Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): Bloated bureaucracy or an enabler for business agility?
(Slides) ‘SAFe is a cancer and parasite on the heart and soul of Agile’ can be found in blogs and LinkedIn articles. Contrarily, The State of Agile Report just published that SAFe — the Scaled Agile Framework — continues to be the most popular scaling method, covering 30 percent of the ‘agile at scale’ initiatives.
On the one hand, there seems to be quite extreme perceptions and very critical approaches when it comes to scaling Agile using the Scaled Agile Framework. On the other hand, for most of the big multinationals, there seems to be no better alternative, as banks, insurance companies, telecommunication giants and many more are applying SAFe, and, even successfully!
In my talk I would like to take a closer look at the ongoing confrontation regarding scaling methods which the Agile world is nowadays going through. Furthermore, I will define what SAFe is and what it is not, and I will finally examine some of the key arguments which are polarizing our Agile community.