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Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

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Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

The ServiceNow® Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) application helps you apply lean and agile principles to a large enterprise enabling you to develop and deliver software products with fewer defects in the shortest viable lead time.

In addition, it:

  • Gives you a broader, high-level perspective as well as the ability to manage development processes throughout all levels of your organization.
  • Facilitates collaboration and streamlines the planning and monitoring of activities across business units, departments, and teams.
The basic implementation of SAFe, Essential SAFe, works in two levels for both product managers and teams. At the Agile Release Train (ART) level, product managers can capture and prioritize features, while at the Team level, team members can implement stories that are fragmented from features.
Note: SAFe and Scaled Agile Framework are registered trademarks of Scaled Agile, Inc, and ServiceNow is a Scaled Agile, Inc. Platform Partner.
Figure 1. How Essential SAFe helps you deliver better software more efficiently
infographic showing how SAFe functions in a software development environment

Watch this five-minute video for an overview of Scaled Agile Framework.

SAFe Board

The table below provides an overview of how you can access key levels of SAFe on the SAFe Board.

Level Description
Agile Release Train (ART) As a product manager, you can plan and monitor activities across teams within an ART by accessing the ART level on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) > SAFe Board. In addition, you can:
  • manage the ART backlog in a centralized location.
  • define a program increment and identify the features that need to be completed within that program increment.
  • perform big room planning.
  • track all the features of the ART and view their transition from one state (lane) to another, in a visual task board.
Team As a team member, you can plan and monitor activities within the team by accessing the Team level on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) > SAFe Board. In addition, you can:
  • manage the team backlog in a centralized location.
  • streamline sprint planning and completion activities.
  • track all stories and view their transition from one state (lane) to another, in a visual task board.
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