SAFe Experience – A drama, a thriller, an action oriented role-play while in a Train!

Context:

Bangalore City Management wants to build another Smart City and have a challenge to release on time, frequently, with high quality. In a similar project in the past, they tried few methods (guess them), and nothing worked. Now, they are going to execute the same project using SAFe.

Movie Synopsis

A smart city with basic necessities like residential area, School, Hospital, Power Plant, Police Station, Fire Station, Super Market, Museum etc, incrementally. Each of these will be built by a specialized team and will be integrated often, to build the overall city. More importantly the incremental built spaces need to payoff for next increment as early as possible.

Roles in Offer:

Multiple High-Delivery Scrum Teams developing the city in parallel, Smart Scrum Masters, Visionary Product Owners, Chief Product Owner, Thinking Release Train Engineer, System Team, Release Team are all going to be part of it

Cast:

Everyone attending the session will cast a role, and you get to choose the role you want

Key Learning of this roleplay

Key learnings of this roleplay are

  • Integration of city components
  • Architectural runway of city throughout the journey
  • Portfolio backlog converted into program backlog, team and sprint backlog
  • Devops, Release and other teams to contribute
  • WSJF and cost of delay

Duration: 2 hours

# Participants: 75-200

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

The workshop will have multiple smaller sessions. Here is the gist of overall structure of the session.

Activity

Details

Duration

Team Forming

Forming teams to build different parts of city

Handover the overall requirements and their contribution

10 minutes

Release Plan

Teams to estimate their scope, identify system integration points, risks, dependencies

Build Architectural Runway (overall city)

20 minutes

Sprint 1

Building of basic necessity for city – houses, power, road, school, police station

Integrate

Build Architectural Runway (overall city)

20 minutes

Sprint 2

Building further houses, more facility in school, police station, new fire station

Integrate

Build Architectural Runway (overall city)

20 minutes

Sprint 3

Park, Super Market, Museum

Build Architectural Runway (overall city)

20 minutes

Sprint 4

Final Release – Any enhancements required

15 minutes

Review

Ending the session with learnings

10 minutes

Learning Outcome

 

- Integration of team deliverable at the end of every sprint
- Architectural Runway throughout the project
- Portfolio backlog converted into program backlog, team and sprint backlog
- Devops, Release and other teams to contribute
- WSJF and cost of delay

Target Audience

Those who want to learn about Enterprise Agility

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  • Evan Leybourn
    By Evan Leybourn  ~  2 years ago
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    You've selected a 90 minute slot for a two hour workshop.

    Also, have you run this before? If so, what was the feedback from participants? Is the intention to introduce SAFe to beginners, or are you expecting some precursory understanding/experience?

     

    • Jayaprakash P
      By Jayaprakash P  ~  2 years ago
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      Evan - I participated & contributed to a similar SAFe workshop, which went for little over 2 hours. The feedback was really good, got lot of positive feedback about the workshop. Participants learnt the concepts well by executing it. This is very different from attending a talk.

       

      Yes, its going to be about Enterprise Agility and SAFe for beginners. Our focus is primarily on the program layer. So, having Agile/Scrum expertise is helpful.

      I would like to have 2-2.5 hours session so we can really execute well. Since that option was not available, I chose 1.5 hours. Agile India being "Agile" conoference, I would like to request you to allow this to be a 2-2.5 hours session.

      • Venkatraman L
        By Venkatraman L  ~  2 years ago
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        Dear Jayaprakash,

        Good to see that you have conducted this before. Very interesting to read through the writeup. However, no texts can match the visualization on this. Would you have some quick video links that even some participants shared when doing this workshop ? That would help us gauge the sense of how this would play out. 

        Sorry for the silly question: Are these smart city "items / necessities" being man-made (like some 4 people standing one behind the other depicting a smart-city train station ?)Since you have said it can be 75-200, what are the materials required to manage the backlog, the ARTs, the backlog ? 

        If you can share a video link, would be fantastic

        Thanks
        Venkat


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