To Kim Buchsen, A Response and Invitation

We wrote Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to contribute our experience to the ever growing SAFe community.

To that end, we offer this response and invitation to Kim Buchsen (LinkedIn, @AgileKim, Scaled Agile Academy) based on her review of Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe):

Not Worth It
(October 23, 2014; 1 out of 5 stars)
By Kim Buchsen

Don’t waste your money. Written by someone who has just parroted the high level tenets of SAFe. If you’re looking for information to help you better understand the Scaled Agile Framework, this is not it.

I really wish that these self-published book authors would have someone edit their writing, particularly when it is so obvious that English is not their first language.

Response

Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is organized into three parts. Part 1 summarizes or briefly explores the SAFe, Part 2 summarizes or briefly explores Conscious Agility, and Part 3 provides an empirically-derived and pragmatic approach for how organizations may embrace the SAFe using Conscious Agility.

While we acknowledge that this work offers a “summary” of the SAFe, we hardly believe it is “parroted”.

While we acknowledge that this work offers a “summary” of the SAFe, we did not indicate that it is “to help you better understand the Scaled Agile Framework.”

And while we acknowledge that our “English” skills are not perfect, it is our “first language” and unsure what is intended with “so obvious” (or what it really communicates about the author of the review)!

Thus, while we acknowledge Kim’s review, we believe it is not as authentic as it may appear to be but more so a reactionary response by Kim among others who are indoctrinated within the SAFe community — as the SAFe’s approach to adoption and sustainment is merely training when the “real world” and the “reality of business” requires something a bit different for success!

Invitation

Again, we wrote Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to contribute our experience to the ever growing SAFe community.

And given that Kim cares enough likewise to read our work and offer a public review, we extend an invitation to Kim:

Kim (kim.buchsen@gmail.com),

Based on your review of Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), we would like to invite you to join us as a fourth author (with Brad, Mark, and Si) for Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) where we can work together to refine the book and “re-publish” it so that it contributes our experience and adds value to the community.

Given that you care enough to post a review, we can’t imagine you saying “No” to our invitation!

Please reach out via salhir@gmail.com to advance the conversation.

Regards,
Si, Brad, and Mark

PS — We are interested in working with those who have “soul in the game” but are only slightly amused and entertained by those who are “with skin in the game” and completely un-amused and un-entertained by those who are “without skin in the game”!

Again, Kim, please reach out via salhir@gmail.com and let’s collaborate!

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