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“SAFe® 4.0 Distilled is the book we’ve all been waiting for. It breaks down the complexity of the Framework into easily digestible explanations and actionable guidance. A must-have resource for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.”
—Lee Cunningham, Sr. Director, Enterprise Agile Strategy at VersionOne, Inc.
Adapt or die. That’s not just a Darwinian adage or a corporate catch phrase. It’s a fact, proven daily in the marketplace. Remember Blockbuster, Kodak, Borders, Palm Computing, Nokia, and Compaq? Many companies that were recently industry leaders are no longer in existence, or are faint echoes of what they used to be.
Recognizing the need to evolve, especially in software and systems development, businesses have pursued the productivity principles first described in the groundbreaking Agile Manifesto. But many have been incapable of integrating these new behaviors. Evolving too slowly, or adopting piecemeal approaches, companies have failed to integrate Agile methods.
In SAFe® 4.0 Distilled: Applying the Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Software and Systems Engineering, Lean-Agile thought leaders Richard Knaster and Dean Leffingwell explain how adopting SAFe can quickly improve time to market and increase efficiency, quality, and employee engagement. This book synthesizes the robust, transformative concepts now used by thousands of companies around the world, including Hewlett Packard, AstraZeneca, Cisco, and John Deere.
In SAFe 4.0 Distilled, readers will discover
In short, SAFe 4.0 Distilled will help you understand and implement the principles driving many of the most successful companies in the world. Enterprises that, in the face of rapid change, continue to thrive and grow.
About the Authors
Part I: Overview
Chapter 1: Business Need for SAFe
Chapter 2: SAFe Overview
Part II: The Foundation of SAFe
Chapter 3: Lean-Agile Mindset
Chapter 4: Lean-Agile Leaders
Chapter 5: SAFe Principles
Part III: Program and Team Level
Chapter 6: The Agile Release Train
Chapter 7: Planning a Program Increment
Chapter 8: Executing a Program Increment
Chapter 9: Inspect and Adapt
Part IV: Value Stream Level
Chapter 10: Value Stream Overview
Chapter 11: Defining Complex Solutions
Chapter 12: Coordinating ARTs & Suppliers
Part V: Portfolio Level
Chapter 13: Portfolio Level Overview
Chapter 14: Lean-Agile Budgeting, Forecasting, and Contracting
Part VI: Implementing SAFe
Chapter 15: The Guiding Coalition
Chapter 16: Design the Implementation
Chapter 17: Implementing Agile Release Trains
Chapter 18: Sustain and Improve