I hear many C-level folks mandating doing SAFe by the book. This post is for those of you who need to do this but want to take advantage of the fact that SAFe is a framework and can therefore be modified to some extent.
As a former contributor, SPCT & gold partner I can give you some advice you won’t get from SAFe partners.
1) Find an SPCT that is not dogmatic about SAFe. Talk to a former client. Everyone says they are not dogmatic. I can give you a referral with no strings or cost attached as well.
2) Make it clear what an MVP is. The inappropriate use of MVP in SAFe in non-startup environments has caused confusion. If you don’t make it’s meaning clear it will mean everything, and therefore nothing.
3) If you have platform teams, ensure you set up your trains accordingly. SAFe gives little guidance here. Use Kanban to manage their work driven by other teams & prioritize by MVP importance. Chapter in book is coming soon.
4) Take ATDD up front and don’t think you’re getting it in the ASE. ATDD is a collaborative method with POs, devs and testers. By relegating ATDD to 2nd tier training & making it a technical offering SAFe is doing you a disservice. We offer ATDD training with SAFe if you’d like to learn more.