In the coming quarter, Rocket Nine Solutions is hosting both Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe and Large Scale Scrum – LeSS classes by partner trainers. Why both? Aren’t they competing methodologies for the implementing agile in large organizations? In fact, both have their strong points. As we continue to work with local SoCal and Bay Area companies to apply an agile approach to their product development (and Ops, HR hiring and Sales and Marketing processes), we’ve seen a few consistent patterns that we can provide training to help with, beyond the basics of Certified ScrumMaster and Product Owner training.
The most common problem is that product development companies have large efforts with many team members across many locations. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) help in two different ways.
Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe
Scaled Agile Framework or SAFe provides a proven framework with additional roles and structure layered on top of Scrum to address these issues by having a Product Management group that determines the work ahead for all the teams for the next two to three months. How much of this work and how the teams coordinate doing the work is accomplished via a large all-hands planning meeting. In my opinion, this event is the magic of SAFe. Determining roles, training everyone, getting the large backlog ready in detail and priority – that’s the hard prep work. Like with painting, quality prep work leads to quality results. You could say that SAFe tries to improve the way work gets done using best practices of lean and agile in large environments.