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SAFe® 4.0 Reference Guide: Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Software and Systems Engineering

SAFe® 4.0 Reference Guide: Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Software and Systems Engineering

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  • Copyright 2017
  • Dimensions: 8" x 10"
  • Pages: 576
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-451065-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-451065-1

The Must-have Reference Guide for SAFe® Practitioners

“There are a lot of methods of scale out there, but the Scaled Agile Framework is the one lighting up the world.”

–Steve Elliot, Founder/CEO AgileCraft

“You don’t have to be perfect to start SAFe because you learn as you go–learning is built in. Before SAFe, I would not know how to help my teams but now I have many tools to enable the teams. My job is really fun and the bottom line is I have never enjoyed my job more!”

–Product Manager, Fortune 500 Enterprise

Captured for the first time in print, the SAFe body of knowledge is now available as a handy desktop reference to help you accomplish your mission of building better software and systems. Inside, you’ll find complete coverage of what has, until now, only been available online at scaledagileframework.com. The SAFe knowledge base was developed from real-world field experience and provides proven success patterns for implementing Lean-Agile software and systems development at enterprise scale. This book provides comprehensive guidance for work at the enterprise Portfolio, Value Stream, Program, and Team levels, including the various roles, activities, and artifacts that constitute the Framework, along with the foundational elements of values, mindset, principles, and practices.

Education & Training Key to Success

The practice of SAFe is spreading rapidly throughout the world. The majority of Fortune 100 U.S. companies have certified SAFe practitioners and consultants, as do an increasing percentage of the Global 1000 enterprises. Case study results–visit scaledagileframework.com/case-studies–typically include:

  • 20—50% increase in productivity
  • 50%+ increases in quality
  • 30—75% faster time to market
  • Measurable increases in employee engagement and job satisfaction

With results like these, the demand from enterprises seeking SAFe expertise is accelerating at a dramatic rate. Successful implementations may vary in context, but share a common attribute: a workforce well trained and educated in SAFe practices. This book–along with authorized training and certification–will help you understand how to maximize the value of your role within a SAFe organization. The result is greater alignment, visibility, improved performance throughout the enterprise, and ultimately better outcomes for the business.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Scaled Agile Framework Contributors ix

SAFe Community Contributors x

Additional Acknowledgments x

Introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 1

Part 1: The SAFe Foundation 9

Lean-Agile Leaders 11

Communities of Practice 17

SAFe Core Values 21

Lean-Agile Mindset 27

SAFe Principles 35

Implementing 1-2-3 37

Part 2: The SAFe Principles 43

#1 – Take an economic view 45

#2 – Apply systems thinking 51

#3 – Assume variability; preserve options 55

#4 – Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles 57

#5 – Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems 59

#6 – Visualize and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes, and manage queue lengths 61

#7 – Apply cadence, synchronize with cross-domain planning 63

#8 – Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers 67

#9 – Decentralize decision-making 71

Part 3: The Team Level 73

Introduction to the Team Level 75

Agile Teams 77

Product Owner 83

Scrum Master 89

ScrumXP 93

Team Kanban 99

Team Backlog 105

Iterations 109

Iteration Planning 113

Iteration Execution 119

Team Demo 125

Iteration Retrospective 129

Stories 133

Iteration Goals 143

Built-In Quality 147

Part 4: The Program Level 153

Introduction to the Program Level 155

Agile Release Train 159

Release Train Engineer and Value Stream Engineer 167

System and Solution Architect/Engineering 171

Product and Solution Management 177

WSJF (Weighted Shortest Job First) 183

Program and Value Stream Kanban 187

Program and Value Stream Backlogs 193

Nonfunctional Requirements 199

Program Increment 207

PI Planning 213

Business Owners 221

PI Objectives 225

System Demo 233

Features and Capabilities 237

Enablers 243

Innovation and Planning Iteration 249

Inspect and Adapt 253

Develop on Cadence, Release Any Time 259

Architectural Runway 265

Part 5: The Spanning Palette 271

DevOps 273

System Team 279

Release Management 283

Shared Services 287

User Experience (UX) 291

Vision 295

Roadmap 301

Metrics 307

Milestones 323

Releases 331

Part 6: The Value Stream Level 337

Introduction to the Value Stream Level 339

Value Stream Coordination 343

Economic Framework 347

Solution Intent 351

Model-Based Systems Engineering 359

Set-Based Design 365

Agile Architecture 371

Solution Demo 379

Pre- and Post-PI Planning 383

Supplier 389

Customer 395

Solution 401

Solution Context 405

Part 7: The Portfolio Level 411

Introduction to the Portfolio Level 413

Enterprise 417

Strategic Themes 423

Program Portfolio Management 429

Epic Owners 435

Enterprise Architect 439

Portfolio Kanban 443

Portfolio Backlog 449

Budgets 453

CapEx and OpEx 463

Value Streams 473

Epics 483

Part 8: Guidance 489

Continuous Integration 491

Test-First 497

Agile Contracts 503

Glossary of SAFe Terms 511

Bibliography 523

Index 529


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