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Technical Tracks

Technical Tracks

Below is a representative sample of the tracks for the 2019 European SAFe Summit. Stay tuned for the full agenda!

Lean-Agile Leadership

The journey to becoming a Lean enterprise involves significant changes to organizational culture, roles, and practices. The most successful transformations are guided by actively engaged Lean-Agile leaders who know and show the new way of working by exemplifying SAFe® core values and principles. Lean-Agile leaders take ownership and responsibility for errors and mistakes, admitting their missteps while supporting others who acknowledge and learn from theirs. And, instead of punishing the messenger, they celebrate learning. These leaders understand the mindset and specific behaviors for creating high-performing teams that embrace change and relentlessly improve.

Sessions in this track will be valuable for leaders at all levels and domains of the organization adopting SAFe. Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Introduction to the Lean-Agile Leadership competency
  • Introduction to SAFe 4.6: A guide for beginners
  • The leader’s role in a SAFe transformation
  • Agile people operations (HR)
  • The behaviors of innovative leaders
  • Overcoming the obstacles of implementing organizational change
  • Transforming the leadership culture
  • A leader’s guide to the Lean-Agile mindset, values, and principles

Team and Technical Agility

In Lean enterprises, Agile Teams perform most of the work that delivers value to their customers. Consequently, an organization’s ability to execute depends on Agile teams who reliably deliver solutions that meet a customer’s needs. For delivery at scale, it’s essential to build quality in using technical agility.

The sessions in this track cover the technical skills and Lean-Agile principles and practices needed to create high-performing Agile teams. Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Introduction to the Team and Technical Agility competency
  • Increasing built-in quality with acceptance test-driven development (ATDD), behavior-driven development (BDD), and test-driven development (TDD)
  • Building things right with the five dimensions of built-in quality
  • Increasing test automation with Gherkin and Cucumber
  • Test-driven development: All code is guilty until proven innocent
  • Introduction to software and hardware systems modeling
  • Is your design SOLID? SOLID design principles explained
  • Implementing team-level agility at scale

DevOps and Release on Demand

As digital disruption continues to change the world, and as software becomes a bigger part of every company’s ability to deliver and support its products and services, every enterprise needs to react to customer demands, faster, with digital solutions. Implementing DevOps and a Continuous Delivery Pipeline enables the enterprise to release value at any time necessary to meet this demand.

This track will explore the mindsets and practices required to make this possible. Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Introduction to the DevOps and Release on Demand competency
  • Organizing around value delivery
  • Building the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
  • Continuous Exploration and Lean UX
  • Agile product management
  • Improving quality with Continuous Integration
  • The SAFe CALMR approach to DevOps
  • Measuring and advancing DevOps and Release on Demand
  • How ITIL and SAFe work together
  • Understanding the DevOps tool chain

Business Solutions and Lean Systems Engineering

Organizations building some of the world’s largest systems are applying Lean-Agile principles and practices to the specification, development, deployment, and evolution of large, complex software applications and cyber-physical systems.

This track presents guidance and practices from practitioners building some of the world’s largest and most important systems. Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Introduction to the Business Solutions and Lean Systems Engineering competency
  • Aligning backlogs and roadmaps across value streams, ARTs, and suppliers
  • Scaling continuish integration with cyber-physical and complex solutions
  • Applying Lean principles to compliance practices in high assurance and safety-critical environments
  • Using Solution Intent to explore alternatives
  • Applying Agile architecture
  • Collaborating with suppliers
  • Working with waterfall suppliers and customers SAFely
  • The role of Model-Based Systems Engineering in a Lean-Agile world

Lean Portfolio Management

Lean Portfolio Management aligns strategy and execution by applying Lean and systems thinking approaches to strategy and investment funding, Agile portfolio operations, and governance.

Sessions in this track will cover the collaborations necessary to enable the enterprise to improve innovation and execute more reliably. Suggested topics include:

  • Introduction to the Lean Portfolio Management competency
  • Lean approaches to prioritizing portfolio investments
  • How does Technology Business Management (TBM) and SAFe fit together?
  • Measuring Lean Portfolio Management performance
  • How to establish Lean budgets and guardrails
  • Envisioning the future with the portfolio canvas
  • Developing portfolio strategy
  • Agile portfolio operations
  • How to Implement an Agile PMO and LACE