SAFe 5.0 Distilled: Achieving Business Agility with the Scaled Agile Framework

Book description

SAFe® 5.0: The World's Leading Framework for Business Agility

"Those who master large-scale software delivery will define the economic landscape of the twenty-first century. SAFe 5.0 is a monumental release that I am convinced will be key in helping countless enterprise organizations succeed in their shift from project to product."

Dr. Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and author of the book Project to Product

Business agility is the ability to compete and thrive in the digital age by quickly responding to unprecedented market changes, threats, and emerging opportunities with innovative business solutions.

SAFe® 5.0 Distilled: Achieving Business Agility with Scaled Agile Framework® explains how adopting SAFe helps enterprises use the power of Agile, Lean, and DevOps to outflank the competition and deliver complex, technology-based business solutions in the shortest possible time.

This book will help you

  • Understand the business case for SAFe: its benefits, and the problems it solves

  • Learn the technical, organizational and leadership competencies needed for business agility

  • Refocus on customer centricity with design thinking

  • Better align strategy and execution with Lean Portfolio Management

  • Learn the leadership skills needed to thrive in the digital age

  • Increase the flow of value to customers with value stream networks

Register your book for convenient access to downloads, updates, and/or corrections as they become available. See inside book for details.

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This eBook
  3. Halftitle Page
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright Page
  6. Dedication Page
  7. Contents
  8. Preface
    1. Why SAFe?
    2. About This Book
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. About the Authors
  11. Part I: Competing in the Age of Software
    1. 1. Business Agility
      1. Competing in the Age of Software
      2. Summary
    2. 2. Introduction to SAFe
      1. What Is SAFe?
      2. Why Implement SAFe?
      3. The Big Picture
      4. The SAFe Implementation Roadmap
      5. Measure and Grow
      6. Summary
    3. 3. Lean-Agile Mindset
      1. Mindset Awareness and Openness to Change
      2. Thinking Lean and Embracing Agility
      3. Thinking Lean
      4. Embracing Agility
      5. Applying the Agile Manifesto at Scale
      6. Summary
    4. 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. Principle #10: Organize Around Value
      12. Summary
  12. Part II: The Seven Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise
    1. 5. Lean-Agile Leadership
      1. Why Lean-Agile Leaders?
      2. Summary
    2. 6. Team and Technical Agility
      1. Why Team and Technical Agility?
      2. Agile Teams
      3. Teams of Agile Teams
      4. Built-in Quality
      5. Summary
    3. 7. Agile Product Delivery
      1. Why Agile Product Delivery?
      2. Customer Centricity and Design Thinking
      3. Develop on Cadence, Release on Demand
      4. DevOps and the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
      5. Summary
    4. 8. Enterprise Solution Delivery
      1. Why Enterprise Solution Delivery?
      2. Lean Systems and Solution Engineering
      3. Coordinating Trains and Suppliers
      4. Continually Evolve Live Systems
      5. Applying Large Solution SAFe Elements to Other Configurations
      6. Summary
    5. 9. Lean Portfolio Management
      1. Why Lean Portfolio Management?
      2. Portfolios Exist Within the Context of the Enterprise
      3. Portfolio Roles and Responsibilities
      4. Strategy and Investment Funding
      5. Agile Portfolio Operations
      6. Lean Governance
      7. Summary
    6. 10. Organizational Agility
      1. Why Organizational Agility?
      2. Lean-Thinking People and Agile Teams
      3. Lean Business Operations
      4. Strategy Agility
      5. Summary
    7. 11. Continuous Learning Culture
      1. Why a Continuous Learning Culture?
      2. Learning Organization
      3. Innovation Culture
      4. Relentless Improvement
      5. Summary
  13. Part III: Implementing SAFe, Measure and Grow
    1. 12. 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. 13. Designing the Implementation
      1. Step 5: Identify Value Streams and Agile Release Trains
      2. Step 6. Create the Implementation Plan
      3. Summary
    3. 14. Implementing Agile Release Trains
      1. Introduction
      2. Step 7: Prepare for ART Launch
      3. Step 8: Train Teams and Launch the ART
      4. Step 9: Coach ART Execution
      5. Summary
    4. 15. Launch 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. Summary
    5. 16. Measure, Grow, and Accelerate
      1. Measure and Grow
      2. Reinforce the Basics with Essential SAFe
      3. Anchor New Behaviors in the Culture
      4. Apply Learnings Across the Enterprise
      5. Summary
  14. Glossary
  15. Index
  16. Credits

Product information

  • Title: SAFe 5.0 Distilled: Achieving Business Agility with the Scaled Agile Framework
  • Author(s): Richard Knaster, Dean Leffingwell
  • Release date: July 2020
  • Publisher(s): Addison-Wesley Professional
  • ISBN: 9780136820406