Your organisation has decided to embark on a journey called “agility”. The end results that you want to achieve are quite clear – faster time to market, risk reduction, high quality product, improved productivity, happier and motivated employees – so on. The challenge however is, of the huge diaspora of frameworks, methodologies and processes; that support and harness agility, which one is going to be the right fit for your organisation.
As a consultant, I often come across this question.
If you also have encountered similar questions, this could be helpful.
When to use SAFe?
In my experience, opting for SAFe is good when
- You are dealing with huge complex systems not just software i.e. the products that you are building include different aspects like hardware, firmware, middleware etc. besides software.
- You have multiple vendors; multiple teams working across multiple geographies and you want alignment amongst them.
- You have multiple programs interacting with each other on a regular basis.
- You have dependencies across your products.
- You want to bring in some sense of predictability in your product development so that other aspects of business can plan accordingly.
- You already have agile success in small pockets and now want to scale it up across program, business unit or entire organisation.
- Want to imbibe a culture of collaboration and relentless improvement.
- You have a great focus on continuous delivery pipeline.
- You need to have some tangible metrics to identify how your agile journey is shaping up.
- You want to move away from traditional, fixed – cost, fixed – budget, fixed – scope, way of working towards lean agile budgeting.
- Freely available knowledge-base at www.scaledagileframework.com
- Multiple case studies of successful implementation of SAFe at multi-billion dollar organisations.
- Trained experts who could guide you in your transformation journey.
- Structured and configurable as per the needs of your organisation.
- A step-by-step implementation roadmap already available to ease adoption of SAFe.
- A good mix of Agile as well as Lean values and principles.
- To start SAFe transformation, you need to have a SPC to support it.
- Initial training cost may be involved.
- New roles and terminology may be overwhelming.
I hope this article was helpful and provides some insights.