Technical Tracks

Technical Tracks

Below is a representative sample of the tracks for the 2020 European SAFe® Summit. Stay tuned for the full agenda!

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 in this track include:

  • Introduction to Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) competency
  • Developing and maintaining the portfolio vision and strategy
  • Managing Portfolio flow with SAFe Lean Startup Cycle
  • Governing Lean Portfolio Management
  • Establishing Lean budgets and guardrails
  • Aligning portfolio priorities and dynamically adjusting value stream budgets
  • Implementing Portfolio Operations including LPM, Agile PMO, or LACE
  • Optimizing the cost, consumption, and performance of business technology investments

Business and Organizational Agility

Business agility is the ability to compete and thrive in the digital age by quickly responding with innovative business solutions that meet evolving market and customer demands and emerging opportunities. Achieving business agility requires a fundamental change to the organization’s operating model that enables seamless collaboration between solution builders and business operations. All aspects of the enterprise—sales, marketing, operations, supply, manufacturing, finance, legal, HR—must become more integrated and adaptive.

Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Achieving business agility
  • Agile business functions including sales, legal, marketing, HR, and finance
  • Aligning strategy across the entire business and delivery arm
  • Enabling organizational agility with SAFe
  • Lean Business Operations
  • Organizing and re-organizing around value

Enterprise Solution Delivery

Building and evolving large, enterprise solutions is a monumental effort. Many such systems require hundreds or thousands of engineers to build them. Some initiatives are complicated by massive-scale, cyber-physical development and compliance concerns. This track covers all aspects of large and complex system development.

Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Aligning backlogs and roadmaps across multiple value streams, ARTs, and suppliers
  • Scaling ‘continuish’ integration with cyber-physical and complex solutions
  • Coordinating and aligning the full supply chain and working with Agile contracts
  • Applying Lean principles to high-assurance and safety-critical environments
  • Continually evolving live systems to support continuous delivery
  • Agile architecture, model based systems engineering, and set-based design

Agile Product Delivery

Agile Product Delivery is a customer-centric approach to defining, building, and releasing a continuous flow of valuable products and services to customers and users. It leverages a design-thinking mindset to an increasingly automated continuous delivery pipeline that provides the ability to release value as, and when, needed. This track covers the 3 dimensions of agile product delivery – Customer Centricity and Design Thinking, Developing on Cadence & Releasing on Demand, and DevOps & the Continuous Delivery Pipeline.

 Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Applying Design Thinking tools and techniques to create desirable, feasible, viable and sustainable Solutions and Products
  • Developing a Customer Centricity mindset to create greater profits, increase employee engagement, and more thoroughly satisfy customer needs
  • Applying an incremental approach to Continuous Exploration activities
  • Creating an environment for Innovation within the Value Streams
  • Embracing DevOps Mindset, Culture and Practices to enable a continuous delivery pipeline
  • Performing the Product and Solution Manager responsibilities of meet business goals, get it built, get it off the shelf, and leverage support

Team & Technical Agility

Agile teams and teams of Agile teams create and support high-quality business solutions that deliver value to the enterprise’s customers. The Team and Technical Agility track will explore the critical skills and Lean-Agile principles and practices that high-performing technology and business teams apply to successfully achieve this goal.

Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Strategies for successfully designing and organizing Agile Release Trains around value to deliver both software and hardware solutions
  • Bringing Agile business teams ‘on the train’, and specializing the Lean Agile principles for their particular context
  • Ensuring code quality with practices that include TDD, BDD, collective ownership, coding standards and pair work
  • Applying SOLID design principles and design patterns alongside Agile architecture to support evolving business needs
  • Forming and operating a system team to assist in building and using environment infrastructure and supporting solution integration


Leadership & Continuous Learning Culture

The Lean-Agile Leadership and Continuous Learning culture competencies are a powerful combination. They enable leaders to successfully drive organizational change and create an environment that fosters increased knowledge, business agility, innovation and operational excellence.

 Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Leading by example through authenticity, emotional intelligence, life-long learning, growing others and decentralized decision-making
  • Adopting a growth mindset by exemplifying the values and principles of Lean, Agile, and SAFe
  • Creating a continuous learning culture that facilitates innovation, relentless improvement and the ongoing growth of people
  • Applying system thinking to holistic leadership and continuous learning across the enterprise
  • Providing change leadership and fostering psychological safety to accelerate the transformation to SAFe

SAFe Applied

This track embraces the spirit that we can learn from each other. You’ll hear from some of the world’s most experienced SAFe coaches and thought leaders as they share their learnings, applying Lean-Agile principles and practices using the Framework. These sessions present some of those unique experiences, which may include unique ways of applying SAFe, lessons learned from enterprise transformations, and other stories from real world SAFe adoptions.

 Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Lessons from the trenches and anti-patterns to avoid
  • Tips and tricks for launching and operating Agile Release Trains
  • Conducting SAFe events with distributed teams
  • Metrics to track the success of SAFe
  • Applying Technology Business Management, ITIL or other Frameworks with SAFe
  • Coordinating value streams

SAFe Customer Stories

Showcasing some of our most compelling customer stories, this track goes behind the scenes to show you the inner-workings of SAFe journeys through all stages of maturity. Hearing directly from some of the world’s most successful enterprises, you’ll gain an understanding of how organizations succeed with SAFe and how they overcome challenges and roadblocks to achieve tangible business results.

 Suggested topics in this track include:

  • Managing large and complex portfolios
  • Expanding Agile into the whole business
  • Setting the stage for fast-tracking results
  • Overcoming resistance to culture change with leaders, managers, and teams
  • Applying SAFe effectively in hardware and software environments
  • Tackling common obstacles in new and innovative ways