The guardrails are our agreements with each other across the enterprise. Each role and phase, however, manifests these agreements in different ways. The following provides more detail on what the guardrails mean during implementation and integration.
Work on items that will realize the greatest amount of business value across the enterprise
When teams need to work together, they should focus on getting the most business value ready to be realized.
Collaborate with each other in order to maximize the realization of Business value across the enterprise
Collaboration is key. One team cannot refuse to help another team if what the other team is working on is of more value to the organization. This helps teams look at the bigger picture.
Ensure that all work is visible
The work of the teams must be made visible so other teams can see both what is coming their way and how their work will affect others.
Take the necessary steps to sustain or increase predictability
Much of the waste created is from work being done across teams. Each team must attend to how its work affects others.
Keep the work throughout the value stream within capacity
Each team must include planned and expected requests from others. They should also respect the workload of other teams that they make requests to.
Encourage everyone to strive for continuous improvement
Teams are not just to improve themselves, but to help teams in the value stream they work in as well.
Two online FLEX courses are now being offered – FLEX for SAFe, and Adopting FLEX (the first course in becoming a FLEX trainer).
If you want to learn about how to adopt FLEX in your organization please contact the author, Al Shalloway.