New book! SAFe® 4.0 Reference Guide captures Framework body of knowledge in print and eBook

New book! SAFe® 4.0 Reference Guide captures Framework body of knowledge in print and eBook

SAFe Resources SAFe Updates

reference_guide_400Well, we finally got here. After years of people asking for a book on SAFe, I’m happy to say that the SAFe® 4.0 Reference Guide, Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Software and Systems Engineering is now shipping.

This guide provides the content from, but in book form for easy reference. It’s available in paperback and eBook formats (including Kindle) at major book retailers. Like the SAFe website, it provides comprehensive guidance for work at the enterprise Portfolio, Value Stream, Program, and Team levels. It also includes the various roles, activities, and artifacts that constitute the Framework, along with the foundational elements of values, mindset, principles, and practices.

Why a book, when you can get SAFe online?

We think of the Reference Guide as the ideal companion to the website. You can mark it up, scribble in the margins, read it on the plane, add sticky notes, and highlight relevant sections to make it your own. For example, the first night it was available, a student from our Denmark SPC4 class downloaded the eBook to help him study for the certification exam. He came back the next morning raving about it (I bet he passed his exam). Raves aside, we’re in the training business, and we know from experience that everyone learns and connects to information in different ways, so having SAFe captured in as many forms as possible just makes good sense.

To learn more about the SAFe Reference Guide (and to get some promotional savings!), visit

I’d like to thank my co-authors, Alex Yakyma, Richard Knaster, Drew Jemilo, and Inbar Oren, as well as the larger SAFe contributor community. Without this fusion of dedicated people, ideas, challenges, and honest feedback, SAFe wouldn’t be what it is today. It’s an exciting space in which to work as we continue to evolve the Framework, and help enterprises fulfull their mission of building better software and systems.

Stay SAFe!


Author Info

Dean Leffingwell

Recognized as the one of the world’s foremost authorities on Lean-Agile best practices, Dean Leffingwell is an author, entrepreneur, and software development methodologist.

One comment

  1. Kathleen Eagan

    12 Oct 2016 - 9:52 am

    Very good resource! Helpful for learning the Lean-Agile Best Practices.

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