Abstract/Description

Are you working with multiple agile teams on a single software application? Are you looking for help with making agile work for you at the program level? Have you considered leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) but been scared off by its prescriptive nature? Are you confused about how program level SAFe applies in your context?

Every organisation is different and what works for one organisation may not work for another. One of the benefits of a framework, is that they can and should be adapted to your context. Based on learnings derived from practical experience, this session will illustrate how focusing on values and principles over practice and processes, can help you design a pragmatic approach to program level SAFe suitable for your unique situation.

By contrasting principles and practises this session will:
* draw out the principles behind SAFe and the standard SAFe practises that apply to them,
* show how practises from other scaling models align to SAFe principles and compliment program level SAFe; and,
* share real word examples of how adapting SAFe practises, while remaining aligned to the principles, can help you create a working model applicable to your program

One example of an adaptation to SAFe that will be covered is SAFe without PSIs.
**Principle:** "Control flow under uncertainty with cadence and synchronisation"
**SAFe Practice:** Use PSI's (4 - 6 iteration cycles) with a 2 day planning event each PSI
**Alternative Practice:** All hands kickoff every Sprint and rolling 4 iteration plan

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