SAFe: Responding to Ron Jeffries’ Review

Reviews of SAFe based on knowledge rather than supposition are increasingly supportive that it has positive intentions, and useful practises. While there are still genuinely held concerns, some of these are based on risks rather than certainties, and assert...

A Hierarchy of Management Engagement

A Hierarchy of Management Engagement To be capable of effectively directing work and leading improvement, management need to have a reality based deep understanding of how value is created and what impediments exist. Often, management will talk about the importance of having engagement from their staff....

The Work of Management

Management is Non-Value-Add activity. Why do we fund it? To create, sustain and improve a Run Time Environment for Value Add activity. Traditional management is seen as the work of co-ordinating or directing others in a system to achieve best outcome against defined...

Dreyfus Hopping Mad

Dreyfus Hopping Mad In many, if not most, circumstances, insisting that a team must come up with a custom method is harmful. At best, it is a false expectation and at worst designed to create a dependency on consulting skills. For many, if not most, teams, a recipe based approach is...

To Sweden and Avega

To Sweden and Avega Apologies for the recent lack of posts. This is because in January, I will be moving to Sweden to join Håkan Forss at Avega in a Lean Coaching role. Right now, I’m in the middle of trying to cleanly close out my current role, while working on all the logistics...

Certified: SAFe Program Consultant

Certified: SAFe Program Consultant As of 6th November 2013, I’m certified as a Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant. The SAFe Program Consultant Training and Certification course is for internal agile change agents and external consultants. It provides the tools to implement agile programs...

SAFe For Its Context

I’ve been watching SAFe™ develop for quite some time, since I was defining Agile Transformation at a UK Retail Bank, and had sketched out something very similar, only to discover that what I was reaching towards was already well elabourated and tested against...