New Essential SAFe guidance article
Earlier this year we spiked a concept called Essential SAFe, a set of minimal practices without which SAFe might no longer be ‘safe’. Essential SAFe serves as an assessment point, but it can also act as an easy entry point for organizations that aren’t ready for full-on SAFe, but want to start practicing and getting the benefits as soon as possible.
Over the last several months we’ve been busy gathering feedback on the idea, including hosting a dedicated workshop at the recent SAFe Summit. With strong encouragement from the community, Essential SAFe is now on track to find a more prominent and permanent position in a future release of the Framework, as well as integration into SAFe courseware and training where applicable.
Since its last iteration, the picture itself has matured and we have updated the definitions of some of the essential elements to highlight the critical nature of PI Planning, the System Demo, and the Inspect and Adapt event, to name a few.
Though it’s not yet fully supported in the SAFe ecosystem—and in the spirit of incremental development—we’re providing you with the latest set of resources, and are moving from this blog thread to a new Essential SAFe guidance article. Here’s what you’ll find there:
- A draft version of an Essential SAFe white paper
- A self-assessment of how an ART practices the essential elements of SAFe
- A downloadable version of the Essential SAFe picture in PowerPoint format
- A double-sided placement, with one side being the Essential SAFe picture and the other side the ten elements of Essential SAFe
This is still a work in progress, but with all the feedback we’ve received, we suspect this is close to the final version. We invite you to review these resources and provide any comments (right here) regarding Essential SAFe, the white paper, the self-assessment, the placemat, or any other resources you would like us to provide.
Thanks for your many comments so far,
Inbar and the Framework team