Agile is 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 where it is important to shorten the delivery and release phases. The real challenge is how to adopt teams’ practices where every team member is responsible for implementing and executing certain tasks at the enterprises level.
If enterprises decide to “Go Agile” they can choose 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 (SAFe®) according their needs.
As Ken Schwaber stated SAFe® is built on different iterative and incremental predecessors such as Rational Unified Process (RUP), the popular iterative and incremental software development process framework. The key question is if enterprises really benefit from Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) developed by Dean Leffingwell and which is all about using the Agile framework at the Enterprise level. The Agile Enterprise Adoption with the Scaled Agile Framework is accelerating and we have seen remarkable results achieved by adopting SAFe®.
We started to develop codeBeamer a few years ago and the new release codeBeamer 7.2 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) for all artifacts for compliancy (medical, automotive and aviation industries), so vital for quality assurance (QA) management and traceability. Demand Management functionality is also included in codeBeamer 7.2 which is essential to track demands across departments and prioritize requirements. It is useful functionality to help forecast demand and meet consumers’ expectations.