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:
During the autumn 2016, Qentinel opened a new office in Tampere where almost 10 people work in Qentinel’s R&D and digital quality assurance consultancy. “Our aim was to hire new kind of talents with international experience,” tells Juha-Markus Aalto, who runs Qentinel’s Tampere office. “We succeeded in this and found top-level experts.”
“Organization silos are bad! Break the silos!”
I was probably 22 when I first heard about the existence of organization silos, isolated functional units that operate their own empire without knowing and without caring about the surrounding silos. I was told that silos are bad and should be broken. At that time, the magic that was meant to destroy the silos was called “business process re-engineering”.
The accelerating pace of the economy of speed is nevertheless not the pace of a sprinter, but more that of an orienteer. The route through unfamiliar terrain may be difficult, and with the ever-present danger of stumbling over some rock or tree stump, agility becomes more important than speed.