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The Rollout: A Novel about Leadership and Building a Lean-Agile Enterprise with SAFe® Paperback – October 13, 2016
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About the Author
Alex Yakyma brings unique, extensive, and field-based experience to the topic of implementing Lean and Agile at scale. Throughout his career he has served as an engineering and program manager in multi-cultural, highly distributed environments. As a methodologist, trainer and consultant at Scaled Agile, Inc., he has led numerous rollouts of Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) involving teams in North America, Europe and Asia, and has trained over a thousand SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs) – change agents whose key role is to help their organizations achieve higher productivity and quality through the adoption of scalable, agile methods.
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But Alex makes it work for “The Rollout”. I found it a fast, enjoyable read and it matches well with my own experience of SAFe adoption.
If you’re interested in this book but haven’t yet moved into SAFe, you’ll find this story to be pretty representative of what you would experience, both from the perspective of the actual win’s and obstacles for your organization and for you as a potential leader of this transformation.
If you’ve been through this process as an internal change leader or as an external consultant, you’ll take comfort that your experience is not so different than many other organizations. And you’ll pick up some great tips for moving your organization or your clients further along the improvement curve.
Alex does a great job of explaining many of the ‘why’s that make up the magic of SAFe, illustrating the connections between the integrated patterns that make up the framework.
If you are at all intrigued by the notion of scaling Agile practices, this is a must-read.
“The Rollout” by Alex Yakyma takes the reader through the exciting tale of the implementation journey at VeraComm, a fictional enterprise. For Vera Comm, without a transformation there will be a higher cost. Learn new ways, or die.
Page after page the transformation comes to life as our hero; Ethan, leads his organization towards enterprise agility. This saga is based on a broad range of real-life implementation gotcha’s that are strategically placed, yet balanced over enough time for Ethan to share his experiences at the annual conference, where a year earlier he started down this SAFe journey.
Ethan; along with the guidance of Adi, and support from his wife Rachel, takes a courageous stand to make a case for change with the Vera Comm leaders. His message; they needed a new way of thinking as an organization.
Ethan is an individual willing to compromise his job by challenging the status quo, the organizational cultural norms, the enterprise way of thinking aka “Mr. Mindset”.
Witness the break through for new processes & new cultural norms as the leaders and teams of Vera Comm navigate the survival challenges they encountered along the way.
What a gift for us, the readers, as Alex shares a war chest of tried and true techniques and tools to support large-scale rollouts of SAFe Lean and Agile methods. Solving real problems with real solutions. A powerful learning tool in the novel itself, but the chapter diaries and Index are both full of insight into SAFe methods.
I would also add a couple more books to Alex recommendation;
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, a business book by consultant and speaker Patrick Lencioni, published 2002.
Also, if you want a perspective of being a leader in a larger enterprise that needed to learn new ways or die, Jack Welch shares his experiences from his time at GE. Winning: The Ultimate Business How-To Book, by Jack and Suzy Welch, published 2005.
This would be a great book for all leaders who are trying to take their programs, value streams and portfolios through a Lean-Agile transformation, whether or not they are specifically utilizing SAFe. Because it is explained in a novel, it removes some of the jargon that typically plagues early adopters of SAFe who have not experienced the team-level agile or lean practices.
Well done, Alex! Congratulations!
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