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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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Accelerating Business Agility

Many organizations are finding success with Lean-Agile and SAFe and have moved from sitting to walking. But to thrive in the digital age, organizations must move beyond simple Lean-Agile adoption towards true business agility. This track explores the practices and experiences of organizations that are successful in their efforts to transform into  a Lean enterprise. Topics in this track include guidance and experiences:

• Assessing business agility across SAFe’s core competencies
• Accelerating Lean-Agile adoption across the entire enterprise
• Moving the organization from sitting to walking to flying
• Coaching and mentoring beyond engineering and IT

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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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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

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Lean-Agile Leadership and HR

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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