Filling in the Background of Your Enterprise Agility Strategy with the SAFe Spanning Palette - dummies

Filling in the Background of Your Enterprise Agility Strategy with the SAFe Spanning Palette

By Doug Rose

When you are ready to implement your SAFe enterprise agility campaign, check out the SAFe spanning palette. The SAFe spanning palette contains a collection of tools you can use regardless of the level on which you’re operating:

  • Metrics: A key advantage that SAFe has over other waterfall approaches to management is that it contains far more measurables, especially backlogs, iterations, time boxes, and feedback. Using metrics to measure progress and outcomes ensures that the organization remains on track to achieve its business and technical objectives.
  • Shared services: Shared services are people and resources teams need to do their job but that can’t be dedicated to a particular team, such as security specialists, information architects, and technical writers.
  • Community of practice (CoP): Communities of practice are informal self-organized gatherings of people who share a common interest and may benefit from meeting outside their respective agile teams. For example, all Scrum Masters may want to meet to discuss their challenges and share information and insight.
  • Milestones: SAFe uses three types of milestones — program increment, fixed-date, and learning — to measure progress toward a specific goal or objective.
  • Roadmap: A roadmap is a schedule of events and milestones that serves as a timeline for deliverables, typically program increments. The purpose of roadmaps is to provide some degree of certainty to an otherwise uncertain process.
  • Vision: A vision describes the future state of the solution in a way that reflects customer and stakeholder needs and the features and capabilities required to meet those needs.
  • System team: The system team is an agile team that supports the agile development environment and assists other teams with continuous integration, test automation, and deployment, providing end-to-end testing whenever necessary.
  • Lean User Experience (Lean UX): Lean UX is a design mindset and culture that defines Lean-Agile principles and practices, including implementing functionality in increments and gauging success by measuring outcomes.
SAFe spanning palette
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The SAFe spanning palette.