Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Software and Systems Engineering

Captured for the first time in print, the SAFe body of knowledge is now available as a handy desktop reference to help you accomplish your mission of building better software and systems. Inside, you’ll find complete coverage of what has, until now, only been available online at

The SAFe knowledge base was developed from real-world field experience and provides proven success patterns for implementing Lean-Agile software and systems development at enterprise scale. This book provides comprehensive guidance for work at the enterprise Portfolio, Value Stream, Program, and Team levels, including the various roles, activities, and artifacts that constitute the Framework, along with the foundational elements of values, mindset, principles, and practices.

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Format: Book (Also eBook and Book + eBook Bundle)

  • List Price: $49.99

Copyright 2017, 1st Edition
ISBN-10: 0-13-451054-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-451054-5

The Must-have Reference Guide for SAFe Practitioners

“There are a lot of methods of scale out there, but the Scaled Agile Framework is the one lighting up the world.”
—Steve Elliot, Founder/CEO AgileCraft

“You don’t have to be perfect to start SAFe because you learn as you go–learning is built in. Before SAFe, I would not know how to help my teams but now I have many tools to enable the teams. My job is really fun and the bottom line is I have never enjoyed my job more!”
—Product Manager, Fortune 500 Enterprise

Education & Training Key to Success

The practice of SAFe is spreading rapidly throughout the world. The majority of Fortune 100 U.S. companies have Certified SAFe® practitioners and consultants, as do an increasing percentage of the Global 1000 enterprises. Case study results typically include:

  • 20–50% increase in productivity
  • 50%+ increases in quality
  • 30–75% faster time to market
  • Measurable increases in employee engagement and job satisfaction

With results like these, the demand from enterprises seeking SAFe expertise is accelerating at a dramatic rate. Successful implementations may vary in context, but share a common attribute: a workforce well trained and educated in SAFe practices. This book—along with authorized training and certification—will help you understand how to maximize the value of your role within a SAFe organization. The result is greater alignment, visibility, improved performance throughout the enterprise, and ultimately better outcomes for the business.

What You Will Learn

  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of the Scaled Agile Framework, how to implement it successfully, and apply it to deliver breakthrough performance
  • Overcome the organizational obstacles to business and software agility
  • Use ‘Lean thinking’ to help your teams continuously improve programs and performance

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: The SAFe Foundation
  • Part 2: The SAFe Principles
  • Part 3: The Team Level
  • Part 4: The Program Level
  • Part 5: The Spanning Palette
  • Part 6: The Value Stream Level
  • Part 7: The Portfolio Level
  • Part 8: Guidance

Skill Level / Who Will Benefit from this Reference Guide

Intermediate–Advanced: Executives, managers, consultants, leaders, program managers, and Agile change agents; anyone in an enterprise level software development environment looking to achieve the business benefits of advancing agile beyond a few teams or projects. This Reference Guide is intended to provide a hard-copy or e-copy companion to our other SAFe resources in order to help you understand and apply SAFe. The goal is to help you accomplish your mission of building better systems.