The working title of this post was “Followership – because sometimes leadership can go f*ck itself”.
This sentiment seemed to sum up where my head was at after a challenging role which left me taking stock of what I wanted from a career & my life / work balance. I retreated back to my comfort zone to let someone else do the leading.
You may be able to tell, in my funk I was seeing the term “followership” in a negative light. After studying the topic further I started uncovering the importance of followers & the related skills of following.
After nearly 3 years & 16 Liverpool Tester Gatherings, the 3 of us have learned several very valuable lessons in running free meetups to provide a platform for new & experienced speakers, with both local & international testing status.
I’ve recently been working with project teams who are attempting to remain effective after their organisation has chosen to adopt the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).
I’m trying capture & refine the common patterns I’ve observed across several SAFe implementations that have helped those involved in the implementation remain effective after they have been left wondering where they fit.
I’m hoping it will help others who have been in touch with me who are trying to understand what it means to be a practitioner in their newly formed SAFe organisation.
Several projects I am working on within my organisation are adopting SAFe in order to build software solutions, so I thought I should perform some SAFe testing!
With my Agile background, I am able to provide a lot of value in helping the teams follow an iterative development lifecycle (predominantly Scrum), but I have little experience of processes outside of the development teams themselves.
I also seem to struggle to get my message across to senior stakeholders within my organisation who are new to Agile & SAFe.
This is the 2nd post in my series on Truth. It builds on the first post by hopefully demonstrating how my opinions on truth & “Living Documentation” have changed after some research into what is truth.
This research was done in preparation for the fabulous MEWT conference. Here is a link for the slides of my “Single Source Of Truth Is A Lie” talk – this post aims to follow the structure of that talk.