March 26, 2019 // By Michael Dougherty
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) was established in 2011 by Dean Leffingwell and was initially met with heavy skepticism. It sounded great to establish lean workflow patterns, but critics said it would be too complicated. How could a process provide detailed framework to the complex challenges of delivering quality software at the scale of 50 or more people? And who would take the time to implement it?
Well, it turns out that despite the skepticism, it has one of the highest scaling agile adoption rates at 20 percent. As popularity soars, the benefits only grow – as do organizations.
If you aren’t familiar with SAFe, the first thing you should know is that it’s not just a technology solution, it’s an implementation framework. It begins at the leadership level, trickling down the ladder and ultimately creating a cultural lift.
To be more technical, it’s a blending of agile, lean concepts, and DevOps. It empowers employees at all levels to aspire to become manager-teachers of the framework, creating an inclusive culture of equal sharing.
SAFe helps your employees see the same picture in all disciplines of an organization – not just IT. By aligning all limbs of an organization that don’t always speak the same language, you can set and meet your goals in just a matter of weeks. It sounds good to be true, right?
SAFe isn’t just about the technology; it’s about the people. It allows you to give your leadership a clear set of principles to build a framework that everyone can rally behind.
However, those skeptics we mentioned at the beginning weren’t wrong – it’s complex, and change doesn’t happen immediately. We assist our clients in their implementation of SAFe and have seen the profound impact it has on their business. The key is to just begin, one step at a time. We have a library of resources to help you set up program implementation planning.
For more information on how SAFe can speed up your business, read our white paper, "SAFe 101: How to Modernize Your Software and Accelerate Your Business."