Best ways to implement Leading SAFe® 4.5 in organizations

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08th Sep, 2017
Best ways to implement Leading SAFe® 4.5 in organizations

SAFe® stands for Scaled Agile Framework. This framework is mostly used by the corporate bodies which need to scale from smaller organizations to larger ones. So SAFe® is also known as an enterprise-scale development methodology. This framework was coined by Dean Leffingwell. It is an ‘information base’ which is freely available, and allows you to apply Lean-Agile practices at an organization level.  

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®+) is referred as the Agile framework for software development. It renders an ease of operation for the development team. SAFe® 4.5 is the most updated version introduced to match the needs of the organizations. This version consists of some new features as follows:

  •  Fastest delivery with scalable DevOps and Continuous delivery
  •  Quick testing using the Lean Startup cycle and User Experience (UX)
  •  Improved Portfolio performance with Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) and Lean Budgets

Additionally, SAFe® 4.5 allows organizations to transform from the traditional approach to Lean-Agile methodology with the new Implementation Roadmap. Implementation Roadmap of SAFe® 4.5 is a guide for the organizations.

Reasons to switch to SAFe® 4.5:

●  The updated version of SAFe® 4.5 supports the range from simplest to the most critical development environment. SAFe® 4.5 is able to mould according to the organizational needs. SAFe® has four new   configurations as follows: 

1. Essential SAFe® - an initial phase which starts just after realizing the benefits.
2. Portfolio SAFe® - adds portfolio level, strategy and investment funding, guidance on Agile programs, and Lean governance as a scenario.
3. Large Solution SAFe® - for building large systems that involve Agile Release Trains and Suppliers
4. Full SAFe® - for the largest firms those are seeking the benefits of the Lean-Agile enterprise.  

● SAFe® 4.5 works by integrating Lean Startup Cycle and Lean UX, which creates an environment to form Minimum Viable Product (MVP). It fosters quick innovation.
● SAFe® 4.5 has concentrated on the feature of rapid delivery using the techniques like Scalable DevOps and Continuous Delivery Pipeline.
● SAFe® 4.5 has provided a guide in the form of a 12 article series, given a name as ‘SAFe® Implementation Roadmap’. Based on the Change Management technique in the organization, the roadmap guides on the critical steps that an organization can take to achieve long term goals. 
●  SAFe® 4.5 is completely backward compatible. In SAFe®  4.5, you just need to adopt the advanced principles, keeping old versions in place.                                                                                            
How is SAFe® 4.5 Implemented?

SAFe® Implementation Roadmap provides guidance to the organizations in the form of a twelve-article series which describes effective strategies and a set of activities to implement SAFe® at an organizational level. Let me illustrate the 12-article series below- 

  1.  Reaching the tipping point.
  2.  Train Lean-Agile change agents
  3.  Train Executives, Managers and Leaders
  4.  Create a Lean-Agile Centre of Excellence
  5.  Identify Value streams and ART’s
  6.  Create the Implementation plan
  7.  Prepare for ART Launch 
  8.  Train Teams and Launch ART 
  9.  Coach ART Execution 
  10.  Launch More ARTs and Value Streams
  11.  Extend to the Portfolio 
  12.  Sustain and Improve

SAFe® is a pivotal framework as it helps to achieve business benefits at an organizational level. In order to understand the outcomes of Leading SAFe®implementation, organizations must embrace and understand the Lean-Agile principles. Based on the Change Management strategies in the organization, the SAFe® Implementation Roadmap guides on the critical steps that an organization can follow to achieve long term goals. 



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