The version 4 of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) has been released at the beginning of 2016. This new version features extensive refinements to many elements of the Framework, as well as new content and guidance that helps enterprises better organize around value delivery, develop systems that include hardware and software, and improve development, coordination, and delivery of large value streams.
To help with the migration to 4.0, SAFe 3.0 remains available and supported. SAFe 4.0 incorporates learning from all prior releases—including the SAFe for Lean System Engineering development branches—into a single, more scalable and more modular framework. To address the broader set of capabilities, SAFe has a new name: SAFe 4.0 for Lean Software
and Systems Engineering.
Below is a summary of the major content changes to SAFe:
* SAFe now supports both software and systems development
* A new Value Stream Level – including new roles, activities, and artifacts – is provided for those building the world’s largest systems
* The Big Picture can be expanded or collapsed to three or four levels. The default view is the three-level version (3-Level SAFe), which is simpler and lighter weight than its 3.0 predecessor. Three-Level SAFe is backwards compatible with SAFe 3.0, so those currently operating with 3.0 can continue to do so, or migrate easily to this new version.
* With one click, the Framework expands to four levels (4-Level SAFe) to handle the most demanding needs of large value streams and complex systems development
* Enterprise Kanban systems manage the flow of work across all levels
* The SAFe Requirements Model has been updated to reflect additional backlog items and to clarify the expressions for each
* Built-in Quality practices now support software and systems development
* A new Foundations layer supports those critical underpinnings that drive the Framework and program execution
* A new Spanning palette carries roles and artifacts applicable to multiple levels, increasing modularity and customizability.