Scaled-Agile Consulting

Scaled-Agile Consulting

Scaled Agile Framework® (or SAFe®) is an Agile software development framework designed by Scaled Agile, Inc. It consists of a knowledge base of integrated patterns intended for enterprise-scale Lean-Agile development. The Scaled Agile Framework® is a proven, publicly-facing framework for adopting Lean Agile development practices at enterprise scale. SAFe® defines roles, activities and work products for Team, Program and Portfolio levels of the largest software enterprises. SAFe® is based on Agile development, Principles of Lean, Systems thinking, and product development flow.

Our Clarus Group, lead expert in Scaled-Agile is Douglas Earp, CLSSMBB, SPC4, CSM, PMP and Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Douglas is the Chief Information Officer at Clarus Group.  Clarus Group targets helping organizations implement, optimize, train and conduct best in class Scaled-Agile program management across their entire IT portfolio.

 

Business Process Reviews

Clarus Group works with our clients to review processes and provides an enterprise-level view of your company’s strengths and weaknesses as it relates to Program and IT Management. We aim to deliver potential solutions to streamline operations and enhance business performance and our reviews will contain:

 

Lean-Agile Training for Leading SAFe 4.0

Clarus Group provides extensive training for your company on the scaled agile framework.  The goal of this course is to equip you with the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale. Our SPC4, Douglas Earp, can leads you through eight key lessons where you’ll get high-level overviews, as well as specifics where you most need them.

Our training offers exercises to test yourself on what you’ve learned and at the end of the course will offer clear-cut steps on how you can take the information to start your journey of transformation today. After Lean-Agile training your employees can expect to have an excellent understanding of the Scaled Agile Framework.  You will understand how to implement an Agile Release Train (ART), how to build large systems in a Lean and Agile manner and how to build and operate an Agile Portfolio.  You will gain the leadership skills necessary to achieve the next level of enterprise performance and how to better lead the next generation of knowledge workers.

You’ll gain the knowledge necessary to lead an enterprise agile transformation by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework, with its underlying principles of lean thinking, and product development flow. You will leave with a clear understanding of how the principles and practices support a successful Agile framework. Through our training your employees will be able to:

 

Methodology Migration/Implementation

There are many risks involved in migrating to a new program management framework. Best practices in structure and process integration are crucial. Our team works with you to break down silos, get everyone familiar with their roles, provide in-depth training so everyone knows the best practice and help with Scaled-Agile program executions.

 

Scaled-Agile Support

Clarus Group offers a variety of support options based upon your stage of the Scaled Agile transition.  Our consultants can get you trained in all aspects of the framework execution or focus on high level program structure.

 

Why Scaled Agile?

Imagine a company where the CEO is shoulder to shoulder with you defining the business context of the program you are about to embark upon and how it will lift the company to the next level.  Next listen to Product Management explain the vision and demonstrate a road map of how the company will achieve this vision in a 12-week time frame.  Up next, the Enterprise Architects define the solution and the environment, describing technical details of how this process will work.  Now the fun starts.  Product Owners break out with Agile Teams to prioritize and segment features with the teams.  The Release Train Engineer (RTE) [Chief Scrum Master] coordinates the facilitation of this whole process.  The spark that lights this fire is the Scaled Agile Framework and companies around the world are transitioning to this new way of getting stuff done.

Large companies using traditional methodologies are finding it very difficult to compete with agile organizations.  Executive priorities change every few months due to market demands, competition, and shifting customer interests.  Companies are now having to pivot on very short notice.  Scaled Agile offers an optimized delivery system that can be scaled to any level.  Lean Agile thinking removes corporate roadblocks and silos.  Budgets are authorized at the value stream level to avoid non-value-added project approval delays.

Why are companies implementing Scaled Agile now?

Scaled Agile is a robust framework that helps businesses experience the following:

SAFe 4.0 for Lean Software and Systems Engineering:

Lean Agile Thinking promotes the use of flow to define the optimal level of work in process.  Each level of the framework takes advantage of lean tools and techniques to align products with company purpose and value.  Relentless improvement is built into the fabric of the framework to ensure processes are optimized at incremental levels.