Implementing SAFe: Steps to Success

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Implementing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a transformative journey for organisations looking to achieve Agile at scale and provides a structured and adaptable framework that enables organisations to align their teams, improve collaboration, and deliver value efficiently. However, implementing SAFe successfully requires careful planning, commitment, and a clear understanding of the organisation's objectives and challenges.  

Key Steps to Implementing SAFe  

 πŸš€ Understand the Need and Set Clear Objectives. Assess why SAFe is necessary for your organisation and identify the specific goals you want to achieve. This could include improving time-to-market, enhancing collaboration, or increasing customer satisfaction. 

πŸš€ Build a Coalition of Change. Create a dedicated team of stakeholders, including executives, managers, and Agile coaches, who are aligned with the initiative and can actively support and drive the implementation process. 

πŸš€ Provide Training and Education. Ensure that all individuals involved in the SAFe implementation have a solid understanding of the framework and its principles. This can be achieved through offering training programs and educational resources to facilitate a common understanding and mindset across the organisation. 

πŸš€Identify Value Streams. Analyse your organisation's workflows and product or service delivery pipelines. Map out these value streams to understand dependencies, bottlenecks, and opportunities for improvement. 

πŸš€ Define Agile Release Trains (ARTs). Create cross-functional teams called Agile Release Trains that align with the identified value streams, whereby these teams will be responsible for delivering value in a synchronised manner.  

πŸš€Implement Agile Practices. Implement SAFe practices such as Scrum, Kanban, continuous integration, and continuous delivery and encourage them to adopt practices that work best for them while ensuring alignment with the SAFe principles. 

πŸš€ Enable Collaboration and Communication. Foster a culture of collaboration and open communication by creating forums for teams to share progress, challenges, and learnings. 

πŸš€ Monitor Progress and Metrics. Define key performance indicators and metrics that align with your organisation's goals. You can then monitor and measure progress against these metrics to track the effectiveness of SAFe implementation.  


By following these steps and adapting them to your organisation's specific context, you can implement SAFe effectively and realise the benefits of Scaled agility and enhance your business’s competitive standing in the market.  


Interested in learning more about how to implement SAFe effectively? 

At Value Glide, through the application of  SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework), we are able to offer agile consulting, agile coaching, and agile training specialists who work with organisations to align business objectives with customer needs and wants. 

As deeply experienced agile coaches and practitioners, our team is invested in continuous learning through each client engagement and uses the data and evidence we gather from each implementation to inform our training, coaching, and consulting services. 

In a nutshell, empirical process control or empiricism.  

If you are thinking of adopting agile within your organisation and have identified SAFe as a great agile framework to adopt, implement and improve your business agility, visit our SAFe Quickstart ART Launch program page or view our SAFe Consulting Services page. 

If you have identified a need for an agile coach and SAFe coach to help your organisation adopt and implement SAFe, visit our SAFe Coaching Services page. We are committed to equipping organisations with the tools and knowledge to thrive in this ever-changing digital age, and achieve business agility through the Scaled Agile Framework.  

Sounds good to you? Then sign-up today, and learn more about this transformation and revolutionary framework that is changing the game in the world of Agile. It is truly remarkable what can be done when we put our heads together and decide to work as one. 

If you want to know more about SAFe and how to lead SAFe, visit our SAFE Training page for a host of options, from Leading SAFe to a SAFe Release Train Engineer course. 

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