SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework：スケールド・アジャイル・フレームワーク)
Enterprise Agile Frameworks seek to answer the question of how to apply methodologies such as Scrum or ExtremeProgramming (XP) which were designed for small teams, to organizations that count hundreds of teams, teams-of-teams, or even teams-of-teams-of-teams?
This question is particularly valid because:
Among the key concerns that enterprise-level Agile methodologies must handle are:
Since the publication of the Agile manifesto in 2001, several Enterprise Agile Frameworks have emerged, among which:
Not all experts agree on the necessity for a distinct framework for Agile applied to the enterprise.
Quite a number argue that “scaling Agile” is just a different way of applying Agile principles to development issues. For them, Enterprise Agile Frameworks show a fundamental lack of understanding of the Agile philosophy, and introduce unnecessary rigidities and complexity in product development processes.
Instead, they advocate returning to the fundamental principles of Agile, and recasting “scaling Agile” issues in terms of those principles, then working on each one in small increments, as you would incrementally improve the processes of a small Agile team.