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Joe Vallone discusses new version of SAFe at RTE Summit

 “By the time of the RTE Summit in November, we will have released a new version of the Scaled Agile Framework. So, while I’m not allowed to say what the version number of the new framework will be, I can go into particulars at the RTE Summit. I’ll also discuss how the role of the RTE evolves in the new version. That might be something to look forward to.”


Evolving role

He continues: “The role of the RTE is continuing to evolve. There are thousands of RTEs all over the world. We’ve used their learnings and suggestions to help evolve the framework and establish valuable resources such as toolkits.  Consider the role of the RTE when dealing with the Solution and Portfolio levels: we’ve not described this interaction too much in SAFe yet. However, RTEs in the field have, and they’ve helped SAI understand how RTEs can work with Product Managers, Solution Managers and the LPM to help bring products and services to market.”


Limiting WIP

“We’re seeing a growing appeal to the RTE to help keep Work in Progress (WIP) reasonably limited. Stakeholders might say ‘We’ve built these Trains and it makes sense to have them but they’re not getting as much work done as we expected…’ That’s often caused by the organization failing to prioritize big initiatives sufficiently. Lack of economic focus, in other words, The POs and Product Managers take first responsibility here, but they tend to want to please internal and external clients as well. So, it increasingly falls to the RTE or the Scrum Masters to push back with concrete data, when the ART is at capacity. I look forward to exchanging views with the community here.”


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Sharing tales

“Finally, besides sharing details of ‘what’s in the box’ for the upcoming SAFe version, with the RTE community, I also look forward to just sharing tales of the trade with everyone there. For example: the metrics in SAFe were designed to keep stakeholders informed. However, some managers try trying to turn them into a ‘whip’ to beat teams and trains. Someone came up to me recently and said ‘I’ve learned the velocity of this ART. Now… how do I double it?’ That’s easy, I said. I went to the RTE of the ART and asked him: ‘Could you multiply all velocities by 2 for your next PI planning?’ Voila.”


Meet Joe Vallone and other builders of SAFe

Listen to pioneering SAFe Agilists such as Joe Vallone, Eelco Rustenburg and Carl Starendal at the RTE Summit on November 12th at the spectacular BIMhuis venue in Amsterdam. Ticket sales are picking up, so if you plan on going, reserve your seat today!

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