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Event Insight: A Day With Dean Leffingwell

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Dean Leffingwell Executive Briefing by Radtac

If you are in any way familiar with SAFe®, then the name 'Dean Leffingwell' will surely resonate with you. Creator of the Scaled Agile Framework®, Dean is a fantastic author and speaker - and we had the honour to spend an exciting day with him in London on June 12th. More below on how the day unfolded, what Dean taught us, and why you won't want to miss Darren's SPC class in August.

The beginnings

Dean Leffingwell Executive briefing session with RadtacRadtac, and particularly our SAFe Program Consultant Trainer, Darren, have been part of the Scaled Agile community long enough to benefit from several encounters with Dean, including attending Dean's presentations at various events. Every time, Dean has awed the audience with his impressive experience in transforming organisations at scale, and helping them adopt Lean-Agile practices.

We wanted to facilitate an event that would allow Dean to share his knowledge with our community, which is why we've asked Dean if he would join us for a community day in London. The feedback we've received on that day was amazing, with everyone who attended being inspired by listening to the creator of the Scaled Agile framework, and being able to address him questions relating to SAFe adoption, insights, best practices and guidance.

On the day

The day started with a visit to one of our clients. Although we cannot name them for confidentiality reasons, we can share that they have expressed how incredibly helpful and inspiring it was to have the chance to talk to the creator of SAFe in person.

After a successful morning session, we moved on to hosting an exclusive C-Suite and Directors session where Dean had the chance to present the latest updates on SAFe, and address discussion points raised by our guests. These have included SAFe insights, best practice on SAFe and more.

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Dean Leffingwell Executive Briefing - Dean presenting updates  and insights on SAFe

In between sessions, Darren had the great opportunity to interview Dean on a number of key points. Keep an eye on the Radtac Blog (tip: subscribe to blog notifications to never miss an article), as these interview questions will be released soon in a series of blog articles.

After the Executive Briefing Session, Dean, who had kindly agreed to be our guest speaker for the London SAFe Meetup Group, prepared to keep our Meetup audience fully engaged, up to the point where the pizza was getting cold and the questions wouldn't stop. We'd like to thank our friends at LexisNexis for hosting us again in their great event space, and to VersionOne for sponsoring the pizzas.

Side note: we found out how Domino's can deliver 35 pizzas on a bike (!).

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London SAFe Meetup Group  |  Delivering 35 pizzas on a bike  |  Dean fully engaging the audience

Offering further insights on SAFe and answering questions from the community, Dean has definitely made this SAFe Meetup one of the most successful so far -
which is no surprise for anyone who had the chance to see Dean in action:

"Great to see that Dean is a down to earth guy and is incrementally building the SAFe framework towards being a configurable pattern toolbox (ergo practicing kaizen). Thanks Darren for hosting this awesome event." - Sam, on Meetup

"Thanks to Darren and Radtac for organising this. Great to meet Dean and hear him discuss SAFe with practical approach and show the incremental nature of it's development." - Sergio, on Meetup

"Great. Super speaker. Amazing insight." - Tom, on Meetup

"Thank you. Great to hear from Dean and learn that SAFe is evolving." - Baldev, on Meetup

"Great event and Dean was inspiring form. Thanks to Radtac for organising." - Rickard, on Meetup

What's next?

Dean Day - Dean signing reference guide.pngFollowing great feedback, we will definitely look into organising future events with Dean and Scaled Agile. We would like to use this chance to thank Dean and Scaled Agile for joining us, the Radtac team for their help in making this day happen, and everyone who attended and made this event a success.

But: good news doesn't stop here. Between the sessions on the day, Dean made us the honour to sign a limited number of SAFe 4.0 Reference Guides, which are exclusively available to our SPC course attendees for the June and the August courses. While the June course has already taken place, you can still book your seat on the August course and receive your own SAFe 4.0 Reference Guide, originally signed by Dean Leffingwell. Plus, our August SPC course will see Darren co-train with Mark Richards, one of only four non-Scaled Agile Inc. SAFe fellows.


Book your place on the SAFe Program Consultant course for  8 - 11 August to receive the guide signed by Dean:

8 - 11 August SPC course


Sabina Stoiciu

Sabina Stoiciu

A PR and marketing professional, Sabina enjoys working in a vibrant business environment. She sees Agile as a mindset that enables everyone to think and work differently, achieving better outcomes. Sabina has a bachelor's degree in Communication and PR, and a master's degree in Marketing and Advertising. She previously worked as a Marketing professional for a technical product - a form building platform - where Agile had started to improve the company's performance. Read more