Scaled Agile Framework, aka SAFe, is probably the least Agile approach to getting many teams to work together. At the heart of all of Agile approaches has been boiling the system of work down to its essence, finding the simplest way that people could work together. Scrum, eXtreme Programming, and Kanban all embrace this. SAFe takes a different approach. It claims to embrace all of those methods as part of a grab bag. Instead, it takes them and makes key changes. Scrum’s Product Owner loses their responsibility for the product – instead they’re responsible for alignment. SAFe adds a great deal of superstructure around normal Scrum teams. There are so many more reasons I could add but, instead, there is a great quote that I’ll share: “SAFe is where Agile goes to die”.
- Beware SAFe (the Scaled Agile Framework for Enterprise), an Unholy Incarnation of Darkness
- On Agile Methods
- Is SAFe Really That Bad?
- Is SAFe safe?
- The SAFe Delusion
Mark Levison has been helping Scrum teams and organizations with Agile, Scrum and Kanban style approaches since 2001. From certified scrum master training to custom Agile courses, he has helped well over 8,000 individuals, earning him respect and top rated reviews as one of the pioneers within the industry, as well as a raft of certifications from the ScrumAlliance. Mark has been a speaker at various Agile Conferences for more than 20 years, and is a published Scrum author with eBooks as well as articles on InfoQ.com, ScrumAlliance.org an AgileAlliance.org.
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