Insights on the state of business agility in the SAFe world

Insights on the state of business agility in the SAFe world

SAFe Updates

At the recent 2019 European SAFe® Summit, we did something we’ve never done before – we used the event to live-capture baseline metrics to determine how close organizations are to achieving true business (not just technical) agility.

After Dean’s keynote presentation, we invited attendees to take a survey about business agility—and 164 of them did. To understand where the respondents were coming from, we included two questions about company size and the size of their SAFe implementations.

We also asked attendees to share their roles.

Respondents reported that their organizations do business around the world (60 percent) and in Europe (about 40 percent)—in a wide variety of industries.

For the main assessment questions, we asked attendees to take a survey and rate their organizations according to ‘sit, crawl, walk, run, or fly’ criteria in seven aspects of business agility. Here are the results.

So what does this data tell us? Well, organizations are in different places; some are stuck in the old way of working, others are starting to shift, while others are moving hard. In some of the team and technical practices, more companies are starting to improve and move toward ‘walk.’ But in some of the more complex and strategic areas—including Lean portfolio management, organizational agility, and learning culture—enterprises aren’t doing enough yet, if anything at all. All dimensions seem to indicate areas where the real opportunities for growth lie.

We’ve received great feedback on the assessment; most want to know how people can run it within their organizations. So, in the future, we’ll likely provide this assessment as a download, similar to our existing Lean Enterprise Assessment and DevOps health radar, which you can find in the Metrics article on the Framework website.

Stay tuned to the Framework blog for updates.

Stay SAFe,
—Inbar

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Inbar Oren

One comment

  1. Smita

    18 Jun 2019 - 12:37 pm

    Hi Inbar this was a very interesting read – thank you.

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