SAFe® 5.0: The World's Leading Framework for Business Agility
"Those who master large-scale software delivery will define the economic landscape of the twenty-first century. SAFe 5.0 is a monumental release that I am convinced will be key in helping countless enterprise organizations succeed in their shift from project to product." -Dr. Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and author of the book Project to Product
Business agility is the ability to compete and thrive in the digital age by quickly responding to unprecedented market changes, threats, and emerging opportunities with innovative business solutions.
SAFe® 5.0 Distilled: Achieving Business Agility with Scaled Agile Framework® explains how adopting SAFe helps enterprises use the power of Agile, Lean, and DevOps to outflank the competition and deliver complex, technology-based business solutions in the shortest possible time.
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Richard Knaster, SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant at Scaled Agile, Inc., has more than 25 years' experience in software development in roles ranging from developer to executive and has been involved in Agile for more than a decade. Prior to joining Scaled Agile, Inc., Richard worked at IBM, where his career spanned from product line management (PPM domain) and professional services to chief methodologist, Agile and Lean. Richard is a certified IBM Thought Leader and an Open Group Distinguished IT Specialist. He is also a certified SPC, PSM, Agile Certified Practitioner, PMP, and a contributor to the Disciplined Agile Delivery framework and PMI Portfolio/Program Management standards. He is a contributor to SAFe® 4.5 Reference Guide (Addison-Wesley, 2018).
Preface ix Acknowledgments xv About the Authors xvii
Part I: Competing in the Age of Software 1 Chapter 1: Business Agility 3 Chapter 2: Introduction to SAFe 11 Chapter 3: Lean-Agile Mindset 25 Chapter 4: SAFe Principles 39
Part II: The Seven Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise 63 Chapter 5: Lean-Agile Leadership 65 Chapter 6: Team and Technical Agility 75 Chapter 7: Agile Product Delivery 89 Chapter 8: Enterprise Solution Delivery 121 Chapter 9: Lean Portfolio Management 143 Chapter 10: Organizational Agility 167 Chapter 11: Continuous Learning Culture 187
Part III: Implementing SAFe, Measure and Grow 201 Chapter 12: The Guiding Coalition 205 Chapter 13: Designing the Implementation 215 Chapter 14: Implementing Agile Release Trains 229 Chapter 15: Launch More ARTs and Value Streams; Extending to the Portfolio 245 Chapter 16: Measure, Grow, and Accelerate 253
Glossary 267 Index 279