LPM in Practice Expert Panel

Event Title

Back by popular demand, Join us for our second expert panel discussion on Lean Portfolio Management (LPM), with a new group of experts! 


February 15, 2022, 12:00 pm – February 15, 2022, 12:30 pm




Agile Coach

Event Overview

How does LPM work in the real world? Our panelists will share stories and lessons experienced across Public and private sectors. 

Topics covered include:

  • Strategize within the Portfolio
  • Advancing the journey
  • Challenges to anticipate


Deema Dajani

Product Manager and SPCT (Scaled Agile)

Draws on a Startup background and an MBA from Kellogg to help large established institutions achieve Portfolio and business agility. Starting her journey practicing Lean-Agile methods in the early 2000’s, years before she transitioned to advising the largest transformations and lean portfolio management in the Financial Services space. Deema is the co-founder of the Women in Agile organization a non profit organization focused on removing barriers and promoting inclusion in the agile community.

Marshall Guillory

Title (Agile Rising)

Marshall has over twenty-five years of business experience in software development, information technology, product management, and Government fields and sectors. He has spent the past 10+ years focused on leading digital and organizational transformations. Marshall most recently completed successful implementations of the SAFe and Lean-Agile practices, enterprise organizational change for the FAA, Emerson, the Dept. of Veteran Affairs (VA); and is currently the lead enterprise agility coach for an ongoing implementation at the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA).

Maarit Laanti

Maarit Laanti

Director, Training, SAFe Fellow (Nitor)

Maarit is a software engineering practitioner and agile champion who led the world’s largest scaled agile transformation already before SAFe was established. As a software engineering manager at that time she commissioned the training course for her organisation that eventually evolved into the Leading SAFe training. Some years later, she contributed Lean-Agile budgeting to SAFe 3.0. In 2013 Maarit became SPC and founded Nitor Delta in Finland, the large-scale agile training & coaching consultancy who brought SAFe to the Nordics. She became SPCT in 2016.

Brian Tucker

Principal Consultant, SAFe Fellow, SPCT (Ivar Jacobson)

As part of the very first rollout of the Scaled Agile Framework; Brian has the dubious virtue of having worked with the Scaled Agile Framework before it formally existed and is one of the few that can claim over a decade of experience with Scaled Agile. As a Principal Consultant at Ivar Jacobson International, Brian has spent the last nine years helping organisations across Europe implement the Scaled Agile Framework in diverse industries from Healthcare and Banking to Product Development. Brian was the first person in Europe outside of Scaled Agile to be accredited to teach the Implementing SAFe course for SPCs and over the last seven and half years has probably trained nearly half the European SPCs having taught Implementing SAFe over 100 times. Brian was made a SAFe Fellow in 2019.

ZKH Industrial Supply – SAFe for MRO Goods

China’s Amazon for MRO Goods Improves Order Processing Time by 800%


How did ZKH Industrial Supply Achieve Such Dramatic Results After Practicing SAFe for Less Than a Year?

As one of the leading MRO and C-paAs one of the leading MRO and C-parts consolidators in China, ZKH Industrial Supply provides industrial accessories, consumables, general equipment, and spare parts. In just one year, this China-based leader for MRO goods was delighted with the dramatic improvements they achieved after adopting SAFe and applying Lean Portfolio Management:

  • 800% improvement in order processing time
  • 17% reduction in lead time of order to delivery
  • Online orders increase dramatically due to real-time order visibility

In this video, you will get the behind-the-scenes story of how ZKH was able to achieve these impressive results. Topics include:

  • How ZKH partnered with Accenture and utilized SAFe as an organization transformation framework
  • Setting up up the Value Realization Office, and applying SAFe Lean Portfolio Management to prioritize business demands and match investments to help realize business strategy
  • Identifying and creating agile cross-functional product delivery teams
  • Driving collaboration between R&D and business with a focus on customer demand and continuous value delivery

Presented at the 2021 Global SAFe Summit, October 2021 by:

  • Guangdao Liu, Manager /ZKH Industrial Supply Co., Ltd
  • Jasmine Zhang, Agile Practise Lead of Greater China /Accenture

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