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2019 Tracks

 

Featuring its biggest program yet, the 2019 Global SAFe Summit offers over 42 technical sessions spread across seven tracks

The 2019 Global SAFe Summit is organized around seven dynamic themes designed to help you focus on the challenges that are most important to you. Whether you’re just learning about SAFe, are looking to develop your skills for a specific role, or want to explore SAFe through the lens of a particular discipline or application, there are multiple opportunities to meet your unique challenges and opportunities.

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Business Agility

Enterprise Business Agility represents the ability of an organization to rapidly respond to changing market conditions and continuously deliver products and services that meet evolving customer demands. In the software age, enterprise business agility is depending on an organizations ability to create and innovative digital systems. Digital systems are not enough, though, and the collaboration between systems builders and the business is a crucial factor in success. All aspects of the enterprise — sales, marketing, operations, supply, manufacturing, finance, legal, HR and more— must become more agile and adaptive, and more fluid in its organization.

 

Topics in this primarily non-technical track include:

  • Agile Sales, Marketing, HR, and Finance
  • Running the entire business with SAFe
  • Integrating IT and business in hybrid value streams
  • Agile approaches to modifying business processes
  • Organizing around value
  • Working with Agile and non-Agile suppliers
  • Building a learning enterprise

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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

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DevOps and Technical Agility

The ability to release value to customers when they need it is crucial to the success of today’s businesses. Which is why every Agile Team, Agile Release Train (ART), and Solution Train must develop a Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps mindset. Technical agility guarantees that organizations have the requisite hard skills and technical practices to create the best possible solutions, ensuring systems are architecturally sound, highly reliable, and are easily modified to support future business needs. Operating together, DevOps and Technical Agility provide the foundation for building and continually optimizing a Continuous Delivery Pipeline in support of an ever-changing business landscape.

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Enterprise Product and Solution Delivery

As organizations transform to Lean-Agile, they are looking to approaches such as Design Thinking, Whole Product, and Lean Systems Engineering to inform their product and solution development. With some complicated by massive scale, hardware development, and compliance concerns. This track covers all aspects of product development – understanding and validating markets and users, continually evolving system specifications, approaches to agile architecture, creating and adapting long-term roadmaps, coordinating backlogs and roadmaps within and across organizations, and other challenges faced by product and solution development at scale.

Topics in this track might include:

  • Applying Product Management practices including design thinking and whole product concepts.
  • Applying Lean principles to compliance practices in high assurance and safety-critical environments
  • Aligning backlogs and roadmaps across multiple value streams, ARTs, and suppliers
  • Scaling ‘continuish’ integration with cyber-physical and complex solutions
  • Working with waterfall suppliers and customers
  • Evolving specifications and the Solution Intent

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Leadership and Learning Culture

Lean-Agile Leaders drive and sustain organizational change and operational excellence by empowering individuals and teams to reach their highest potential. They do this by learning, exhibiting, teaching, and coaching SAFe’s Lean-Agile mindset, values, principles, and practices. This track will cover how leaders take an active role in leading the implementation of the new way of working, including human relations, and the evolution of our enterprise social systems.

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SAFe Applied

This track embraces the spirit that we can learn from each other. The extended SAFe community has immense experience and lessons learned 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.

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SAFe in Government Programs

Federal, regional, and local governments have a mandate from the public to spend money on software and systems in the most cost efficient manner possible. As a result, many have found their way to SAFe and are reporting gains in both productivity and costs savings. Some even exceeding the outstanding gains reported in the commercial sector. This track will explore strategies for adopting SAFe in government, highlight some successful case studies, and bring focus to critical topics including:

  • Acquiring solutions with Agile contracting
  • Multi-vendor teams and programs
  • Governance
  • Auditing
  • Earned value management

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