IRS reminds businesses to report large cash transactions; e-file encouraged

IRS reminds businesses to report large cash transactions; e-file encouraged

An official website of the United States Government

IR-2021-47, February 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminds businesses of their responsibility to file Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000, and encourages e-filing to help them file accurate, complete forms.

Although many cash transactions are legitimate, information reported on Form 8300 can help stop those who evade taxes, profit from drug trading, engage in terrorist financing and conduct other criminal activities. The government can often trace money from these illegal activities through payments reported on complete, accurate forms.

To help businesses prepare and file reports, the IRS created a video on How to Complete Form 8300 – Part I, Part II. The short video points out sections of Form 8300 for which the IRS commonly finds mistakes and explains how to accurately complete those sections.

Also, the IRS encourages businesses to electronically file completed forms. Although they have the option of filing Form 8300 on paper, electronic filing is more accurate and reduces the need for follow-up correspondence with the IRS.

Many businesses have already found the free and secure e-filing system is a more convenient and cost-effective way to meet the reporting deadline of 15 days after a transaction. They get free, automatic acknowledgment of receipt when they file. And, businesses can batch file their reports, which is especially helpful to those required to file many forms.

To file Form 8300 electronically, a business must set up an account with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s BSA E-Filing System. For more information, interested businesses can call the Bank Secrecy Act E-Filing Help Desk at 866-346-9478 or email them at BSAEFilingHelp@fincen.gov. The help desk is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information about the reporting requirement, see FS-2021-3 available on IRS.gov.

An official website of the United States Government

IR-2021-47, February 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminds businesses of their responsibility to file Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000, and encourages e-filing to help them file accurate, complete forms.

Although many cash transactions are legitimate, information reported on Form 8300 can help stop those who evade taxes, profit from drug trading, engage in terrorist financing and conduct other criminal activities. The government can often trace money from these illegal activities through payments reported on complete, accurate forms.

To help businesses prepare and file reports, the IRS created a video on How to Complete Form 8300 – Part I, Part II. The short video points out sections of Form 8300 for which the IRS commonly finds mistakes and explains how to accurately complete those sections.

Also, the IRS encourages businesses to electronically file completed forms. Although they have the option of filing Form 8300 on paper, electronic filing is more accurate and reduces the need for follow-up correspondence with the IRS.

Many businesses have already found the free and secure e-filing system is a more convenient and cost-effective way to meet the reporting deadline of 15 days after a transaction. They get free, automatic acknowledgment of receipt when they file. And, businesses can batch file their reports, which is especially helpful to those required to file many forms.

To file Form 8300 electronically, a business must set up an account with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s BSA E-Filing System. For more information, interested businesses can call the Bank Secrecy Act E-Filing Help Desk at 866-346-9478 or email them at BSAEFilingHelp@fincen.gov. The help desk is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information about the reporting requirement, see FS-2021-3 available on IRS.gov.

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AICPA seeks certainty on filing deadline and relief for 2020 tax year

AICPA seeks certainty on filing deadline and relief for 2020 tax year

In a recent letter to Treasury and the IRS, the AICPA called for greater certainty for taxpayers and tax practitioners and for underpayment and late-payment penalty relief, both of which will provide greater assistance to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the letter, sent on Tuesday from Christopher Hesse, CPA, chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee, the AICPA urged Treasury and the IRS to announce any pending tax filing and payment deadline postponements by March 1. The AICPA also requested underpayment and late-payment penalty relief, a delay in collection activities, and an expansion of the temporary e-signature relief. The letter noted that many taxpayers and tax professionals continue to struggle to calculate and make tax payments and prepare and file tax returns.

The IRS has said that taxpayers and tax professionals should assume that the April 15 deadline will not change, but it has also been reported that the IRS will not commit to keeping an April 15 filing deadline if Congress approves another round of economic impact payments.

Specific AICPA recommendations include:

Alistair M. Nevius, J.D., (Alistair.Nevius@aicpa-cima.com) is the JofA’s editor-in-chief, tax.

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Essential Guide to Clearing PRINCE2 Examination

Essential Guide to Clearing PRINCE2 Examination

Essential Guide to Clearing PRINCE2 Examination

PRINCE2® (PRojects IN a Controlled Environment) (2017 or 6th edition is the latest version) is widely considered to be one of the leading project management methodologies to run successful projects. It is a simple, light weight, scalable, flexible, highly tailorable, principle driven and agile enabled framework to run your projects effectively and efficiently. PRINCE2 revolves around the core concepts of principles, themes and processes which can easily fit into any project environment (meaning any enterprises or government, industry, domain etc.).  

or more information on which certifications are now recognized as approved prior learning for the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification, please refer to the guide (PDF, 265KB).

In the PRINCE2 Foundation course, learners will understand the following: 

Learning Outcomes of PRINCE2 Foundation course: 

Examination Format: 

Foundation examination tests the candidates’ ability at Knowledge and Comprehension level, which means that candidates will have to recall the terminologies/definitions and also interpret the given questions correctly. This exam is pretty simple if you are well prepared.

In the PRINCE2 practitioner course, learners will understand the following: 

Examination Format: 

You can order your copy of this manual from the Axelos website.

The Practitioner exam tests the candidates’ ability at Comprehension, application and analysis levels.  

Note: If you are giving the exam in English but English is NOT your native language, you will be awarded an additional 15 minutes and 35 minutes to complete Foundation and Practitioner exams respectively. To avail this benefit, select your correct native language while creating your profile in Peoplecert’s portal while registering for the exam.

Similarly, PRINCE2 also comes with a guidance to use Agile along with its ways of working. PRINCE2 Agile® has two levels of certification (Foundation and Practitioner).

PRINCE2 Agile guidance is all about how to tailor PRINCE2 to use Agile methods into it. PRINCE2 is a neutral project management framework which can support both traditional waterfall projects as well as agile or adaptive or iterative projects.

To provide guidance on how to integrate high velocity models or practices into the existing projects for both IT and non-IT industries, PRINCE2 Agile considers Scrum, Kanban, Lean approaches. The intention is not to explain the agile frameworks in detail but to show practitioners on how to amalgamate PRINCE2 with other agile practices. PRINCE2 considers agile as a family of behaviours, concepts, frameworks and techniques.

Agile Foundation Exam: 

Agile Practitioner Exam: 

Further information and guidance on OLP exam:

  • Anyone with or without any project management experience can opt to learn PRINCE2 and get certified.  
  • That is the reason why it has two levels of certification. The first one is PRINCE2 Foundation and the next level is PRINCE2 Practitioner. 
  • On successful completion of the PRINCE2 Foundation examination, candidates will be awarded with “PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate in Project Management”.  
  • Foundation certificate is a pre-requisite to sit for PRINCE2 Practitioner examination. On successful completion of the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination, candidates will be awarded with “PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificate in Project Management. 
  • Certifications achieved from other governing bodies like Association of Project Management (APM), Project Management Institute (PMI), International Project Management Association (IPMA) on or after 1st of July 2014will also be considered as a valid pre-requisite to sit for PRINCE2 Practitioner exam directly. Which means that such candidates need NOT sit for Foundation examination. The list of accepted certifications is as follows:
    • PRINCE2 Foundation (or higher) – this only applies to certificates obtained after 1 January 2009 
    • Project Management Qualification (PMQ) * 
    • Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)* 
    • Project Management Professional (PMP)® ** 
    • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®** 
    • IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)*** 
    • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)*** 
    • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)*** 
    • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate).*** 
  • PRINCE2 Foundation (or higher) – this only applies to certificates obtained after 1 January 2009 
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ) * 
  • Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)* 
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)® ** 
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®** 
  • IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)*** 
  • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)*** 
  • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)*** 
  • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate).*** 
  • Candidates who wish to give their PRINCE2 Practitioner exam directly should furnish their proof of achievement of the above-mentioned equivalents to Peoplecert (www.peoplecert.org) which is the Examination Institute (EI) authorized by Axelos (www.axelos.comthe governing body for PRINCE2. This proof is subject to verification by EI.
  • Structure and key terminologies of PRINCE2 method 
  • Characteristics and context of a project 
  • Benefits of adopting PRINCE2  
  • PRINCE2 principles and themes 
  • Purpose, objectives and context of PRINCE2 processes 
  • Purpose of PRINCE2 roles and management products 
  • Tailoring PRINCE2 to organizational and project needs 
  • Preparing for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam 
  • Purpose and responsibilities of project roles 
  • The seven principles, seven themes and seven processes 
  • The importance of tailoring in PRINCE2 
  • Deliverable-based planning and quality review techniques embedded in PRINCE2 
  • Inputs and outputs required for successful projects 
  • Purpose of all project management artifacts 
  • Relationship between principles, themes, processes, products and roles within a project
  • Multiple choice 
  • 60 questions 
  • 1 hour to complete the paper 
  • Achieve 33 or more out of possible 60 marks (55%) to pass the exam 
  • Closed book exam
  • Understand the relationship between: 
    • Roles 
    • Management products 
    • Principles 
    • Themes 
    • Techniques 
    • Processes 
  • Roles 
  • Management products 
  • Principles 
  • Themes 
  • Techniques 
  • Processes 
  • Apply principles, themes and processes to a project 
  • Create and assess management products 
  • Prepare for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam 
  • Multiple choice 
  • 68 questions based on project scenario 
  • 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the paper 
  • Achieve 38 or more out of possible 68 marks (55%) to pass the exam 
  • Open book exam. You can use Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 manual. 
  • Comprehension: Understand the principles, processes, themes and project’s environment and roles and explain how these are applied to/are involved with a project.
  • Application: For a given project scenario, be able to: use the themes appropriately, create the management products, tailor the processes and themes appropriately.
  • Analysis: For a given project scenario, be able to identify, analyse and distinguish between the appropriate and inappropriate use of methods through an appraisal of completed products and planned or completed project events.
  • Exam Language: The PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner examination is currently available in English, German, Danish, Dutch, Polish, French and Norwegian. 
  • Multiple choice, Objective testing 
  • 50 questions 
  • 1 hour to complete the paper 
  • Achieve 28 or more out of possible 50 marks (55%) to pass the exam 
  • Closed book exam
  • Multiple choice, Objective testing 
  • 50 questions based on project scenario 
  • 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the paper 
  • Achieve 30 or more out of possible 50 marks (60%) to pass the exam 
  • Open book exam. You can use the “PRINCE2 Agile® Guidance” handbook.
  • A candidate can take the exam after undergoing a formal training from an Accredited Training Organization (ATO) authorized by Peoplecert or can self-learn and appear for the exam. Please visit this website to find out your nearest ATO: https://www.axelos.com/find-a-training-provider 
  • PRINCE2 examinations can be taken in 3 different modes. They are Paper Based Test, Computer Based Test and Peoplecert Online Proctored.
  • PBT exams are scheduled and conducted by the ATOs. This is also called classroom exam. 
  • The ATO will book the exam on behalf of the candidate, print the question papers and OMR answer sheets and invigilate the exam. Prior to the exam, the candidates will receive an email confirmation from Peoplecert. Candidates should register for the exam. 
  • This exam can be conducted at the ATO’s facility or at the training venue. 
  • This provides a stress-free exam experience. 
  • The ATO’s invigilation team will collect the answer sheets and question papers once the exam is over and will upload the answer scripts to the Peoplecert’s exam portal. 
  • Results will be announced in two stages by Peoplecert. First you will get the Preliminary results which will just state “Pass/Fail”. The final results with score card/statement of result (SoR) and certificate will be announced within two business days from the date of preliminary results. Result notifications will be sent to the candidate’s registered email id.
  • CBT exams are scheduled and conducted by the ATOs. This is also called a classroom exam. 
  • The ATO will book the exam on behalf of the candidate and invigilate the exam. Prior to the exam, the candidates will receive an email confirmation from Peoplecert. Candidates should register for the exam. 
  • This exam can be conducted at ATO’s facility or at the training venue. 
  • Candidates need to bring their own computers/laptops if not provided by the ATO for this exam. 
  • This exam is similar to PBT but it is conducted in CBT mode. 
  • The ATO’s invigilation team will provide the candidate’s exam credentials and guide them to take the exam.   
  • Preliminary results with scores are announced immediately at the end of the exam. Final results with SoR and certificate will be announced within two business days from the date of preliminary results.
  • OLP exams are CBT proctored by Peoplecert’s invigilation team directly.  
  • This can also be called an anywhere, anytime exam. This type of exam is very commonly taken by participants and accepted since the onset of COVID-19.  
  • To appear for an OLP exam, candidates can purchase an exam voucher from an ATO or Peoplecert directly. To buy exam from Peoplecert, please visit: https://www.peoplecert.org/browse-certifications/project-programme-and-portfolio-management/PRINCE2-2 
  • Purchased exam vouchers are normally valid for a year. But it is highly recommended to give your exam as soon as you complete your course or preparation. 
  • Preliminary results with scores are announced immediately at the end of the exam. Final results with SoR and certificate will be announced within two business days from the date of preliminary results. 
  • Copy and paste the voucher code or exam code in your Peoplecert login page and click on confirm -> Details of your exam will be displayed -> Check the details and once again confirm -> Now you will be allowed to choose the date/time of your exam from the calendar -> After selection, click on confirm -> Now you will receive a notification and email about the exam confirmation. 
  • To take the OLP exam, you need to install “Exam Shield”. After booking your exam, you will get notified to install this software. You can check if you are able to install it in your computer. If you are using an official/company laptop or desktop, there are chances that your firewall will block the installation. Please contact your Information Security team in such cases. Else you can opt to use your personal laptop or desktop. 
  • Exam Shield will verify if your microphone, webcam, system configuration, power backup and network connectivity support the exam. Please fix the issues (if any) before the exam.  
  • On the day of the exam, you will be able to login 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the exam -> Keep 1 or 2 government/national photo ID proofs handy -> Run the exam shield -> Wait for system check to complete -> Show your ID proof in front of the camera and snap shot it -> System will connect you to the proctor -> Proctor validates the credentials -> Proctor will request the candidate to swivel and show 360-degree view of the room -> Proctor will allow the candidate to Start the exam. 
  • Ensure you are very well prepared for the exam. No one else other than you should be in the exam room. No paper/pen can be used for Foundation exam. You can use PRINCE2 Manual for Practitioner exam. You cannot minimize the exam window till the exam is over. The Exam gets completed only when you hit on the Submit button.  
  • For Practitioner exam, scenario booklet will be available within the exam tool.  
  • In case of internet issues, don’t panic, you will be able to restore and continue from where you left the exam. Please contact Peoplecert in such scenarios.  
  • Peoplecert Proctor has all the rights to revoke your exam in case of malpractices identified.
  • PRINCE2 Foundation certification doesn’t require renewal, which means that holders are certified for life. 
  • Whereas Practitioner certification has 3 years validity and has to be renewed at the end of 3 years. 
  • Axelos maintains “Successful Candidates Register” (SCR). Peoplecert updates the SCR from time on time. Within 30 to 60 days after receiving Practitioner certificate, candidate will be notified through an email to avail one year of free subscription from Axelos.  
  • Once free subscription is activated, you will be eligible to clock 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units. This is very similar to PMI’s Professional Development Units (PDUs).  
  • CPDs can be logged broadly under four categories such as Professional Experience, Training and Qualification, Community Participation and Self-Study. This can be attained by attending any trainingsdelivering trainingsby taking part in volunteering activitiesby learning new contents from any portals like Coursera, LinkedIn learning, Udemy etc.taking part in project activitiesattending any seminars/webinars or by accessing white papers, case studies or videos on the Axelos website. 
  • Once 20 CPDs are logged, one can claim the digital badge. The digital badge is a way to display one’s professional credentials. Digital badge is valid only for one year.  
  • To renew the digital badge, £50 + VAT needs to be paid to Axelos. This will reset the CPD counter to Zero. This enables the practitioner to log 20 CPDs and claim the digital badge. This cycle can continue.  
  • I suggest that successful candidates should avail the free subscription and clock 20 CPDs. For example, if your practitioner certification expires by 10th March 2023, claim your digital badge on 9th March 2023. This will enable you to retain your certification through Mar 2024. After that you can pay the subscription charges and continue to maintain your credentials. 
  • If you don’t want to get into the subscription model, you can resit for another exam after 3 years. 
  • For more details about subscription, CPD & digital badge, please visit: https://www.axelos.com/my-axelos/my-prince2 
  • Subscribers can get access to wide range of project templates, white papers, tutorials, software, webinar series, pocket booksjob profiles and much more. 
  • You can share/gain knowledge with other project practitioners. 
  • Network and engage with professionals and global experts.
  • Certified PRINCE2 Practitioners (in 2009 version) can resit for an exam based on 2017 or 6th edition and get into the subscription model.  
  • Certified PRINCE2 Foundation professionals (in 2009 version) can directly appear for PRINCE2 Practitioner exam (6th edition). 
  • You can also buy subscriptions through Peoplecert. 
  • Cost of PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner training + exam cost in India will range between INR 40,000 to 50,000. Cost of training and exam will vary according to your geography and mode of exam. OLP exams are costlier than PBT and CBT. 
  • Skills always matter in any job role. 
  • PRINCE2 certifications improve your position in the job market and career progression within project and program management. 
  • PRINCE2 helps organizations to support business outcomes, show value for money, continually improve, manage risks in line with business needs, optimize customer experience and enable business change.  
  • Some key benefits PRINCE2 brings to enterprises and individual practitioners are: improved delivery confidence, uniform best practices, supporting cross functional working, delivering what business needs, customer focus, scalability, adaptability and flexible control.  
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    Scaled Agile Framework: Understand Safe and Its Core Values

    Scaled Agile Framework: Understand Safe and Its Core Values

    Scaled Agile Framework: Understand Safe and Its Core Values

    According to the Agile Alliance, Agile is the “ability to create and respond to change. It is a way of dealing with, and ultimately succeeding in, an uncertain and turbulent environment. Ultimately, Agile is a mindset informed by the Agile Manifesto’s values and principles.” We can think of it as a way of getting work done.

    However, Agile was initially developed for small teams. As Agile – or its most popular variant Scrum – grew to the enterprise, companies began to adopt Scrum of Scrums which is a technique to scale Scrum consisting of dividing the groups into Agile teams of 5-10 people.

    But over time, more formalized methods of scaling Agile began to develop. In 2011, Scaled Agile Framework, Inc. was co-founded by entrepreneur and software development methodologist Dean Leffingwell. Starting at its first release in 2011, five major versions have been released, the latest edition, version 5.0, being released in January 2020. According to SA Inc., no major releases are planned as of this writing.

    This article will attempt to explain what the Scaled Agile Framework is, why it is important and what its core values are.

    SAFe® for Lean Enterprises is a knowledge base of proven, integrated principles, practices, and competencies for achieving business agility using Lean, Agile, and DevOps.

    We’ve discussed Agile above. According to the Lean Enterprise Institute, a lean organization understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The ultimate goal is to provide value to the customer through a value creation process that has zero waste.*

    And DevOps is a set of practices that combines software development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops). It aims to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software quality. 

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    The SAFe® Foundation refers to the supporting principles, values, mindset, implementation guidance, and leadership roles needed to deliver value successfully at scale.  

    It allows organizations to scale Agile to the enterprise and enables Business Agility. Business Agility is the ability to compete and thrive in the digital age by quickly responding to market changes and emerging opportunities with innovative, digitally enabled business solutions. 

    The first is Value Stream. Value Streams represent the series of steps that an organization uses to implement Solutions that provide a continuous flow of value to a customer. They can be measured using Key Performance Indicators. 

    The next term is the Agile Release Train (ART). The ART is a long-lived team of Agile teams, which, along with other stakeholders, incrementally develops, delivers, and where applicable operates, one or more solutions in a value stream. 

    Program Increment (PI) is a timebox during which an Agile Release Train (ART) delivers incremental value in the form of working, tested software and systems. PIs are typically 8 – 12 weeks long. The most common pattern for a PI is four development Iterations, followed by one Innovation and Planning (IP) Iteration. 

    Lastly is Program Increment Planning (PI). It is a cadence-based, face-to-face event that serves as the heartbeat of the Agile Release Train (ART), aligning all the teams on the ART to a shared mission and vision. Typically, this is a two-day event bringing together all the Agile teams. 

    Note that that there are four possible SAFe® configurations depending on the increasing complexity of the environment.  

    There are four core values of SAFe®. They are alignment, built-in quality, transparency, and program executionIt is crucial to understand these.

    As of this writing, the current version of SAFe® is 5.0. It is comprised of seven areas of competency, all under the heading of Business Agility

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    Alignment can be achieved by providing the relevant briefings and participating in PI planning, helping with backlog visibility and value stream organization and coordination. Also, by communicating the mission, vision, and strategy at every opportunity.  

    Transparency can be achieved by openness and visualizing all relevant work, taking ownership for errors, and supporting others who acknowledge and learn from their mistakes. 

    Built-in quality is achieved by refusing to accept or ship low-quality work, by supporting investments in capacity planning and by ensuring that architecture, operations, security, and compliance are part of the flow of work.  

    Program execution is achieved by participating as an active business owner in PI execution, celebrating high quality and predictably delivered program increments and by aggressively removing impediments.

    Business Agility is the ability to compete and thrive in the digital age by quickly responding to market changes and emerging opportunities with innovative, digitally enabled business solutions In today’s world, organizations must be customer-centric and must adopt a Lean-Agile mindset to provide continuous integration and continuous delivery. The Scaled Agile Framework establishes a way not only of doing so, but also the flexibility of scaling up to whatever level of adoption (basic to full, complex solution) is required.

    Lean waste types are Defects, Overproduction, Waiting, Unused Talent, Transportation, Inventory, Motion, and Extra Processing. 

  • Essential SAFe®- contains the minimal set of roles, events, and artifacts required to continuously deliver business solutions via an Agile Release Train (ART) as a Team of Agile Teams. It is the simplest starting point for implementation. 
  • Large Solution SAFe® – for developing the largest and most complex solutions that typically require multiple Agile release trains and suppliers but not necessarily portfolio considerations. 
  • Portfolio SAFe® – helps align portfolio execution to enterprise strategy by organizing Agile development around the flow of value, through one or more value streams.  
  • Full SAFe® – supports enterprises that build and maintain large integrated solutions which require hundreds of people or more. Multiple instances of various SAFe® configurations may be required.  
  • Alignment 
    • Scaled Agile uses the example of a car not functioning correctly if it is misaligned. Alignment occurs when everyone is working toward a common direction. It enables empowerment, autonomy, and decentralized decision-making, allowing those who implement value to make better local decisions. 
    • Alignment starts with the strategy and investment decisions at the Portfolio level which in turn inform the vision, roadmap, and backlogs. 
  • Scaled Agile uses the example of a car not functioning correctly if it is misaligned. Alignment occurs when everyone is working toward a common direction. It enables empowerment, autonomy, and decentralized decision-making, allowing those who implement value to make better local decisions. 
  • Alignment starts with the strategy and investment decisions at the Portfolio level which in turn inform the vision, roadmap, and backlogs. 
  • Built-in Quality  
    • Ensures that every element and every increment of the solution reflects quality standards throughout the development lifecycle. Quality is not added later, it is built-in or planned in. (This is a tenet of modern quality thinking, not just SAFe®.) 
    • SAFe® Built-in Quality organizes quality thinking around five specific aspects—Flow, Architecture and Design Quality, Code Quality, System Quality and Release Quality. 
  • Ensures that every element and every increment of the solution reflects quality standards throughout the development lifecycle. Quality is not added later, it is built-in or planned in. (This is a tenet of modern quality thinking, not just SAFe®.) 
  • SAFe® Built-in Quality organizes quality thinking around five specific aspects—Flow, Architecture and Design Quality, Code Quality, System Quality and Release Quality. 
  • Transparency
    • Transparency – along with inspection and adaptation – is one of the three pillars of Agile. It means that an organization provides open access to the unbiased information and adaptation.  It inspects its work and adjusts it based on empirical evidence.
    • Stakeholders have visibility into the program backlogs, and they have a clear understanding of the PI Objectives for each Agile Release Train. ARTs also have visibility into the team’s backlogs, as well as other Program Backlogs.
  • Transparency – along with inspection and adaptation – is one of the three pillars of Agile. It means that an organization provides open access to the unbiased information and adaptation.  It inspects its work and adjusts it based on empirical evidence.
  • Stakeholders have visibility into the program backlogs, and they have a clear understanding of the PI Objectives for each Agile Release Train. ARTs also have visibility into the team’s backlogs, as well as other Program Backlogs.
  • Program Execution 
    • SAFe® places an intense focus on working systems and business outcomes. With alignment, transparency, and built-in quality on the team’s side, the teams can focus on execution.
  • SAFe® places an intense focus on working systems and business outcomes. With alignment, transparency, and built-in quality on the team’s side, the teams can focus on execution.
  • Enterprise Solution Delivery 
    • Describes how to apply Lean-Agile principles and practices to the specification, development, deployment, operation, and evolution of the world’s largest and most sophisticated software applications, networks, and cyber-physical systems. 
    • Large enterprise-wide systems require the full understanding of the system from requirements analysis to deployment.
  • Describes how to apply Lean-Agile principles and practices to the specification, development, deployment, operation, and evolution of the world’s largest and most sophisticated software applications, networks, and cyber-physical systems. 
  • Large enterprise-wide systems require the full understanding of the system from requirements analysis to deployment.
  • Agile Product Delivery 
    • A customer-centric approach to defining, building, and releasing a continuous flow of valuable products and services to customers and users. 
    • The key here is customer-centricity. The organization must have the ability to understand the customer’s needs and release on demand.
  • A customer-centric approach to defining, building, and releasing a continuous flow of valuable products and services to customers and users. 
  • The key here is customer-centricity. The organization must have the ability to understand the customer’s needs and release on demand.
  • Team and Technical Agility 
    • The Team and Technical Agility competency describes the critical skills and Lean-Agile principles and practices that high-performing Agile teams and Teams of Agile teams use to create high-quality solutions for their customers. 
  • The Team and Technical Agility competency describes the critical skills and Lean-Agile principles and practices that high-performing Agile teams and Teams of Agile teams use to create high-quality solutions for their customers. 
  • Lean-Agile Leadership 
    • The Lean-Agile Leadership competency describes how Lean-Agile Leaders drive and sustain organizational change and operational excellence by empowering individuals and teams to reach their highest potential. 
    • Leaders must lead by example, lead change, and embrace the Lean-Agile mindset. 
  • The Lean-Agile Leadership competency describes how Lean-Agile Leaders drive and sustain organizational change and operational excellence by empowering individuals and teams to reach their highest potential. 
  • Leaders must lead by example, lead change, and embrace the Lean-Agile mindset. 
  • Continuous Learning Culture 
    • The Continuous Learning Culture competency describes a set of values and practices that encourage individuals—and the enterprise as a whole—to continually increase knowledge, competence, performance, and innovation. This is achieved by becoming a learning organization, committing to relentless improvement, and promoting a culture of innovation.
  • The Continuous Learning Culture competency describes a set of values and practices that encourage individuals—and the enterprise as a whole—to continually increase knowledge, competence, performance, and innovation. This is achieved by becoming a learning organization, committing to relentless improvement, and promoting a culture of innovation.
  • Organizational Agility 
    • The Organizational Agility competency describes how Lean-thinking people and Agile teams optimize their business processes, evolve strategy with clear and decisive new commitments, and quickly adapt the organization as needed to capitalize on new opportunities. 
    • Key to this is the ‘dual operating system.’ This is not a computer model but a business model, leveraging the traditional management hierarchy with a Lean/Agile leadership approach.
  • The Organizational Agility competency describes how Lean-thinking people and Agile teams optimize their business processes, evolve strategy with clear and decisive new commitments, and quickly adapt the organization as needed to capitalize on new opportunities. 
  • Key to this is the ‘dual operating system.’ This is not a computer model but a business model, leveraging the traditional management hierarchy with a Lean/Agile leadership approach.
  • Lean Portfolio Management 
    • The Lean Portfolio Management competency aligns strategy and execution by applying Lean and systems thinking approaches to strategy and investment funding, Agile portfolio operations, and governance.
  • The Lean Portfolio Management competency aligns strategy and execution by applying Lean and systems thinking approaches to strategy and investment funding, Agile portfolio operations, and governance.
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