For many years it was believed that agile was a framework that was well suited for organisations that were small or simple in the nature of their offerings and technology platforms, but for larger and complex industrial age companies it was argued that agile did not fit the bill.
A concept known as two-speed IT even gained some short-lived momentum as people tried to find ways around the dilemma; this notion, of having different parts of the business running at different speeds, has now been debunked.
But we still face the challenge of how to manage highly complex, layered technology platforms, in a reality where customers just don’t care about how hard it is. They expect to have the same instant, always-on, and high-quality service from every organisation as that which they get from the likes of Amazon and Netflix.
This challenge has been accepted and addressed by the scaled agile movement.
The scaled agile framework or SAFe® (also referred to as Lean-Agile) provides a freely revealed knowledge base of proven, integrated patterns for implementing Lean-Agile development. It provides comprehensive guidance for work at the Portfolio, Large Solution, Program, and Team Levels which can be adopted and used out of the box by organisations.
If you fit the picture of a large organisation, with multiple and complex layers of technology, spread across multiple units and silos, then SAFe® is designed to address the challenges you face, and provides the frameworks to effectively deliver business value better and faster.
There is no need - and indeed it is counterproductive to do so - to invent or hybridise bespoke frameworks; global and referenced best practice exists, and is under continuous improvement via a global community of thought leaders and practitioners.
SAFe® is that framework of globally referenced proven best practice, flexible to a level where it can be fitted to the needs of any organisation operating agile at scale.
Want to know more about SAFe®? Contact us to discuss our Scaled Agile introductory session at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give Pete, our chief coach, a call on +64 21 186 8664
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The SAFe® value proposition
How SAFe® cuts through siloes
How SAFe® works for shaping and engineering of work