A Guide to SAFe®


 

A Guide to SAFe®

Due to the recent arrival of our new range of accredited SAFe® training courses, , we thought it necessary to provide you with a simple guide to SAFe®, to clear up any burning questions you may have.

What is SAFe?

You may be wondering what SAFe® actually is: SAFe® stands for Scaled Agile Framework. SAFe® combines the methodologies of Lean and Agile to integrate knowledge-base techniques for the purpose of large-scale software development. SAFe® has been constructed around helping customers provide solutions to their greatest scaling problems, so SAFe® aims to equip you with the ability to adequately lead the conversion of Scaled Agile Framework into your organisation.

The striking thing about SAFe® is its suitability for a wide range of industry types, regardless of size. SAFe® can be applied to small businesses made up of under 100 practitioners, to vast enterprises which deal with substantial software solutions. As a result, SAFe® is scalable and pliable, and can be adapted to the specific needs of an enterprise.
 

What SAFe® courses do we provide?

The Knowledge Academy provides five SAFe® training courses in total, all focusing on different SAFe® aspects and of varying difficulty levels. The courses are:

Certified Scaled Agile Framework Leading SAFe® 4.5 Training & Exam (2 Days)

Implementing SAFe® with SPC Certification (4 Days)

SAFe® 4.0 Release Train Engineer with RTE Certification (3 Days)

Certified SAFe® Product Manager / Product Owner Training & Exam (2 Days)

Certified SAFe® Practitioner for Team Training & Exam (2 Days)

The first course, Leading SAFe® 4.5, is ultimately a Foundation level training course. Similarly, Implementing SAFe® with SPC Certification represents an Intermediate level course, so it acts essentially as a follow on course. The final three certifications can be defined as subsections of advanced courses, which are more specialised in nature, for example the final course listed above is designed for teams in particular. It is also highly recommend that a delegate possesses one of the Foundation or Intermediate training courses before attending some of the more specific courses.

How can SAFe® help me?

SAFe® can assist you and your business in keeping up with ever-changing economic and technological conditions. This is vital, because if you are unable to adapt quickly to fast-paced business environments then your organisation may dissolve, just like former market leaders Nokia, Blockbuster, and Kodak, for example. Whilst this is a notable advantage of SAFe®, many others exist:

  • Enhanced quality of services/goods
  • Increased productivity
  • Deliver value faster
  • Greater employee engagement
  • Boosted transparency
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SAFe® in Practice

One of the key components of SAFe®, Agile Release Trains (ARTs), which align teams to a common goal and technical mission, can be witnessed in an athletic relay team. ARTs ensure that SAFe® delivers value by organising people so they plan and perform together. ARTs are based on the Value Streams of an organisation, and exist to adopt improvements that will increase user value.

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Ultimately, deployment has the goal of achieving a continuous flow of value. Strengths are identified in terms of performance advancements,  so in the case of the relay team, their ‘new functionality’ is their ability to improve their current personal best. The common mission for this relay team was to keep reaching this personal best, to identify what they were doing differently to achieve their score, and maintain this. Applying this in business terms allows for the effective delivery of value and solutions, whilst managing the risks and inconsistencies present within developments. Essentially, ARTs are multi-functional and possess the ability to identify, implement, experiment, and deploy new systems.

If Scaled Agile Framework interests you, our SAFe® training courses are now available now. Book with The Knowledge Academy today, earn your certification and enhance your career.

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