Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe™)

Bratton & the Scaled Agile Framework®

Bratton is a parter with Scaled Agile, Inc. and with our staff trained experts in implementing the Scaled Agile Framework® (also known as SAFe™). We have led enterprises with joint Release Planning for groups of over 20 teams. We can help your enterprise launch "Quick Starts" as well perform public/ private training for your Delivery Teams, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Leaders.

What is the Framework?

SAFe™ is an interactive knowledge base for implementing agile practices at enterprise scale. The Big Picture graphic highlights the individual roles, teams, activities and artifacts necessary to scale agile from the team to program to the enterprise level. Clicking on each icon takes the user to an Abstract and a Detail page which elaborates on that element. Some elements (like Metrics) bring up additional sub-domains with navigation to further depth and description.

The framework has been successfully applied in programs of only 50-100 people, and in enterprises employing thousands of software developers. We hope it will work for you, too.

Why it Matters

Our modern world runs on software. In order to keep pace, we practitioners must build increasingly complex and sophisticated software systems. Doing so requires larger teams and continuously rethinking the methods and practices – part art, science, engineering, mathematics, social science – that we use to organize and manage these important activities. The Scaled Agile Framework represents one such set of advances. We offer it here in public facing form, so that every practitioner, team, program and enterprise can enjoy the benefits of delivering ever better software at an ever faster pace. Your users will surely appreciate the benefits, too, because better software makes the world a better place.

The Evolution of the Framework

The original concepts behind the framework were elaborated primarily in Dean Leffingwell’s books, Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements for Teams Programs and the Enterprise (2011) and Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises, (2007), as well as his blog,

From there, the framework and the idea of agility at scale took on a life of its own attracting some of the brightest minds in the agile community. Collaborators from nearly every corner of the globe and every industry have contributed to the Framework, making it what it is today: a scalable system of software development best practices that has been vetted by some of the largest organizations in the world. Extensive case studies have proven its effectiveness in delivering business results:

  • Increase in employee engagement
  • 20–50% increase in productivity
  • 30–75% faster time to market
  • 50%+ defect reduction

With three major updates to its methodology from 2012 to 2014, it has grown with the marketplace, and continues to be a work in process. Future versions of the framework will reflect our commitment to developing enhancements that have presented themselves as the marketplace, our thinking, and our experience with Lean-Agile best practices have matured.