I’ve been hearing little murmurings…..
“SAFe is great because we can still keep watch over everything”
“Reporting will be robust with SAFe. We’ll know how each team is doing at all times.”
“We’ll need really good Integrated BSAs and Tech Leads to monitor and approve the decisions.”
There’s NO PASS ON THE CULTURE CHANGE with SAFe, Scrum, Kanban or any other Agile framework. I’m very serious about this. SAFe is still based on Agile values and Principles. The great picture doesn’t mean you don’t have to change the way you think. It doesn’t. I believe, when done correctly, it makes it less scary to change culturally but there MUST be change. When you look at the picture, turn it upside down. Team on top and Portfolio on the bottom. It’s STILL about delivering value to the customer and the people, on the teams, are the ones who do it.
You can’t realize the full benefits of Agile until the culture change starts.
I’ll say it another way.
If you want to realize the full benefits of Agile, you will need to change the way you view people and work.
Here’s another way.
When you do not change your culture and Agile doesn’t work it will be because you didn’t change your culture.
Do not blame Agile. Do not blame Scrum. Do not blame SAFe. SAFe is an excellent framework to learn how to apply the Agile/LEAN values and principles. So is SCRUM. Neither is a silver bullet. The silver bullet is your brain and it’s ability to change.