What Agile and Scrum are to teams, SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework) is for companies. codeBeamer is the first proven implementation of SAFe®, offering a dedicated template to help your organization transition to Agile using the Scaled Agile Framework.

Agile has been used widely by software developers and Scrum teams for more than a decade. Now Agile, the modern alternative to Waterfall, seems to be the “new standard” for enterprises in various industries.

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Today, more and more companies are realizing the benefits of Agile and the implementation of Agile is ramping up – especially in industries where it is important to shorten delivery and release cycles. The real challenge is to spread the Agile culture: to get teams to adopt practices in which every team member is responsible for implementing and executing certain tasks, and for adhering to Agile standards.

If enterprises decide to “go Agile”, they can choose from different methodologies and processes according to their specific needs: Scrum, XP (eXtreme Programming), Crystal, FDD (Feature Driven Development), DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development), Adaptive Software Development, RUP (Rational Unified Process), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), Large-scale Scrum (LeSS) or the increasingly popular Scaled Agile Framework (as developed by Dean Leffingwell) are among the most widely used.

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. While the framework has received criticism from industry experts, it is safe to say that the rate of enterprise adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework is steadily increasing, with remarkable results being achieved by companies the world over.

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.

Through its dedicated SAFe® template, codeBeamer supports the processes of the Team, Program and Portfolio level. It lets you manage and monitor the work of multiple Agile Release Trains (ART), with each team being able to use either Scrum or Waterfall/V-model to develop certain elements of a system. All this data comes together in ARTs in an easy-to-overview manner. The SAFe® template is preconfigured for basic processes as described by the Scaled Agile Framework, but can be easily customized to your own needs.

To learn more about codeBeamer and how it supports SAFe®, feel free to watch our webinar recording below. If you still have questions, please contact our Sales team for a live 1-on-1 demo, or simply download codeBeamer to start your free project now.

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