Why SAFe?

Why Scaled Agile overcomes limits - why SAFe® brings success

Why SAFe

More and more companies are benefiting from agile or hybrid teams. But the self-organization of agile teams reaches its limits when the company grows and one team becomes several or many. There is a need for scaling agility.

Why SAFe brings success: Visibility of progress is central to successful governance. The only framework that implements this functionality in the portfolio is currently the SAFe® Framework.

SAFe is the abbreviation for Scaled Agile® Framework . SAFe has been developed and continuously improved by Scaled Agile Inc. in Boulder, Colorado, USA for 20 years. SAFe is currently implemented in an extremely mature V5.1.

SAFe is a combination of the principles of Kaizen, Lean, Agile, DevOps and Extreme Programming (XP) and combines these principles into a coherent, scalable and configurable framework.

SAFe offers different expansion stages for implementing a digital transformation. They are called (in order of increasing expansion) Essential SAFe, Big Solution SAFe, Portfolio SAFe, Full SAFe. With SAFe, the implementation of a portfolio vision is made possible by a hierarchy of teams.

Epics are split into features and features are split into stories. The individual teams work on these artifacts in sprints and deliver program increments (PIs), organized in so-called release trains. In addition, the portfolio backlog can track supply opportunities, which in turn are associated with value streams and associated budgets.

“What Scrum is to agile teams, SAFe is to the agile enterprise,” writes SAFe creator and mastermind Dean Leffingwell.

SAFe eliminates the disadvantage of lack of coordination between Scrum teams by integrating Scrum roles, both non-Scrum teams and roles, iterative and incremental production, and complementing it with other features and roles (such as the Release Train and Release Train Engineer). SAFe scales the Scrum or hybrid methodology and is therefore suitable for "agilizing" companies. SAFe can perfectly combine waterfall and agility.

SAFe helps small and large companies as well as corporations to deliver products and services in the shortest possible time. It gives companies a great competitive advantage by aligning development roles, responsibilities, and activities with competency, efficiency, and productivity.

According to the 15th Annual State of Agile Report, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is the most widely adopted approach to scaling Agile, with around 40% of respondents stating that SAFe is the methodology they follow the most. According to the report, 52% of respondents said more than half of the teams in their organizations are using agile practices.

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