Table of Contents

This is the table of contents of the FLEX and SAFe book. It is being rewritten – this is an archive being used in the rewrite.

High Level Table of Contents


  1. Who This Book Is For
  2. Different Levels of Scale
  3. My History With SAFe and Why I Wrote This Book
  4. Common Challenges Organizations Have When Adopting SAFe
  5. The belief system on which we are working
  6. What Parts of SAFe I Will Build On
  7. Improving SAFe With FLEX
  8. Why FLEX Can Improve SAFe Adoptions

Part 1. Understand Your Problems Before Looking for Solutions

    1. The Goal Is Business Agility: What’s in your way?
  1. Inherent Problems at Scale
    • The Symptoms
    • The Underlying Issues
  2. Mapping Your Value Steam
  3. Looking at Your Work From a Value Stream Perspective
    • Lean tells us to focus on flow
    • Why attending to delays is important
    • Lack of prioritization of business initiatives
    • Looking at SAFe from a value stream perspective
    • Taking a lean-agile view (FLEX)
    • Looking at our problems from a value stream perspective
  4. Seeing Your Challenges in the Value Stream
  5. The Value Stream Impedance Scorecard

Part 2. What’s Needed at Small to Mid-Scale

  1. What SAFe Provides Us
  2. Overview of SAFe at the Program Level
  3. Why Essential SAFe is Both More and Less Than What’s Needed at Small to Mid-Scale
    • Essential SAFe is designed for programs in large organizations
    • Essential SAFe for mid-scale
    • Essential SAFe for programs in large-scale
    • What Essential SAFe Leaves Out
    • The challenge with coupling the value stream to the levels of the organization
    • What needs to be added
    • How focusing on the value stream enables this approach to grow as the company grows

Part 3. Setting the Stage for Business Agility in SAFe

  1. The Business Case for Agility
  2. Why We Need More Than MVPs
  3. Sequencing Our Work

Part 4. Foundations of Lean-Agile

  1. Systems thinking and How It Can Be Applied to Frameworks and Methods
  2. The role leadership and management
  3. Create visibility
  4. Improving your company’s culture
  5. Collaboration and alignment

Part 5. Essential SAFe With FLEX

  1. Strategic Planning and Lean Portfolio Management
  2. Enhancing while Simplifying SAFe with Lean Product Development
  3. The role of the business architect
  4. The importance of Having an Intake Process
  5. Using the Intake Process to Educate Leadership
  6. Planning, Collaboration, and Dependency Management
    • Running Effective Planning Events
    • High Level Release Planning – Pareto Vs Parkinson
  7. Implementation and Integration
  8. Release and Realization
  9. Why Lean-Agile Should Be More Predictable than Waterfall

Part 6. Starting and Sustaining a Lean-Agile Adoption of Essential SAFe With FLEX as a Guide

  1. Tailoring SAFe for your organization

Detailed Table of Contents