6 benefits of applying Scaled Agile Framework

Posted by
Emma Foster Jun 25, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Why Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®)?

Rapid adaptation to technology changes and economic conditions is a critical factor for success across all organisations. From this; challenges have come in the form of monitoring, control, communication, change management and many more. Introducing Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) has helped teams maintain an alignment with business goals keeping a balance in time, cost, and scope.

Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) is a “publicly available framework for applying lean/agile practices at Enterprise scale.”

This framework is improving the results for many organisations around the world, here are some ways in how they are improving:

1. Quality

For organisations to rapidly develop and deliver to changing business environments they depend on quality. Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) has built-in quality practices ensuring a fast flow across all levels and teams. Building on stable environments is critical for large organisations without quality assurance excessive rework and slower velocities will create unacceptable results.

2. Productivity

Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) means teams are aligned with the product, the continuous collaboration gives them a high level of transparency, they clearly understand the deliverables and in turn set expectations of the stakeholder. This clear understanding, balance in work assigned and transparency to the customer level greatly increases the work delivered and overall productivity.

3. Team-centric environment

An agile team is cross-functional and self-organising to plan, execute, and deliver work against the objectives of the organisation. Teams in Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) have a clear vision on what they want to accomplish and are excited about the vision because they were involved in creating it. Open communication and transparency develops positive relationships producing more collaboration and an environment for teams to thrive. 

4. Shorter time-to-market

The use of agile frameworks allows organisations to deliver value to market quickly. Batch workloads and reduce batch sizes to quickly and frequently move work through programs. Increasing throughput and value delivery which will in turn trigger measurable improvements in customer satisfaction and team engagement.

A case study from Scaled Agile (www.scaledagile.com) shows time to market decreased from 9 to 3 months at Kantar Retail Virtual Reality.

5. Specific

Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) offers specific concepts and practices to be used by teams to develop software. Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) is specifically focused on how to use agile and lean practices to develop software. Teams are aligned with a common mission. Focused on the same purpose to produce high quality software and all energy centred towards clients.

6. Transparency

Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) gives a complete picture of software development breaking down the traditional silos of Development, QA, Operations and facilitates cross functional communication. Transparency generates confidence essential for development, innovation, and continuous improvement.

 

Applying Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) helps organisations deliver value, increase customer satisfaction, create a more productive environment, predict future events, increase time to market and more. How can we tell if applying SAFe® is working? 

Tracking the implementation of SAFe® and adding a reporting layer to each level gives cross functional communication across an entire organisation. Best-practice KPIs, targets and reports allow you to understand the processes that need to be improved. Including drill-down analysis to highlight what is working and what is not.

With the adoption of new frameworks agile organisations across the world are implementing complex tool chains, like Jira, which includes tools to facilitate team communication, coordination, reporting and management. These complex tool environments require reporting that provide the KPI’s necessary to maintain control over multiple projects and report on key Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) metrics including project progress, budget, burndown and more.

Find out more around Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) KPI reporting with ServiceClarity: Scaled Agile Framework Reporting

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Topics: JIRA, DevOps, Agile, kpi, Executive Reporting, Scaled Agile Framework

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