The Power of Culture in SAFe Success or Failure

  • Dr. Steve Mayner, Scaled Agile

Nowhere is the discussion of organizational culture more prevalent than in the Lean-Agile and DevOps communities. Transitioning from legacy project management and waterfall-based practices to Agile is far more complex than a simple process change. For many organizations, the transition to SAFe confronts deeply held beliefs and norms that are not easily altered. Even if organizations learned how to change the culture, the question remains... change it to what? What's wrong with the existing culture and what does it have to do with adopting SAFe? How are Lean-Agile and culture connected?

This session will provide a deeper dive into generative cultures from Westrum's model and describe why organizations adopting SAFe should strive to build a generative culture. The talk will include practical guidance on how to identify where your organization is within Westrum's model and how to move from pathological and bureaucratic cultures to a generative culture. Attendees will interact with the topic by completing a diagnostic survey to evaluate which type of organizational culture is predominant in their company.

  • Date:Thursday, June 11
  • Time:11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Session Type:Main Conference Track
  • Learning Objective #1:Describe the three types of cultures from Westrum's model and explain why a generative culture creates an environment conducive to successful SAFe adoption
  • Learning Objective #2:Assess the participants' current culture using a diagnostic survey and explore the results
  • Learning Objective #3:Develop and evaluate practical actions organizations can take to cultivate a generative culture
  • Talk Level:Intermediate
Dr. Steve Mayner
Scaled Agile