Let me just ask you a few questions about your own experience, before getting into SAFe:
- Whom do you find more difficult to convince of agility: developers - or managers?
- Where do more organizational impediments arise: development - or management?
- Who will have more effect by changing something they can control: developers - or managers?
- Who is less likely to change their ways of working during an agile transformation: developers - or managers?
- Who needs an answer to the question "What will I do in an agile organization?" more urgently: developers - or managers?
- Who do we spend more time with during an agile transformation: developers - or managers?
Where agilists failed
The SAFe answer
- Engineers aren't "resources". You can't manage people like resources. We respect people.
- Engineers don't work on an assembly line. Tayloristic management doesn't transfer into knowledge work. We assume variability and preserve options.