Keynote: Project to Product: From Flow Metrics to SAFe

Keynote Presentation by Mik Kersten, CEO, Tasktop and author, Project to Product
2019 Global SAFe Summit, San Diego Oct. 2, 2019

Agile and DevOps transformations are starting to get board level visibility as the need to become a software innovator becomes critical to company survival. But how many of these transformations are on track in terms of producing the results that the business is expecting? How many business leaders are tracking actual delivery results of transformations, rather than measuring via project plans and cost centers? The fundamental problem is that the way transformations are structured has a very different meaning to the technology side than it does to the business. Key agile concepts that should be shared, such as velocity and technical debt, are not part of the language of the business. It is these disconnects that cause large-scale transformations to fall off the rails. In this talk, Dr. Mik Kersten will summarize his best-selling book, Project to Product, by showing how a product operating model can provide the critical glue between the hierarchical and finance-oriented structures of the business and the agility enabled by delivery teams adopting SAFe.

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