Adopting SAFe® for Your Organization (online book)
Part 3. Essential SAFe With FLEX
Part 5. SAFe With FLEX at Large-Scale
Part 6. Starting a Lean-Agile Adoption of SAFe at Large-Scale6.1 Tailoring SAFe for your organization
Sequencing the work
Don Reinertsen suggests, “If you quantify one thing quantify cost of delay.” His weighted shortest job first (WSJF) can be used to sequence work in a manner that will maximize the return. Work must be sequenced, not prioritized. Everything can be a top priority. But a sequence forces decisions to be made about which items is more important than another. When this decision isn’t made, it sets the stage for ambiguity throughout the organization on what to work on. This leads less important work holding up more important work and starting more work than should be being worked on.
The sequence of the work is what people throughout the organization should attend to when making decisions about which items to work on.
Coming up with a single sequence
What Work to Sequence
SAFe suggests that the work to be sequenced is
The question of what items to sequence the work on should
However, which work items to be worked on is very important. In SAFe, WSJF is used on epics and features.
Opportunities Lost With SAFe’s Definition of WSJF
Don Reinertsen defines WSJF as Cost of Delay (COD) divided by task duration.
In SAFe, WSJF is estimated as the Cost of Delay (CoD) divided by job size.