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A Technical Professional’s Guide to Successful Adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)


The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) enables business agility at enterprise scale. Application technical professionals who are part of a SAFe implementation must prepare for changes to team structure, practices and culture.

Published: 13 April 2020

ID: G00390385

Analyst(s): Kevin Matheny Bill Holz

Table Of Contents


  • The Rise of Enterprise Agile Frameworks
  • What Is SAFe?
    • Criticisms of SAFe
    • Certification and Training
  • What Does SAFe Implementation Mean for Practitioners?
    • SAFe Principles
    • The Basics of SAFe
    • SAFe Changes Functional Responsibilities
    • Prerequisites for Successful SAFe Implementation at the Team Level
    • Scaling Agile Requires Agile Architecture Practices
    • Adopting SAFe
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • Changes in SAFe 5.0

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