Scaling Agility with SAFe | Product Line Engineering (PLE)


Product Line Engineering (PLE) and Lean/Agile share common goals – faster delivery and lower cost with better quality.  PLE organizes people in a factory that produces the products in a product line from engineering assets shared across the portfolio.  Lean/Agile organizes people in cross-functional, self-managed teams and teams-of-teams, which, at scale, are called value streams.  Both approaches strive to reduce the handoffs, delays, and rework that occur when organizations mis-utilize their engineers and developers.

This talk discusses how PLE and Lean/Agile principles support one another.  We first provide background on PLE and Lean/Agile principles and how they align.  We then discuss common issues including forming teams, aligning teams on a common cadence, managing budgets that span products, and handling product evolution over time.  We also discuss the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) provides a framework that enables both PLE and Agile practices.

Presented by  Dr Paul Clements, Vice President of Customer Success, BigLever Software &  Harry Koehnemann, Director of Technology, 321 Gang, Inc. & Cara Rawlings, Technical Marketing Specialist, 321 Gang, Inc.

We have helped our clients:
  • Increase productivity by 25-75%
  • Reduce development costs by 50-60%
  • Accelerate time to market by 20-40%

SAFe provided the agility, visibility, and transparency needed to ensure we could integrate with numerous other efforts, get predictable in our delivery, and ensure timelines are met.

David McMunn
Director of COE, Fannie Mae

Additional Resources

SAFe Training

As a Scaled Agile SPCT-Gold Partner, we are able to offer SAFe courses to certify your leaders and practitioners. Check out our available private or public courses and please contact us if you need any guidance on a course that best fits your needs.

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Change & Configuration Management Training

As a TechData Academy Training Partner, we are able to offer the official IBM Rational Training courses as well as self-paced online training courses. We realize there’s a lot to choose from, so please contact us if you need guidance on course selection.

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CLM Deployment Package for SAFe

This service primarily benefits organizations (or programs) using traditional or waterfall processes and who are new to CLM, or those who are looking to accelerate its successful deployment in combination with SAFe.

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