SAFe on Trial – Is it really Agile?

july, 2021

22jul6:00 pm7:30 pmSAFe on Trial – Is it really Agile?6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Event Organized By: Agile Leadership Network Houston

Event Details

A courtroom-styled debate format exploring the criticisms that have been against SAFe .

Members of the audience: as SAFe expands its reach in the world, so does its criticism. Using a debate format, we will explore many of the criticisms that have been leveled against SAFe and address many situations that come up when delivering with SAFe from our experience. We will also provide best practices in dealing with situations when your client or enterprise push back against the core values, mindset and principles that are considered essential by the framework.

We will cover why even scale Agile at all, why choose SAFe and current facts, myths and opinions about key aspects of SAFe, especially in adoption.

About our Speakers:

Michael Dougherty

“Agile Mike” has over 25 years of experience with software development and product leadership. He is published under the “Built for Success” column in magazine and held the position of Vice President in the Agile Leadership Network (in Houston)! Michael has taught multiple SAFe courses for over the past three years to over 600 people + certified SAFe SPC5, AWS Cloud Architect, ICP-CAT (Coaching Agile Transitions), AHF (Agility Health Facilitator), Scrum CSP, and PMP.

During the past five years, Michael has overseen an annual Portfolio of over $100 Million, consisting of over 80 engagements with over 30 Scrum Masters. Michael contributed and led three digital transformations, five SAFe engagements and coached over 15 clients.

Michael is now engaged in SAFe-related work for the US Government.


Gavriel Hoffman

Gavi is a recovering attorney who initially moved into the product development world as a business analyst and after years of swimming upstream with waterfall discovered the joys of Agile. Currently he both works in, and coaches clients on, Agile Transformation and Product Management. After over a decade of consulting, and in various industries and environments, he has learned to embrace that all-important notion: the only constant is change.

In his personal life, he re-watches the West Wing over and over, agonizes over his Mets and Jets while taking his wife and 3 kids on as many Disney related trips as possible.

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