SAFe

SAFe

What Agile and Scrum are to teams, SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) is for companies. codeBeamer is the first proven implementation of SAFe.

Agile has been used widely by software developers and Scrum teams for more than a decade. Now Agile, which is in an alternative to Waterfall, seems to be the “new standard” for enterprises. Today more and more enterprises are realizing the benefits of Agile and the implementation of Agile is ramping up – especially in the industries in which it is important to shorten the delivery and release phases. The real challenge is to get teams to adopt practices in which every team member is responsible for implementing and executing certain tasks at the enterprise level.

If enterprises decide to “go Agile” they can choose according to their specific needs, from different methodologies and processes such as Scrum, XP (eXtreme Programming), Crystal, FDD (Feature Driven Development), DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development), Adaptive Software Development, RUP (Rational Unified Process) or the more recent Scaled Agile Framework as developed by Dean Leffingwell.

As Ken Schwaber explained, SAFe is built on different iterative and incremental predecessors, such as the Rational Unified Process (RUP), a popular iterative and incremental software development process framework. The key question is whether enterprises really benefit from Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), which is all about using the Agile framework at the enterprise level. The rate of enterprise adoption of Agile with the Scaled Agile Framework has been accelerating, we have seen remarkable results being achieved by the adoption of SAFe.

codeBeamer is the first implementation of SAFe in the Agile world. It sets itself apart from its competitors in that it enables Agile planning/scheduling while maintaining an established discipline of requirements, tests and development management tools. Another key differentiator is that codeBeamer provides versioning (baselines) and traceability for all artifacts, so vital for quality assurance (QA) and compliance (especially in the medical, automotive and aviation industries). Demand Management in codeBeamer is essential for tracking demands and prioritizing requirements across departments. It provides valuable functionality that helps forecast demand and meet consumers’ expectations.

Potential customers are encouraged to learn more about codeBeamer (commercial version) or try the free open source version of codeBeamer at JavaForge.com.