Better Software East 2017 Tutorial: What You Need to be SAFe: Implementing Enterprise Agile

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

What You Need to be SAFe: Implementing Enterprise Agile

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Maybe you are curious about SAFe—what it’s all about and why you might adopt it. Perhaps your organization is heading toward—or in the middle of—a SAFe transformation and you have questions. If so, join Francie Van Wirkus and Claudia Marquette as they discuss SAFe. Learn to use a proven inquiry strategy, designed to help you and your stakeholders have productive discussions about your work, its current state and its ideal state, and your customers. When you better understand the flow of your work, and you understand all of the customers who derive value from it, you can make smarter decisions about what is best for your organization. Explore possible approaches to launching a SAFe transformation or revamping an existing transformation, including building a strategy for coaching, training, and assessing whether it makes sense to get you and your teams certified. Leave with the ability to facilitate this inquiry process on your own, so you can help key stakeholders understand the type of transformation you need—or improve the one you have already started.

Francie Van Wirkus
Francie Van Wirkus

A conqueror of mediocrity, Francie Van Wirkus is a certified professional coach in the insurance and financial services industry, with an agile, lean, and sales focus. Her innovative ways of leading and sustaining change are helping lead a large IT transformation effort in a complex organization, where she is a SAFe 4.0 program consultant. She co-hosts the Agile Bettys podcast and is author of The Dominant Gene, the business novel series on leadership. Francie enjoys Ironman competitions, and lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three delightful children.

Claudia Marquette
AB2 Consulting

Agile coach and SAFe 4.0 program consultant Claudia Marquette guides IT leaders and professionals to transform how they work using agile and lean practices. She has deep expertise in what it takes to “go Agile” with experience as a SAFe release train engineer. Claudia designs the curriculum for an intensive, year-long leadership development program. Married with two wonderful boys, Claudia enjoys running marathons and long distance races, gardening, reading, and creating podcasts for Agile Bettys.