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“Lean Enterprise”: An Innovation-led Alternative to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)



Ian Kelsall and Keith Dodds discuss why complexity trumps determinism in the modern enterprise, explaining why it is essential to have a a fundamental change in leadership mindset.


Keith Dodds is Director of Client Relations for ThoughtWorks Australia and has been with ThoughtWorks for over 10 years. He has been on the advisory board of Agile Australia since its beginning. Ian Kelsall is a Lead Consultant with ThoughtWorks in Australia and has been with the Agile development and experience design consultancy for three years.

About the conference

Agile Australia is the annual conference for those looking to build better products, teams, and organisations; most recently held in Sydney in June 2015 and sponsored by ThoughtWorks, Accenture, Atlassian, elabor8, HP, Commonwealth Bank, Context Matters, and supported by the Agile Alliance. The 2-day conference is the place to network with thought-provoking international keynote speakers and Agile community leaders from across Australia and New Zealand.

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Jan 27, 2016

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  • Lean Enterprise maybe good, by why hit out on SAFe?

    by Rukshan Jayaratna,

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    I'm encouraged to read the book, Lean Enterprise; seems it's with useful content. But I don't understand the need to hit out on SAFe!

    Almost everything you mention about SAFe are misunderstood, except for the normalized story point sizing. Even that; you should work in a large organisation to understand that normalized story points are a better option; when the pure agile story points are not reachable.

    I would suggest folks who are listening in to this post to check out the following as well.


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