SAFe® 4.5 Distilled: Applying the Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Enterprises, Second Edition

Book Description

SAFe®: The World's Leading Framework for Enterprise Agility

 

"Philips is continuously driving to develop high-quality software in a predictable, fast, and Agile way. SAFe addresses this primary goal, and offers these further benefits: reduced time-to-market, improved quality, stronger alignment across geographically distributed multi-disciplinary teams, and collaboration across teams to deliver meaningful value to customers with reduced cycle time."

—Sundaresan Jagadeesan, SW CoE Program Director, Philips

 

 

To succeed in today's adapt-or-die marketplace, businesses must be able to rapidly change the way they create and deliver value to their customers. Hundreds of the world's most successful companies-including Intel, Capital One, AstraZeneca, Cisco, and Philips-have turned to the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) to achieve agility at scale and maintain a competitive edge.

 

SAFe® 4.5 Distilled: Applying the Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Enterprises explains how adopting SAFe can quickly improve time to market and increase productivity, quality, and employee engagement. In this book, you will

  • Understand the business case for SAFe: its benefits, the problems it solves, and how to apply it
  • Get an overview of SAFe across all parts of the business: team, program, value stream, and portfolio
  • Learn why SAFe works: the power of SAFe's Lean-Agile mindset, values, and principles
  • Discover how systems thinking, Agile development, and Lean product development form the underlying basis for SAFe
  • Learn how to become a Lean-Agile leader and effectively drive an enterprise-wide transformation

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This E-Book
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication Page
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
    1. Why SAFe?
    2. About This Book
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. About the Authors
  10. Abbreviations Used in This Book
  11. PART I: Overview
    1. 1 Business Need for SAFe
      1. Why Do Businesses Need SAFe?
      2. The Challenge of System Development
      3. Applying New Bodies of Knowledge
      4. Improving System Development Outcomes
      5. The Business Benefits of SAFe
      6. Summary
    2. 2 SAFe Overview
      1. The Big Picture
      2. The Configurations
      3. The Spanning Palette
      4. The Foundation
      5. Summary
  12. PART II: Mindset, Principles, and Leadership
    1. 3 Lean-Agile Mindset
      1. Overview
      2. Thinking Lean
      3. Applying the Agile Manifesto at Scale
      4. Summary
    2. 4 SAFe Principles
      1. Why Focus on Principles?
      2. Principle #1: Take an Economic View
      3. Principle #2: Apply Systems Thinking
      4. Principle #3: Assume Variability; Preserve Options
      5. Principle #4: Build Incrementally with Fast, Integrated Learning Cycles
      6. Principle #5: Base Milestones on Objective Evaluation of Working Systems
      7. Principle #6: Visualize and Limit WIP, Reduce Batch Sizes, and Manage Queue Lengths
      8. Principle #7: Apply Cadence; Synchronize with Cross-Domain Planning
      9. Principle #8: Unlock the Intrinsic Motivation of Knowledge Workers
      10. Principle #9: Decentralize Decision-Making
      11. Summary
    3. 5 Lean-Agile Leaders
      1. Exhibit the Lean-Agile Mindset
      2. Lead the Change
      3. Know the Way and Emphasize Lifelong Learning
      4. Develop People
      5. Inspire and Align with Mission. Minimize Constraints
      6. Decentralize Decision-Making
      7. Unlock the Intrinsic Motivation of Knowledge Workers
      8. Evolve the Development Manager Role
      9. Adopt a Servant-Leadership Approach
      10. Evolve the Partnership with Human Resources Management
      11. On the Future of Leadership
      12. Summary
  13. PART III: Essential SAFe
    1. 6 The Agile Release Train
      1. Overview
      2. ART Organization
      3. Develop on Cadence. Release on Demand
      4. Vision
      5. Features
      6. Program Backlog
      7. Roadmap
      8. Agile Teams Power the Train
      9. User Stories and the Team Backlog
      10. Summary
    2. 7 Planning a Program Increment
      1. Overview
      2. Preparation for the PI Planning Event
      3. Day 1: Create and Review Draft Plans
      4. Day 2: Finalize Plans and Commit
      5. Summary
    3. 8 Iterating
      1. Overview
      2. The Iteration Cycle
      3. Building Quality In
      4. Improving Team Flow with Kanban
      5. Summary
    4. 9 Executing the Program Increment
      1. Overview
      2. Introducing the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
      3. Enabling Continuous Delivery with DevOps
      4. Enabling Continuous Delivery with Architectural Runway
      5. Managing Continuous Delivery with the Program Kanban
      6. Supporting Continuous Delivery with Program Events
      7. Summary
    5. 10 Inspect and Adapt
      1. Overview
      2. PI System Demo
      3. Quantitative Measurement
      4. Retrospective and Problem-Solving Workshop
      5. Inspect and Adapt at the Large Solution Level
      6. Summary
  14. PART IV: Large Solution SAFe
    1. 11 Large Solution SAFe Overview
      1. Overview
      2. The Solution Train
      3. Solution Intent
      4. Capabilities and the Solution Backlog
      5. Solution Epics
      6. Economic Framework
      7. Applying Large Solution Elements to Other Configurations
      8. Summary
    2. 12 Defining Large and Complex Solutions
      1. Overview
      2. The Solution
      3. Solution Intent
      4. Solution Context
      5. Summary
    3. 13 Solution Train Execution
      1. Overview
      2. Pre-PI Planning
      3. ART PI Planning
      4. Post-PI Planning
      5. Frequent Solution Integration
      6. Solution Train Sync
      7. Solution Demo
      8. Solution Train Inspect and Adapt
      9. Summary
  15. PART V: Portfolio SAFe
    1. 14 Lean Portfolio Management
      1. Introduction
      2. Strategy and Investment Funding
      3. Agile Portfolio Operations
      4. Lean Governance
      5. Summary
    2. 15 Strategy and Investment Funding
      1. Introduction
      2. Connect the Portfolio Strategy to the Enterprise Strategy
      3. Establish Portfolio Flow
      4. Summary
    3. 16 Agile Portfolio Operations
      1. Introduction
      2. Support an Agile PMO, LACE, and RTE and Scrum Master Communities of Practice
      3. Coordinate Value Streams
      4. Sustain and Improve
      5. Summary
    4. 17 Lean Governance
      1. Introduction
      2. Forecast and Budget Dynamically
      3. Measure Portfolio Performance
      4. Capitalization of Agile Software Development
      5. Governance via Agile Contracts
      6. Coordinate Continuous Compliance
      7. Summary
  16. PART VI: Implementing SAFe
    1. 18 The Guiding Coalition
      1. Introduction
      2. Step 1. Reach the Tipping Point
      3. Step 2. Train Lean-Agile Change Agents
      4. Step 3. Train Executives, Managers, and Leaders
      5. Step 4. Create a Lean-Agile Center of Excellence
      6. Summary
    2. 19 Designing the Implementation
      1. Introduction
      2. Step 5. Identify Value Streams and Agile Release Trains
      3. Step 6. Create the Implementation Plan
      4. Summary
    3. 20 Implementing Agile Release Trains
      1. Introduction
      2. Step 7. Prepare for the ART Launch
      3. Step 8. Train Teams and Launch the ART
      4. Step 9. Coaching ART Execution
      5. Summary
    4. 21 Launching More ARTs and Value Streams; Extending to the Portfolio
      1. Introduction
      2. Step 10. Launch More ARTs and Value Streams
      3. Step 11. Extend to the Portfolio
      4. Leading the Transformation
      5. Summary
    5. 22 Sustaining and Improving
      1. Introduction
      2. Foster Relentless Improvement and the Lean-Agile Mindset
      3. Implement Agile Human Resources Practices
      4. Advance Program Execution and Servant Leadership Skills
      5. Measure and Take Action
      6. Improve Agile Software Engineering Practices
      7. Focus on Agile Architecture
      8. Improve DevOps and Continuous Delivery
      9. Reduce Time-to-Market with Value Stream Mapping
      10. Summary
  17. Conclusion and Moving Forward
  18. Glossary
  19. Index
  20. Credits
  21. Online Chapters
    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents
    5. Preface
      1. About This Supplement
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. About the Authors
    8. 1 What’s New in SAFe® 4.6 for Lean Enterprises?
      1. Introducing SAFe 4.6 for Lean Enterprises
      2. The Five Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise
      3. SAFe for Government
      4. SAFe Configurations
      5. Summary
    9. 2 Lean-Agile Leadership Competency
      1. Why Lean-Agile Leadership?
      2. Lean-Thinking Manager-Teachers
      3. Summary
    10. 3 Team and Technical Agility Competency
      1. Why Team and Technical Agility?
      2. Team Agility
      3. Technical Agility
      4. Summary
    11. 4 DevOps and Release on Demand Competency
      1. Why DevOps and Release on Demand?
      2. Organizing Around Value Delivery
      3. Building the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
      4. Everything Is Continuous
      5. DevOps Enables Continuous Delivery and Release on Demand
      6. Measuring and Advancing DevOps and Release on Demand
      7. Summary
    12. 5 Business Systems and Lean Systems Engineering Competency
      1. Introduction
      2. Why Business Solutions and Lean Systems Engineering?
      3. Summary
    13. 6 Lean Portfolio Management Competency
      1. Why Lean Portfolio Management?
      2. Implementing Lean Portfolio Management
      3. Strategy and Investment Funding
      4. Agile Portfolio Operations
      5. Lean Governance
      6. Summary
    14. 7 SAFe for Government
      1. SAFe for Government
      2. Why SAFe for Government?
      3. Brief History of SAFe Adoption Across Government
      4. SAFe Adoption in Government Is Growing
      5. Lean-Agile Adoption Challenges in Government
      6. The Solution: SAFe for Government
      7. Summary
    15. Glossary

Product Information

  • Title: SAFe® 4.5 Distilled: Applying the Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Enterprises, Second Edition
  • Author(s): Richard Knaster, Dean Leffingwell
  • Release date: August 2018
  • Publisher(s): Addison-Wesley Professional
  • ISBN: 9780135171264