According to the latest study “State of Agile report”, most organizations apply or strongly align with the agile scaling framework (SAFe).
Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) remains the most popular, with 37% of respondents identifying it as the framework they follow most closely. SAFe® significantly outperforms Scrum@Scale/Scrum of Scrums, with only 9%.
In recent years, there has been a heightened awareness of the opportunities and challenges of scaling Agile practices across the organization. Initially, agile scalability was addressed through a “Scrum of Scrums” approach. We have seen the use of SAFe® grow significantly to become the dominant approach.
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Some of the main benefits of start using SAFe are:
SAFe provides a complete picture of solution development by breaking down traditional silos of functional areas or departments and enabling communication across functions. It encourages trust-building behavior and provides continuous, real-time visibility into the progress of backlogs at different levels.
SAFe requires organizations to establish rhythms of planning and reflection at all levels of the company. With this setup, everyone understands the current state of the business, the goals, and how everyone needs to move together to achieve those goals. Synchronizing people and their activities on a routine basis improves the chances of keeping all levels of the portfolio aligned.
Teams in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) have an unequivocal vision of what they need to achieve and are excited about the vision due to the fact that they participated in its formation. Additionally, open correspondence and transparency help formulate favorable relationships and thus provide more collaboration and an environment for teams to flourish.
- Built-in quality
In the SAFe system, agility should never come at the expense of quality. The framework has built-in quality practices that ensure a rapid flow of information across all levels and teams. Quality is built into every stage/level in SAFe, it can be development testing, QA testing (scaling, security, UAT), environmental testing, or product configuration.
- Flexibility and Productivity
Scaled Agile Framework implies that teams are aligned with the product or service, as a solution to business challenges; constant collaboration gives them an undeniable degree of transparency.
- Program execution
The core of this framework is program execution, which drives all other things in the framework, and therefore SAFe is intensely focused on work systems and business results. SAFe allows leaders to apply the knowledge acquired in the practical environment and obtain the desired results.
- Shorter time to market
The framework emphasizes planning and breaking down a large task into smaller batches, which helps complete tasks quickly and efficiently. SAFe helps increase performance and value delivery, which in turn triggers measurable improvements in customer satisfaction and team engagement.
- Facilitate leadership
The Scaled Agile Framework mandates Lean-Agile leadership behavior or conduct due to the fact that no one but leaders can disrupt the system and establish the essential environment for adopting all core values and principles. Lean-Agile leaders also play a critical role in creating an environment that fosters trust and transparency.