Agile methods were initially designed to work with small, single team projects - but the overwhelming success of this methodology made it an appealing alternative for the large-scale business as well. However, scaling agile processes to suit enterprise level projects presents unique challenges. Multi-disciplinary teams must collaborate and interface with other units, often across geographies. Large-scale agile also necessitates coordination between distant stakeholders and development teams.
An agile transformation across the enterprise necessitates better communication between agile teams, better planning, and better synchronization. There are a number of agile frameworks that focus on overcoming the challenges faced when scaling delivery. The more popular among these are the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®), Large Scale Scrum(LeSS), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), Leading Agile and others. Of all these frameworks, SAFe® is the most used and offers advanced capabilities for easing the path of an enterprise-wide agile transformation.
SAFe® developed by Dean Leffingwell(2011-14) is a proven and publicly available framework that is based on lean and agile principles including Scrum, Kanban and Extreme Programming. It develops and helps deliver solutions that enable organizations to scale agile rapidly and deliver to customer expectations. By addressing three key levels of scaling namely portfolio, program and team, SAFe® offers measureable improvements in productivity, quality, customer satisfaction, employee engagement and faster time to market.
Change can be stressful, especially when it comes to adopting an entire mind-set and processes that are radically new. What organizations need to seamlessly adopt Agile, is a planned agenda that will help them become agile self-sufficient.
This is where KnowledgeHut, a silver partner of the Scaled Agile Academy, comes in. We take the same approach as suggested by the Scaled Agile Academy - Implementing SAFe 1-2-3.
In our many years as agile strategists, we have helped numerous organizations train their staff and leverage SAFe® for enterprise benefit. Our team of experienced SAFe® Program Consultants (SPCs), SAFe® Agilists (SAs) and SAFe® Practitioners (SPs) lead Scale Agile Framework services through a set of complex processes that are well-defined and designed to ensure success in the program and portfolio levels.
Any successful implementation of SAFe® is dependent upon an intimate understanding of the organization, its culture and set up. We make a conscious attempt to identify all key stakeholders, starting at the top including top level executives, IT architects, senior product managers, and engineering leaders. It is important to understand where an organization is in its maturity curve with respect to agile and agile processes. We do a quick assessment of how much and how well agile has been adopted within the organization and develop training tools and schedules to allow organizations to scale up the agile maturity curve to enable a successful implementation of SAFe® principles and practices.
Change agents are crucial to affecting this transformation. Our SAFe® Program Consultants with their years of experience will not only chart out a roadmap that defines the principles and practices of SAFe® and establish a Lean Agile centre of excellence, but also identify from within your organization leaders and agilists who can successfully carry forth the agile transformation process.
We train your staff and aid in your adoption of SAFe® by offering the following trainings:
Our experienced SAFe coaches, leadership coaches and technical coaches help your staff run the Agile Release Train (ART) successfully and provide necessary support as and when needed. As part of our coaching and consulting services, we offer the following services: