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 enterprises started realizing the benefits, more and more executives began to pay attention to implementing and practicing lean and Agile methods. The most important management responsibility remains measuring improvement and ROI. Management needs to choose the solution that best fits their business model & products, and that helps shorten 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.
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) at a glance
The Scaled Agile Framework is the most widely implemented scaled Agile framework. Let’s see what SAFe is about, in a nutshell:
- The Scaled Agile Framework was created by Dean Leffingwell
- What Agile and Scrum is for teams, SAFe is for companies
- SAFe describes 3+1 levels: the Team, Program and Portfolio levels, and the optional Value Stream level
- Helps align team-level development and business strategy
- Provides PSI (potentially shippable increments) and Release Planning in a scaled environment
- Constantly evolving framework that supports the structured adoption of Agile
The Scaled Agile Framework is a highly structured and mostly prescriptive method that helps large enterprises get started with adopting Agile. It is an increasingly popular framework that is successfully and efficiently used by global companies in various industries for adopting this modern framework in a scaled environment. 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, leveraged by Intland’s SAFe® 4.0 Template, provide adequate support to manage the processes of all four levels identified by the Scaled Agile Framework (Team, Program, Portfolio levels, as well as the Value Stream level).
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. Our automated reporting & dashboard functionality is a management favourite as it supports monitoring and decision making with real-time data. Intland’s SAFe® 4.0 Template is preconfigured with artifacts, workflows and wikis to facilitate the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework out of the box.
To learn more about the Scaled Agile Framework and how codeBeamer ALM supports enterprise-grade Agile development through SAFe, check out our dedicated page and download our informational brochure about Intland’s SAFe® 4.0 Template. It’s also a good idea to watch the webinar recording below:
SAFe® and Scaled Agile Framework are registered trademarks of Scaled Agile Inc.