Before we get into 'Agile' and 'SAFe Agile,' it is essential first to understand the differences better, to better grasp the basic concepts of 'Agile' and 'SAFe Agile.'
'Agile' refers to the disciplined and flexible project management methodology, which is mainly used for software development of new and innovative products, as they require rapid delivery of such products to gain competitive advantage. It is a leadership methodology created as a response to the traditional management philosophy known as the "Waterfall Methodology" and promotes teamwork, self-organisation, and customer collaboration.
The roles & responsibilities of 'Agile teams' are as follows:
Today, it can be implemented in any business venture whose aim is to deliver high-quality products at a rapid rate to its' customers.
'Scalable Agile Framework (SAFe)' allows for the enterprise-level application of lean-agile practices and is generally used in large-scale organisations to meet the needs of all stakeholders by guiding the projects pertaining to enterprise portfolio and value stream.
SAFe brings drastic improvement in product quality, delivery time, and production efficiency due to the incorporation of transparency and team management in its framework.
SAFe has key roles at four different levels, which are as follows:
Agile is an iterative method used for developing a product that focuses on the continuous delivery of tasks assigned. It is dependent on cross-functional teams, sprints(set of stories), and specific roles that help in delivering the assignment. Agile is mainly developed for a small team of ten or fewer people. SAFe, on the other hand, is an agile framework for an enterprise which is not limited to smaller teams and guides enterprises in scaling lean and agile practices.
The average UK median annual salary for a SAFe agile certificate holder is 65k-70k pounds. Whereas, the annual salary of an agile coach on an average in India is INR 20-22 lakhs.
Agile provides project teams, sponsors, leaders, and customers many project-specific benefits, including -
Whereas, multiple business benefits provided by SAFe are as follows:
The SAFe portfolio works on four core values of alignment, built-in-quality, transparency, and program execution.
Likewise, the Agile manifesto is also based on the following four values:
SAFe is a methodology that uses the agile framework as per the specification. In the case of large organisations, which deal with large-scale and mission-intensive projects, SAFe will be more beneficial as it uses a combination of existing lean and agile principles and combines them in a template framework. Also, SAFe allows people to use agile frameworks with large groups by adding an extra layer of communication and control.
However, there are various other factors such as involvement of management in the project, company structure, number of employees working, stakeholders requirement, etc. which will affect the organisation's decision to choose between the most suitable agile framework.
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