How to use PMI's Disciplined Agile to customize your SAFe practices

Ways of Working

PMI-Denmark is bringing yet another webinar for project management community in Denmark. In this interactive webinar you will get to listen to Daniel Gagnon, one of the renowned name in DA and SAFe practises. We have kept this event free for all, so go ahead and register for this interesting, insightful and interactive webinar.

SAFe is prevalent among large organizations, for whom it promises a pragmatic way to successfully move away from large, sequential projects and programs. There are many good ideas in SAFe: In addition to encouraging a rethinking of Portfolio-level priorities, it encourages the delivery of Value in smaller batches known as Program Increments, thus helping to avoid the slow-motion train wreck of the large waterfall projects of the past. Still, many organizations adopting SAFe eventually run into myriad issues, most of which stem from the fact that SAFe can be very prescriptive regarding its processes and practices. Dean Leffingwell has repeatedly said that it is a framework and that adopters should feel free to customize it according to their needs. While true on the surface, this declaration doesn’t account for a simple fact – SAFe does not offer any guidance or recommendations on its own potential customization.

In order to escape this one-size-fits-all paradigm without incurring months or years of expensive trial and error, another approach must be found if organizations adopting SAFe are to make it truly fit-for-purpose for their own culture and context.

In this regard, PMI’s Disciplined Agile can be of immense help. DA is not a framework, but an approach to critical thinking (and rethinking) the way organizations deliver Value. It does this by breaking away from the process model in order to concentrate on the higher-level objectives that characterize all organizational endeavours. Decades of knowledge work practices and approaches have been examined for their relevance in terms of achieving these common objectives and are presented as arrays of options.

These sets of options provide the basis for guided continuous improvement based on the understanding of trade-offs and lead to shorter cycle times in terms of achieving ways of working that are better suited for each organization’s unique circumstances.

In this interactive session, Daniel will provide a brief overview of DA, followed by a practice round and then an Open Space exercise (using Miro) so that participants can gain hands-on experience using DA’s agnostic approach to address some of the real-world issues they are facing in their current SAFe implementations.

About Daniel Gagnon

Daniel is organisational agility advisor, coach, and trainer with over two decades of project, product, and portfolio delivery experience, primarily in large organisations. His agile employment, consulting and training engagements over the past 13 years have primarily been with clients from the financial sector, manufacturing, public utilities, and government entities. Daniel has coached at all levels, from executives to teams, as well as coached diverse roles. Daniel is a passionate catalyst leader and ethical disruptor.

Daniel is one of the first SPCs in Canada in 2013, training directly with Dean Leffingwell. In 2015, he became one of Canada’s first DA coaches, working directly with Scott Ambler and Mark Lines.

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Type of category: Webinar

Type of activity: Ways of Working

Date: June 6th, 2023

Hour: 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Registration close date: June 3rd, 2023 at 11:59PM

# of PDUs: 2


Students: Free

Members: Free

Non members and Guests: Free