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-
- Reaching the tipping point.
- Train Lean-Agile change agents
- Train Executives, Managers and Leaders
- Create a Lean-Agile Centre of Excellence
- Identify Value streams and ART’s
- Create the Implementation plan
- Prepare for ART Launch
- Train Teams and Launch ART
- Coach ART Execution
- Launch More ARTs and Value Streams
- Extend to the Portfolio
- 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.