SAFe is an acronym, referring to the Scaled Agile Framework methodology. In other words, our client has introduced scaled agile methodology guidelines to manage their products, solutions,
and portfolio. This process allows our client to achieve business agility by which they exactly achieve what Dean Leffingwell, Creator of SAFe, meant - “that entire organization – not just development
– is engaged in continually and proactively delivering innovative business solutions faster than competition.”
Business agility means quick adaptation to changes in the market, as well as flexibility in responding to customer requirements, and continuous competitive advantages. Innovation is key in the business agility framework. Some say that the one constant thing in life is change. This is especially true in the business world when things in the market are changing so fast. Business agility actually allowsallows companies to survive in the marketplace in such situations. Companies that strive to adapt quickly will not only compete in the market but will also thrive.
As software development partner, we have supported our client reorganization process with professional developers. We have 19 of our programmers on the project who are assigned to
different teams and the main challenge is that the whole team, as well as the members individually, adhere to the approach required by SAFe, to comply with PI (program increment) commitments.
They all are members of agile teams, their work is guided by a SAFe methodology, and they participate in PI planning every 3 months.
The challenge of transforming an organization and embracing new leadership methods is most often divided into technological transformation and cultural transformation. The biggest challenge
is precisely the transformation of cultural segment, while the technological transformation is usually strictly defined and easily accepted.
We saw the solution to the mentioned challenges by the correct interpretation of the SAFe methodology, and its correct application. As SAFe contains the so-called implementation roadmap in its principles, the organization has adopted a horizontal (product) organizational structure led by the so-called Leadership. Prior to its formation, Leadership is certified through SAFe trainings, and with its approach to work it becomes a motivator, driver, and participant in this product unit.
As the biggest trump card in guiding according to SAFe principles, we see the distribution of responsibilities, where each employee is equally valued, and independently accepts the work in
which he is the best. Because development requirements may involve different organizational units (SAFe – value streams), and therefore different teams, cross-dependencies are carefully
planned through the Program Board on PI planning.
Thanks to the SAFe methodology, developers are more involved in product development through multiple iterations (4-6 iterations / approx. 3 months). Each team is self-organizing / agile, and selects the requirements from the priority list for development based on the technical competence of the individuals of which it consists.
Technical Agility is achieved by “teams of agile teams” called Agile Release Train (ART) - a virtual organization of 5 -12 teams. Every ART is aligned to a common mission via its own Program Backlog
from which each team creates its own backlog. The solutions are based on the experience of one of our programmers, who is recognized by the client and promoted to the function of ART Leadership, and who actively participates in the process of leading and transforming their organization.