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Darren Wilmshurst

With his strategic C-suite-oriented approach to IT leadership – and his infectious energy – Darren has successfully delivered multi-million pound business transformations for e-commerce sites, ERP implementations, outsourcing and offshoring, including multiple Agile transformations.
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Is Leading SAFe® required before taking an Implementing SAFe® class?

A question that the training team and I are often asked is "do I need to have completed a Leading SAFe® class before taking an Implementing SAFe® class". It's so frequently asked in fact that we thought it was a worthy topic for discussion and have put together a short article to answer this burning question!

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What do I do if someone wants to change a Feature mid Program Increment?

14-Apr-2020 10:15:00 SAFe SAFe 5.0

What do I do if someone wants to change a Feature mid Program Increment?

This question gets asked all the time in my Implementing SAFe class because this will always happen in real life; this is not a theoretical question and as such we need to know how to deal with it. 

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Where is the Project Manager in SAFe?

Where is the Project Manager in SAFe®? Is a question that I always get asked when delivering Implementing SAFe or indeed Leading SAFe; it is at this point I pause, sit down and have a discussion with the class.

The first question I ask is "Can someone define a Project for me?"

Answer: "It has a start and a finish i.e. it is a temporary organisation". 

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Collaboration with Distributed teams – Travelport Blog Part 3

19-Nov-2019 12:59:00 SAFe 4.6

Collaboration with distributed teams is a challenge for any globalised workforce.

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Collaborate more effectively across teams – Travelport Blog Part 2

12-Nov-2019 12:58:00

One effect Travelport have seen from implementing SAFE® is that Program Increment (PI) Planning has enabled teams to collaborate more effectively across teams.

This blog is the second in a series of short blogs looking back on Travelport full enterprise-wide transformation using SAFe®.

 

If you missed the first blog then click <here>

 

In this blog we look at the power of PI Planning where Dean Leffingwell always says ‘this is where the magic happens’. For Travelport this was ‘the most fundamental change for their commercial teams’.

 

Program Increment (PI) Planning is a cadence-based, face-to-face event that serves as the heartbeat of the Agile Release Train (ART). Aligning all the teams on the ART to a shared mission and promotes the capability to collaborate more effectively across teams.

 

Watch the video to hear the full story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF0yGq9XCrA&feature=youtu.be

Find out more about Radtac’s scaling agile practice here https://www.radtac.com/scaling-agile

 

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Increase predictability - Travelport Blog Part 1

Travelport have seen an increase of predictability in in their system very quickly with the introduction of agile.

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My Top Three SAFe Reads, part 3

24-Jun-2019 17:21:41 Scaled Agile Implementing SAFe

During every Implementing SAFe class, I create a reading list of the books and white papers that I reference in addition to the various videos that I show throughout the course; it’s quite a list. But then someone ask what would be you Top 3 if you have to prioritise – well that’s like asking which is your favourite child!

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My Top Three SAFe Reads, part 2

14-Jun-2019 11:42:06 Scaled Agile Implementing SAFe

During every Implementing SAFe class, I create a reading list of the books and white papers that I reference in addition to the various videos that I show throughout the course; it’s quite a list. But then someone ask what would be you Top 3 if you have to prioritise – well that’s like asking which is your favourite child!

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My Top Three SAFe Reads!

06-Jun-2019 09:26:36 Scaled Agile Implementing SAFe

During every Implementing SAFe class, I create a reading list of the books and white papers that I reference in addition to the various videos that I show throughout the course; it’s quite a list. But then someone ask what would be you Top 3 if you have to prioritise – well that’s like asking which is your favourite child!

Either way here goes! So, in a series of 3 blogs let’s start with my top 3 SAFe Books!

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The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) is not two-dimensional!

20-May-2019 12:19:42 Scaled Agile SAFe 4.6

Understanding the SAFe model for simple and more complex implementations

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