Figure 4. A formula for relative WSJF

Updates to WSJF

News SAFe Framework Updates

In the spirit of relentless improvement, the Framework team at Scaled Agile releases periodic improvements to the articles in SAFe. If you have been following this blog, you will have seen many such updates over the course of 2022. Today we are excited to announce our next improvement to SAFe guidance: a much-improved discussion of Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF).

WSJF is a powerful and practical tool in SAFe that supports Principle #1 – Take an Economic View, built on the concepts from Don Reinertsen’s book Principles of Product Development Flow. WSJF in SAFe helps ARTs, Solution Trains, and Portfolios quickly make difficult and complex prioritization decisions using relative estimation to calculate the Cost of Delay for Features, Capabilities, and Epics.

Figure 4. A formula for relative WSJF
Figure 4. A formula for relative WSJF

In this update to WSJF in SAFe 5.1, we have made changes based on customer feedback to improve clarity. We have also added new guidance, such as where and when WSJF is applicable (and when it is less effective).We hope you enjoy this refreshed discussion of WSJF and find that it helps your understanding of this powerful technique!

—Be SAFe!

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