Why SAFe ® and SAP®? Getting better results with experience from the field

In this panel dialogue, we will share our experience at SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) and other SAP S/4 business transformations leveraging SAFe principles and practices to deliver better results.


March 8, 2023, 4:00 pm – March 8, 2023, 5:00 pm ECT




Agile Coach, Consultant, Director, SAFe Program Consultant

Event Overview

Event Overview:
In this panel dialogue, we will share our experience at Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and other SAP S/4 business transformations leveraging SAFe principles and practices to deliver better results. Showcase: SBB is harmonizing business processes across seven Portfolios with multiple value streams impacting 20.000 employees, building an Enterprise-wide state-of-the-art SAP S/4HANA. You will discover how to combine the SAFe Framework with an SAP delivery model to realize cross-portfolio initiatives.

We discuss the following topics: 

• How do you manage SAP Cross-Portfolio Initiatives with SAFe – Organize around value and optimize for Flow for better results
• How SAFe helps in achieving harmonization and standardization program objectives?
• What is a State-of-the-Art SAP Delivery Model that accelerates Value Delivery and Organizational Agility?
• What role do SAP Activate and Focused Build play in the State-of-the-Art SAP Delivery Model to realize program ambitions?
• How do you ensure the integration of business concepts, processes, data, and systems, and how does SAFe help to achieve this?
• How do you ensure simplicity, efficiency, and steering ability from a business/expert leadership/governance/program perspective – knowing that trade-offs will be necessary?
• What patterns are helpful in the transition to a portfolio of portfolio SAFe Lean (Enterprise) Portfolio Management (tactical planning events and organizing around value with Value Nodes or Solution Areas)

In our interactive session, we highly welcome your participation in our discussion!


Malte Kumlehn

Director and SAFe® Fellow – SAP Delivery Excellence (Project and Team Inc.)

Malte guides complex Ecosystems, People, Cloud, AI and Data powered digital transformations toward Business Agility. He pioneers Intelligent Operating Models for accelerated strategy execution with large solutions as globally the first of 30+ SAFe® Fellows, Executive Advisor & Advisory Board Members in this field. The SAFe® Fellow Program represents an elite class of experts who can help the world’s largest organizations accelerate digital transformation & achieve business agility. The SAFe® Fellow achievement is Scaled Agile’s most prestigious distinction, recognizing individuals who have exhibited the highest level of mastery and thought leadership in the practice and principles of SAFe. His track record includes founding, leading and growing Accenture’s first SAP Agile Delivery Excellence business. In his Business Owner role, he cared for people, revenue, cost, business development & delivery excellence while living Business Agility, applying Lean-Agile at Scale & SAFe daily.

Oliver Lauffer 

Project and Program Manager (SAP)

Oliver Lauffer has been working for more than 20 Years at SAP. He has a long history of leading extensive international Programs and Projects with international Teams. Next to the standard project topics, his focus is on combining agile Methods and Frameworks like SAFe with implementing Standard Software like SAP and connected methodologies like SAP Activate. In addition to his project and program manager role, he has been a highly appreciated, trusted advisor and coach for large, global customer programs. In this role, his extensive experience in Organizational Change Management has been crucial for the success of these programs. Due to his result-oriented, structured working style, good communication skills and high capacity for teamwork, he managed various complex programs and rollouts on time, on budget and with high quality. In Parallel, he is responsible for the Swiss Project Manager Community from an SAP perspective.

Kaya Yumusaklar 

Program Manager S/4 and Managing Director (Swiss Federal Railways)

Kaya Yumusaklar (47) has been leading SBB’s SAP S/4 Program since the beginning of 2022 and the overall SBB IT “Asset & Enterprise” practice since the beginning of 2023. In this role, he is the responsible IT Executive for delivering the ongoing SAP transition to S/4 and for developing and operating the overall application portfolio for rail infrastructure and rolling stock maintenance, real estate facility management, logistics, procurement and finance. Before that, he worked as a Finance Director at SBB and was responsible for strategic, companywide programs for cost management, transformation and carve-out initiatives. Kaya grew up in Konstanz in south of Germany. He later moved to Berlin and graduated from the TU Berlin in engineering and management. Later, before he joined SBB in 2015, he gained a broad experience in various industries as a Management Consultant based in Zürich and Berlin in strategy and organizational development projects and large transformations.