Scaled Agile Framework:
Framework for an Agile Organization
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is the most widespread framework for scaling Scrum or Agile – in other words, living it on a "large scale". SAFe offers agile solutions for all levels of an organization: from teams to departments to corporate management.
"We support you in making agile collaboration work smoothly, even with multiple teams."
SAFe provides a coherent framework for agility at scale.
SAFe connects the most important agile frameworks (such as Scrum, Kanban, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, etc.) with each other to form an overall system. This allows you to use the different agile frameworks together.
Using SAFe's patterns, you can quickly create a picture of an agile organization - for a program, for an area, or for an entire organization.
All levels of an agile organization (team, multiple teams or the Agile Release Train (ART), the Large Solution level and the Portfolio level are consistently thought through and documented.
SAFe contains many well-documented techniques, roles, meetings, and artifacts.
SAFe uses familiar terms that make it easier for organizations to make the transition while still being designed in an agile way.
Agile organized collaboration
The Scaled Agile Framework's solution for multi-team collaboration is to "pull in" a cycle at a higher level of abstraction: program increment. This solution addresses the complexity of large programs, in which
Requirements are handled at different levels of abstraction;
meetings - similar to Scrum – can be used at the program level;
Planning is implemented at the various levels with interlocking backlogs.
Thus, SAFe provides clear guidance on how to implement agile at scale and with multiple teams.
Coordinated cycles for a common result
Agile teams working on a common solution ("Solution") proceed in iterations. These have a common beat so that teams can synchronize their work and deliver a common result together. Around this, there is the larger clock, the Program Increment (PI). This clock is a multiple of the iterations, e.g. every 8-12 weeks.
The Program Increment cycle has - analogous to the iteration or sprint of a team - a PDCA cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act) on a higher level of abstraction:
PI Planning: This is the joint planning of several teams on the level of "larger" requirements ("features") for the next Program Increment of 8-12 weeks. Such a program increment consists of several sprints/iterations.
Program Backlog Refinements: During the Program Increment (PI), the Program Backlog is jointly maintained. The Program Backlog is like the Team Backlog, but at a higher level of abstraction. It contains features.
System Demo: Here, the common solution created by all teams together is tested. This happens in every iteration, but of course also at the end of a program increase.
Inspect & Adapt Workshop: Here, all teams look together at how the work worked in the last PI and how it can be improved together. This is the joint retrospective of several teams, so to speak.
The Scaled Agile Framework also offers agile portfolio planning, with which the portfolio of several agile programs can be controlled using Kanban techniques. Techniques from Lean Startup can also be found here.
We support you in the systematic introduction of Agile scaling using the Scaled Agile Framework.
Yes, by integrating the agile frameworks and addressing an entire agile organization, the picture of the Scaled Agile Framework is complex.
But that is also a bit honest: the agile organization is complex. The trick is: carve out the part that is relevant to you in the moment and reduce the picture to those elements . We support you in finding that beginning. As a Gold Partner of Scaled Agile, we offer you all workshops, trainings and support there is to SAFe. The special thing about wibas is the pragmatism, which is especially necessary for such a comprehensive framework. And of course our years of experience in organizational development, which enables us not only to model, but also to humanize. Please feel free to call us and arrange a personal meeting. We look forward to thinking with you.