Scaled Agile frame work (SAFe)

Scaled Agile frame work:

The Wikipedia definition: Scaled Agile Framework (or SAFe) is an Agile software development framework designed by Scaled Agile, Inc. It consists of a knowledge base of integrated patterns intended for enterprise-scale Lean-Agile development. Its proponents consider SAFe to be scalable and modular, allowing an organization to apply it in a way that suits its need.

Or it can also be looked at if you are developing a product or products with more then one development team.


  • Take an economic view.
  • Apply systems thinking.
  • Assume variability; preserve options.
  • Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles.
  • Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems.
  • Visualise and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes and manage queue lengths.
  • Apply cadence, synchronise with cross-domain planning.
  • Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers.
  • Decentralise decision-making.

With SAFe (Scaled Agile frame work) pay close attention to the dependencies and inter-dependencies between the teams.

With SAFe remember to frequently integrate and deliver continuously. 🙂

5 Minute intro to SAFe.

The video below goes into more detail regarding SAFe and is presented by Dean Leffingwell, the creator of SAFe.


Experimentation in the Workplace

I recently attended a very interesting work shop regarding experimentation in the work place. One of the great things from experimenting is that you not only learn a great deal you would not otherwise. But it also stops you from getting stuck in a set approach or way of thinking.

A summary that was provided about the workshop is below:

“Companies who experiment and try new things more, learn more and discover more. Rather than following best practices forever, they understand when the complexity of a situation requires experimentation – Build-Measure-Learn approach to figure out the best way forward. And complexity is all around is – in our product innovations, in our organisational social networks and in our company culture.”

The workshop was ran by:

Andrea Darabos (A lean agile coach and trainer, m3.0 facilitator. Twitter @adarabos)  and Ryan Behrman (Organisational and Team Process Improvement Coach and Trainer)

Further Reading – Experimentation in the work place:

Celebration Grid: