Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®)
SAFe® for Lean Enterprises is a knowledge base of proven, integrated principles, practices and competencies for Lean, Agile and DevOps. SAFe® is more than the sum of its parts and provides a configurable framework that helps organizations bring new products, services and solutions to market within the shortest and most sustainable lead time. It is a system that manages the roles, responsibilities and activities necessary to achieve a sustainable technological lead. SAFe® combines agility with lean product development, DevOps and Systems Thinking. It synchronizes alignment and collaboration across multiple Agile teams. SAFe® improves flexibility and responsiveness through increased productivity, time-to-market, quality, employee engagement, and more. SAFe® was first developed in books and blogs by Dean Leffingwell in 2011. The version 4.6 was released in October 2018. It provides guidance on how to work at the corporate portfolio, value stream, program and team level. The latest version SAFe 5.1 was introduced at the beginning of 2021.
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) is, along with LeSS®, one of the most common frameworks to scale Scrum or agile. SAFe® is based on Lean and offers an agile framework at the levels of teams, programs and the entire organization (portfolio level).
SAFe® helps when
- you are interested in implementing an agile approach consistently in larger programs and portfolios with multiple teams
- several teams want to organize their agile implementation, however, they are regularly faced with obstacles, delays and failures
- teams want to work independently
- you want to scale agility across the enterprise but are not sure which new roles are required
- you have tried to scale agility within your organization, but found it difficult to align around a unified or consistent strategy across all business units, from portfolio to program to team level
- your organization needs to improve its development time for product development
What's special about SAFe®?
- It is publicly available and free to use
- It includes simple, field-proven results and specifics for each level
- It is based on the most commonly used agile practices
- It provides useful enhancements to common agile practices
- It provides a complete picture of the company
- It establishes visibility and transparency at all levels
- It provides ongoing and regular feedback on quality and improvement
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