Transformation in Practice Panel – Recharging a Stalled Transformation

Transformation in Practice Panel – Recharging a Stalled Transformation

Hear a field perspective from leading transformation experts. Our panelists will share their change leadership approach to revive a stalling transformation.

When:

June 28, 2022, 9:00 am – June 28, 2022, 9:30 am MST

Where:

Zoom

Who:

LACE Leader, LACE Member, Release Train Engineer, Agile Coach

Event Overview

How do you get your SAFe implementation unstuck? 

Hear a field perspective from leading transformation experts. Our panelists will share their change leadership approach to revive a stalling transformation.

This part of a webinar series introducing success patterns for a SAFe transformation.

Speakers

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Deema Dajani

SAFe Fellow, Product Manager (Scaled Agile)

Deema draws on a Startup background and an MBA from Kellogg to help large established institutions achieve Portfolio and business agility. Starting her journey practicing Lean-Agile methods in the early 2000’s, years before she transitioned to advising the largest transformations and lean portfolio management in the Financial Services space. Deema is the co-founder of the Women in Agile organization a non profit organization focused on removing barriers and promoting inclusion in the agile community.

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Rebecca Davis

SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant – Framework Team (Scaled Agile)

Rebecca Davis has been leading Agile teams, trains, and leaders for over 15 years within startups, mid-size, and Fortune 100 enterprises. Davis brings her experience as a former Release Train Engineer, Scrum Master, Portfolio Lead, Quality Director, and LACE Director into her current activities. Rebecca is a SAFe Fellow and SPCT who highlights joy and energy within her work.

Chris Ruch

CEO, SPCT (Agile Rising)

Chris Ruch has more than two decades of experience as a leader and executive in software development, Agile Product Management, and Lean Portfolio Management. As Agile Rising’s President and CEO, he leads our team of Enterprise Transformation Coaches and specializes in large, complex transformation strategy, lean portfolio management, and SAFe across the enterprise (from business agility, hardware, marketing, to support).

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Cheryl Crupi

Principal (Crupi & Co.)

Founder and principal of Crupi & Co., Cheryl Crupi is an internationally recognized speaker, author and executive coach specializing in Lean-Agile change leadership. Cheryl is passionate about achieving the benefits of Agility, starting with the building blocks of team Agility to the full span of enterprise business Agility. In over a decade as an enterprise Agile change champion in Fortune 500 companies, she successfully activated confident, adaptive and innovate Agilists in 40+ countries.

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Yvonne Delaney

SPCT Candidate. Enterprise Agile Coach (CPrime)

The agile movement in the early 2000s was a game changer, and Yvonne realized that early on and never turned back. Since then agile has been at the foundation of Yvonne’s coaching. She has enabled organizations to get truly excited about engaging and working in new ways to gain efficiencies in delivering high-quality products that are of great value to their customers. Yvonne is well versed in leading large scale organizational transformations. Leveraging her agile subject matter expertise coupled with deep software process engineering and quality assurance background, Yvonne has been the change agent leading numerous start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in translating their product vision into market-ready reality.

Transformation in Practice Panel – LACE Launch and Evolution

Transformation in Practice Panel – LACE Launch and Evolution

How does a Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE) enable a successful SAFe implementation? 

When:

June 14, 2022, 9:00 am – June 14, 2022, 9:30 am

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Director, LACE Member, Agile Coach

Event Overview

Hear a field perspective from LACE and transformation leaders. Our panelists will share stories and lessons in standing up the LACE, and how to evolve the LACE over time.

This part of a webinar series introducing success patterns for a SAFe transformation.

Speakers

Deema Dajani Headshot

Deema Dajani

SAFe Fellow, Product Manager (Scaled Agile)

Deema draws on a Startup background and an MBA from Kellogg to help large established institutions achieve Portfolio and business agility. Starting her journey practicing Lean-Agile methods in the early 2000’s, years before she transitioned to advising the largest transformations and lean portfolio management in the Financial Services space. Deema is the co-founder of the Women in Agile organization a non profit organization focused on removing barriers and promoting inclusion in the agile community.

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Donna Hogan

SAFe Content Advisor, SPC (Scaled Agile)

Donna Hogan is an SPC and a Content Advisor at Scaled Agile Inc. Prior to joining SAI, she spent 10+ years helping people, teams and organizations with Agile Transformation. Donna believes that adopting and scaling Agile enables people and teams to do their best work to delight customers and sense and respond to change in our fast paced and complex world.

Lee Marston

Senior Agile Coach, SAFe Implementation Lead (Vodafone)


Lee Marston, currently part of the Vodafone Business Platforms and Solutions (VBPS) LACE. Worked in Vodafone for over 4 years now, helping VBPS and now wider Vodafone transition to more agile ways of working by implementing the SAFe framework as par of a new Product Operating Model.

Alena Keck

Senior Manager, Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach, SPC (MHP – A Porsche Company)

Alena Keck is a Lean-Agile Enterprise Transformation Leader passionate to help large global companies to reach the full potential of business agility. She was a strong catalyst of Scaled Agile Transformation at the Digital Solution Center at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA and led lean-agile transformation for over 1,000 engineers at Aptiv. Currently Senior Manager at MHP – A Porsche Company Alena is growing and developing a team of agile coaches and supporting Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE) of a premium automotive OEM, connecting the transformation to the Digital Strategy and implementing Lean Portfolio Management as Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach.

Elements of the Value Stream Mapping Canvas

Elements of the Value Stream Mapping Canvas

Value Stream Mapping canvases have several elements. We received many questions about those in our previous Value Stream Mapping Workshop webinar series. In this webinar, we will explain the canvas elements with a focus on previous questions so that you can clearly articulate them to the VSMW participants.

Both Current and Future State Canvases will be covered.

When:

June 7, 2022, 8:00 am – June 7, 2022, 9:00 am MST

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Agile Coach, Change Agent

Speakers

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Hande Kazgan

SAFe Content Advisor, SPC (Scaled Agile)

Hande is currently a SAFe® Program Consultant and Content Advisor at Scaled Agile. She started her career in fintech with a background in economics. She has more than two decades of experience in traditional and Agile organizations, always focusing on value delivery. After taking roles in Agile teams as a QA engineer, she transitioned into a quality architect role, then moved to help teams and enterprises adopt Agile and SAFe. She supported companies from startups to Fortune 50 enterprises in their transformation journey and value delivery.

Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned from an RTE in Her First 60 Days

Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned from an RTE in Her First 60 Days

When:

April 27, 2022, 12:00 pm – April 27, 2022, 1:00 pm

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Scrum Master, Release Train Engineer, Agile Coach

Event Overview

Scaled Agile Inc.’s newest Release Train Engineer, Lieschen Gargano, will take us through her journey as a RTE and her first PI Planning in the role. During this hour webinar session you will hear first hand how she and the team prepared for their first PI planning, including tips, tricks and lessons learned. We will cover ART and Team Events, Role Based Learning, planning challenges, and answer your questions.

Speakers

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Lieschen Gargano

Release Train Engineer (Scaled Agile)

Lieschen Gargano is an RTE, SPC, Agile coach, and conflict specialist—thanks in part to her master’s degree in conflict resolution. As an RTE at Scaled Agile, Lieschen loves working to find ways for Scaled Agile to better support customers through value delivery. She also has a passion for defining leading practices to deliver value in both development and non-technical environments.

LPM In Practice – Operate in LPM

LPM In Practice – Operate in LPM

How do you achieve flow in your biggest investments with Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) in the real world? Join us for a presentation of success patterns we identified in the Operate step of the LPM implementation.

When:

April 13, 2022, 9:00 am – April 13, 2022, 9:45 am

Where:

Zoom

Who:

LACE Leader, Change Agent

Event Overview

How do you achieve flow in your biggest investments with Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) in the real world? Join us for a presentation of success patterns we identified in the Operate step of the LPM implementation.

Topics covered include:
– Flow enabled by the Portfolio Kanban and LPM Events
– Engaging the value stream and ART members in the LPM journey
– Facilitating participatory budgeting

Speakers

Deema Dajani Headshot

Deema Dajani

Product Manager and SPCT (Scaled Agile)

Draws on a Startup background and an MBA from Kellogg to help large established institutions achieve Portfolio and business agility. Starting her journey practicing Lean-Agile methods in the early 2000’s, years before she transitioned to advising the largest transformations and lean portfolio management in the Financial Services space. Deema is the co-founder of the Women in Agile organization a non profit organization focused on removing barriers and promoting inclusion in the agile community.

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Donna Hogan

SAFe Content Advisor, SPC (Scaled Agile)

Donna Hogan is an SPC and a Content Advisor at Scaled Agile Inc. Prior to joining SAI, she spent 10+ years helping people, teams and organizations with Agile Transformation. Donna believes that adopting and scaling Agile enables people and teams to do their best work to delight customers and sense and respond to change in our fast paced and complex world.

LPM in Practice – Strategize in LPM

LPM in Practice – Strategize in LPM

How does connecting strategy to execution through Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) work in the real world? Join us for a presentation of success patterns we identified in the Strategize step of the LPM implementation.

When:

March 15, 2022, 10:00 am – March 15, 2022, 10:45 am

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Change Agent, LACE Leader

Event Overview

How does connecting strategy to execution through Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) work in the real world? Join us for a presentation of success patterns we identified in the Strategize step of the LPM implementation.

Topics covered include:
– Establishing Strategic Themes and OKRs for your portfolio
– Facilitating the Portfolio Vision creation
– Setting lean budget guardrails

Speakers

Donna Hogan Headshot

Donna Hogan

SAFe® Content Advisor, SPC  (Scaled Agile)

Donna Hogan is an SPC and a Content Advisor at Scaled Agile Inc. Prior to joining SAI, she spent 10+ years helping people, teams and organizations with Agile Transformation. Donna believes that adopting and scaling Agile enables people and teams to do their best work to delight customers and sense and respond to change in our fast paced and complex world.

LPM in Practice Expert Panel

Event Title

Back by popular demand, Join us for our second expert panel discussion on Lean Portfolio Management (LPM), with a new group of experts! 

When:

February 15, 2022, 12:00 pm – February 15, 2022, 12:30 pm

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Agile Coach

Event Overview

How does LPM work in the real world? Our panelists will share stories and lessons experienced across Public and private sectors. 

Topics covered include:

  • Strategize within the Portfolio
  • Advancing the journey
  • Challenges to anticipate

Speakers

Deema Dajani

Product Manager and SPCT (Scaled Agile)

Draws on a Startup background and an MBA from Kellogg to help large established institutions achieve Portfolio and business agility. Starting her journey practicing Lean-Agile methods in the early 2000’s, years before she transitioned to advising the largest transformations and lean portfolio management in the Financial Services space. Deema is the co-founder of the Women in Agile organization a non profit organization focused on removing barriers and promoting inclusion in the agile community.

Marshall Guillory

Title (Agile Rising)

Marshall has over twenty-five years of business experience in software development, information technology, product management, and Government fields and sectors. He has spent the past 10+ years focused on leading digital and organizational transformations. Marshall most recently completed successful implementations of the SAFe and Lean-Agile practices, enterprise organizational change for the FAA, Emerson, the Dept. of Veteran Affairs (VA); and is currently the lead enterprise agility coach for an ongoing implementation at the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA).

Maarit Laanti

Maarit Laanti

Director, Training, SAFe Fellow (Nitor)

Maarit is a software engineering practitioner and agile champion who led the world’s largest scaled agile transformation already before SAFe was established. As a software engineering manager at that time she commissioned the training course for her organisation that eventually evolved into the Leading SAFe training. Some years later, she contributed Lean-Agile budgeting to SAFe 3.0. In 2013 Maarit became SPC and founded Nitor Delta in Finland, the large-scale agile training & coaching consultancy who brought SAFe to the Nordics. She became SPCT in 2016.

Brian Tucker

Principal Consultant, SAFe Fellow, SPCT (Ivar Jacobson)

As part of the very first rollout of the Scaled Agile Framework; Brian has the dubious virtue of having worked with the Scaled Agile Framework before it formally existed and is one of the few that can claim over a decade of experience with Scaled Agile. As a Principal Consultant at Ivar Jacobson International, Brian has spent the last nine years helping organisations across Europe implement the Scaled Agile Framework in diverse industries from Healthcare and Banking to Product Development. Brian was the first person in Europe outside of Scaled Agile to be accredited to teach the Implementing SAFe course for SPCs and over the last seven and half years has probably trained nearly half the European SPCs having taught Implementing SAFe over 100 times. Brian was made a SAFe Fellow in 2019.

Driving Relentless Improvement: Applying the SAFe® Assessments and Identifying Growth Recommendations

Driving Relentless Improvement: Applying the SAFe® Assessments and Identifying Growth Recommendations

In this webinar we will review the different use cases for applying the SAFe assessments successfully and share tips and techniques for analyzing the data to help identify the next steps to take. We will also review the NEW ‘Growth Recommendations’ that are now included with the Team and Technical Agility Assessment within the AgilityHealth and Comparative Agility Assessment Platform. These are a set of over 170 curated activities with linked assets to help teams increase performance and address challenges.

When:

February 23, 2022, 9:00 am – February 23, 2022, 10:00 am

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Agile Coach

Event Overview


To improve speed and agility, leaders, teams, and business stakeholders need a way to reliably measure their current state and identify what they should do next. Using two distinct Measure and Grow assessments, you can evaluate your progress toward business agility and determine next steps to improve. The SAFe Business Agility Assessment is designed for LPM and portfolio stakeholders to assess their overall progress on the ultimate goal of true business agility. The SAFe Core Competency Assessments are used to help teams and trains improve on the technical and business practices they need to help the portfolio achieve that larger goal and provide the critical input to identify growth opportunities.

Speakers

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Andrew Sales

Principal Consultant, SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (Scaled Agile)

Andrew has been supporting organizations with their Agile transformation for more than 10 years, drawing on his experiences from software development, project management, and product management. He previously led the Agile Services Practice across EMEA for CA Technologies (formerly Rally) and is a regular speaker at Agile conferences and contributor to the Agile community. As a member of the Framework team, he is focused on the Team and Technical Agility and Organizational Agility competencies. Currently, his postgraduate research includes exploring how organizational structure impacts the performance of the enterprise.

Value Stream Mapping Workshop Series Part 3 – Post Workshop Follow Up Activities

Value Stream Mapping Workshop Series Part 3 – Post Workshop Follow Up Activities

This webinar will focus on post-workshop activities, ensuring that organizations can put their learnings from the workshop into action to achieve measurable value stream performance improvements.

When:

March 15, 2022, 12:00 pm – March 15, 2022, 12:30 pm

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Change Agent

Event Overview

Part 1: Preparing for the workshop (February 7)
Part 2: Conducting the workshop (March 1)
Part 3: Post workshop follow up activities (March 15)
Part 4: Gaining buy-in (March 28)

Speakers

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Marc Rix

Fellow, Principal Consultant (Scaled Agile)

Marc helps large enterprises leverage the game-changing power of Lean, Agile, and DevOps at scale. He has been practicing Agile for over 20 years and is an internationally recognized thought leader, consultant, trainer, adviser, and speaker. Marc is a SAFe Fellow and member of the Framework team at Scaled Agile.

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Hande Kazgan

SAFe Content Advisor (Scaled Agile)

Hande is currently a SAFe® Program Consultant and Content Advisor at Scaled Agile. She started her career in fintech with a background in economics. She has more than two decades of experience in traditional and Agile organizations, always focusing on value delivery. After taking roles in Agile teams as a QA engineer, she transitioned into a quality architect role, then moved to help teams and enterprises adopt Agile and SAFe. She supported companies from startups to Fortune 50 enterprises in their transformation journey and value delivery.

Value Stream Mapping Webinar Series Part 4 – Gaining Buy-In

Value Stream Mapping Webinar Series Part 4 – Gaining Buy-In

In this final webinar of the series, Hande and Marc will provide recommendations for raising awareness of the importance of actively managing value streams and gaining leadership-level support for conducting value stream mapping workshops.

When:

March 28, 2022, 12:00 pm – March 28, 2022, 12:30 pm

Where:

Zoom

Who:

Change Agent

Event Overview

Part 1: Preparing for the workshop (February 7)
Part 2: Conducting the workshop (March 1)
Part 3: Post workshop follow up activities (March 15)
Part 4: Gaining buy-in (March 28)

Speakers

Marc Rix Headshot

Marc Rix

Fellow, Principal Consultant (Scaled Agile)

Marc helps large enterprises leverage the game-changing power of Lean, Agile, and DevOps at scale. He has been practicing Agile for over 20 years and is an internationally recognized thought leader, consultant, trainer, adviser, and speaker. Marc is a SAFe Fellow and member of the Framework team at Scaled Agile.

Hande Kazgan Headshot

Hande Kazgan

SPC, SAFe Content Advisor  (Scaled Agile)

Hande is currently a SAFe® Program Consultant and Content Advisor at Scaled Agile. She started her career in fintech with a background in economics. She has more than two decades of experience in traditional and Agile organizations, always focusing on value delivery. After taking roles in Agile teams as a QA engineer, she transitioned into a quality architect role, then moved to help teams and enterprises adopt Agile and SAFe. She supported companies from startups to Fortune 50 enterprises in their transformation journey and value delivery.