Lean Software and Systems Engineering — SAFe 4.0

With the release of Scaled Agile Framework 4.0 a new 4th level is added to the freely available knowledge base. It is for a higher level of operation for larger organizations, providing a greater value stream for those businesses that have both software and systems engineering teams, developing both hardware and firmware (embedded software). Scaled Agile, the organization behind SAFe 4.0 have declared that SAFe v3 remains in place and fully supported, but more than this they have made it clear that Level 3 is still a valid option, retaining it much the same as it was, for inclusion in SAFe 4.0. It is now clear that multiple instances of SAFe can be used side by side within the same organization, this makes it easy to upgrade when necessary but also providing a level of backwards compatibility. It is recognition that one size of SAFe does not fit all businesses requirements.

What Are the Significant Changes of SAFe 4.0?

There are some significant changes in v4. In version 3 of SAFe, Kanban was included in the Portfolio level, but with version 4, Kanban is included all levels, not just the new Value Stream level (4th level), but also at the Program and team levels. This enables program and Scrum teams to work side by side for the release train.

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