SLAM And The Concept Of Strategic Vision


SLAM And The Concept Of Strategic Vision

25 Jun 2022 Admin 0 Agile and Scrum

SLAM (Simple Lean-Agile Mindset) is a new way of thinking about developing products and services. It is an approach of the lean-agile movement which has been around for decades. The main idea behind SLAM is that it allows people to develop products and services in a simple, agile manner with an overall strategic vision.

In our previous blog ‘Improving Your Enterprise Agility With The Simple Lean-Agile Mindset (SLAM)’ we explained about SLAM and system level optimization.

Let us have a quick look. SLAM splits agility into four factors: system-level optimization, strategic vision & execution, empirical process control, and business agility. The first factor describes eight ways that every agile framework includes.

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In this article, we will be discussing the second factor ‘strategic vision and execution’ mentioned in SLAM.

Strategic Vision & Execution In SLAM

Organizations need to develop agile teams to work with enterprise products. To do this, an organization should have a strategic vision—a set of goals and objectives that define what the company will be and what they will do in the near future. This strategic vision comes from top executives who have a clear understanding of:

  • Organization needs
  • Customer needs
  • Agile product development throughout the company

The strategic vision of an organization relates to a goal that unites the organization and the overall strategy to achieve that targeted objective. A vision that unites the organization along with the three-stage process of implementing this vision: 1) break down, 2) set priorities and 3) focus work on teams.

For example, let us look at how SAFe framework sets this vision:

SAFe encourages leaders to develop strategic themes at high-level based on the organization's goals, customer needs, and budgets. These help the LPM (lean portfolio management) team decide which initiatives/value streams the organization will fund. SAFe attaches great importance to aligning the organization.

Learn more by reading this: SAFe & the concept of Lean-Agile Mindset

Let's see each stage in detail here.

Three-Stage Process Of Implementing This Strategic Vision

Strategic Vision & Execution In SLAM

1) Break Down

Once the leaders of an organization set a strategic vision for it, other members of the organization break down the vision into its component parts. An example of a strategic vision would be creating a smartphone version of one's product. This view does not provide detailed implementation information.   What does this mean? Is it an application or a mobile version of the website? There are several possible answers to the question of whether all smartphones or just Android and iOS smartphones should have an application. It is the team’s responsibility to consider the needs and wishes of customers, as well as other stakeholders such as developers.

A company can implement a strategic vision by separating it into tactical elements. The separation is a higher version of the Scrum's "who" and "how" breakdown. The strategic vision is "what"; the breakdown shows "how" product development teams must decide between mobile app, product’s web version, or any other.

Each agile system in the company has their own approach to share the work.

For example, SAFe method breaks the strategic themes into epics, then into user stories further and presented in several PI (Program Increment).

2) Set Priorities

Prioritization of work is an important aspect to the overall business because it creates a sense that everyone has a role to play in making something better for the customer. Plus, it's always good when people know that there is a team whose main responsibility is creating great products that will be shipped on time and in good condition.

Each of the company's top agile schemas has its own way to prioritize work.

SAFe has different priority levels. At the highest (portfolio) level, executives and managers prioritize their epics on the Kanban Portfolio Board. Then, mid-level managers prioritize working with solutions, and program backlogs. Finally, each team has their own backlog of the product. Each step in these is a way to delve into the highest priority decision.

3) Focus Work On Teams

Traditional product development is a war of attrition; teams must race to complete their assigned work so they are seen as succeeding. But with Lean Agile, the whole team can do what needs to be done, and succeed as a whole.

This pull method supports various system-level optimizations:

  1. Reduces Cycle Time: Team members can create a more comprehensive understanding of the workflow, which allows them to identify problems that may be slowing down the process. This is like how a rower can identify boat leaks, which would slow down the boat if left unchecked.
  2. It Stimulates Time Boxing: Teams must be allowed to work at their own pace and have a better understanding of how much work they can accomplish in a given time period. When other teams delegate work to a team, however, that team may never know if the tasks delegated by this other team are feasible for them.
  3. Promotes Respect For People: You don't need the need to work overtime. Too much work often slows people down and prevents them from quitting quickly.

Each Agile framework has its own working way in the system, for example:

In SAFe, a Kanban board is used by each team. The product manager puts the most important features on his Kanban board. If required, the teams break these epics into smaller stories or tasks and put them on their boards so that they can work on them in small increments.

In this blog post, we have been discussing the second category in the SLAM’s agility split up. We will explain the remaining two in our upcoming blogs. Among many scaling agile frameworks, SAFe stands in top and it has been implemented by many enterprises. To gain proper knowledge and advance agile journey, consider undertaking Scaled Agile Certification training at LearnNow.

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