SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC4) – For all passionate change agents, not just the ‘Agile elite’
28 Mar 2016
Mark Richards, one of the world’s most experienced Scaled Agile Framework practitioners, will lead a one-off Implementing SAFe 4.0 with SPC4 Certification Course in London for agil8 11-14 April. Mark is Partner at, and Founder of, Scaled Agile Gold Partner Context Matters, Australia’s leading Scaled Agile Framework training and coaching consultancy. Context Matters’ key focus is on supporting enterprise adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework for the Enterprise (SAFe). Here Mark explains how the SPC course has evolved from an early emphasis on training existing Agile ‘experts’, to the present focus on equipping and igniting the internal change agents, whether they be senior organisational leaders, Product Owners, or experienced Agile coaches…… In May 2012, I flew into Boulder Colorado to attend the inaugural SAFe Program Consultant course. I was a few months into the launch of my first Agile Release Train, and was filled with excitement at the thought of 4 days in a room full of agile scaling experts with Dean Leffingwell on the podium. I had quizzed Dean on his intentions for the SPC certification prior to attending, and he’d summarized his intent with the following: “It will only be successful if we can get very experienced people like […]
The term Agile originates from the Agile Manifesto of 2001, but the first agile approaches emerged in the 1990s with Scrum and XP. The agil8 approach brings expertise built over 20 years with these early agile methods right through to the latest developments such as Lean Kanban.
The agil8 approach is to help you select, tailor, define and implement the best lean and agile approach for your own particular circumstances. What is right for one organisation or project is not necessarily right for another. Whilst many of the challenges that different organisations face in implementing agile are often the same, the solutions to those challenges are, like the organisations themselves, always unique. Moreover, organisations and circumstances change so what is the best solution today is unlikely to be the best solution tomorrow. Above all else, the agil8 approach emphasises the important of continuous evolutionary improvement.
This kind of expertise only comes with years of experience. Lean and agile is fine in theory, but without a deep practical understanding of the different approaches and how to make them work in the real world their potential is very difficult to realise.
The agil8 enablement approach can be applied at any scale from the individual team, departmental or enterprise level. It covers everything that you need to make your transition to Lean and Agile effective and successful including Initiation, Training and Education, Coaching, Reviews and Retrospectives, and Transformation Management.
Scrum is the most popular agile method by far, and is usually at the heart of the approach adopted by agil8 clients. However, Scrum’s apparent simplicity raises challenges when attempting to map it onto a complex organisation, so the agil8 approach involves applying Scrum in the best possible way for each unique circumstance.
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