What is SAFe® ?

What is Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)?

SAFe® for Lean Enterprises is a knowledge base of proven, integrated principles, practices, and competencies for Lean, Agile, and DevOps (www.scaledagileframework.com). Since 2011, hundreds of the world’s largest organizations have discovered its benefits: faster time-to-market, dramatic increases in productivity and quality, and more motivated and engaged employees. How does SAFe do this? SAFe brings together thought leadership from Agile development, systems thinking and Lean product development into a framework that provides a set of principles, values and guidance for Lean-Agile development (© Scaled Agile, Inc.).

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The SAFe framework

The core belief of SAFe is simple: Better software and systems make the world a better place. Scaled Agile helps enterprises achieve this mission through the SAFe network, and through the world-class courseware, training, and certification programs (© Scaled Agile, Inc).

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Our vision on SAFe

As a Scaled Agile SPCT Gold Partner, we are a company that believes in Agility at scale and the power of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to successfully transform organizations. We have developed significant expertise in supporting large enterprises and government agencies through every phase of the Lean-Agile transformation.

Gladwell Academy provides the highest quality training, consulting and coaching to support the Lean-Agile transformation using SAFe. We are the authorized provider of all SAFe training courses including SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Release Train Engineer (RTE).

The core values of the Scaled Agile Framework

  • Alignment

    Alignment is needed to keep pace with fast change, disruptive competitive forces, and geographically distributed teams. While empowered, Agile Teams are good (even great), but the responsibility for strategy and alignment cannot rest with the combined opinions of the teams, no matter how good they are. Instead, alignment must rely on the Enterprise business objectives.

  • Built-in Quality

    Built-in Quality ensures that every element and every increment of the solution reflects quality standards throughout the development lifecycle. Quality is not “added later.” Building quality in is a prerequisite of Lean and flow—without it, the organization will likely operate with large batches of unverified, unvalidated work. Excessive rework and slower velocities are the likely results.

  • Transparency

    To ensure openess—trust is needed. Trust exists when the business and development can confidently rely on another to act with integrity, particularly in times of difficulty. Without trust no one can build high-performance teams and programs, nor build (or rebuild) the confidence needed to make and meet reasonable commitments.  And without trust, working environments are a lot less fun and motivating.

  • Program Execution

    Of course, none of the rest of SAFe matters if teams can’t execute and continuously deliver value. Therefore, SAFe places an intense focus on working systems and business outcomes. History shows us that while many enterprises start the transformation with individual Agile teams, they often become frustrated as even those teams struggle to deliver more substantial amounts of solution value, reliably and efficiently.

To find out more about the core values of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), click here.

Why SAFe?

Despite this need for adaptability, many enterprises remain entrenched in legacy processes and outdated organizational hierarchies that impede their ability to rapidly detect and respond to signals from the marketplace.

Enterprises must embrace a more fluid way of working to compete effectively—one that quickly allows for new technologies to be assessed, tested, analyzed, and acted upon. This ‘fail fast, succeed faster’ mentality requires a fundamental shift in work culture and behavior (© Scaled Agile, Inc.).

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Case study

Air France – KLM sought to scale Agile practices companywide to improve time to market and efficiency, but must contend with specific contexts and regulations in the different businesses of the airlines.

SAFe Scrum Master (SSM)

Unlike traditional Scrum Master that focuses on the fundamentals of team-level Scrum, the SAFe Scrum Master explores the role in the context of the entire enterprise, plans  and executes the Program Increment (PI). More info

SAFe Product Owner (POPM)

The role of Product Owner requires a lot. You are responsible for the budget, set priorities and determine which items should be worked on.  More info.

SAFe Advanced Scrum Master

The Advanced Scrum master is the next level after the SAFe Scrum Master. It has the responsibility to facilitate the interactions with architects, product management and other critical stakeholders in the larger program and enterprise contexts. More info

SAFe Agilist (SA)

A SAFe Agilist is a Lean-Thinking Manager -Teacher, who applies the values and principles of a Lean-Agile Mindset. He/She  creates high-performing teams and leads the transformation with the SAFe Implementation Roadmap.  More info

Release Train Engineer (RTE)

An Release Train Engineer applies Lean-Agile knowledge and tools to execute and release value.  An Release Train Engineer has the responsibilities to a build a high-performing ART by becoming a servant leader and coach.  More info 

SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)

An SAFe Program Consultant has a big responsibility in the organisation. He/She aligns the organization to a common language and way of working and coordinates multiple Agile Release Trains with a Solution Train. More info 

The SAFe roles

The Scaled Agile Framework has multiple different roles:

Besides these roles, there are also other important SAFe roles: SAFe Scrum Master, SAFe Product Owner, SAFe Advanced Scrum Master.

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