Today it is time for the second episode of the podcast series called “The SAFe RTE Podcast” where I together with my good friend, fellow RTE and now also podcast co-host Håkan Löven, will be interviewing practicing, real-world SAFe Release Train Engineers (RTEs) to learn about how they work, and how they actually go about facilitating the flow of value with a large team of agile teams.

In this second episode of the podcast we are talking to Mikael Broome from Stockholm, Sweden who as an RTE is helping the company Elekta create medical equipment using SAFe/lean/agile to develop the software, hardware and firmware for one big integrated system.

Together with Mikael we discuss working as part of a solution train, how to help evolve retrospectives and the value of strong visual facilitation.

Some of Mikaels best RTE-tips:

  1. The Scrum-Of-Scrums event should never regress into a “status reporting meeting”. Ensure it is focused on collaboration across the ART and removing impediments and that all Scum Masters see the value in coming together as a team at regular intervals.
  2. If your ART is part of a larger Solution Train that is building a big system together, then a regular scrum-of-scrum-of-scrums across the ARTs can help the collaboration among the RTEs that facilitate the different ARTs.
  3. Read the book “Agile Retrospectives” by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen with the ART scrum masters and together use the ideas in that book to help further evolve the relentless improvement for the teams that make up the ART.

Mikael also showed us some of the posters that he has been building for the PI-plannings as part of his approach to use clear visual radiators to help the facilitation:

The SAFe RTE Podcast

by Carl Starendal & Mikael Broome | Episode 2

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