The SAFe Way to Lean Software Development

New Thinking 10 February 2014 Gillian Clark


Lean Thinking makes a significant impact on organizations who are keen to stay competitive in a rapidly changing world. Because software is ubiquitous in most modern products and services, scalable agile software development techniques based on Lean principles are creating successful outcomes for numerous government and industry organizations around the globe.

The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) is a proven, publicly available framework for applying Lean|Agile principles and practices at enterprise scale ( SAFe, created by Dean Leffingwell, synchronizes the alignment, collaboration, and delivery of large numbers of agile teams across an enterprise and employs key Lean principles to underpin its constructs. SAFe is fundamentally based on five Lean practices as represented in the metaphorical House of Lean, located in the upper left corner of the SAFe Big Picture (depicted below). The purpose of this article is to illustrate how Lean principles buttress the constructs of the Scaled Agile Framework in both theory and practice. The following sections provide insight into how each of these Lean principles are intrinsically embodied in SAFe.

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