In the early days, Agile development was used for pilot projects at the enterprise level. Developers worked in small teams experimenting with making “lean and Agile” methods work in their environment. The pioneers noted what worked and what didn’t, and went on to develop various frameworks and strategies for scaled Agile adoption.
Scaled Agile adoption by enterprises has boomed in the last few years. As more enterprises realized the benefits, more and more executives started to pay more attention to implementing and practicing lean and Agile methods. The most important management responsibility remains measuring improvement and ROI. It requires from management to choose the solution that best fits their business model & products, and helps shorten the delivery and release phases in order to outperform competitors.
Once enterprises decide to “go Agile”, they have several methodologies and frameworks to choose from. While experts and consultants tend to specialize in one single method, and promote it exclusively, there is no universal agreement about which is the best framework or method. Needless to say, there is no one-fits-all solution, and every framework has pros and cons.
Quick insight into the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®)
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) is perhaps the most widely implemented scaled Agile framework. Let’s see what SAFe is about, in a nutshell:
- What is Agile and Scrum for teams, that is SAFe for companies
- The Scaled Agile Framework was created by Dean Leffingwell
- SAFe describes three levels of scale: the Team, Program and Portfolio level
- Helps align team-level development and business strategy
- Provides PSI (potentially shippable increment) and Release Planning
- Constantly evolving framework that supports the structured adoption of Agile
The Scaled Agile Framework is a highly structured and largely prescriptive method that helps large enterprises get started with adopting Agile. It is an increasingly popular framework that is successfully and efficiently used by companies in various industries. It is the go-to option for large, software-intensive projects where teams are highly interdependent.
codeBeamer ALM is the first proven implementation of SAFe®. Its advanced features provide adequate support to manage the processes of all three levels identified by the Scaled Agile Framework (Team, Program, Portfolio levels). codeBeamer’s demand management feature set allows you to efficiently identify, prioritize and track requirements across departments. Our ALM platform offers collaborative features to help align the teams that form the Agile Release Train. Developers on the Team level benefit from its integrated requirements management, development management, and QA & test management feature sets.
To learn more about the Scaled Agile Framework, and how codeBeamer ALM supports enterprise-grade Agile development through SAFe, read our brochure about codeBeamer’s SAFe Template, or watch the webinar recording below.
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