As an “Institute”, we are a professional organization dedicated to leadership development; this allows us not only to teach but also to learn from clients, our Affiliates, program participants, and partners, all while keeping pace with market trends. As we continue to work with more than 40 large enterprises in our community, we’ve witnessed and encouraged the growing breadth of adoption of Scaled Agile, Inc.’s SAFe® framework for developing and delivering software and systems. We have found the implementation of SAFe® helps our clients deliver quality business value faster and naturally feed the DevOps and CI/CD pipeline. However, the SAFe® framework identifies the need for, but does not prescribe an approach for developing alignment with enterprise strategies and objectives – both business and technology.
The Feld Group Institute’s approach to transformation planning and leadership majors in thinking, justifying, planning, and architecting BIG (multi-year, enterprise-wide) while focusing on all three essential outcomes. The resulting Enterprise Technology Strategy clarifies, the WHY from the Enterprise Business Strategy and translates that into the WHAT, HOW, WHO, and WHEN. This provides the business and architectural context for effective, modern software development. SAFe® is the most successful and widely adopted approach for large enterprises to learn agile software development practices and transform their ability to develop and implement SMALL – continuous delivery of business value in a high-frequency cadence with necessary quality and minimal risk. The combination of these two frameworks is a powerful way for enterprises to achieve true business agility.
We are proud to be publishing, in concert with Scaled Agile, Inc., a new white paper called Eliminating the Blind Spot: A Proven Approach to Enterprise Technology Strategy Formulation. This paper articulates the synergies between our approach to strategy and the SAFe® approach to execution.
This paper would not have been possible without the Scaled Agile team and the expertise, experience, time, creativity, and guidance of The Feld Group Institute Affiliates. Special thanks to Jennifer Segui, J.R. Jesson, Vivek Vijayaraghavan, Russell Villemez, Mary Contreras, and Charlie Feld. We greatly appreciate the open, collaborative, and learning approach from Dean Leffingwell, Harry Koehnemann, and Inbar Oren from Scaled Agile. We are eager to continue our collaboration.