What’s new and what’s changed in SAFe 5.0
via Work Life by Atlassian by RJ Gazarek
On October 2nd, Scaled Agile Inc announced a new iteration of their Scaled Agile Framework for Enterprises (SAFe). The changes to SAFe 5.0 signify a huge step in the right direction, as companies look to expand agility across their enterprises. Scaled Agile simplified the presentation of the model while strengthening customer centricity, expanding agile beyond technical teams, and emphasizing the impact of implementing agility at the portfolio management level. Read more to discover what’s new and the changes to come in SAFe.
Several changes to the SAFe framework are covered in this blog post. The rest of this post covers the major changes, accompanied by Atlassian commentary on the changes (in italics). SAFe 5.0 is expected to GA in Q1 of 2020; bookmark this page and we will continue to update it as we learn more details.
The biggest change you’ll notice is to the presentation of the model and alignment of components.
New level: Essential SAFe
Scaled Agile combined the Team and Program levels into a new “Essential” level, invoking a mantra taught during SAFe training: “Train Everyone, Launch Trains.” You can’t implement SAFe without launching at least one Agile Release Train (ART). The Program level contained the ARTs, but the Team level contained the people working on the ARTs. You can’t have trains without people, and you can’t have SAFe without launching an ART. Grounding the framework in practiced reality netted the decision to combine the previous levels into a new level, called Essential SAFe.