Train everyone, launch Trains.
The slogan above is Scaled Agile’s launch mantra, and it’s completely true.
Getting trained in SAFe is tremendously helpful in bringing the framework to life. During a course mere theory gets turned into something you can apply in practice, in particular because you get to learn from other people’s experiences: successes as well as failures…!
You can visit one of our courses – there’s one for every role and position in the organization. At Gladwell Academy we even designed the SAFe Foundation course to help get acquainted (in-company) with the framework. The Leading SAFe course, Scaled Agile’s own introductory course, dives into the material headfirst – which makes sense, when trying to change a large organization… That’s why Leading SAFe is essential to implement SAFe, but perhaps a little much for a first introduction.
You could also get together some of those concerned (SAFe Agilists) and agree to learn from each other – a bit like Meet-up. In SAFe, such an informal learning circle is called a Community of Practice.
If you’d like to take the plunge without getting trained first: all the information about the Scaled Agile Framework can be easily found on the website. There’s also a page explaining what SAFe is. All of the information is only available in English. You can click every icon to find out more about that specific item. If you’re interested in the background of and reasons for scaling Agile, read on at:
In the SAFe 5.0 Big Picture you can see three levels separated by a black line. Every level corresponds to a particular level of organizing product development.
On the left side and bottom side of the framework you see a grey bar filled with icons and words. The grey bar on the left is sometimes called the ‘Spanning Palette’ or the ‘painter’s palette’. You can use it to familiarize yourself with core elements like setting up a supporting team for the executive teams. The bottom grey bar is the foundation of SAFe – the underlying principles, the implementation, the role of leadership.
Is your head spinning? It’s a complicated diagram, mostly meant for a trainer to have one image to use during a course to refer to while discussing all artefacts, constructs and concepts. Without some education, SAFe can be hard to understand…!
We’re curious to hear about your experiences with SAFe!
Boris de Jong is an Agile trainer and content specialist at Gladwell Academy. Boris has a background in political science and journalism as well as theatre. At Gladwell Academy, he works on making the abstract parts of working Agile in organizations more concrete and palpable.
To achieve this, he uses a personal, people-oriented style, which is why his clear-cut articles are filled with practical examples, descriptive metaphors and telling anecdotes.
His talent as a storyteller and knowledge of politics and administration are also put to use in his work as an Agile trainer: with a feel for context and a storyteller’s sense of flair, he makes sure Agile methods and principles are both tangible and comprehensible.