NYC | Martin Crockett
NYC | Martin Crockett

Consultant | Agile, E-commerce, Marketing, Technology

Technical program manager versed in digital business transformation, strategy, customer experience, and Agile project management based in New York, NY.



Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

The Lean Enterprise is a thriving digital age business that delivers competitive systems and solutions to its customers in the shortest sustainable lead time.

SAFe for Lean Enterprises is a knowledge base of proven, integrated principles, practices, and competencies for Lean, Agile, and DevOps.

From a naming brainstorm at a talk
Photo by Patrick Perkins / Unsplash

New for 2018, SAFe 4.6

SAFe 4.6 is an incremental improvement to the Framework. The latest version of SAFe, SAFe 4.6, introduces the Five Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise that are critical to achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage in an increasingly digital age.

Respectively, these five competencies are:

  1. Lean-Agile Leadership – Advancing and applying Lean-Agile leadership skills
  2. Team and Technical Agility – Driving technical practices including Built-in Quality, Behavior-Driven development (BDD), Agile testing, Test-Driven Development (TDD), and more
  3. DevOps and Release on Demand – Building the Continuous Delivery Pipeline, and implementing DevOps and Release and Demand Business Solutions and Lean
  4. Systems Engineering – Building the largest software applications and cyber-physical solutions
  5. Lean Portfolio Management – Executing portfolio vision and strategy formulation, chartering portfolios, creating the Vision, Lean budgets and Guardrails, as well as portfolio prioritization, and road-mapping

Mastery of these five core competencies enables enterprises to successfully respond to volatile market conditions, changing customer needs, and emerging technologies.

Each competency is summarized in a new knowledge base article and is also reflected in related guidance throughout the SAFe website.

Read more in the What’s New in SAFe 4.6 article.

SAFe's Mission

At it's core, SAFe's belief is simple: Better software and systems make the world a better place.

SAFe is designed to help enterprises achieve this mission through the development and publication of the SAFe website, and through our world-class courseware, training, and certification programs.

As you can see from the numerous Case Studies, many enterprises—large and small—are getting outstanding business benefits from applying SAFe.

These typically include:

As you can imagine, with these kinds of results, the practice of SAFe is spreading rapidly around the world.

Seventy percent of Fortune 100 companies, and a growing number of the Global 2000 have certified SAFe professionals and consultants on-site, and over 300,000 practitioners have been trained to date.

Learn More

[1] Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Little, Brown and Company, Kindle Edition.
[2] Cho, Fujio. Chairman of Toyota, 2006-2013.
[3] Kotter, John P. Leading Change. Harvard Business Review Press, Kindle Edition.

Additional Resources

[4] About SAFe

Technical program manager versed in digital business transformation, strategy, customer experience, and Agile project management based in New York, NY.

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