Scaled Agile Framework. Uh, OK.

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

I recently attended a three day training session on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). I love what I’ve learned about the framework, I think the organization behind it (Scaled Agile) is a little wonky.

To be fair, the people at Scaled Agile have done a great job pulling a bunch of information together. But by putting a “framework” around Agile, and creating roadmaps, and layers, and roles, and titles, and new terms, ugh. They have taken something I’ve always considered fairly easy to grasp and made it complicated.

The SAFe class I attended was created for leaders that are tasked with implementing change in their organizations. One issue, that is in no way the fault of the provider, is that the students of that class had little experience actually doing anything realated to Agile, Lean, or product development. As a consequence, the instructor had to spend a lot of time covering basic material. Probably needs to be a prerequisite class, or day one of the lesson plan needs to cover the basics and the instructor and push ahead if the class doesn’t need to review any material.

The upside is that I was exposed to something I’d never heard of, that being the Scaled Agile Framework and the organization that pulled it together. There is some good reading material on their site. You can take classes and they offer certifications. I think anything that is created to help us develop products more efficiently is a good thing.

Oh, and don’t forget to read up on some Agile/Lean topics before you jump into the pool.