Achieving Business Agility with SAFe® 5

Note: This article is part of Extended SAFe Guidance, and represents official SAFe content that cannot be accessed directly from the Big Picture.

Welcome to the software age—an interconnected, real-time world in which every industry depends on technology and every organization (at least in part) is a software company. To remain competitive, enterprises will need to digitally transform their operations, business solutions, and customer experience. The larger challenge in many enterprises is that their current business models, organizational hierarchy, and technology infrastructure can’t keep pace with the rapid change required.

Agile development has provided significant improvements to many organizations. By itself, however, even Agile development is not enough. What began in software development must now expand to encompass the entire enterprise, changing how people work and how every aspect of the business operates. Put simply, enterprises need business agility, the determining factor that will decide the winners and losers in the digital economy.

This white paper provides an overview of SAFe 5, the Big Picture graphic, the seven core competencies, and the values, mindset, principles, and practices that guide enterprises on their journey to achieving business agility.

You can use the white paper in a couple of different ways:

  • As an initial level of education for leaders, managers, and executives to help them reach the tipping point for SAFe adoption, and inspire them to learn more in a Leading SAFe® class
  • To prepare learners in the basics of SAFe prior to taking a course (for example, Implementing SAFe® with SPC certification, Leading SAFe®, etc.)

We hope you find this new white paper to be a valuable resource.

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