“Measure and Grow” your progress towards business agility

SAFe Updates

Hi Folks,

The goal of SAFe 5.0 is clear: achieving a state of Business Agility across the enterprise. The seven core competencies of Business Agility describe the practices in support of this goal, and the implementation roadmap provides a blueprint for the journey ahead. But change of any kind is never a linear path—it requires constant reflection on the steps taken previously and an ability to adapt plans based on the results achieved. Indeed, we are often asked by organizations how best to assess the progress they are making on this journey, and how to identify appropriate next steps.

“Measure and grow” is the term we use to describe how a Portfolio of SAFe value streams evaluates its progress towards Business Agility and identifies opportunities for improvement. The evaluation starts with the SAFe Business Agility assessment, which assesses overall progress, followed by applying one of the seven core competency assessments to further identify areas of opportunity or concern within a specific dimension. 

The next step is to identify improvement actions based on the assessment results. To support this, we have created “Grows”: recommended activities for increasing proficiency in a dimension of a core competency. 

Since there are seven competencies, each with three dimensions, that means there are 21 Grows templates to explore. The Grows are linked from the top of each core competency article. This example is from the Team and Technical agility competency.

All the recommended Grows have clear activity descriptions and links to access them directly and include a mixture of activity types such as videos, toolkits, courses, articles and more. They are categorized into core, intermediate and advanced stages so you can carefully plan your own improvement journey based on where you are starting from. We will continue to update the Grows as we develop more resources and collect feedback from the SAFe community. 

Finally, the central Measure and Grow article provides guidance on both facilitating these assessments, including periodically re-assessing, and prioritizing the Grows to deliver the greatest benefit in the shortest time.

Stay SAFe,


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Andrew Sales

comment (6)

  1. Lisa Corwin

    02 Sep 2020 - 2:02 pm

    Is the Team and Train assessments copy right of SAFe? I was wondering if they were handouts that could be utilized by ARTs or if they could only be administered by someone with SAFe certification.

    • Marc Rix

      05 Oct 2020 - 5:54 pm

      Thanks for your question, Lisa. The assessments are copyrighted; however, they are publicly available for anyone’s use. Download here and enjoy!

  2. Prashant Pund

    05 May 2020 - 2:48 pm

    Can we (SPCs) get some specific guidance about coaching to improve the results of assessments apart from these Grows?
    Coaching tips can be really useful.

    • Harry Koehnemann

      06 May 2020 - 10:16 am

      Hi Prashant. The Measure and Grow article walks through the steps organizations can use to apply the assessments. Also, the support page has a Measure and Grow Q&A section here. And you can search the Q&A for other topics. Here is a search result for ‘grows’.

      All the best!

  3. Antonio Alfredo MAlagutti

    01 May 2020 - 1:25 pm

    Hi, great article!
    Maybe there’s a typo with the word Intermediate.

    • Harry Koehnemann

      06 May 2020 - 9:47 am

      Antonio, thank you for the comment. And catching the typo! Despite peer review and literally dozens of eyes on content, releases will still have errors. Which makes continuous delivery so important!

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