Agenda: Americas

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9:00 am - 9:20 am
Level: Beginner
Chris James
Chief Executive Officer / Scaled Agile, Inc.

For most organizations, the challenge is different than it was before. What worked in the past is no longer reliable in a marketplace that is changing at a rate exponentially faster than any other time in history. In his welcome keynote, Scaled Agile CEO Chris James shares how Scaled Agile’s customer solutions are evolving to […]

9:20 am - 9:50 am
Level: Beginner
Inbar Oren
SAFe Fellow, Principal Consultant / Scaled Agile, Inc.

With SAFe® 5 we introduced SAFe as the operating system for business agility. What does that mean, exactly? In this session we’ll explain the evolution of SAFe as an operating system for your business. You’ll learn how SAFe now provides guidance for upskilling your SAFe professionals, practicing SAFe day-to-day, and sharing your knowledge and expertise […]

9:50 am - 10:20 am
Dean Leffingwell
Co-Founder and Chief Methodologist / Scaled Agile, Inc.

We stand on the brink of yet another technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. All industries—from healthcare and finance to retail and automotive—are looking at a future with a confluence of highly complex technologies—AI, cloud, big data, and more—that provide new ways to understand, manage, […]

11:10 am - 11:35 am
Level: Beginner
Dr. Oliver Seifert
Vice President R&D Electric/Electronics / Porsche AG
Mattias Ulbrich
​​Chief Information Officer of Porsche AG and CEO of Porsche Digital

How the separate worlds of vehicle engineering and IT came together to reimagine the sports car of the future Revolutionary things can happen when pizza is being served. You’ll find out why when you join Porsche visionaries Mattias Ulbrich and Dr. Oliver Seifert for a candid discussion about transforming one of the world’s most iconic […]

12:25 pm - 12:50 pm
Level: Intermediate

Epic Owners are generally thought of as the shepherds of Portfolio Kanban Epics but that is only the tip of the iceberg. As Epics are some of the most significant enterprise investments, Epic Owners play a key role in coordinating parts of the organizational hierarchy so they have a conjoined understanding of the strategic intent […]

1:20 pm - 1:45 pm
Level: Advanced

Imagine multiple Agile Release Trains in the same Portfolio. They connect to the same Vision, share the same Values, collaborate together on cross-ART Epics and yet achieve completely disparate business results. And to add to that, attrition is out of control in one ART and in the other no one is leaving. How could that […]

1:20 pm - 1:45 pm

Learnings from the transformational journey a century-old company took in their pursuit to deploy first-time, 100% accurate Payroll and HR systems and processes in a dynamic global environment. Background: A century-old company has embarked on a multimillion-dollar project: Deploy an integrated Payroll software conversion for over 150,000 employees globally Onboard subsidiaries to receive Payroll and […]

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm
Level: Advanced

SAFe in the real world: How to thread the SAFe ART Identification Workshop into Creating Great Teams with Team Topology and the Self-Selection Workshop.

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm
Level: Intermediate

In 2009 Patrick Debois coined the term DevOps at a Velocity event in Belgium. Twelve years later there have been countless books to describe this cooperation between development and operations to deliver capability rapidly to the user. We further have extended that term into Industrial DevOps to account for complex system-of-systems and Enterprise Solution Delivery, […]

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm
Level: Beginner

A Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE) focuses on implementing the Lean-Agile transformation throughout the organization. Some organizations have found it beneficial to have a separate Technical Center of Excellence (TCE) that concentrates on the software related facets of a transformation. The TCE acts as an on-going focal point for capturing and disseminating knowledge and practices […]

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm

Mob Programming thought leader, Woody Zuill, suggests that instead of always focusing on solving problems, we also take the time to notice the things that are going well and amplify them, thereby “turning up the good”. When it comes to SAFe Dean Leffingwell perhaps said it best: “There is no magic in SAFe . . […]

12:25 pm - 12:50 pm
Level: Beginner

The Purpose of Lean Portfolio Management is often lost as people focus on how to do the processes rather than why are they doing processes and how the contribute to the overall purpose. In this introductory talk Brian will visually illustrate the Purpose of Lean Portfolio Management and then show where the processes fit in […]

12:35 pm - 12:50 pm

SAFe’s current Value Stream and ART Identification workshop is an excellent approach to organize around value for IT systems. But practitioners in automotive, aerospace, defense, and other industries who build large, cyber-physical solutions struggle to apply it effectively to their domains. The current workshop’s overall structure is still relevant but requires a slightly modified approach […]

1:20 pm - 1:45 pm
Level: Advanced

Increasingly more and more engagements are tackling wider business change that is more than ‘just’ implementing SAFe. Over the last 18 months we have seen the devasting effect of the pandemic on organisations across the globe including some significant brands. These were the organisations that failed to either see the need for a digital transformation […]

1:20 pm - 1:45 pm
Level: Intermediate

Large enterprises with thousands of people focused on technology creation find it far easier to operate when they organize into multiple SAFe portfolios. Each portfolio focuses on a distinct area of the business and delivers significant results while operating relatively independently. However, enterprises also pursue significant strategic goals that by their nature are disruptive to […]

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm
Level: Beginner

As we are all experiencing, Business Agility sets new performance standards for organizations, requiring fast, effective response to emerging business opportunities. This mandates changes to what we measure, how we measure, and what to do with the data we receive. It is a critical enabler for continuously improving business performance. To support this goal, we […]

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm
Level: Intermediate

At the intersection of Organize Around Value, Lean-Agile Leadership, and Measure & Grow is the need for organizations to provide a path for team members to advance from team and ART leadership roles into to executive leaders responsible for entire value streams. This talk will discuss the importance of not only organizing ARTs around value […]

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm
Level: Advanced

Implementing SAFe and achieving business agility is often difficult when rolling out LPM and engaging the Finance and Accounting personnel. Their concerns and impediments to Lean Agile adoption are considerable and unique. The difficult nature of their work as well as the differences in country and state laws requires attention to detail in this highly […]

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm
Level: Intermediate

How can we be strategic about … strategy? This talk will provide an approach to strategy which you might not have encountered before. To escape what Geoffrey Moore calls “the pull of the past”) organizations need to have a strategy to do so. At scale, there is a need for organizations to manage multiple concurrent […]

12:35 pm - 12:50 pm
Level: Beginner
Manfred Becking
Agile Coach, SAFe Consultant / Deutsche Telekom
Richard Butler
Agile Coach, SAFe Consultant / Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, with some 242 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed-network lines, and 22 million broadband lines. Deutsche Telekom IT has moved from 0 to 130 ARTs in less than three years. Now a new phase is beginning. Here, alignment, consolidation, and relentless improvement take center […]

1:20 pm - 1:45 pm
Level: Beginner
Alena Keck
Senior Manager, Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach
Jan Burchhardt
Director Digital Transformation / Porsche AG

From Strategy to Execution with Digital Product Organization Learn how the legendary automotive brand Porsche approached Lean-Agile Transformation by building the Digital Product Organization. In this session you will: Get insights about the transformation approach and setup. Learn about the critical success factors at the beginning of the transformation Find out more about over one […]

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm
Level: Beginner
Luciana Povoa
Head of Content Production Solutions / Globo

Globo is Brazil’s largest TV network serving 100 million viewers in 130 countries. Like many other media companies, Globo needed to accelerate its digital transformation journey. Their waterfall project approach did not support the speed that was needed to meet this challenge. They needed an Agile approach! But how do you implement Agile in a […]

9:00 am - 9:40 am
David Horsager
CEO / Trust Edge Leadership Institute

Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, salespeople lose sales, and organizations lose reputation, retention of good people, relationships and revenue. But with trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom and results. Through David’s industry leading research The Trust Outlook™; and firsthand experience working with the world’s highest […]

9:45 am - 10:25 am
Level: Intermediate
Caitlin Clifford
Senior Director of Digital Health Services / CVS Health
Matthew Huang
Senior Product Manager of Immunizations / CVS Health
Randy Kendel
Release Train Engineer of Immunizations / CVS Health
Rebecca Davis
CVS Health Digital Lean Agile Practice Leader / CVS Health

CVS Health is a leading American pharmacy and healthcare company with nearly 10,000 stores in its network. When empowerment and urgency come together, anything is possible. Join four agile leaders from CVS Health to learn how they banded together to form teams out of existing trains in order to tackle their monumental, and ever-evolving COVID […]

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm
Level: Intermediate

You have launched some ARTs! Teams are happy, leadership is impressed, your customers are delighted! Your c-suite says “Let’s go SAFe … all in.” This talk will outline a clear, disciplined approach to applying the SAFe Implementation Roadmap to large swaths of your organization: Sequence “construction” of product aligned end-to-end organizations based on portfolio following […]

10:40 am - 11:05 am
Level: Beginner

Value Stream Management (VSM) is a set of lean principles and practices that optimizes the application of people, processes, and technology to continuously improve business value flow, from ideation to customer delivery. Companies that implement VSM have seen extraordinary business improvement in car manufacturing, software, financial, and medical industries. VSM promotes the use of systems […]

12:20 pm - 12:45 pm
Level: Intermediate

Organizations in every industry across the globe are intensely focused on increasing agility, adaptability, and innovation. The operating environment for incumbent market leaders is more turbulent than at any time in recent history. Emerging technologies, disruptive start-ups, globalization, social and political unrest, generational shifts, and even the current COVID-19 pandemic all contribute to a context […]

12:20 pm - 12:45 pm

Most people implement SAFe with some level of executive support; however, having true engagement from executives who demonstrate behaviors based on lean-agile values and principles will take things to a whole new level. If you are a coach or SPC implementing the framework, an RTE seeking to relentlessly improve the value delivery of your ART, […]

12:55 pm - 1:20 pm
Level: Intermediate
Malte Kumlehn
Strategic Advisory Board and Director SAP Business Agility Advisory / Project and Team

The challenge to manage complexity and realize business agility in Fortune 500 organizations is not a new conversation for most leaders. A critical skill to lead from the emerging future and scale innovations repeatedly is to continuously organize business critical Enterprise Solutions. Working with Large Solution for some years now Planning Conferences, which are similar […]

12:55 pm - 1:20 pm
Level: Beginner

Emotional Intelligence has become one of the most important evaluators for hiring managers in today’s environment. Sometimes referred to as the “human skills” it’s also a critical factor in the successful evolution of our enterprises growth, and the success of our products and solutions. Even more so, it has researched qualitative value associated. We hear […]

10:40 am - 11:05 am
Level: Intermediate

“Business strategy is the battle-plan for a better future” (Patrick Dixon) How do we bring strategic planning and enterprise strategy together? How to recognize the enormous transformative power that comes along with a good strategy? How to develop strategy in an agile way? In this panel with Thorsten Janning (KEGON AG) and Scott Frost Accenture/SolutionsIQ) […]

10:40 am - 11:05 am
Level: Beginner

Despite its importance, HR and people practices often remain misaligned to agile, leading to unpaid People Debt that threatens the ART’s success. Often disguised as well-established concepts and principles, People Debt can accumulate quickly and, if unpaid, will erode the resilience and survivability of the organization. The best way to deal with People Debt is […]

12:20 pm - 12:45 pm
Level: Intermediate

Organizations deploying SAFe® share the goal of increasing Business Agility and the flow of value to the customer. However, dated methods of measuring delivery that are not suitable to the age of software continue to enforce old behaviors. This creates a problematic mismatch, with ARTs and Agile Product Delivery constantly finding against business metrics that […]

12:20 pm - 12:45 pm
Level: Advanced

Enterprises have many responsibilities above and beyond delivering innovative products and services faster, more predictably, and with higher quality. They need to look after their customers, partner with their suppliers, develop their people, account for their finances, provide facilities, and operate in line with all the applicable rules and regulations. They need sales, HR, legal, […]

12:55 pm - 1:20 pm
Level: Beginner

To survive and thrive in the digital age, enterprises must sense and respond to market opportunities at warp speed. This requires a customer-centric culture and the ability to deliver a continuous flow of value from idea to release. Value stream management (VSM) is emerging as an industry term that describes how this full, end-to-end delivery […]

12:55 pm - 1:20 pm
Level: Intermediate

When considering how to apply Agile to business, many types of Agile have been developed, such as Agile for Sales, Agile Marketing, Agile Finance, etc. However, how do you scale agile practices within a function without creating a functional silo? What good is it to create an “Agile Marketing department” that can’t communicate with other […]

10:40 am - 11:05 am
Level: Intermediate
David Gellen
Agile Transformation Lead for GBSD / Northrop Grumman
Micheal Burkhart
Lead for Agile Transformation of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program / U.S. Air Force

Lean-Agile Mindset and DevSecOps Adoption in a Multi-billion dollar Acquisition and 10,000+ Person Development of a Cyber-Physical Defense System: Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) How do you achieve unprecedented communication between contractor, government, and stakeholders in a large acquisition? Northrop Grumman and US Air Force agile transformation leads will describe how they have worked together […]

12:20 pm - 12:45 pm
Level: Intermediate
Guangdao Liu
Manager / ZKH Industrial Supply Co., Ltd
Jasmine Zhang
Agile Practise Lead of Greater China / Accenture

As one of the leading MRO and C-parts consolidators in China, ZKH Industrial Supply provides industrial accessories, consumables, general equipment, and spare parts. In just one year, this China-based leader for MRO goods was delighted with the dramatic improvements they achieved after adopting SAFe and applying Lean Portfolio Management: 800% improvement in order processing time […]

12:55 pm - 1:20 pm
Level: Intermediate
Kari Powelson
Executive Director IT Leader Home Care / CVS Health
Steven Archer
Principal Agile Coach / CVS Health

Kaiser Permanente is one of America’s leading not-for-profit health care providers and not-for-profit health plans serving 12.5 million members Driven by new technologies and evolving expectations for patient convenience, the golden age of care at home may be just around the corner. Reimagined technology and clinical workflows will transform coordinated and patient-centered care to Kaiser […]