Embracing a Culture of Data-Driven Continuous Improvement with SAFe Assessments

I enjoyed participating in the “Embracing a Culture of Data-Driven Continuous Improvement with SAFe Assessments” by Temenos with Jorgen Hesselberg – the agile nerd. Jorgen has been working closely with Scaled Agile Framework since 2010 – who is the co-founder of Comparative Agility Platform.

Jorgen briefly shared his take on Agile evolution how it started with software teams in mind and now, with SAFe 5.0 having agility at the team level is just not sufficient for the business to thrive – we need agility to scale at the Enterprise level. Agility is not a siloed improvement initiative that technical teams & product development leverage; instead, we have seen it slowly encompassing 



Source: Agility Healthradar.com

all the enterprise areas with concepts and practices of participatory budgeting, Agile HR, etc.  


We all know the benefits that nimbleness and responsiveness of agility for the enterprise. 

Business Agility Report 2020 sites that, in comparison to 2019, more organizations have commenced their business agility journey, and those on the journey report greater progress. Year-on-year, overall maturity has increased by 8%.

Despite all this, there were clear challenges that the report shared – we were only at a 47% success rate in terms of teams and technical agility.



 Business Agility

Source: Agility Health Report 2020


Measuring what matters to help in our Agile maturity journey leveraging SAFe and agility assessments starting at the team level, Team of Teams Level, there are role-based assessments, operational agility, and enterprise agility. These assessments and platforms can be used as navigation tools to provide industry trends, world indexes, progress, etc. We can also measure how each team has evolved iteratively and incrementally. While we are measuring and assessing, we also need to be mindful of anti-patterns that may emerge, as with the Dilbert strip below. How the data will be used to add improve employee engagement, speed to market, reduce waste, and identify opportunities is key to creating psychological safety for a learning organization.



When we embark on this journey, we typically start with the 5W1H (What, who, where, when, how, and why) – this helps us analyzing holistically what and where. I love the quote below from Alice in wonderland.


“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.



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