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With more and more people working from home, many organisations that have adopted SAFe® are having to adapt their processes in order to accommodate completely dispersed teams.

With more and more people working from home, many organisations that have adopted SAFe® are having to adapt their processes in order to accommodate completely dispersed teams.

With more and more people working from home, many organisations that have adopted SAFe® are having to adapt their processes in order to accommodate completely dispersed teams.

I was recently asked to help facilitate and to act as coach at a multi-day kick-off event for a new Agile Release Train (ART). The agenda initially looked a lot like that of the SAFe Program Increment (PI) Planning event, but there were immediate differences, the main one being a restricted attendee list due to ongoing team recruitment. The people in the room consisted largely of the SAFe Program level: Release Train Engineer (RTE), Product Management, Product Owner, Architecture, and a few Subject Matter Experts...

In this short blog Ian Spence looks at how many Features a SAFe® Agile Release Train needs to prepare to be ready for their PI (Program Increment) / big room planning event.

scaled agile portfolio epic lifecycle and epic states

Epics have a lifecycle, they don’t magically appear fully formed. There is work to be done to progressively elaborate a business case and if the Epic is approved then there is further work to progress the Epic through implementation. This post explores the Lifecycle of an Epic and the states it progresses through in that Lifecycle.

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Epics, the Portfolio Level work artefact, flow through the Portfolio processes but the flow can be very slow. This post explores how the Epic Feedback loop provides rapid feedback for decision making about an Epic even if the Epic itself is long lived.

Understanding EPIC Flow Diagram Image

Epics, the Portfolio Level work artefact, flow through the Portfolio processes but the flow can be very slow. This post explores whether the speed of flow, or lack of it, through the Portfolio poses a problem.

Scaled Agile Slicing Epics Image

Epics, the Portfolio Level work artefact, flow through the Portfolio processes but the flow can be very slow. This post explores how the challenges that can be faced when trying to slice a large Epic into smaller Epics.

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This post is an exploration of whether you should be estimating Expense or Effort. Both are required from different processes within the Scaled Agile Framework and there is a route to convert between the two, but which should be the principal estimate and which the derivation?

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