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Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) release notes

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Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) release notes

ServiceNow® Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) product enhancements and updates in the Madrid release.

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) application helps you apply lean and agile principles to your large enterprise. This enables you to develop and deliver software products with fewer defects in the shortest viable lead time. In addition, SAFe:
  • 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.

New in the Madrid release

Portfolio SAFe
Use Portfolio SAFe to align your organizational goals and strategies with your portfolios, and apply lean and agile principles to manage and deliver the portfolio work.

Portfolio SAFe works at three levels for portfolio managers, product managers, and team members.

At the Portfolio level, portfolio managers can capture and prioritize epics in a centralized backlog, and monitor the progress of epics in a visual task board.

At the Agile Release Train (ART) level, product managers can capture, prioritize, and monitor features that are broken out from epics.

At the Team level, team members can implement stories that are broken out from features.

Bulk actions
Perform any action on a set of features in the ART backlog, and on a set of stories in the Team backlog. Bulk actions save you time and effort since you are not required to edit each record (feature or story) separately.
For more information on performing bulk actions:
Quick start tests for Essential SAFe
Validate the continued functionality of Essential SAFe after any configuration change such as an upgrade or after developing an application. All test suites and tests should pass on a default implementation. To validate a custom implementation, copy the automated tests and configure them for your customizations.

Changed in this release

Combine ART backlog planning and program increment planning
Prior to the Madrid release, under the ART level on the SAFe Board, there were two separate tabs for managing the backlog and for planning program increment activities. These two tabs are now combined into a single tab, Backlog, from which you can manage your backlog and plan your program increment activities.
Combine team backlog planning and sprint planning
Prior to the Madrid release, under the Team level on the SAFe Board, there were two separate tabs for managing the team backlog and for planning sprint activities. These two tabs are now combined into a single tab, Backlog, from which you can manage your backlog and plan your sprint activities.
Rename the plugin
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) plugin (com.snc.sdlc.safe) has been renamed Agile - Scaled Agile Framework - Essential SAFe plugin (com.snc.sdlc.safe). This plugin provides the features of the most basic configuration of SAFe, Essential SAFe.

Prior to the Madrid release, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) plugin (com.snc.sdlc.safe) was available as a development plugin. The Agile - Scaled Agile Framework - Essential SAFe plugin (com.snc.sdlc.safe) is now available as a system plugin.

Activation information

ServiceNow provides plugins that support two different configurations of SAFe: Essential SAFe and Portfolio SAFe.
  • Activate the Agile - Scaled Agile Framework - Essential SAFe plugin (com.snc.sdlc.safe) if you have the admin role. This plugin provides the features of Essential SAFe only.
  • Activate the Agile - Scaled Agile Framework - Portfolio SAFe plugin (com.snc.sdlc.portfolio_safe) if you have the admin role. This plugin provides the features of both Essential SAFe and Portfolio SAFe.

Accessibility information

Except for the Big Room Planning tab, all other tabs on the ART level and Team level are Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliant.

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