The 3 Best Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Resources for Beginners

3 Best Scaled Agile Framework SAFe Resources

Do you need to get up to speed on SAFe? Here are the three best agile resources for quickly learning what SAFe is all about.

1- Scaled Agile Framework Website

The scaledagileframework.com site includes a graphical representation of the framework, with clickable links to describe the details. This site also provides access to the principles that underlie SAFe, a glossary, and explanatory videos. Click this link to check it out.

2- From Projects to Value Streams Video

Organizing around value streams instead of projects is a big change for most organizations. Watch Dean Leffingwell, Scaled Agile, Inc. co-founder and chief methodologist, explain what a value stream is, how to manage it, and what it means for your delivery organization. Click this link to check it out.

3- Indispensable Elements of SAFe Webinar Recording

What does a SAFe implementation mean for your organization? View this webinar to hear Alex Yakyma SAFe fellow and principal consultant at Scaled Agile, Inc. explain which elements of SAFe are indispensable, and which ones you can adjust in your SAFe implementation. Click this link to check it out.

Conclusion

These three resources will give you a good introductory understanding of SAFe. If you’re serious about moving forward with SAFe in your organization, you’ll probably want to invest in some targeted SAFe training and coaching.  One more thing to strongly consider is that in the State of Agile survey of 3,900 people, the number one factor for successfully scaling agile was consistent process and practices. The second factor was implementing a common tool across your enterprise.

The VersionOne Enterprise Agile Platform provides a single platform for implementing consistent process and practices. Click this link to learn how VersionOne helps organizations successfully implement SAFe.

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VersionOne Named One of the Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle

VersionOne Named a Best Place to Work in Atlanta

2016-abc-signature-bptwWe’re excited to announce that VersionOne has been named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The Best Places to Work 2016 awards recognize 100 of the top companies in Metro Atlanta.

Robert Holler, CEO and Co-founder, and Michelle Jager, Director of Human Resources were excited to accept the 2016 Best Places to Work Award

Robert Holler, CEO and Co-founder, and Michelle Jager, Director of Human Resources were excited to accept the 2016 Best Places to Work Award

The award acknowledges companies that came out on top based on a multi-dimensional survey completed by their own employees. Survey dimensions included rating the work environment, the level of creativity, personal and professional development, and overall team effectiveness. Atlanta’s Best Places to Work list was the most competitive in the U.S., as measured by the ratio of honored companies to nominated companies. 

“Our employees and company culture are the foundation for our success,” said VersionOne CEO and Co-founder Robert Holler. “It is an honor to be recognized for fostering an environment where employees are proud of the company and what we stand for. This award represents the positive attitude and accomplishments of everyone in the company. We are thrilled to have received this award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle.”

 Here’s what employees say about working at VersionOne:

 “I LOVE VersionOne! I have never felt so respected, supported, and appreciated over the duration of my career as much as I am at VersionOne.”

 “VersionOne is a fantastic place to work. Not only is it challenging and exciting, but it’s actually fun! Leadership and teams go out of their way here to ensure the culture is preserved and that they find people who are the right fit. This means coming in every day feeling like you’re going to do cool stuff with your friends!”

 “There are too many companies that are money-centric driven where employees and customer don’t really matter. Whereas VersionOne has built a company with a work environment where employees want to work… employee-centric, and customers enjoy doing business with us… customer-centric. Being employee-centric and customer-centric is why VersionOne employees love working here and why I could never be happy at any other job.”

 “VersionOne is a fun and exciting place to work. Everyone here is constantly trying to make VersionOne the best and it pays off. Our culture is amazing and the benefits provided to us make working here and balancing personal lives easy.”

“VersionOne is not just the best job I’ve ever had, it is the best job I can imagine; they are my family. I swell with pride every time I represent them in the greater community; whether helping I’m helping to build a house for Habitat for Humanity, representing them at a conference; or at a speaking engagement. I love my team and feel connected with all my co-workers.”

“I am grateful to get to work with this fantastic company. I love working with each and every person here and actually look forward to coming into the office. It’s a joy not only from that perspective though, I grow every day in my career and feel like I’m making an impact for the company.”

For information about VersionOne’s values, benefits, and current opening, please visit: www.versionone.com/careers

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6 Crucial Elements of Tracking Business Value from Strategy through Delivery

6 Elements Agile Devops End-to-End Visibility


Do you have end-to-end visibility of business value as it flows from strategy through Agile development and DevOps delivery? Dean Leffingwell, the co-founder and chief methodologist at Scaled Agile, Inc., explains the 6 key elements of tracking the flow of value through the entire value stream in this series of short and insightful videos.

1- What is a value stream?

Do you know exactly what a value stream is and how it will impact your organization when you adopt SAFe for your Agile transformation? In this video Dean Leffingwell defines what a value stream is and explains how it is a fundamental element of the Scaled Agile Framework.

2- Why is it critical to manage value streams over projects?

In this video Dean Leffingwell explains why it is critical to manage value streams over projects and how cost accounting fits in. Learn how managing value streams enables you to deliver more value to your customers.

3- Why is it important to track the flow of value?

Are you tracking the flow of value as it goes from strategy through development and delivery? In this video Dean Leffingwell explains why it is important to track and visualize the flow of value end-to-end.

4- How does Agile merge with DevOps?

In this video Dean Leffingwell explains how DevOps fits in with SAFe. Learn why seamlessly integrating Agile and DevOps is a crucial step to delivering more value to your customers.

5- What are the benefits of tracking the flow of value from strategy through delivery?

Can you easily identify the bottlenecks across your entire software lifecycle, from strategy to delivery? In this video Dean Leffingwell explains the benefits of tracking and visualizing the flow of value end-to-end.

6- What are the challenges of tracking the flow of value from planning through delivery?

In this video Dean Leffingwell explains the challenges of tracking the flow of value as it transitions from development to delivery. Learn how the tracking and visualization of the flow is impeded when development stories turn into binary code entering the delivery pipeline.

Solution for tracking the flow of value end-to-end

VersionOne provides the end-to-end visibility you need to track business value as it flows from strategy through development and delivery. Track and visualize value as high-level initiatives are decomposed into epics, features, and stories and then continue to track that business value as those stories are recomposed into artifacts, packages, releases, and deployments.

Learn how VersionOne will enable you to track value from strategy through development and delivery.

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