disciplined Agile' ... an Agile framework that was acquired by PMI this year, 2019! Will be an interesting year 2020 for SAFe and PMI + Disciplined Agile.
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The 10th Principle

Early this year, SAFe hinted -- in one of the SAFe Partners' calls, of which I'm a member of under my company, Applied Lean Agile -- of a new SAFe version. Also, early this year, SAFe's creator, Dean Leffingwell, also alluded to the fact that the 10th SAFe Principle should be: SAFe Principle #10: Organize around value And it -- the 10th Principle -- is now official with SAFe 5.0 -- it came out early October during the SAFe Summit. SAFe 5.0's General Availability is January 2020. I'll be blogging more about 5.0 from future partners' calls... a thing that…
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