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Accelerate

Now at the end step of implementation of the SAFe roadmap, we have completed all the previous steps which are:

o Reaching the tipping Point

o Train Lean-Agile train Agents

o Train Executives, Managers, and Leaders

o Create Lean-Agile Centre of Excellence

o Identify Value streams and Agile Release Trains (ARTs)

o Create Implementation Plan

o Prepare for ARTs Launch

o Train Teams and Launch the ARTs

o Coach ARTs execution

o Launch more ARTs and Value Streams

o Extend to the Portfolio


Enterprises that have completed the above steps and implemented the SAFe roadmap up to the level of transformation of a portfolio into development value streams. The enterprises have achieved business agility, reduced time to market delivery, quality product, increased productivity, and employee engagement. After achieving this, most enterprises assume that they have achieved the transformation, and the work of transformation is completed considering this as an end.


But, “In Business, there is no beginning. There is no end. There is only change.”



When it’s time to accelerate the speed we must know where we are heading and where we stand at present. So, it is necessary to know how far we are in our portfolio, what’s our strengths and weaknesses and improve them. Organizations must follow the guidance to conduct a baseline business agility assessment at the start then they should do a re-assessment of 21 dimensions and seven competencies for business agility. With this assessment, an organization should measure their strengths and their low area of dimensions and work on them to improve.


Measure Performance of Portfolio


When it’s time to accelerate the speed we must know where we are heading and where we stand at present. So, it is necessary to know how far we are in our portfolio, what’s our strengths and weaknesses and improve them. Organizations must follow the guidance to conduct a baseline business agility assessment at the start then they should do a re-assessment of 21 dimensions and seven competencies for business agility. With this assessment, an organization should measure their strengths and their low area of dimensions and work on them to improve.


Reinforce Basics

Similarly, as in games coaches’ refocuses players on their fundamentals which leads to the first step for winning, in organizations also same is applied for implementing SAFe. As the organization moves forward, in some cases they may eliminate one of the 10 steps of ART success factor in implementing the roadmap. Skipping any of the steps in this will lead to an inability of a portfolio in achieving the optimal result. SPCs must follow the essential SAFe toolkit as a guide for self-assessment.


Progress towards Mastery

Once the organizations have started to learn to do their self-assessment and success factors are practiced then the organization comes to a point of questioning, now what? Then the time for an organization is to take this next step of mastering their performance and adopting new working culture. Some of the pro-tips to achieve this mastery are

  • Team and technical agility

  • Agile product delivery

  • Enterprise solution delivery

  • Lean portfolio management

  • Lean-Agile Leadership

  • Organizational Agility

  • Continuous Learning Culture

Anchor new Behaviour in Culture

After the implementation of SAFe and mastering the previously referred steps along with seven competencies will lead to the change of culture of an organization. To maintain this culture and keep making this progress is required to be anchored as it may reverse back in the old ways as the organization will be moving towards their next goal or things to do. Reverting will greatly affect the portfolio resulting in loss of hard-fought gains, new mindset, and practices.

This can be avoided with the help of SAFe leaders when they actively consider themselves as caretaker, curator, and defender of the new way of working. As whenever there is a heat of change in reverting to the old way of working in an organization then teams will look forward to their leaders and their way of working, their decision making, etc.


Apply Learning across Enterprises

Success in one portfolio doesn’t mean success in other. It is necessary to transform the success and learning of one portfolio to the other. As stated, The key to success is dedicated to life-long learning.Next-generation leaders must be continuously cultivated in every role and responsibility of an organization to achieve this continuous success. This will lead enterprises to achieve a smooth transition, upward mobility, and more opportunities.


About Advance Agility

We, at Advance Agility, are the new-age Agile Coaching, Consulting and IT services company. We enable end-to-end Digital Transformation. Agile execution is integral to our being. We are doing SAFe implementation with small, medium and large organization across the globe. Our vision is to be the leading Agile execution player globally. To keep adding value at every process stage. We are on a mission to empower our clients, move from concept to cash in the shortest sustainable lead time by adopting human centric approach to business agility. Embracing the change is in our DNA. Things that keep us apart are Quicker and Seamless execution with End-to-end gamut of services. Our Global presence and Stellar Track Record give us an edge over our competitor.


Connect with us at advanceagility.com to learn about SAFe and SAFe Implementation. Write to us at contact@advanceagilty.com for any agile training or consulting needs. We are always looking for competent agile trainers as well. So if you are a good trainer or want to become one, do get in touch with us to that we can learn, grow and achieve together.



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