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Will the Real SAFe Product Manager Please Stand Up
Having recently posted on The ART of Selecting SAFe Product Owners, I am now finding myself getting questions about the role of the SAFe Product Manager.  What is the role of the Product Manager in SAFe? We find that the SAFe Product Manager role varies depending on the product(s), solution(s) Read more...
Demystifying Team Topologies in SAFe 
Ideas from Team Topologies have been referenced by the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) since version 5.1. Many SAFe classes, including the very popular Leading SAFe, have two slides summarising Team Topologies in the context of SAFe. Personally, I’ve always found a two-slide summary of a 240-page book to be somewhat Read more...
The ART of Selecting SAFe Product Owners
A few weeks ago, I was teaching an executive Leading SAFe class, and our Business Owners were clearly very new to Agile, SAFe and Scrum. As I started the lesson on Team and Technical Agility, I noticed them leaning in to try and better understand the role of the SAFe Read more...
Five Use Cases for an Agile Release Tram (aka Small Scale SAFe)
What is an Agile Release Tram? Well, that is a great question. It sounds a bit like Agile Release Train; however, there are no references to it in the Scaled Agile Framework. While I’m sure we are not the only people who have Agile Release Trams, this is a pattern Read more...
How do I justify full-time Scrum Masters for my Agile Release Train?
It feels like every time we launch an Agile Release Train, one of the first hard conversations we have is the need for a full-time dedicated Scrum Master for every Agile team. I suspect there are two main reasons this conversation comes up time and again. The first and perhaps Read more...
Why Don’t We Pre-Write Stories for PI Planning?
This is a question I’m occasionally asked, but having been asked twice this week it prompted me to write this post. Why not pre-write stories for PI planning? Sure, it takes the stress and pressure out of the 2 days of PI planning, however, it is a SAFe anti-pattern. You Read more...
Scaling Culture
It is hard to believe it has been over a year since the Pretty Agile team was at Agile 2019 in Washington D.C. where I had the pleasure of presenting  "Learning from the Books You Said You Read…" with Melissa Hay as well as "Is There a Place for Individuals and Interactions Read more...
Advice on Taking SAFe Certification Exams (and retaining classroom learning)
Updated February 2024 to reflect SAFe 6.0 updates. It may not feel like it, but SAFe Certification exams are not designed to trick you! That said, they certainly can be tricky, so I thought I would share some advice to help you maximise the likelihood of you passing the first Read more...
How to Choose a SAFe Certification
The most common enquiry we get - both prior to and during courses - is how to choose a SAFe training course? Those who are yet to take any Scaled Agile certifications want to know which one is right for them and those who have taken one want advice on Read more...
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