Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned from an RTE in Her First 60 Days

Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned from an RTE in Her First 60 Days

When:

April 27, 2022, 12:00 pm – April 27, 2022, 1:00 pm

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Scrum Master, Release Train Engineer, Agile Coach

Event Overview

Scaled Agile Inc.’s newest Release Train Engineer, Lieschen Gargano, will take us through her journey as a RTE and her first PI Planning in the role. During this hour webinar session you will hear first hand how she and the team prepared for their first PI planning, including tips, tricks and lessons learned. We will cover ART and Team Events, Role Based Learning, planning challenges, and answer your questions.

Speakers

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Lieschen Gargano

Release Train Engineer (Scaled Agile)

Lieschen Gargano is an RTE, SPC, Agile coach, and conflict specialist—thanks in part to her master’s degree in conflict resolution. As an RTE at Scaled Agile, Lieschen loves working to find ways for Scaled Agile to better support customers through value delivery. She also has a passion for defining leading practices to deliver value in both development and non-technical environments.

SAFe® Day Government

SAFe® Day Government

Advancing the Government’s Mission with SAFe

When:

April 21, 2022, 8:00 am – April 21, 2022, 3:15 pm EST

Where:

Online

Who:

Program or Project Manager, Agile Coach, Product Manager, Government Agilists

Event Overview

Get ready for a knowledge-packed day featuring customer stories and informative speaker sessions—all tailored to a government audience.  

  • Connect with SAFe coaches, thought leaders, and change agents
  • Get advice from subject matter experts on setting up a SAFe transformation
  • Network, ask questions and share best practices with your peers
  • Discover firsthand how public and private sector organizations use SAFe to deliver value to customers

Speakers

Dean Leffingwell

Creator of SAFe, Chief Methodologist (Scaled Agile)

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Lean-Agile best practices, Dean Leffingwell is an entrepreneur and software development methodologist best known for creating SAFe®, the world’s most widely used framework for business agility.

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Harry Koehneman

SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant (Scaled Agile)

Harry Koehnemann is a SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant at Scaled Agile where he helps organizations build and deliver solutions faster, more predictably, and with high quality. He has decades of experience with product development lifecycle practices including Lean, agile, MBSE, requirements management, quality management, and the related activities necessary to support compliance. Harry is a regular presenter on Lean-Agile topics and engineering practices at agile, engineering, and government conferences.

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Dr. Steve Mayner

SAFe fellow (Scaled Agile)

Dr. Steve Mayner is an executive coach and Lean-Agile evangelist with a passion for cultivating transformational leaders and high performing teams. His 33+ year career in business includes roles as vice president in multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as chief technology officer for a Health IT startup company. He also retired in 2003 as a commissioned officer in the reserve component of the U.S. Air Force with just under 21 years of service. In his current role as a SAFe® Fellow for Scaled Agile, Inc., Steve contributes to the ongoing development of the framework and courseware with specializations in government, leadership, learning culture, and organizational change. In addition to the SAFe Summits, he has been a regular presenter at the DevOps Enterprise Summit, PMI, and various government and industry conferences.

Kimberly Wade

LACE Team Member (Naval Air Systems Command)

Ms. Wade is a member of the Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE) for the F/A-18 & EA-18G Integrated Product Team (IPT) at Naval Air Weapons Station – China Lake. As a lean-agile change agent within the IPT, Ms. Wade has had the opportunity to coach a diverse workforce of engineering, software development and business operations teams as they implement changes using success patterns from both industry and Government programs.

Angela Ackerly

Supervisory Financial Specialist (United States Department of Agriculture)

Angie is a supervisory financial specialist in one of USDA’s financial management organizations. Angie puts a high priority on delivering sound processes through automated financial applications, with a keen interest in supporting the front-line USDA employees who directly serve the nation’s farmers and ranchers in delivering the USDA FPAC mission. She is challenging herself and her team to adopt agility in software development. She is also researching how agile concepts can be introduced in other activities managed by her team. She lives outside of Kansas City, MO with her husband and three miniature dachshunds. She is also a crazy Kansas City Chief’s fan, enjoys traveling and hasn’t given up on learning to play the drums!

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Helen Scott

Product Owner (United States Department of Agriculture)

Helen is a Product Owner for the USDA whose business focus is accounting. Being a new Product Owner on an existing Agile Release Train, she enjoys learning a new way of working. She’s impressed with how well the SAFe works and how committed everyone is to Business Agility! Helen is driven to learn more about Product Ownership and share her experiences to help kickstart the journey of new Product Owners.

Jennifer Roberts

Agile Product Owner (United States Department of Agriculture)

Jennifer is an Agile Product Owner with an Accounting background. She brings a positive attitude and commitment to her team. Her team’s product is Funds Management.

Michael Kester

Lean-Agile Product Owner (United States Department of Agriculture)

Michael is a Lean-Agile Product owner, Systems Accountant and a Lean-Agile convert.  Michael has worked as a product owner under waterfall and Lean- Agile. Michael is responsible for multiple systems which combine to deliver payments to America’s farmers and has 10 years government accounting experience. His passion is accounting, databases, creating awesome Excel formulas and delivering programs which help farmers feed America. Michael enjoys golfing, country music, speaking in public and spending time with his wife and six kids which range from 13 years old to 1 year old.

Ron MacKenzie

Agile Coach/SAFe Program Consultant (United States Department of Agriculture)

Ty Deschamp

Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure (Acting) (NA-52) (National Nuclear Security Administration)

Ty Deschamp is the Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). His office is responsible for the modernization, operations, and maintenance of NNSA’s $116.3 billion physical infrastructure and more than 5,000 property assets. Ty has over 15 years of broad experience across NNSA and the Department of Energy (DOE) in the areas of nuclear infrastructure and safety, nuclear nonproliferation, national security, and environmental management.

SAFe Thursday: Expert Talk – Ask an SPCT

SAFe Thursday: Expert Talk – Ask an SPCT

We had an overwhelming response for the SAFe® Thursday – Ask an SPCT on 3 February and could not answer all of your questions. So we are back with another SAFe Thursday: Expert Talk – Ask an SPCT with Ashwinee Kalkura, SPCT, Professional Coach, on 3 March.

When:

March 3, 2022, 7:00 pm – March 3, 2022, 8:00 pm IST

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Agile Coach

Event Overview

To navigate digital disruption, many organizations have changed how Agile teams and ARTs collaborate, which means guidance on PI Planning, organizational agility, and Agile Teams needed to adapt as well. These rapid changes have resulted in many questions and doubts.

Are you struggling to find answers for your SAFe implementation? If so, register for this immersive webinar where Ashwinee will answer your questions live.

Speakers

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Ashwinee Kalkura

SPCT, Professional Coach (Cyberbahn)

Ashwinee is an experienced Agile Coach, Consultant and a passionate Trainer with a demonstrated history of working in the Retail, Mobile, Industrial Automation, Banking and Networking industries. Strong engineering professional skilled in Agile Methodologies (SAFe, Scrum, XP, Kanban), Technical Practices, Test Automation and Stakeholder Management. He has trained over 2000 people on Certification based training. 

Explore SAFe® Enterprise

Explore SAFe® Enterprise

Your competitors are moving fast; they have an advantage that you have access to. Chief Product Officer of Scaled Agile Inc., Inbar Oren, will provide an overview of SAFe Enterprise. 

When:

February 24, 2022, 4:00 pm – February 24, 2022, 5:00 pm AET

Where:

Zoom

Who:

LACE Leader, Transformation Leader, Agile Coach, Director

Event Overview

SAFe Enterprise is a system of knowledge, tools, and practices essential to successfully scale agile across the enterprise. SAFe Enterprise bundles the critical components of learning, adopting, and practicing SAFe into a single platform, accessible to leaders and teams anytime, anywhere. This webinar will explore these components and the four main areas they represent within your organization: Go SAFe, Know SAFe, Do SAFe, Be SAFe!

Speakers

Inbar Oren

Chief Product Officer (Scaled Agile)

Inbar has more than 20 years experience in the high-tech market, working in small and large enterprises, as well as a range of roles from development and architecture to executive positions. For over a decade, Inbar has been helping development organizations—in both software and integrated systems—improve results by adopting Lean-Agile best practices. Previous clients include Cisco, Woolworths, Amdocs, Intel, and NCR. Working as a principal contributor to SAFe, and Scaled Agile instructor and consultant, Inbar’s current focus is on working with leaders at the Program, Value Stream, and Portfolio levels to help them bring the most out of their organizations, build new processes and culture. A martial arts aficionado, Inbar holds black belts in several arts. He also thinks and lives the idea of “scale,” raising five kids—including two sets of twins—with his beautiful wife, Ranit.

LPM In Practice – Operate in LPM

LPM In Practice – Operate in LPM

How do you achieve flow in your biggest investments with Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) in the real world? Join us for a presentation of success patterns we identified in the Operate step of the LPM implementation.

When:

April 13, 2022, 9:00 am – April 13, 2022, 9:45 am

Where:

Zoom

Who:

LACE Leader, Change Agent

Event Overview

How do you achieve flow in your biggest investments with Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) in the real world? Join us for a presentation of success patterns we identified in the Operate step of the LPM implementation.

Topics covered include:
– Flow enabled by the Portfolio Kanban and LPM Events
– Engaging the value stream and ART members in the LPM journey
– Facilitating participatory budgeting

Speakers

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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.

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Donna Hogan

SAFe Content Advisor, SPC (Scaled Agile)

Donna Hogan is an SPC and a Content Advisor at Scaled Agile Inc. Prior to joining SAI, she spent 10+ years helping people, teams and organizations with Agile Transformation. Donna believes that adopting and scaling Agile enables people and teams to do their best work to delight customers and sense and respond to change in our fast paced and complex world.

LPM in Practice – Strategize in LPM

LPM in Practice – Strategize in LPM

How does connecting strategy to execution through Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) work in the real world? Join us for a presentation of success patterns we identified in the Strategize step of the LPM implementation.

When:

March 15, 2022, 10:00 am – March 15, 2022, 10:45 am

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Change Agent, LACE Leader

Event Overview

How does connecting strategy to execution through Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) work in the real world? Join us for a presentation of success patterns we identified in the Strategize step of the LPM implementation.

Topics covered include:
– Establishing Strategic Themes and OKRs for your portfolio
– Facilitating the Portfolio Vision creation
– Setting lean budget guardrails

Speakers

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Donna Hogan

SAFe® Content Advisor, SPC  (Scaled Agile)

Donna Hogan is an SPC and a Content Advisor at Scaled Agile Inc. Prior to joining SAI, she spent 10+ years helping people, teams and organizations with Agile Transformation. Donna believes that adopting and scaling Agile enables people and teams to do their best work to delight customers and sense and respond to change in our fast paced and complex world.

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! 

When:

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

Where:

Zoom

Who:

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

Speakers

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.

Driving Relentless Improvement: Applying the SAFe® Assessments and Identifying Growth Recommendations

Driving Relentless Improvement: Applying the SAFe® Assessments and Identifying Growth Recommendations

In this webinar we will review the different use cases for applying the SAFe assessments successfully and share tips and techniques for analyzing the data to help identify the next steps to take. We will also review the NEW ‘Growth Recommendations’ that are now included with the Team and Technical Agility Assessment within the AgilityHealth and Comparative Agility Assessment Platform. These are a set of over 170 curated activities with linked assets to help teams increase performance and address challenges.

When:

February 23, 2022, 9:00 am – February 23, 2022, 10:00 am

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Agile Coach

Event Overview


To improve speed and agility, leaders, teams, and business stakeholders need a way to reliably measure their current state and identify what they should do next. Using two distinct Measure and Grow assessments, you can evaluate your progress toward business agility and determine next steps to improve. The SAFe Business Agility Assessment is designed for LPM and portfolio stakeholders to assess their overall progress on the ultimate goal of true business agility. The SAFe Core Competency Assessments are used to help teams and trains improve on the technical and business practices they need to help the portfolio achieve that larger goal and provide the critical input to identify growth opportunities.

Speakers

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Andrew Sales

Principal Consultant, SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (Scaled Agile)

Andrew has been supporting organizations with their Agile transformation for more than 10 years, drawing on his experiences from software development, project management, and product management. He previously led the Agile Services Practice across EMEA for CA Technologies (formerly Rally) and is a regular speaker at Agile conferences and contributor to the Agile community. As a member of the Framework team, he is focused on the Team and Technical Agility and Organizational Agility competencies. Currently, his postgraduate research includes exploring how organizational structure impacts the performance of the enterprise.

Value Stream Mapping Workshop Series Part 3 – Post Workshop Follow Up Activities

Value Stream Mapping Workshop Series Part 3 – Post Workshop Follow Up Activities

This webinar will focus on post-workshop activities, ensuring that organizations can put their learnings from the workshop into action to achieve measurable value stream performance improvements.

When:

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

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Change Agent

Event Overview

Part 1: Preparing for the workshop (February 7)
Part 2: Conducting the workshop (March 1)
Part 3: Post workshop follow up activities (March 15)
Part 4: Gaining buy-in (March 28)

Speakers

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Marc Rix

Fellow, Principal Consultant (Scaled Agile)

Marc helps large enterprises leverage the game-changing power of Lean, Agile, and DevOps at scale. He has been practicing Agile for over 20 years and is an internationally recognized thought leader, consultant, trainer, adviser, and speaker. Marc is a SAFe Fellow and member of the Framework team at Scaled Agile.

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Hande Kazgan

SAFe Content Advisor (Scaled Agile)

Hande is currently a SAFe® Program Consultant and Content Advisor at Scaled Agile. She started her career in fintech with a background in economics. She has more than two decades of experience in traditional and Agile organizations, always focusing on value delivery. After taking roles in Agile teams as a QA engineer, she transitioned into a quality architect role, then moved to help teams and enterprises adopt Agile and SAFe. She supported companies from startups to Fortune 50 enterprises in their transformation journey and value delivery.

Value Stream Mapping Webinar Series Part 4 – Gaining Buy-In

Value Stream Mapping Webinar Series Part 4 – Gaining Buy-In

In this final webinar of the series, Hande and Marc will provide recommendations for raising awareness of the importance of actively managing value streams and gaining leadership-level support for conducting value stream mapping workshops.

When:

March 28, 2022, 12:00 pm – March 28, 2022, 12:30 pm

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Change Agent

Event Overview

Part 1: Preparing for the workshop (February 7)
Part 2: Conducting the workshop (March 1)
Part 3: Post workshop follow up activities (March 15)
Part 4: Gaining buy-in (March 28)

Speakers

Marc Rix Headshot

Marc Rix

Fellow, Principal Consultant (Scaled Agile)

Marc helps large enterprises leverage the game-changing power of Lean, Agile, and DevOps at scale. He has been practicing Agile for over 20 years and is an internationally recognized thought leader, consultant, trainer, adviser, and speaker. Marc is a SAFe Fellow and member of the Framework team at Scaled Agile.

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Hande Kazgan

SPC, SAFe Content Advisor  (Scaled Agile)

Hande is currently a SAFe® Program Consultant and Content Advisor at Scaled Agile. She started her career in fintech with a background in economics. She has more than two decades of experience in traditional and Agile organizations, always focusing on value delivery. After taking roles in Agile teams as a QA engineer, she transitioned into a quality architect role, then moved to help teams and enterprises adopt Agile and SAFe. She supported companies from startups to Fortune 50 enterprises in their transformation journey and value delivery.