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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.

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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.

In a Scaled Agile Planning, two people stand in front of a board that shows where the teams are with their planning.

Portfolio planning

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.

      Ja, durch die Integration der agilen Frameworks und durch die Adressierung einer gesamten agilen Organisation ist das Bild vom Scaled Agile Framework komplex.
      Das ist aber auch ein Stück weit ehrlich: Die agile Organisation ist komplex. Eine Agile Transformation erfordert Geduld. Der Trick ist: sich den Teil herauszuschneiden, der für einen im Moment relevant ist und das Bild auf diese Elemente zu reduzieren. Wir unterstützen Sie dabei, diesen Anfang zu finden. Als Gold Partner von Scaled Agile bieten wir Ihnen alle Workshops, Trainings und Begleitung an, die es zu SAFe gibt. Das Besondere an wibas ist dabei der Pragmatismus, der gerade bei einem solchen umfangreichen Framework notwendig ist. Und natürlich unsere jahrelange Erfahrung in Organisationsentwicklung, durch die wir nicht nur Modell, sondern auch Mensch können. Rufen Sie uns gerne an und vereinbaren Sie ein persönliches Gespräch. Wir freuen uns darauf, mit Ihnen zu denken.

      Your expert for Scaled Agile Framework:

      André Kammerlander

      wibas GmbH

      André Kammerlander

      Otto Hesse St. 19B

      64293 Darmstadt

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