SAFe is freely available knowledge base for people building world's most important software and systems. SAFe is the fastest growing method, and they have well-described set of values, principles, and practices. Based on latest SAI report, there are 2,00,000 SAFe trained professionals in 110 counties. SAFe 4.5 introduces the four configurations: Essential SAFe, Portfolio SAFe, Large Solution SAFe, and Full SAFe.
Essential SAFe configuration is the heart of the Framework and is the simplest starting point for implementation. It’s the basic building block for all other SAFe configurations and describes the most critical elements needed to realize the majority of the Framework’s benefits. Together, the Team and Program Levels form an organizational structure called the Agile Release Train (ART), where Agile teams, key stakeholders, and other resources are dedicated to an important, ongoing solution mission. Essential SAFe consists of both team and program levels. These are ten essential elements:
Agile Teams and Trains
Cadence and Synchronization
DevOps and Releasability
Inspect & Adapt
This has been seen that some organizations are skipping critical elements of SAFe, like not doing ‘Inspect and Adapt’, ‘No Innovation and Planning iteration’, teams are not cross-functional, no systems demo, and excuse like our teams are not trained or our leaders are too busy to get trained. It’s okay not to implement something but you need to understand that you will not be gaining benefit as expected, and you shouldn’t call yourself SAFe.
Also, SAFe has described clear twelve steps, on how to implement SAFe in your enterprise, these steps are called ‘SAFe Implementation roadmap’ and are part of ‘Foundation’. There are twelve steps :
Reaching the Tipping Point
Train Lean-Agile Change Agents
Train Executives, Managers, and Leaders
Create a Lean-Agile Center of Excellence
Identify Value Streams and ARTs
Create the Implementation Plan
Prepare for ART Launch
Train Teams and Launch the ART
Coach ART Execution
Launch More ARTs and Value Streams
Extend to the Portfolio
Sustain and Improve
In our 'Implementing SAFe' four days SPC class, we deep dive into these twelve steps. We explore transformational patterns to move from traditional mind-sets to Lean Agile mind-sets. As our SPCT Siraj Sirajuddin says, SAFe will change you first, then you need to change SAFe, and be ready for that.
In next upcoming meet-up, we plan to explore these points in detail. Let me know your questions and opinions. Looking foreword to meet you all in-person. If you want to attend any of our SAFe training, Please visit our website: www.visiontemenos.com/events