How Does SAFe®️ Benefit Organizations?

Jan 29, 2019 by

In the domain of software development, innovation is the one permanent development, rest all is tentative. Today our smartphones are a million times more powerful than the combined computational power of NASA when it landed a man on the moon. Over the years, the software industry has grown by leaps and bounds, this growth has spurred the challenges in proportion to the growth.

Among small teams, management of a software product is restricted but as things start to scale like in a large organization or an enterprise, the challenges become more and more stealth. In such an environment, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep monitoring and control, stakeholder onboarding, change management, communication and governance structure. A small interruption can have a deep impact on time, cost and scope of a product.

SAFe-Solution For Scaling Agile In Organizations

Lean and Agile principles safeguard teams from getting off-track and keep them aligned towards the shared vision. Scaled Agile Framework or SAFe brings the same principles of Lean-Agile to an enterprise allowing teams to work on solutions of different sizes. For large organizations, SAFe is the ultimate framework to keep teams aligned with the business goal and offers a more effective delivery method than traditional frameworks.

Agile practices entirely eliminated the outraging effects that large and complex system development had on an organization. Before Agile, the teams were caught into conflicts with the minimal focus on quality and deadlines were missed occasionally.

Adoption of frameworks like Leading SAFe, help organizations to keep software development streamlines and team aligned, ensuring high-quality on-time delivery.

Why you need to consider SAFe?

Companies adoption SAFe have flourished and shown amazing results by delivering quality products on time-to-market and achieve faster ROI. There are still many organizations that stick to other agile methodologies like Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD). Although these frameworks are also rooted in agile practices, they are not sufficient for enterprises transitioning from traditional software development models. SAFe framework takes care of the cultural change which is one the dominant roadblocks in the adoption of new agile frameworks by large organizations. In doing so SAFe lets organizations to introduce new features as per their needs without worrying about the agile practices to support them.

The Scaled Agile Framework is designed to take care of all the levels in the organization sustaining the big picture view of software development. With SAFe large organizations can effortlessly handle synchronized plans for complex large-scale projects with teams of over a hundred members.

You will need SAFe:

  1. If you want to implement Agile across larger, multi-team projects

Large organizations usually start with Agile by implementing it on one or two teams to test its benefits. With the resulting success the interest in replicating the same across the enterprise grows, but when Agile is scaled then the deeper adoption challenges surface.

SAFe already have solutions to the challenges that arise while scaling agile at the enterprise level. The framework identifies the key Lean, Agile and System Thinking principles that scale well across teams so that you can ensure on-time delivery of software products without compromising on the quality.

  • If you already have teams working implementing their own agile but problem arises when they depend on one another

With any scalable project, the dependencies of teams are a major challenge. In large corporations, it is not uncommon for teams to have their own agile implementations. But aligning agile teams when planning releases is a struggle, due to the following reasons:

  • Teams are using different agile frameworks
  • Teams are operating different iteration cadences
  • Teams adhere to different technical practices for architecture and code quality
  • Teams are using different tools for managing their Agile lifecycle

SAFe outlines a consistent approach for all teams to plan, execute and deliver value which is known as the Agile Release Train (ART).

  • If you are not sure what new roles will be needed while scaling Agile across the organization or how the existing roles will change

Scaling agile at the enterprise level is a significant change and comes with potential doubts about current roles and new ones. Questions like what new roles will be created? How the role of management will change? If it will change, how?

SAFe addresses all these questions regarding roles and responsibilities at the team, program, and portfolio levels.

  • If you are struggling to achieve consistent strategy and alignment across teams from the portfolio level to the program and team levels

Enterprise-scale software development faces the challenge of keeping teams aligned with the vision and strategy from top to bottom. You have to align the multiple business departments when that is achieved you have to make sure that strategy is clearly communicated and delivered upon all the way down at the team levels.

SAFe to a large extent help you to implement Lean-Agile practices consistently from portfolio though team levels.

  • If you want to improve product development lead times of your organization

More and more large companies like Salesforce.com, Spotify and Discount Tire are using SAFe to scale agile to shorten their product development lead times.

SAFe provides a comprehensive view of the technical and business principles needed to successfully scale agile in an enterprise from top to bottom.

How to train your teams in SAFe?

Wider adoption of SAFe has led to the introduction of SAFe certifications from Scales Agile Framework, the provider of SAFe. Training services like Agile Center offer SAFe certification training for teams on different roles.

There are several certifications available for training individuals for various roles within a SAFe framework. You can find the details of courses and certificates on Scaled Agile Website.

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