DevOps & SAFe® DevOps

DevOps (2009) and SAFe® DevOps (2016) was created as an approach & culture to bridge the gaps between Development and Operations, enabling a smooth flow of value, provide automation perspectives, implement the right set of the toolchain, continuous delivery pipeline, support exploration, continuous integration, deployment, release on demand, and improve communication & collaboration between all members of the value-stream.

In this blog, we start with DevOps in general and also introduce the SAFe® DevOps concepts, details, elements, relevance, implementation approach and reference to a wide range of contexts.

Imagine a world where product owners, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Infosec work together, not only to help each other, but also to ensure that the overall organization succeeds. By working toward a common goal, they enable the fast flow of planned work into production, while achieving world-class stability, reliability, availability, and security.

The DevOps Handbook


The DevOps Handbook


Introduction to DevOps:

DevOps started by Patrick Debois by naming a conference in 2009 as "devopsdays" in Belgium. The DevOps is considered a movement to shorten the feedback cycle and reduce the delays between Development & Operation by close co-operation, good communication, and collaboration.

Before DevOps evolved as a mindset & culture, we had silos or "Traditional walls of confusion" between Business, Development & Operations.


Traditional Walls of Confusion


Few organizations were ahead in solving this problem of communication, collaboration and adopting a right set of tools & technical practices for their organizations. After few years of the DevOps movement, the software community became aware of the gaps and started addressing by training, coaching and adopting the required set of practices, changing culture and mindset of the organization in a gradual and structured way.


DevOps Definition


Organizations have already realized the direct implications of poor communication & collaboration affects their value-delivery, continuous improvement culture, innovation, and new opportunities that can provide business growth. So, Organizations, have embraced DevOps mindset, culture and set of technical practices to improve the existing ways-of-working and provide a platform of close co-operation for all the people that are involved in the flow (or full value-stream).

SAFe® has a full value stream approach for enabling and sustaining a close collaboration between all people involved in the end-to-end flow. And also applying the virtual organization concept to support the full value stream through Agile Release Train (ART), guided by the Continuous Delivery Pipeline approach (Continuous Exploration, Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, Release on Demand), with a focus on Develop on Cadence, Release on Demand culture helps organizations to achieve quick feedback and high quality, high-value delivery.

SAFe® works based on the lean-agile foundations and with an approach as follows

1. Value Stream

2. Organization Construct or Structure

3. Cadence & Synchronization

4. Continuous Delivery Pipeline guidance

5. Iterative, Incremental, Adaptive value delivery to Customer

6. Release separated from Development

Foundations of SAFe DevOps


SAFe DevOps approach CD Pipeline


One of the common requirements of modern organization is, “how to train, coach and transform the current practices to adopt DevOps practices?” for this, we have to look into a more simple, smaller steps of adoption, yet broader and depth that we need to achieve as a part of the transformation.

DevOps Concepts: What, Why, Who, When, How

DevOps Elements: Culture, Automation, Lean Flow, Measurement and Recovery

DevOps Approaches The general implementations, and how to apply to a particular context, especially the organization context.

DevOps Recommendations: The good practices, and how to improve through continuous improvement mindset, a community of practices.


One of the ways is to adopt a Scaled Agile Framework for your organization at an Enterprise level or any Scaling Agile recommendation that provides the benefits of DevOps and also enables sustainable continuous delivery of value to customers.

SAFe® DevOps CALMR approach:

SAFe® DevOps embraces the change via the approach of bridging the gaps between development and operations and also through the SAFe® Framework. The SAFe® framework provides overall guidance to the virtual organization - The Agile Release Train - by Continuous Delivery pipeline along with DevOps and DevSecOps.

SAFe® DevOps applies to all the people in the Agile Release Train (full value stream) to understand and assess their current state and support, establish close co-operation within the value stream. Moreover, SAFe® DevOps provides an overall structure for the transformation of your organization to adopt DevOps at Enterprise level through the following simplified CALMR approach:


SAFe DevOps CALMR approach


1. Culture

2. Automation

3. Lean Flow

4. Measurement

5. Recovery

By adopting the DevOps mindset, culture and set of technical practices and SAFe® DevOps, an organization can get the required benefits of faster feedback & learning cycles, increased customer feedback and high-quality value delivery to customers, improved employee engagement in understanding the development cycle, purpose, also transparency, built-in quality, program execution, alignment and autonomy to implement solutions.


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