SAFe® 4.5 Introduction

Overview of the Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Enterprises

A Scaled Agile, Inc. White Paper / August 2017

Want to gain a quick, high-level overview of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)? This white paper describes its core values, principles, practices, and strategy for implementation. You can download your copy here.

The white paper also introduces the four new configurations of SAFe: Full SAFe, Large Solution SAFe, Portfolio SAFe, and Essential SAFe. Essential SAFe is the basic building block for all other SAFe configurations and describes the most critical elements needed to realize the majority of the Framework’s benefits.

The information provided can help you in several ways by:

  • Supporting an initial level of education for leaders, managers, and executives to help them reach the tipping point for SAFe adoption, and inspire them to learn more in a Leading SAFe class
  • Preparing students in the basics of SAFe prior to taking a course (e.g. Implementing SAFe, Leading SAFe, etc.)
  • Providing a high-level review of SAFe concepts to help students prepare for various SAFe exams

Download The SAFe® 4.5 Introduction Whitepaper


Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • SAFe Configurations
    • The Spanning Palette
    • SAFe Foundation
  • SAFe Core Values
  • The Lean-Agile Mindset
  • SAFe Lean-Agile Principles
  • Essential SAFe
    • Essential SAFe Highlights
    • The Ten Essential Elements
  • Portfolio SAFe
    • Portfolio SAFe Highlights
  • Large Solution SAFe
    • Large Solution Highlights
  • Full SAFe
    • Full SAFe Highlights
  • Lean-Agile Leaders
  • Implementing SAFe
  • Summary