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The SAFe Way to Lean Software Development

Staying Competitive Means Staying Ahead

Staying competitive means staying ahead, and lean thinking is perhaps the best way of creating a significant impact on how rapidly your organization can keep up with the ever-changing environment of business. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a publically available framework that applies Lean/Agile principles on the enterprise scale. The benefits include a more responsive organization which is able to react to shifting expectations and requirements, among other achievable goals. In this article by Colin O’Neill, Gillian Clark, and Gareth Evans, an overview of Lean principles (and how they help support the Scaled Agile Framework) is provided.

Build Your House Strong

Using the image of a house, the authors explain how the goal is value, but that only respect for people, product development flow, and Kaizen can support that goal. The foundation for all of these efforts is leadership:

Effective Managers must be trained in the principles of Lean Thinking so they can base their decisions on sound, long-term values and principles. In SAFe, Lean Thinking Manager-Teachers (a term derived from Eiji Toyoda’s Toyota Way”) take responsibility for enterprise success—they also understand and teach Lean/Agile behaviors to their people. Additionally, Business Owners are actively engaged in software product development and take responsibility for the quality and fitness of the systems that support their lines of business. Managers, in turn, primarily develop people, who ultimately create and deliver solutions. Specifically, Project Managers, Product Owners, and Scrum Masters operate as servant-leaders and empower their teams to deliver value in the fulfillment of business objectives.

The post then goes on to share other element of the “Lean House” as well as diving into the process of Product Development Flow. Read the full post here:

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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