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

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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.

    Table of Contents

    1. About This E-Book
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents
    5. Preface
      1. Why SAFe?
      2. Why a Reference Guide?
      3. More on SAFe
    6. Acknowledgments
      1. Scaled Agile Framework Contributors
      2. SAFe Community Contributors
      3. Additional Acknowledgments
    7. Introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
    8. Part 1: The SAFe Foundation
      1. Lean-Agile Leaders
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      2. Communities of Practice
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      3. SAFe Core Values
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      4. Lean-Agile Mindset
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      5. SAFe Principles
      6. Implementing 1-2-3
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
    9. Part 2: The SAFe Principles
      1. #1 – Take an economic view
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      2. #2 – Apply systems thinking
      3. #3 – Assume variability; preserve options
      4. #4 – Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles
      5. #5 – Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems
      6. #6 – Visualize and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes, and manage queue lengths
      7. #7 – Apply cadence, synchronize with cross-domain planning
      8. #8 – Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
      9. #9 – Decentralize decision-making
    10. Part 3: The Team Level
      1. Introduction to the Team Level
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      2. Agile Teams
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      3. Product Owner
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      4. Scrum Master
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      5. ScrumXP
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      6. Team Kanban
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      7. Team Backlog
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      8. Iterations
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      9. Iteration Planning
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      10. Iteration Execution
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      11. Team Demo
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      12. Iteration Retrospective
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      13. Stories
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      14. Iteration Goals
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      15. Built-In Quality
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
    11. Part 4: The Program Level
      1. Introduction to the Program Level
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      2. Agile Release Train
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      3. Release Train Engineer and Value Stream Engineer
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      4. System and Solution Architect/Engineering
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      5. Product and Solution Management
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      6. WSJF (Weighted Shortest Job First)
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      7. Program and Value Stream Kanban
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      8. Program and Value Stream Backlogs
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      9. Nonfunctional Requirements
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      10. Program Increment
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      11. PI Planning
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      12. Business Owners
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      13. PI Objectives
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      14. System Demo
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      15. Features and Capabilities
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      16. Enablers
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      17. Innovation and Planning Iteration
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      18. Inspect and Adapt
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      19. Develop on Cadence, Release Any Time
        1. Abstract
        2. Details: Develop on Cadence
        3. Details: Release Any Time
      20. Architectural Runway
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
    12. Part 5: The Spanning Palette
      1. DevOps
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      2. System Team
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      3. Release Management
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      4. Shared Services
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      5. User Experience (UX)
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      6. Vision
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      7. Roadmap
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      8. Metrics
        1. Abstract
      9. Milestones
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      10. Releases
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
    13. Part 6: The Value Stream Level
      1. Introduction to the Value Stream Level
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      2. Value Stream Coordination
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      3. Economic Framework
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      4. Solution Intent
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      5. Model-Based Systems Engineering
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      6. Set-Based Design
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      7. Agile Architecture
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      8. Solution Demo
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      9. Pre- and Post-PI Planning
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      10. Supplier
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      11. Customer
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      12. Solution
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      13. Solution Context
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
    14. Part 7: The Portfolio Level
      1. Introduction to the Portfolio Level
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      2. Enterprise
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      3. Strategic Themes
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      4. Program Portfolio Management
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      5. Epic Owners
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      6. Enterprise Architect
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      7. Portfolio Kanban
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      8. Portfolio Backlog
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      9. Budgets
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      10. CapEx and OpEx
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      11. Value Streams
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      12. Epics
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
    15. Part 8: Guidance
      1. Continuous Integration
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      2. Test-First
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      3. Agile Contracts
        1. Abstract
        2. Details
      4. Glossary of SAFe Terms
    16. Bibliography
    17. Index