Get SAFe 4.5 Distilled and download the FREE ‘What’s New in SAFe 4.6 supplement’

Get SAFe 4.5 Distilled and download the FREE ‘What’s New in SAFe 4.6 supplement’

SAFe Resources

Hi Folks,

The SAFe knowledge base is an invaluable resource for people who build software and systems, however, navigating the guidance can be daunting for the uninitiated. SAFe is a robust framework supported by hundreds of web pages. Where do you start? In what order should you read the articles? What information is really important to you and when?

We get it. There’s a Wikipedia aspect to the SAFe body of knowledge that takes time to parse. That’s why we wrote SAFe Distilled 4.5, Applying the Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Enterprises. It’s the first book that guides you through SAFe 4.5 so you can learn how each component of the Framework works together to enable the kind of business results you see in our case studies. It will help you understand how to think about the Framework, how to plan, how to train and mobilize a Lean-Agile workforce, and what to expect as you roll out SAFe in your enterprise.

The SAFe Distilled book supports SAFe 4.5, so to get you up to date with the latest version of the Framework we’ve created a free supplement, What’s New in SAFe 4.6. The 70+ pages include in-depth coverage of the major features that define version 4.6 including the Five Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise and SAFe for Government. It’s a great resource, even if you don’t have the book. You can download it here.

If you don’t have the book, we encourage you to get a copy as it’s an ideal guide for anyone engaged in a Lean-Agile transformation. SAFe Distilled is available in paperback, eBook, and Kindle formats at most major retailers. If you have already purchased the Kindle version, you will get the supplement the next time you sync.

Make sure to use the code, SCALEDAGILE, to save 35 percent off the list of SAFe 4.5 Distilled,  when you purchase from

We hope the SAFe Distilled 4.5 book and this new supplement enriches your SAFe learning journey, and helps make your workplace truly engaging, innovative, more productive, and simply, more fun.

Be SAFe!
—Richard Knaster and Dean Leffingwell, coauthors, SAFe 4.5 Distilled

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comment (4)

  1. Bharat B Shah

    19 Mar 2020 - 8:18 am

    I understand that SAFe Distilled for V5.0 is in progress. Any ETA that you can share with us?

    Will it be re-write or addendum to current version?

    If I buy current version SAFe 4.5 – do I get SAFe 5.0 free?

    • Richard Knaster

      19 Mar 2020 - 11:17 am

      Hi Bharat:

      Thanks for asking.

      If you purchase SAFe 4.5 Distilled you get the SAFe 4.6 supplement for free:

      Our goal is to publish SAFe Distilled 5.0 in the second quarter, ideally in May.
      Since this is a major revision to the Framework, it’s a rewrite and it is a different book. While SAFe Distilled 4.5 was organized by configuration, SAFe Distilled 5.0 will be organized by competency.

      We will publish updates to the 5.0 version of Distilled at no charge until there is another major Framework change. That is typically when we make significant changes to the Big Picture.

      Thanks for asking and we look forward to publishing this book soon.

      —Richard and Dean

  2. Lisa Corwin

    13 Jan 2020 - 7:11 am

    Will there be an update to SAFe Distilled and / or SAFe Reference Guide for 5.0? This is important since it’s a very large change between 4.6 & 5.0.

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