The Complete 2022 SAFe Summit Recap

We were thrilled to host the 2022 SAFe® Summit at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. This was our first in-person Summit since 2019. It was a pleasure and a privilege to see old friends and meet new ones face-to-face for the first time.

So, what happened during the Summit? It’s hard to summarize the value of new connections, impromptu lunch table conversations, collaborative working sessions, and the sparks that fly with a unique gathering of international SAFe experts.

But we’ll try!

Two attendees conversing and sharing information

Several customers joined us live to share their stories about what they learned and the successes they experienced by using SAFe for large-scale transformations. We launched new products to include everyone in the organization on the journey to business agility. And attendees took home fresh insights and best practices to bring SAFe implementations to the next level.

Overall, we had:

  • Over 80 speakers
  • 34 technical talks
  • 29 countries represented
  • 10 customer stories
  • 9 product labs
  • 3 panels
  • 1 product launch with 4 new features
  • 1 motivational speaker, 1 MC, and 1 surprise musical guest

Keep reading to see what you missed or relive some of your favorite moments.

2022 SAFe Summit Customer Stories

SAFe customer stories are a cornerstone at the SAFe Summit. This year’s Summit was no different. However, this year’s customer stories clearly showed a more advanced level of SAFe application. It’s exciting to see sustained progress and results as customers mature their transformations and expand to new business areas.

Below are just a few examples of real-world use cases and results showcased at the Summit.

Southwest Airlines

At four years (and counting) into their Agile transformation, more than 2,000 Southwest employees collaborate cross-functionally across the organization. This has resulted in a 10x increase in production and a 50-percent decrease in errors.


Members of Oracle shared how they replaced a core system in just two years using a new mindset and way of working from SAFe. In doing so, they left behind their “painful waterfall process.”

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin used the hit show Ted Lasso to tell the story of how the company overcame language barriers when introducing SAFe to teams. 

Deema Dajani speaks onstage at the 2022 Summit Product Launch

2022 Summit Launch | Business Agility Needs Everyone

Our latest product launch took flight on the first day of the 2022 SAFe Summit. We highlighted new features and resources that support everyone in the transformation. We heard from:

  • SAFe Content Advisors Bill Sizemore and Hande Kazgan on features that help people in new roles, like SAFe Jumpstart, an online series that helps people new to SAFe quickly get up to speed. SAFe Jumpstart is available to SAFe Enterprise members and Scaled Agile Partners
  • Director of Globalization Services, Yuka Kurihara, on new ways to learn and practice SAFe in your native language, including newly translated courses
  • SAFe Fellow and Product Management Director Deema Dajani on features that help you engage more of the business in your SAFe transformation, including business agility experience reports from transformation leaders who’ve successfully introduced SAFe to new functional areas
  • SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant Andrew Sales on features that help you measure and improve business agility at your organization, including updated, simplified assessments that make it easier to assess your organization’s progress

See even more features highlighted in the Summit Launch here. Missed the first product launch earlier this year? See an overview of that launch here.

Feedback board at 2022 SAFe Summit

New Takeaways from SAFe Summit 2022

Between inspiring keynote presentations, in-depth learning sessions, and candid customer stories, there were a lot of practical takeaways for 2022 SAFe Summit attendees. To see all the recorded Summit content for yourself, head to the SAFe Community Platform. Not a member? Become one today

New content highlights

  • Our co-founder and Chief Methodologist, Dean Leffingwell, introduced the eight flow accelerators
  • Women in Agile gained some early-morning insights and inspiration from guest speaker Nadya Ichinomiya 
  • Deema Dajani shared a new perspective on Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) by showing us that people determine your LPM success
  • Bill Sizemore revealed his premonition that he’d be taking the SAFe Summit stage once he heard 2019 keynote speaker Jade Simmons

Inspiring keynote guests

Our exemplary MC, Mark Jeffries, brought the first day to a close with an engaging, honest look at the six keys to influencing people. Spoiler alert: you just have to use your B.R.A.I.N.S.

Motivational speaker Cassandra Worthy opened day two with lots of energy while she shared the steps to mastering change chemistry. As a bonus, we learned who in the audience is guilty of hitting the gas at yellow lights.

What did these sessions have in common? Both Cassandra and Mark emphasized that there are right and wrong ways to drive change and influence others. Making change stick requires real listening, empathetic understanding, and acute emotional intelligence. Done right, you can honestly seek to influence teams and leadership to better the whole organization.

What attendees said about the 2022 SAFe Summit

We’ve rounded up some reactions from this year’s Summit. Here’s what attendees had to say about the event:

“Great conference! This is the first conference I’ve ever attended where I learned something new in EVERY session I attended. It is clear a lot of thought and work is put into holding the conference — y’all knocked it out of the park!”

“Everyone seems genuinely happy to be here”

“My 1st but not my last! Excellent Job!”

What about the 2023 SAFe Summit?

Already looking forward to next year? Join us in Nashville on August 15 – 18, 2023. Stay tuned for more info!

Join Me at the 2020 Virtual European SAFe® Summit

Dean Leffingwell

I’m writing to personally invite you to the 2020 European SAFe® Summit, our premier virtual event happening 10 – 11 June, 2020.

I know that this is a challenging and uncertain time, and it’s tempting to close the door to new ideas and experiences. But it’s at times like these that we need each other more than ever.

  • We need to keep getting our questions answered.
  • We need to learn how to adapt SAFe together.
  • We need to hear stories about progress and success.
  • We need to make connections and be inspired.

That’s why I hope you will join us, from the comfort of your home or wherever you’re sheltering, for a virtual event designed to help you and your organization keep moving forward.

Virtual, Interactive, and First Class

We’re hosting this year’s Summit in a dynamic online platform designed for virtual events. You’ll be able to directly interact with speakers, exhibitors, and fellow attendees, and digest content in both live and on-demand formats. We’ve worked hard to design a digital experience that will capture the best elements of an in-person SAFe Summit experience in a combination of live, simulive, and on-demand formats. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find:

  • World-class keynotes from transformation visionaries
  • Dozens of on-demand sessions with industry experts
  • Enterprise success stories direct from customers
  • A virtual, interactive exhibit hall
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with SAFe experts

Get an All-Access Pass

 I recommend you register by 30 April to save €100. We’re offering two All-Access Pass options, as well as discounted pricing for Partners and enterprise SLS customers.

 This is going to be a terrific, inspiring, informative event that will bring us all together to share, learn, and improve ourselves and our work.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Stay SAFe


About Dean Leffingwell

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Lean-Agile best practices, Dean Leffingwell is an author, entrepreneur, and software development methodologist. He currently serves as Chief Methodologist to Scaled Agile, Inc., which he co-founded in 2011.

Dean Leffingwell

Dean’s two best-selling books, Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise, and Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises, form much of the basis of modern thinking on Lean-Agile practices and principals. Founder of several successful startups, including Requisite, Inc., makers of RequisitePro (acquired by Rational), Mr. Leffingwell also served as Chief Methodologist to Rally Software, and prior to that, as a Sr. Vice President at Rational Software (now part of IBM).

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5 Reasons to Attend the European SAFe Summit – Agile Leadership

SAFe Summit

How do you get stakeholders to collaborate on a roadmap? What are the seven deadly sins of Agile portfolio management? How do you avoid a “train” wreck with your ARTs? What are some techniques for managing the modern workforce? How did Travelport create psychological safety among its C-level leaders?

The 2020 European SAFe Summit, 10-11 June in The Hague, will answer all these questions and more: each day we’re adding new sessions designed to make this Summit the best one yet. The European SAFe Summit is the largest conference for the top SAFe practitioners, experts, and thought leaders working in Agile today.

Last year’s attendees gave us a diversity of reasons why they appreciated the European SAFe Summit—from the informative keynotes and practical sessions to the helpful staff and delicious food. But here are my top five reasons for why you won’t want to miss it.

1. Gain access to SAFe insiders

From the SAFe founder Dean Leffingwell to the SAFe Fellows and SPCTs, the Summit gives you the chance to learn from and share feedback with the SAFe leaders whose experiences and thinking to shape the framework. Come to the SPCT coaching station to sit one-on-one with experts and discuss solutions to your unique challenges.

2. Hear from SAFe customers

Come and hear from some of the largest organizations in Europe about how they’re using SAFe to improve their planning, portfolio strategy, product quality, and time-to-market. Leaders and change agents from Europe’s top companies will be presenting their experiences, learnings, and advice for making SAFe work inside your own organization.

3. Learn best practices

We know, and you know, that organizations are complex, messy, and resistant to change. That’s why it’s so helpful to hear what works—and what doesn’t—across different types of environments. We invite SAFe customers, trainers, and framework experts to share their insights at the Summit because attendees tell us again and again how valuable SAFe best practices are in accelerating adoption and supporting a culture of change.

4. Make connections that support your business

As Agile adoption has expanded across Europe, the Agile community has become dedicated, tight, and strong. The Summit unites those of us practicing, leading, and experiencing Agile at scale so you can easily make connections and build your network with other coaches, thought leaders, and change agents. Meet other people working with SAFe, identify opportunities to cultivate working relationships, and evaluate service or platform companies that can accelerate your work.

5. Get in-depth training

Stay through 12 June for a dedicated day of hands-on workshops. Enhance your results—and your professional skills—by diving deep into specific topics including business agility, SAFe for really big systems, Agile product management, and Lean portfolio management.

These are just five of the reasons why the European SAFe Summit has become one of the best-attended Agile conferences in Europe. This conference sold out last year, so don’t miss your chance to attend, learn, network, and grow.

Register now.

About Andrew Sales

Andrew Sales is a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer

Andrew Sales is a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) and a member of the Scaled Agile Framework team. He has been supporting organizations with their Agile transformations for the last 10 years and is a regular speaker at Agile conferences and contributor to the Agile community. Andrew previously led the Agile Services Practice across EMEA for CA Technologies (formerly Rally).

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