To Bobby Fischer, chess is life… not ‘like life’.
The rest or most of us, chess is like life… including Emanuel Lasker — a former world chess champion.
In my new book, ‘SAFe (6.0) Is Like …’, there is a topic titled ‘SAFe is like chess‘.
Chess has three stages: 1) Opening, 2) Middle Game, 3) End Game … and the denouement (which can happen at anytime — decoupled from the three): checkmate, resignation, or draw.
SAFe has similar three: 1) Hypothesis (of an idea) , 2) Build it with quality , 3) Delivery of value (Time to market) … and the denouement (which can happen at anytime — decoupled from the three): Release on Demand’ (ROD) where value is realized when it is in the hands of the customer; then evaluate if the hypothesis was correct or not … to determine next steps: continue, pivot, or stop.
In SAFe, just like chess, nothing is straightforward … there is a lot of planning. Plans are sometimes useless — responding to change, rather than following a plan, remember? — but the act of planning is essential and of paramount importance!
More insights are found in my book. Read more about it by clicking this link…