Comparing Scaling Frameworks - LeSS and SAFe

Scaling Agile is easily misunderstood. Scaling is the term we often hear used to describe using Agile methods with large enterprises.  Larger enterprises often deal with bigger and more complex problems than small ones. They have more employees, subcontracting companies, different business units, more processes and a strong culture that defines how things are done. At the same time, they need to be able to deliver results in an ever-changing business environment. They need to be Agile but the bigger the company, the bigger the challenges are for scaling Agile. 

 

Scaling frameworks available in the market today are maturing quickly and provide a variety of choices. Like the Agile Manifesto, these frameworks are based on principles, and they vary widely in the specificity of the recommended approach.

 

In this session, we will compare how two scaling frameworks, LeSS and SAFe, address the challenges of agility at scale.  We will talk about how these two frameworks align, coordinate, and manage dependencies across multiple teams to maintain consistency and agility at scale. 

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

• Why scale agile

• What is scaling agile

• Quick overview of LeSS and LeSS Huge

• Quick overview of SAFe

• Similarities

• Differences

• More Information

Learning Outcome

  • Introductory level of overview of LeSS and SAFe.  
  • Understand where they are similar and why it's important enough to be in both frameworks
  • Understand where they are different and why
  • Knowledge in how they align, coordinate, and manage dependencies across multiple teams to maintain consistency and agility at scale.  

 

Target Audience

Those who have multiple teams working on the same codebase and need to understand patterns and practices to coordinate their work.

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