Next SPC Certification in Boulder, Sep 9-12. SAFe 3.0!

Hi Folks,

I’ll be teaching the next certification in Boulder September 9-12. This is the first course I’ll be teaching based on SAFe 3.0, which will be released July 28. This should be a fun course; at least I’m excited about teaching from the new baseline! You can register here.

Hope to see you there.


Just Open: SAFe SPC Certification in Paris, June 2-4, 2014


I’ll be delivering an SPC Certification in Paris, June 2-4, co-sponsored by Valtech. The class is now open for registration here.

Hope to see you in Paris!


Does Agile = Better DW/BI?

Em Campbell-Pretty, a SAFe SPC and scaled agile blogger in Australia, just pointed me to an article she wrote which has just been published in the Cutter It Journal. In the issueDoes Agile=Better DW/BI, she describes how they are applying SAFe to a significant Data Warehousing program. In the article, she focuses more on the values and principles behind SAFe, rather than the practices themselves, which is always refreshing. She also describes some of the challenges unique to data warehousing, though I’m pretty sure many of you will say “we don’t do data warehousing, but we have that problem here too!”

But in fact, the entire issue is devoted to Agile in Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence, so if that’s your game, there are 6 other helpful articles there as well, including one by Scott Ambler highlighting how Disciplined Agile Delivery applies in that context.

The article is free and you can find it here:

Scaling Agile Data Warehousing

Japanese Translation of Agile Software Requirements is now Available

Taku Fujii, our persistent friend over the years, and an SPC with our partner OGIS RI Ltd,  recently completed a Japanese translation of Agile Software Requirements. For those who have been through this, you know what a labor such a project entails. If you read Japanese, (actually, even if you don’t) you can buy a copy:

I’d like to personally thank Taku-san and his collaborators for their work.

Also, I was recently  interviewed by Shoeisha Publishing and the interview is now published on the Shoeisha’s web magazine, EnterpriseZine.

SPC Certification in Tokyo in January

Hi Folks,

Just a quick note that I’ll be delivering an SPC certification in Tokyo January 15-18. You can see course details and register here. I’ll deliver the course in English, but Leading SAFe (the first two days; open to all) will be simultaneously translated into Japanese; the following two days (Implementing SAFe and Certification; open only to qualified SPC candidates) will be sequentially translated.

I’ll also be giving a talk on SAFe on Tuesday, January 14 at the 2014 Tokyo Regional Scrum Gathering.

Hope to see you there.


Recorded London Agile Business SAFe Keynote

I gave a Be Agile. Scale Up. Stay Lean with SAFe keynote at Agile Business London Conference in October. They videos the session and since I didn’t actually fall off the stage or anything too obvious, I’m linking to it here.

Updated Speaking and Training Engagements


I just got around to updating my upcoming speaking and training engagements for the next few months. They appear in the scroll on the left.

Upcoming SPC Certification in Tallinn, Estonia Nov 4-6, 2013


My London SPC (SAFe Program Consultant) certification class in October is sold out, but there is one more class available this year in Europe. That is the Tallinn, Estonia class, held in conjunction with  Topconf:

“Topconf Tallinn is a premier software conference designed for Developers, Product owners / managers, Architects, Project Managers, Methods- and Process-Experts.”

This will be a contiguous, accelerated 3-day SPC certification to be held on Nov 4-6.  You can register here:

Hope to see you in Tallinn!

A Cool, Upcoming Lean Systems Society Conference


It’s not to late to register for the upcoming Lean Systems Society Reactor conference in Boulder, Colorado Sep 11-12. The Lean Systems Society is an initiative I feel strongly about. This is simply group of people whose interest is in helping industry, government and society at large better build large and complex systems based on the principles of Lean thinking. They have no commercial or propriety agenda.

From the conference website:

Who’s Invited: Everyone who considers themselves part of the Lean Systems community. We are also actively seeking C-level and director level personnel of large organizations to bring their point of view and to be exposed to a wide variety of Lean and Systems-Thinking perspectives. We are keeping the costs very low so offer no early-enrollment discount (it’s already built in), but ask for everyone who can register early to do so, to help the LSS with mitigating its risks on the conference.

About LSS:

The Lean Systems Society (LSS), or “the Society” for short, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the world by improving its systems. The Credo of the Society further describes this purpose. Our community nurtures and applies many forms of systems thinking in numerous domains and across five continents. The Lean paradigm, with its cognition-driven “people-first” worldview, remains at its core.

New Briefing: Addressing Enterprise Complexity with SAFe


I had the opportunity to do a webinar for Cisco that focused on addressing the complexity of building enterprise-class software systems, and how SAFe addressed some of that complexity.

I know that many of you have these challenges, and this is an interesting perspective on SAFe, so I’m providing it here as well.

Addressing Enterprise Complexity with SAFe.