The Dumpster fire of SAFe!
There is no cookie-cutter approach or blueprint that will result in your company being successful. SAFe is the death star plan that will ultimately be your demise.
𝘍𝘪𝘵𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘚𝘈𝘍𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 2016, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘤 𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘴.
SAFe may well have worked somewhere, built iteratively and incrementally from scratch inside a single company. However, there is no way to be successful at scale using someone else process, essentially copying their homework for a different assignment. Every company is unique because of the niche that it grew to fill. Those unique niches were slow-moving in the past, allowing the ability to change to atrophy and eventually become stagnant. This stagnation is organisational cruft or, more commonly, bureaucracy. The pace of change is relentlessly increasing, and your organisational cruft is slowing you down.
𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆’𝘀 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗱𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝘆𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗰, 𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁-𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀.
You need to allow the right practices to emerge over time and build a unique set of systems that allow you to maintain your niche and adapt to new niches as they arise. Leadership, not Management will help you get there.
“Value is the real goal. In these increasingly uncertain times, having the technical excellence and business flexibility to quickly and deliberately respond to change will be the differentiator between the business that thrive and those that struggle to survive. The forced adaptations from Covid demonstrated the need to trust and empower your people. How will monolithic bureaucratic practices support that?” — Simon Reindl
A leader’s job is to foster a lean-agile mindset and then get out of the way and allow folks to get the work done.
- The Results of Companies Migrating to heavy-weight Scaled Frameworks and off-the-shelf platforms
- How large successful companies achieve agility at scale.
- USAF Memorandum: Preferred Agile Framework