If I had to describe the retreat in one word, it would be “community”. Given the general application of SAFe in large enterprise and the prevailing “partner consultancy” based model, creation of an environment where both consultants and practitioners come together to transcend boundaries and share is no mean feat. Full credit must go to +Martin Burns and his better half Lucy for their tireless efforts in this regard.
As always, the retreat was attended by +Dean Leffingwell along with a number of other representatives from SAI. Also in attendance were a mix of SAFe Fellows, SPCTs, consultants and practitioners along with a “chaos monkey” in the form of +Simon Wardley.
Having now had a few days to reflect on the experience, I’d like to share some of the key themes that emerged.