Why SAFe for your organisation?

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

  1. 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.
  2. You have multiple vendors; multiple teams working across multiple geographies and you want alignment amongst them.
  3. You have multiple programs interacting with each other on a regular basis.
  4. You have dependencies across your products.
  5. You want to bring in some sense of predictability in your product development so that other aspects of business can plan accordingly.
  6. You already have agile success in small pockets and now want to scale it up across program, business unit or entire organisation.
  7. Want to imbibe a culture of collaboration and relentless improvement.
  8. You have a great focus on continuous delivery pipeline.
  9.  You need to have some tangible metrics to identify how your agile journey is shaping up.
  10. You want to move away from traditional, fixed – cost, fixed – budget, fixed – scope, way of working towards lean agile budgeting.
Advantages:
  1. Freely available knowledge-base at www.scaledagileframework.com
  2. Multiple case studies of successful implementation of SAFe at multi-billion dollar organisations.
  3. Trained experts who could guide you in your transformation journey.
  4. Structured and configurable as per the needs of your organisation.
  5. A step-by-step implementation roadmap already available to ease adoption of SAFe.
  6. A good mix of Agile as well as Lean values and principles.
Disadvantages:
  1. To start SAFe transformation, you need to have a SPC to support it.
  2. Initial training cost may be involved.
  3. New roles and terminology may be overwhelming.

I hope this article was helpful and provides some insights.