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Dean Leffingwell outlines the roles of a SAFe Development Manager and the seven behaviours every SAFe Lean-Agile Leader should have.

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Lean-Agile Leaders

  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

  • —John C. Maxwell

Abstract

The philosophy of SAFe is simple: As the enabler for the teams, the ultimate responsibility for adoption, success, and ongoing improvement of Lean-Agile development lies with the Enterprise’s existing managers, leaders, and executives. Only they can change and continuously improve the systems in which everyone operates. To achieve this, leaders must be trained, and become trainers, in these leaner ways of thinking and operating. Many need to offer a new style of leadership, one that truly teaches, empowers, and engages individuals and teams to reach their highest potential.

While some of these management roles and titles do not appear specifically on the Big Picture, they serve a critical function nonetheless by providing the personnel, resources, management, direction, and support necessary to help the enterprise achieve its mission. This article describes the principles of these Lean-Agile Leaders.

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