As a former SPCT and gold partner, Al Shalloway has seen patterns of success, stagnation and failure in SAFe adoption. These can all be understood by viewing them in the context of systems thinking and where SAFe follows (or doesn't) theories of Flow, Lean, ToC and organizational development.
DA FLEX is an agnostic approach based on looking at an organization's context and applying practices indicated by the theories of Flow, Lean and Theory of Constraints guided by theories of organizational development and systems thinking. The DA FLEX Playbook for SAFe describes how SAFe adoptions can be improved by taking advantage of what's been done and learned. It accomplishes this by viewing SAFe from a value stream perspective (Lean's definition, not SAFe's redefinition) while adding key concepts that are missing in SAFe.
Al Shalloway is the Director, Thought Leadership for Agile at Scale Programs at the PMI. He is the co-author of 5 books and the creator of FLEX (FLow for Enterprise Transformation). He was founder and CEO of Net Objectives prior to their acquisition by the PMI. He was a co-founder Lean Kanban University (now Kanban University) but is no longer affiliated with it. He was the first SPC Trainer outside of SAI, a former gold partner and contributor to SAFe. His work currently focuses on the creation of more effective methods of improving organization development. He has a Masters in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Mathematics from Emory University. He resides with his wife and cats in Carlsbad, CA.
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