Introduction to SAFe®


White Paper: SAFe® 4.0 Introduction

Overview of the Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Software and Systems Engineering

This white paper distills the essence of SAFe from hundreds of website pages to just twenty-five, and provides a high level overview of the Framework, including its values, principles, practices, and strategy for implementation. It should prove to be helpful in several ways:

  • Educate leaders, managers, and executives about how to apply SAFe for enterprise-class Lean-Agile software and systems development
  • Prepare students in the basics of SAFe prior to taking a course (e.g. Implementing SAFe 4.0 with SPC4 certification, Leading SAFe 4.0, etc.)
  • Help people understand SAFe 4.0 in greater detail, especially those who haven’t taken a 4.0 SAFe class


The Fine Print

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