The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) is a structured hybrid IT delivery approach that helps large enterprises implement Agile at large scale. SAFe distinguishes four configurations. The first configuration is mainly for small or starting organizations. The subsequent configurations are more complex and for large(r) organizations.
The configurations are:
- Essential SAFe: the building blocks and simplest starting point for SAFe implementation.
- Large Solution SAFe: for developing complex solutions, without the need for portfolio management.
- Portfolio SAFe: aligns execution with strategy by organizing developments around value streams.
- Full SAFe: the most comprehensive version of the Framework that supports enterprises in building and maintaining large integrated solutions.
SAFe for Lean enterprises (© Scaled Agile, Inc.) is a knowledge base of proven, integrated principles, practices, and competencies for Lean, Agile, and DevOps. SAFe introduces the five core competencies of the Lean enterprise that are critical to achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage in an increasingly digital age. These core competencies are shown as circles in the Full SAFe picture and are read starting from the circle in the middle at the bottom of the picture, followed by the circles on the right, from bottom to top. Scaled Agile Inc. regularly releases new versions of SAFe, for the up-to-date version please refer to the official SAFe website: http://www.scaledagileframework.com/
- Lean-Agile Leadership
Advancing and applying Lean-Agile leadership skills.
- Team and Technical Agility
Driving technical practices including Built-in Quality, Behavior-Driven development (BDD), Agile testing, Test-Driven Development (TDD), and more.
- DevOps and Release on Demand
Building the Continuous Delivery Pipeline and implementing DevOps and Release on Demand.
- Business Solutions and Lean Systems Engineering
Building the largest software applications and cyber-physical solutions.
- Lean Portfolio Management
Executing portfolio vision and strategy formulation, chartering portfolios, creating the Vision, Lean budgets and Guardrails, as well as portfolio prioritization, and road mapping.
A few characteristics of the SAFe model are:
- It is a layered framework .
- SAFe works with recognizable organizational layers and responsibilities are allocated per layer for coordination, governance and alignment.
- All aspects of a value stream are aligned to the broader business goals.
- Organizations might achieve greater transparency.
- Cross-functional teams can collaborate more effectively.
TMAP defines twenty quality assurance and testing topics. We have plotted these organizing and performing topics to the SAFe levels in the section "Hybrid IT delivery models (especially SAFe)".
If you want to learn more about SAFe, we refer you to www.scaledagileframework.com.