Assess your DevOps health with the SAFe DevOps radar

Assess your DevOps health with the SAFe DevOps radar

SAFe Updates

Hello Everyone,

I’d like to talk to you today about how we can help you assess the health of your DevOps’s implementation. DevOps and the ability to Release on Demand is critical in today’s environment. But embracing DevOps and building a Continuous Delivery Pipeline is a significant journey for most enterprises. How do we know how well we are doing, where we are on this journey, and what the next step toward improvement should be?

In our latest class, SAFe DevOps, we’ve introduced a tool called the SAFe DevOps Health Radar. The health radar was built to help Agile Release Trains assess their ability to Release on Demand. Since the release of the class, we’ve had many requests from participants to help them continue to assess their companies progress outside of the classroom. We’ve worked hard with our partner, Agile Transformations, to improve the assessment, giving it the ability to drill down into the 16 sub-dimensions for DevOps. The result is the latest version shown below.

The maturity in each sub-dimension is scored as ‘Sit, Crawl, Walk, Run, or Fly.’ After the ART or solution train ascertains the problem areas based on its health radar; the next step is to improve the flow, and the assessment provides suggestion on what the next level of maturity entails. Since we’re taking a system’s view; it’s better to move from a ‘crawl’ across the radar to a ‘walk’ across the radar, than improve to ‘fly’ in one sub-dimension while leaving the rest at ‘crawl.’ This concept is important because the best approach is to improve the overall flow of value across the entire Continuous Delivery Pipeline, not just in one sub-dimension.

You can access the Health Radar through the Metrics article on the Framework Website, which contains an excel spreadsheet you can download, or you can go to the Agile Transformation’s website, and try out the SAFe DevOps online assessment at:

I hope this helps you progress on your DevOps journey,

-Inbar and the SAFe Team

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Inbar Oren

comment (19)

  1. Belts in DevOps – what’s yours? -

    04 Nov 2022 - 4:34 pm

    […] on DevOps philosophy: Continuous Delivery by J. Humble and D. Farley, and Scaled Agile Framework Article on how to measure your DevOps level, I decided to create a simplified version of […]

  2. Scott Farquhar

    29 Jul 2022 - 2:42 pm

    The DevOps assessment use to have an Excel format. Is this still available and if so where do I find the file?

  3. Sarah Johnson

    11 May 2022 - 1:59 pm


    I was curious who participates in this assessment? Meaning, who is providing the feedback to calculate and assess overall health? i.e. RTE’s, Dev members, etc.?

    • steve

      17 May 2022 - 8:58 am

      Hi Sarah! This assessment would be great to use with all the participants on an Agile Release Train. Hope that helps!

  4. Brian M. Smith

    26 Jan 2022 - 10:46 am

    I am unable to find an article that shows and breaks down the 16 Activities of the DevOps Health Radar, and discusses or mentions the practices under each.


      03 Feb 2022 - 12:06 am

      Brian, the 16 aspects of the DevOps Health Radar are explained in each of the Continuous Delivery Pipeline articles. Start with the lead article for an overview, then link into each of the CE, CI, CD, and RoD articles for more detail. The DevOps Health Radar assessment can be accessed in two forms near the end of the DevOps article.

  5. Shubham Baghwala

    02 Sep 2021 - 8:10 am

    HI Team,

    Can I please request you to provide me with the excel version of the radar

    • steve

      07 Sep 2021 - 8:46 am

      Shubham, please forward your request to Our customer success team will be happy to help you!

  6. Mohamed Adawi

    22 May 2021 - 10:36 pm

    Great Stuff indeed. Thanks for sharing Inbar. For Ceneralized logs and tracing. Are they part of the monitoring portion or how do we fit it in the radar diagram?


      01 Dec 2021 - 10:15 am

      Yes, Mohamed, you would consider those when assessing your ‘Monitoring’ capability.

  7. Cinturones en DevOps – ¿cuál es el tuyo? –

    03 Mar 2021 - 9:48 am

    […] en la filosofía DevOps: Continous Delivery por J. Humble y D. Farley., y Scaled Agile Framework 2Artículo referido a como medir tu nivel de DevOps., decidí crear una versión simplificada de […]

  8. Imtaz

    14 Nov 2019 - 1:32 pm

    looking for health radar big poster for class.

    • Harry Koehnemann

      22 Nov 2019 - 2:26 pm

      An electronic version comes with the DevOps course kit. I will send it to you via email in case you missed it. Good luck with your class!

  9. Raghu Tammina

    17 Jul 2019 - 3:47 am

    The assessment is so useful and really helps to monitor health of the transformation

  10. david putman

    22 Apr 2019 - 8:05 am

    Great idea Inbar
    Do you have the radar as a vector image I can use to get a poster size version printed?

    • Steve Mayner

      28 Jun 2019 - 8:58 am

      Hi David! You should have an email with the file you requested attached. Our apologies for overlooking this request and taking so long to get back to you. Thanks for your patience!

  11. john wick

    19 Feb 2019 - 3:35 am

    Thanks for sharing this information with us. I really found this very helpful for understanding the importance of health.

    • Steve Mayner

      01 Mar 2019 - 10:58 am

      Thanks for that positive feedback! Stay tuned… even more to come on the topic of assessments to help measure how well the organization is doing with delivering a continuous flow of value!

      Be SAFe!

      Dr. Steve Mayner
      SAFe Fellow

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