Trainer and IT Architect Hans van Herwaarden is clear when it comes to SAFe for Architects, the role-specific course that came available for training this spring. “This course gives the Architect a sense of belonging and understanding of SAFe that is greatly appreciated.” He should know: his recent audiences of Architects at some of our clients provided living proof.
We cater to several huge companies as a training agency. These are relentlessly innovative leaders in their market space and naturally they attract smart people from all over the globe. “Yet only the smartest of these whizkids can fill the role of Architect.”
Trainers, know your place
He continues, with a smile: “What that means for us trainers: the architect is a type that takes little for granted. So far, they had watched their employers slowly but surely embrace SAFe – just about the largest adoption of the framework in the world today. But most of them didn’t think much of it… Product Owners, Release Trains… what role do we play, they said. The framework identifies the System and Solution Architect, but it didn’t explain those roles to sufficient depth – until now.”
Looking under the hood
“As a former Architect myself, I jumped at the chance to train ARCH when Scaled Agile launched the course. This will be interesting, I thought. And it was. Very.”
“Over the course of several days, we pulled the framework apart together and inspected it ‘under the hood’ to see what makes it tick. They naturally needed very little explanation and drew far-reaching conclusions as quickly as I had expected. An entity relationship diagram, linking the constructs together… it was fascinating to witness.”
“But the course also provided them with insights and a new relevance to their work that drew them closer to SAFe than ever before. Their company had been immersed in a change that so far had not included them – and now they were coming in from the cold. Corporate IT has convincingly embraced SAFe, and now SAFe was embracing the Architect.”
SAFe for Architects training
Gladwell Academy offers an SAFe for Architects training which prepares system, solution and snterprise Architects to think beyond their ART and engage across the organization as effective leaders and change agents. Click here for more information.