Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) updated its metrics guidance in May, 2021. Now it suggests measuring Outcomes, Flow and Competency. I’ve been a big fan of Flow Framework and used Flow Metrics since autumn 2019 to lead my team. I was thrilled to see Flow Metrics finally in SAFe!
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In this blog post, we’ll be taking a closer look at the benefits of DevOps automation and focus more on insights rather than common automation buzzwords. But before we get to the point, let’s look at what DevOps automation actually is.
One core tenet of DevOps is to make data-driven decisions to maintain high quality under the pressure of frequent production deployments. This calls for no-nonsense metrics and a DevOps dashboard that gives actionable insights on what you should fix to improve quality or speed, every day.
It’s not too hard to get a senior executive to buy in Lean, at least on a superficial level. Reducing waste, building quality in, nurturing a culture for respecting people, encouraging innovation, focusing on the lead times and relentless improvement – yes, sounds good! The essence of flow, the changing role of leadership … hmm … those tend to require a bit more digesting.
SAFe – Scaled Agile Framework® – was created to tackle the challenges of M – XXL sized projects. Such projects consist of several agile teams having in total from ~50-100 up to hundreds or even thousands of practitioners. How about S sized projects with just one or a few teams, is there anything in SAFe for them or is Scrum just enough? If the team is a relatively independent pure software team and the project is short, Scrum (or Kanban) would be the way to go. However, an S sized team can benefit from selected SAFe practices at least under the following circumstances: