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Extend to the Portfolio

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approaches.”

Most of the things in implementing the SAFe roadmap have to be accomplished till now with the previous ten steps. SAFe is implemented and also broadens at different levels. ARTs and Value streams are also operated to develop the implementation of SAFe. The last article mentioned how the leaders, SPCs broader the implementation of SAFe. Now implementation needs to be expanded to mature the lean portfolio management competency and fix new approaches regarding culture in enterprises. These extended ARTs and developed value streams create a buzz of working in a market it also puts pressure on portfolios and instigates changes to improve strategies. The issue related to them includes

  • The project defined funding and cost fiction etc.

  • A load of demand versus capacity

  • Lack of knowledge on applying capitalization in agile

  • Over detailing due to delaying ROI projection

  • Fixed scope, cost, and project dates

  • Tradition way of supplier working

  • Phase gate approval process where risk is alleviated and discourages incremental delivery.

These issues highlight that it is necessary to improve the way of approach while implementing agile to avoid reversing agile working and going back to the traditional way, if not by working then by mindset.

Leading Transformation

Helping the SAFe workforce to accept the new way of working SPCs and leaders empowers an attitude to accept a new mindset. But as it is always better to lead the APMO takes an active role in transforming the practices and principles which are described as follows:

Lead Change and Raise Improvement

Along with Suppliers, SAFe enterprise also understands the importance of customers so including events as inspection and adaptation, PI planning, system, and system demo, etc.freshed roles, responsibilities, and behaviors.

Align Development Value Streams and Enterprise strategies

The development value streams are built to achieve the portfolio strategy goals. LPM ensures that the strategy clarity and availability of resources. This LPM responsibility can be achieved with a regular cycle of establishing, refining, and communicating continuously portfolio strategy themes and vision through portfolio canvas.

Create Enterprise Value Flow

In the maturity cycle, the portfolio level flow of work is initiated at the primary level. This includes implementation of filling epic owner roles, portfolio backlog, and kanban system. It also involves enterprise architects creating enabler epics that will underpin common technologies and border used cases across the portfolio.

Implement Lean Management in Finance

While improving we must improve our ways and nature of what things we do making us move towards a more persistent flow-based model. This new approach must decrease the overhead giving strong drive and continuous value flow that should enable making decentralized decisions along with faster moves aligning with portfolio objectives.

Portfolio Demand to Implement Capacity

To avoid the overload SAFe enterprises limit the portfolio WIP until demand is matched to capacity.Whereas, in long rail commitment they apply agile estimation and fore-castings for creating a portfolio roadmap as a baseline of expectations for stakeholders.

Advance Learners and Objective Governance Practices

It is also necessary to evolve the practices from the traditional way of development like passing phase-gate milestones, paper-based measured, etc. towards lean-agile ways of practices as explained in SAFe principle 5- A base milestone on objective evidence of working system.

Apply Lean Approach to Supplier and Customers

Lean agile enterprises have a long-term relationship with their suppliers, producing the lowest overall ownership cost. SAFe enterprises also help their suppliers in building lean-agile thinking and support them in their development. They set an example in how to treat the suppliers.

Along with Suppliers,SAFe enterprise also understands the importance of customers so including events as inspection and adaptation, PI planning, system, and system demo, etc.

“Spend the time upfront to invest in systems and processes to make long-term growth sustainable.”

Up to this step, we have learned to achieve business benefits, improvement in quality, market time, and employee engagement now in the next upcoming article we will know how to sustain these benefits for the long run.

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.

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