Books on SAFe

SAFe® 4.5 Distilled: Applying the Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Software and Systems
by Richard Knaster and Dean Leffingwell

In today’s fast-paced digital economy, businesses must rapidly respond to advances in technology to maintain a competitive edge. Software and systems are everywhere, driving business innovation and new ways of working, while replacing aging business models.

However, many enterprises struggle to develop significant software and systems—the modern fabric of nearly every product, in every industry across the planet. Companies are increasingly seeking to adapt by using agile principles and practices but many are still changing too slowly, and can’t sustain change. Fortunately, a growing number of enterprises have found a far more effective solution: the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). SAFe changes the game by integrating Agile, Lean and product development flow thinking with a new operating model that successfully coordinates work at all levels: team, program, value stream and portfolio. SAFe helps managers learn to become lean-agile leaders, working with teams to continuously improve their systems, and create environments where everyone flourishes.

In SAFe Distilled, Richard Knaster and Dean Leffingwell show leaders and practitioners how to achieve faster time to market, higher productivity, improve the quality of their technology solutions, and bridge the divide between executives, managers and practitioners, aligning everyone towards common goals and objectives. If you want to scale and sustain Agile in the enterprise, and more importantly get significantly better business outcomes, SAFe can get you there. SAFe Distilled will help you launch it, quickly earn value from it, and grow its value with every new endeavor.

SAFe® 4.5 Reference Guide: Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Enterprises

by Dean Leffingwell with Richard Knaster, Inbar Oren, and Drew Jemilo

Fully updated to include the new innovations in SAFe 4.5, the SAFe® 4.5 Reference Guide is a handy desktop reference to help you accomplish your mission of building better software and systems. Inside, you’ll find complete coverage of, the knowledge base that thousands of the world’s largest brands turn to for building better software and systems. This new edition also includes 14 advance topics articles and a revised glossary. The SAFe Reference Guide is now available at Pearson’s InformIT online store in paperback and eBook formats (including Kindle) and will soon be available at major book retailers (on or before June 14th). Please use the promotional code “SCALEDAGILE,” discount to receive a 35% discount at InformIT.

Tribal Unity: Getting from Teams to Tribes by Creating a One Team Culture

by Em Campbell-Pretty

Tribal Unity is a real world, practical guide, for Lean-Agile Leaders committed to making their organizations truly great places to work. In Tribal Unity, SAFe Fellow Em Campbell-Pretty draws a parallel between tribes and the Agile Release Train, highlighting the impact of culture on effectiveness.

Based on many years of field experience, Tribal Unity is a ‘culture first’ approach to launching and operating SAFe Agile Release Trains, providing a step-by-step roadmap for scaling culture beyond a single team to a team of teams. Filled with concrete practices, illustrated through personal anecdotes, this book serves as an inspiration for those wanting to transform the culture of their organization. Put simply Tribal Unity is a distillation of proven patterns that are revolutionizing the way teams of teams connect and perform.

The Rollout: A Novel about Leadership and Building a Lean-Agile Enterprise

by Alex Yakyma

the-rolloutAre you a change agent, consultant, coach or Lean-Agile leader? If so, then this novel about leadership and building a Lean-Agile enterprise is for you!

Fictional but based on a broad range of real-life SAFe implementations, the book features Ethan, the newly appointed transformation team leader at VeraComm Systems. He finds himself in the middle of turbulent action—the company has failed to cope with the increasing complexities of building competitive communications solutions, and is rapidly losing market share. Caught between a traditional approach to program and portfolio management, and half-baked Agile methods at the team level, he struggles to help his company find a way out. Ethan finally discovers a glimpse of hope—a method that applies the notion of agility at a much higher scale. Inspired by this discovery, Ethan charges into action, launching the rollout of a new method at his company. But in no time, he runs into a many obstacles. which puts the rollout, and his own career, in grave danger. You will be quickly immersed into an action-packed story of a transformation that will change your concept of adopting Lean and Agile at scale. This book will help you will learn many lessons about leading a Lean-Agile transformation, before you venture out on your own and possibly make some critical missteps.  “The Rollout” will provide you with many techniques and tools to support large-scale rollouts of Lean and Agile methods.  It will guide you through:

  • Acquiring a Lean-Agile leadership mindset, which enables creating the right habits and culture
  • Training stakeholders and teams
  • Launching Agile Release Trains and supporting value delivery
  • Relentlessly improving the system in which people work, as a whole
  • Advancing engineering practices
  • Organizing teams and trains around value
  • Building a Lean-Agile portfolio
  • Effectively leading change in the organization

Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise

by Dean Leffingwell

Agile Software Requirements thumbnailEffective requirements discovery and analysis is a critical best practice for serious application development. Until now, however, requirements and Agile methods have rarely coexisted peacefully. For many enterprises considering Agile approaches, the absence of effective and scalable Agile requirements processes has been a showstopper for Agile adoption. In Agile Software Requirements, Dean Leffingwell shows exactly how to create effective requirements in Agile environments.

This book will help you leverage the benefits of Agile without sacrificing the value of effective requirements discovery and analysis. You’ll find proven solutions you can apply right now–whether you’re a software developer or tester, executive, project/program manager, architect, or team leader.

Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises
by Dean Leffingwell

Scaling Software Agility thumbnailAgile development practices, while still controversial in some circles, offer undeniable benefits: faster time to market, better responsiveness to changing customer requirements, and higher quality. However, agile practices have been defined and recommended primarily to small teams. In Scaling Software Agility, Dean Leffingwell describes how agile methods can be applied to enterprise-class development.

This book is invaluable to software developers, testers and QA personnel, managers and team leads, as well as to executives of software organizations whose objective is to increase the quality and productivity of the software development process but who are faced with all the challenges of developing software on an enterprise scale.

Last Update: 27 June 2017