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SAFe Program Checklist

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a template for scaling Agile principles and tools to large organisations.

Radtac was involved in one of the early scaled enterprises at Nokia Symbian covering 1500 technical staff across 150 teams in 3 continents. 

We continue to implement Agile at scale in many organisations and through our work with clients we have developed a resource that we have found useful.

The Program Level is the heart of SAFe, and, whilst many organisations will be familiar with implementing Agile at a Team Level, the same cannot be said at the Program Level, even though it is built of exactly the same elements of the Team Level, just scaled up.

To help we have created a Program Level Checklist – thanks to Chris Berridge.

It is a subjective summary of the key points at the Program Level to help create alignment about where your organisation is in terms of SAFe adoption and to guide next steps.

Do you need to tick all the boxes – absolutely NOT. As with all adoptions it needs to be context sensitive; adopt the bits that make sense and add value in your situation. Remember the Framework is only a Framework i.e. a ‘basic structure underlying a system or concept’. Despite the various opinions that have been posted it is not a prescriptive ‘do this, do that’; as such you can either implement with your brain switched on OR brain switched off. I would suggest the former.

Please let me have feedback with any suggestions for improvement .
Hope it helps.

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Darren Wilmshurst

Darren Wilmshurst

With his strategic C-suite-oriented approach to IT leadership – and his infectious energy – Darren has successfully delivered multi-million pound business transformations for e-commerce sites, ERP implementations, outsourcing and offshoring, including multiple Agile transformations. Read more