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How Does SAFe® 4.5 Implementation Help An Organization Grow Fast?

All the enterprises, irrespective of their size, nature, and strengths, must learn to adapt quickly to ever-changing technology, trends, and economic conditions. Only the companies understanding the urgency to change the ways of managing the challenges and working can succeed in the highly competitive environments. The Scale Agile Framework (SAFe®), originally released in 2011, helps businesses to counter the complex challenges of developing and delivering projects in the shortest period, while sustaining the profit ratio by using the advanced methodologies.Here are 5 key areas where you can endlessly improve with Leading SAFe® 4.5.What is SAFe® & SAFe® 4.5?SAFe®, also known as ‘enterprise-scale development methodology’ is a framework designed by Dean Leffingwell. This freely available ‘information base’ guides the organisations to apply Lean-Agile practices to improve the overall performance and bring in better alignment, transparency and built-in quality within the organisation. The successful SAFe® implementation helps the organisations to work with portfolio, program, team, and optionally large solution levels with much improved capabilities through the optimised use of available resources.SAFe® 4.5, the latest version of the popular SAFe® framework is the result of unabated pursuit of Scaled Agile Inc. to match the diverse needs of different sized organisations. SAFe® 4.5 is focused more on four key areas:Essential SAFe® & ConfigurabilityLean Startup & Lean UX ­Scalable powered innovationDevOps & continuous deliveryImplementation roadmapSAFe® 4.5 For The Organizations Poised For Rapid Growth:The number of organizations large and small both are getting outstanding competitive benefits by SAFe® 4.5 implementation. The more in common revealed SAFe® 4.5 implementation benefits apart from several others include:10 – 50% more motivated happier employees30 – 75% quick value delivery to market  20 – 50% improvement in productivity25 – 75% reduction in defectsBefore going ahead for discussing the most experienced SAFe® 4.5 benefits in detail, I would like to highlight 8 key SAFe® 4.5 characteristics inspiring more and more organisations to adopt it:Publicly available & free to useAvailable in a highly usable formPractical for most of the organizationsSpecifies terms, concepts & practices clearlyConveniently codifies agile practicesOffers extensions to follow Agile practicesRegularly updated with reliable support modelSo, coming to the point ‘how the SAFe® 4.5 implementation helps the organizations’; here are 5 key areas   where the improvement is experienced and shared the most after SAFe® 4.5 implementation:Essential SAFe® Offers Flexible Configurability:The ‘Essential SAFe®’ feature of SAFe® 4.5 helps the organisations to start up swiftly by understanding the required products/services earlier. Essential SAFe® identifies the key elements to make the organisations assured of achieving the desired results. By incorporating Essential SAFe® in organisations realise more benefits of implementing SAFe®.Lean Startup & Lean UX ­Scalable Power the Innovation:Lean UX & Lean portfolio management features of SAFe® 4.5 help the organizations innovate and implement a strategy in the swift mode to taste the benefits earlier. Agile Teams & UX designers, using Lean Startup & Lean UX ­Scalable model, accept that the ‘accurate answer’ is not known in advance; so, they apply Agile methodologies to avoid Big Design Up-front (BDUF). Lean UX innovation methodology instills the confidence, sense of ownership, and the feel of ‘1 team, 1 product’; as a result, organizations deliver the better quality products in a shorter time span.DevOps improves Stability, Availability, Reliability, and Security:DevOps, a new feature in SAFe® 4.5, is a cultural mindset defining a set of technical practices. It improves communication, automation, close cooperation and integration among the professionals engaged in planning, developing, testing, deployment, release, and maintaining the solution. SAFe® 4.5 empowers the organizations to break down the silos and to empower Agile Release Trains (ART) & Solution Trains to deliver innovative features to end users.Implementation Roadmap to Accumulate Substantial Benefits:Implementation Roadmap, the key feature of SAFe® 4.5, addresses the role of SAFe® program consultants working externally and internally both as the change agents. SAFe® Program Consultants are the change agents hired to apply their expertise in SAFe® implementation with intrinsic motivation to improve the processes. The new way of working helps the organisations accumulate the substantial benefits like enhanced productivity, better employee engagement etc.Conclusion:To experience SAFe® 4.5 benefits, the organisations need to embrace the Lean-Agile mindset to apply Lean-Agile principles. The leaders must identify the Value Streams and Agile Release Trains (ARTs) to implement the Lean-Agile portfolio, to build the quality, and to sustain the continuous value delivery system. And, the ‘culture evolvement’ is the key to success. Are you ready for it – to accept the changes?Creating the SAFe® 4.5 Implementation roadmap is all about an incremental approach to plan and learn a bit. To continue SAFe® 4.5 implementation effectively and to ensure the workforce engagement, the projects leads in Agile organisations must share their view of SAFe® implementation. The certified SAFe® 4.5 experts are expected to maintain the energy and enthusiasm that they devote to short iteration cycles.

How Does SAFe® 4.5 Implementation Help An Organization Grow Fast?

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How Does SAFe® 4.5 Implementation Help An Organization Grow Fast?

All the enterprises, irrespective of their size, nature, and strengths, must learn to adapt quickly to ever-changing technology, trends, and economic conditions. Only the companies understanding the urgency to change the ways of managing the challenges and working can succeed in the highly competitive environments. The Scale Agile Framework (SAFe®), originally released in 2011, helps businesses to counter the complex challenges of developing and delivering projects in the shortest period, while sustaining the profit ratio by using the advanced methodologies.

Here are 5 key areas where you can endlessly improve with Leading SAFe® 4.5.


What is SAFe® & SAFe® 4.5?

What is SAFe 4.0 & SAFe 4.5

SAFe®, also known as ‘enterprise-scale development methodology’ is a framework designed by Dean Leffingwell. This freely available ‘information base’ guides the organisations to apply Lean-Agile practices to improve the overall performance and bring in better alignment, transparency and built-in quality within the organisation. The successful SAFe® implementation helps the organisations to work with portfolio, program, team, and optionally large solution levels with much improved capabilities through the optimised use of available resources.

SAFe® 4.5, the latest version of the popular SAFe® framework is the result of unabated pursuit of Scaled Agile Inc. to match the diverse needs of different sized organisations. SAFe® 4.5 is focused more on four key areas:

  • Essential SAFe® & Configurability
  • Lean Startup & Lean UX ­Scalable powered innovation
  • DevOps & continuous delivery
  • Implementation roadmap

SAFe® 4.5 For The Organizations Poised For Rapid Growth:

The number of organizations large and small both are getting outstanding competitive benefits by SAFe® 4.5 implementation. The more in common revealed SAFe® 4.5 implementation benefits apart from several others include:

  1. 10 – 50% more motivated happier employees
  2. 30 – 75% quick value delivery to market  
  3. 20 – 50% improvement in productivity
  4. 25 – 75% reduction in defects

Before going ahead for discussing the most experienced SAFe® 4.5 benefits in detail, I would like to highlight 8 key SAFe® 4.5 characteristics inspiring more and more organisations to adopt it:

  1. Publicly available & free to use
  2. Available in a highly usable form
  3. Practical for most of the organizations
  4. Specifies terms, concepts & practices clearly
  5. Conveniently codifies agile practices
  6. Offers extensions to follow Agile practices
  7. Regularly updated with reliable support model

So, coming to the point ‘how the SAFe® 4.5 implementation helps the organizations’; here are 5 key areas   where the improvement is experienced and shared the most after SAFe® 4.5 implementation:

Essential SAFe® Offers Flexible Configurability:

Essential SAFe Offers Flexible Configurability

The ‘Essential SAFe®’ feature of SAFe® 4.5 helps the organisations to start up swiftly by understanding the required products/services earlier. Essential SAFe® identifies the key elements to make the organisations assured of achieving the desired results. By incorporating Essential SAFe® in organisations realise more benefits of implementing SAFe®.

Lean Startup & Lean UX ­Scalable Power the Innovation:

Lean UX & Lean portfolio management features of SAFe® 4.5 help the organizations innovate and implement a strategy in the swift mode to taste the benefits earlier. Agile Teams & UX designers, using Lean Startup & Lean UX ­Scalable model, accept that the ‘accurate answer’ is not known in advance; so, they apply Agile methodologies to avoid Big Design Up-front (BDUF). Lean UX innovation methodology instills the confidence, sense of ownership, and the feel of ‘1 team, 1 product’; as a result, organizations deliver the better quality products in a shorter time span.

DevOps improves Stability, Availability, Reliability, and Security:

DevOps improves Stability, Availability, Reliability, and Security

DevOps, a new feature in SAFe® 4.5, is a cultural mindset defining a set of technical practices. It improves communication, automation, close cooperation and integration among the professionals engaged in planning, developing, testing, deployment, release, and maintaining the solution. SAFe® 4.5 empowers the organizations to break down the silos and to empower Agile Release Trains (ART) & Solution Trains to deliver innovative features to end users.

Implementation Roadmap to Accumulate Substantial Benefits:

Implementation Roadmap, the key feature of SAFe® 4.5, addresses the role of SAFe® program consultants working externally and internally both as the change agents. SAFe® Program Consultants are the change agents hired to apply their expertise in SAFe® implementation with intrinsic motivation to improve the processes. The new way of working helps the organisations accumulate the substantial benefits like enhanced productivity, better employee engagement etc.

Conclusion:

To experience SAFe® 4.5 benefits, the organisations need to embrace the Lean-Agile mindset to apply Lean-Agile principles. The leaders must identify the Value Streams and Agile Release Trains (ARTs) to implement the Lean-Agile portfolio, to build the quality, and to sustain the continuous value delivery system. And, the ‘culture evolvement’ is the key to success. Are you ready for it – to accept the changes?

Creating the SAFe® 4.5 Implementation roadmap is all about an incremental approach to plan and learn a bit. To continue SAFe® 4.5 implementation effectively and to ensure the workforce engagement, the projects leads in Agile organisations must share their view of SAFe® implementation. The certified SAFe® 4.5 experts are expected to maintain the energy and enthusiasm that they devote to short iteration cycles.

Shubhranshu

Shubhranshu Agarwal

Freelance content writer

Shubhranshu Agarwal is a technical writer with special interest in business management and project management subjects. Over the 15 years of freelance content writing, he has written a lot to help the industries, businesses and project managers to achieve the sustainable growth by implementing strategic critical management methodologies.
 

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