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Introducing the scaled agile framework

Matthew Heusser | June 18, 2015
SAFe is a programming framework that aims to enable you to apply lean-agile practices at enterprise scale. Will it take your development projects where they need to go?

One advantage of SAFe is how easy it is to transition to. You "just" train key implementers, leadership, management, and the team in a few days then flip a switch. The new structure can accommodate managers, directors, architects, analysts and every other role, with no need for painful transitions or job changes. 

That leads to a concern that SAFe is a transitional step, just the first and least painful. In a continuously improving organization, the steps six months or a year after a SAFe transition are unclear. 

SAFe may be a good step, and an improvement, for a large organization, but the cookie-cutter approach will only get you so far. After that, the organization needs to figure out what improvement should happen next, and that requires context. Agile coach Yves Hanoulle puts it this way "For most of these I would say, SAFe goes further as they are ready to go, not far enough as they should go." 

With a half-dozen certifications, the Scaled Agile Academy aims to provide something for everyone. From two-day courses like SAFe Agilist (for management) and SAFe Practitioner (for people who are a bit more hands-on), to the four-day program consultant and then full-blown consultant/trainer program, SAFe offers plenty of opportunity to earn credentials.


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