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  • Wolfram Müller

    Wolfram Müller - Repair SAFe® while continuing operations – Theory of Constraints

    Wolfram Müller
    Wolfram Müller
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 Mins
    Case Study

    Currently, more and more companies are coming to us with severe problems after implementing SAFe. One or two years before, they bravely implemented SAFe to become agile, and now the outcomes are poor, the costs are rising, and the lead times are not better than before. In this speech, I show the typical root causes and ways out. The keys are concepts out of the Theory of Constraint - a precious source of ideas to improve FLOW to the next level. I'll show especially a simple way to do the Lean Portfolio Management based on the constraint and the "Super" Simplified Drum-Buffer-Rope to get the dependencies and deliveries under control - all to generate FLOW 2.0

1. What got you started/interested in modern software development methods?

It was back in 2002 - I was responsible for all projects at 1and1.com - and all best practices failed. So we started with eXtreme Programming and tried all we could find - the breakthrough was then #TheoryOfConstraints - the mother of #FLOW

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the software product engineering community today?

Overcome the local optimization of teams and value stream. The real innovation is always across many teams and many value streams - and here the current best practice (Agile) fails miserably.

3. What do you think are the most exciting developments in software product engineering today?

Continuous Integration and Delivery was a huge breakthrough - that was finally breaking one of the hardest constraint the "integration". Now the constraint switched to architecture/business engineering - I'm exited about all the new possibilities that platforms and good APIs provide - #TheoryOfConstraint driven architecture is the next big thing!

4. Why did you choose the topic(s) you will be speaking about at the conference?

I speak about how to fix SAFe(R) - why - because many huge companies tried to scale agile based on SAFe, and very often, they fail miserably - which hurts the agile movement and the people in these companies ... it took us quite some time to find a way how to get out of this mess - and helping people as my motivation

5. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

it's my first time ...

6. Which sessions are you particularly looking forward to attending at Agile India this year?

OKR, TOC, Flow, and modern architecture

7. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the software community?

If you see all the problems around us - we need all creativity possible to find solutions! But no one can solve these problems alone - so we have to collaborate over teams, companies, and countries. We as a software community are driving most of the solutions - so let's find new ways of collaborating - it's the power of us and a lot of fun!