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What is Innovation Strategy?

An innovation strategy is a common innovation mission and a detailed plan that aims to create new value, for which customers are willing to pay. It includes a set of policies or behaviors geared toward achieving future organizational growth. The most innovative businesses understand that big, new ideas don’t just happen. Instead, innovations arise out...

Podcast: Three Agile Experts Discuss Agile Marketing

What does it take to expand Agile practices into business teams like marketing?  That’s the question that host Tim Shisler asked a panel of Agile experts in a recent series on the SAFe Business Agility Podcast. Our own EVP and Chief Marketing Officer Cameron van Orman joined author Jim Ewel and Melissa Reeve, VP of...

5 Things 2020 Taught Us About Innovation

The end of any year – but especially the end of the most bizarre 12 months of our present human experience – brings a period of reflection and learning. And if there was a teachable moment for businesses in 2020, the overarching lesson (if not the most obvious one) is that unprecedented change requires an unprecedented response of agility and innovation. In this article, we’ll unpack the ways in which companies responded to such a turbulent year. You’ll learn five...

Agile Team Names: What’s in a name?

In traditional organizations, teams don’t have to think much about their team name, because it’s usually defined by their function: Marketing team, sales team, etc. But Agile team names? Those require a bit more thought. Choosing a unique Agile team name can be a fun, creative exercise that helps to solidify your team’s identity and...

Managing Risks with ROAM in Agile

Effective risk management is critical to the success of any project, but SAFe® doesn’t offer a clear-cut solution for how to go about it in a scaled Agile environment. Here’s how ROAM risk management can help ensure that you’re effectively managing risks at every level of your Agile organization. Why Risk Management? The importance of...

What are Kanban Board Swimlanes? And How to Use Them

Kanban board swimlanes are horizontal lanes on your kanban board that help to separate and further define your workflow. These lanes allow teams to surface or highlight related work items or tasks that follow a similar process.  Your team might utilize swimlanes to keep track of tasks for different products or cross-team dependencies, for example. It allows you to easily spot...

Boost Your Agile Program in 2021

Some of the most successful organizations like Cisco, Lego, and PlayStation have found significant success by using Agile at scale. They have used various Agile disciplines, leveraged PI Planning, built high performance teams, and more to garner success. It’s that time of year for all members within Agile teams to freshen up on Agile Program...

Advance Enterprise Agility in 2021

With organizations globally making a rapid shift to remote work, many businesses are starting to embrace enterprise agility to work cross-functionally to better plan and deliver value to customers, faster. It’s important that organizations become familiar with Agile transformation, Lean budgeting, and Lean Portfolio Management to maximize the success of their transformation journey. We produced...

How to be a Successful Project Manager

Project management is hard work. Even seasoned veterans with years learning how to be a successful project manager have occasional setbacks. Even when you’ve planned and executed things perfectly, the unexpected could happen. How you respond to those problems could be the difference between steering your project on course or watching it come to a...

5 Tips for Developing an Innovation Framework

It’s often said that truly innovative companies don’t follow a “big bang” approach to innovation – rather, they have a strong innovation culture that continuously evolves their business. If you’re struggling to reach that goal, it can be useful to go back to basics and orient your efforts around an innovation framework. But with so many options available, how do you know which is the best framework for your company — and how...