Scale Frameworks (part 3)


The latest version, SAFe 5, is built around the Seven Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise that are critical to achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage in an increasingly digital age:

  1. Lean Agile Leadership
  2. Team and Technical Agility
  3. Agile Product Delivery
  4. Enterprise Solution Delivery
  5. Lean Portfolio Management
  6. Organization Agility
  7. Continuous Learning Culture
Business Owners
A small group of stakeholders who have the primary business and technical responsibility for governance,compliance, and return on investment (ROI) for a Solution developed by an Agile Release Train (ART). © Scaled Agile, Inc.
Be the one build release train
Conduct Program Increments (PI) Planning and provide input
Ensure business objective agreed by stakeholder (RTE, Product Management, System Architect)

Product Mgmt
Product Management is responsible for defining and supporting the building of desirable, feasible, viable, and sustainable products that meet customer needs over the product-market lifecycle.

  • Develop Program and support Agile Release Train
  • Can be a team or a single manager
  • Responsibilities
    — Meet Business Goals
    — Get it built
    — Get if off the shelf
    — Leverage support

System Architect
System Architect/Engineering is responsible for defining and communicating a shared technical and architectural vision for an Agile Release Train (ART) to help ensure the system or Solution under development is fit for its intended purpose.

  • Play a role to align teams in Agile Release Train to a shared technical solution
  • Can be an individual or a small team

Release Train Engineer
The Release Train Engineer (RTE) is a servant leader and coach for the Agile Release Train (ART).

  • Facilitate the ART events and processes and assist the teams in delivering value
  • Communicate with stakeholders, escalate impediments, help manage risk, and drive relentless improvement.

Agile Teams

  • In SaFe Agile Team include 5-11 individuals with various activities ( design, code, test ..) – cross-functional
  • All Agile teams include 2 key roles : Product Owner and Scrum Master
  • Plan together ( PI Planning)
  • Demo together
  • Learn Together
  • Explore, Integrate, Deploy, and release Independently

Agile Teams Type
We have many team types : each team is well-defined responsibility
Software, hardware, IT, operations, and other technology-focused teams:

  • Business-Focus teams
  • Platform Teams
  • Enabling Teams


  • Plan
  • Execute – Daily Stand-Up
  • Review
  • Retros

Using ScrumXP as lightweight framework. One iteration will start with Iteration Planning

Kanban is used for visualizing team progress and optimizing workflow.

Program backlog & Team Backlog

Program backlog

  • Program mgt will build Program Backlog
  • Solution mgt will come up with solution backlog (Spike)

The backlog items are managed through Program and Solution Kanban System
They will work together to prepare for each PI planning.

Team backlog

  • Product Owner is responsible for team backlog.
  • A list of want to do items, not a commitment
  • Agile team will need to balance their effort in User Stories, Refactor and Maintenance

One Program Increment usually take 8 -12 weeks. The most common pattern for a PI is four development iterations.

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