What is Scaled Agile Framework® or SAFe®?
Scaled Agile Framework® or SAFe® is an online, freely
revealed knowledge base of proven success patterns for implementing Lean-Agile
software and systems development at enterprise scale.
SAFe®, as the name indicates can be applied or scaled to
various levels of an organization. Its
principles can be applied to the Team, Program, Value Stream or the Portfolio
There are Nine Principles of SAFe
Take an economic view
Apply systems thinking
Assume variability; preserve options
Build incrementally with fast, integrated
Base milestones on objective evaluation of
Visualize and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes and
manage queue lengths
Apply cadence, synchronize with cross-domain planning
Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge
These principles are built off the Agile Manifesto
Organizations who have implemented SAFe are getting
outstanding business benefits:
20 – 50% increase in productivity
50%+ increases in quality
30 – 75% faster time to market
Measurable increases in employee engagement and
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Regardless of the type of product you are delivering here
are a few tips for implementing SAFe:
Have the business engaged the whole way.
Tailor your agile process to the culture.
If Agile doesn’t fit a particular type of work,
don’t force it.
Quickly agree on the initial level of process, tools
and governance required for your organization. Agree that these processes must
and will change. Learn to fail fast, learn from the mistakes, and relentlessly
Automate everything you can such as build,
deployment, testing and release. The more you automate the smaller your teams
and the documentation of yesterday is now in code.
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