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Self-Selction: A SAFe Approach to Forming Agile Release Trains

When it comes to shaping agile teams many organizations use a leader decides model. The design of the teams is often a very delicate balancing act. Skills, experience, subject matter expertise and personalities all need to be factored in and the end result is often less than ideal. So what if we took a different approach? What if we let the people who are going to be in the teams decide for themselves which mix of skills, experience, subject matter expertise and personalities are going to work best? In this session you will learn how Sandy Mamoli & David Mole’s approach to self-selection (aka Squadification) has been used with SAFe to empower people to choose who they work with. This warts and all tale from the trenches will arm you to attempt your own self-selection workshop when launching or reshaping Agile Release Trains.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the value of using self-selection to create teams
  • Identify where the standard self-selection guidance needs to be modified for SAFe
  • Prepare for & facilitate a self-selection event


Location: Date: October 2, 2019 Time: 3:00 pm - 3:40 pm Em Campbell-Pretty