The Lean-Agile Leadership competency is foundational to the Lean Enterprise. But what exactly is Lean-Agile leadership, and why is it so critical to achieving better business results? The decision to ‘go SAFe’ inevitably leads to significant organizational change. It requires more than just using new words to describe old mindsets and practices. Achieving a faster flow of value with higher quality using Lean, Agile, and DevOps can only be realized through an authentic shift to a set of values and principles that lead to a new way of working.
As Deming reminds us, “Everyone is already doing their best; the problems are with the system…only management can change the system.” And coupled with Kotter’s advice, we need a disciplined approach for leading a change of this magnitude if we want to overcome the common barriers to organizational change. This session will go beyond the overview in the Lean-Agile Leadership competency article to a deeper exploration of what it takes to drive organizational change, what it means to have a “Lean-Agile mindset,” and how leaders can “know the way, and show the way” to the successful implementation of SAFe.