Welcome to Scaled Agile Framework® 4.6!

Hi, I’m Dean Leffingwell, Creator of SAFe® and Chief Methodologist at Scaled Agile, Inc. On behalf of the entire Scaled Agile team and the SAFe Contributors, it is my personal pleasure to introduce you to the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) 4.6, which was released on October 3, 2018.

SAFe® for Lean Enterprises is a knowledge base of proven, integrated principles, practices, and competencies for Lean, Agile, and DevOps.

The latest version, SAFe 4.6, introduces the Five Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise that are critical to achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage in an increasingly digital age:

Lean-Agile Leadership – Advancing and applying Lean-Agile leadership skills
Team and Technical Agility – Driving technical practices including Built-in Quality, Behavior-Driven development (BDD), Agile testing, Test-Driven Development (TDD), and more
DevOps and Release on Demand – Building the Continuous Delivery Pipeline, and implementing DevOps and Release and Demand
Business Solutions and Lean Systems Engineering – Building the largest software applications and cyber-physical solutions
Lean Portfolio Management – Executing portfolio vision and strategy formulation, chartering portfolios, creating the Vision, Lean budgets and Guardrails, as well as portfolio prioritization, and roadmapping

Mastery of these five core competencies enables enterprises to successfully respond to volatile market conditions, changing customer needs, and emerging technologies. Each competency is summarized in a new knowledge base article and is also reflected in related guidance throughout the SAFe website. Read more in the What’s New in SAFe 4.6 article.

Our Mission

Our core belief is simple: Better software and systems make the world a better place. We help enterprises achieve this mission through the development and publication of the SAFe website, and through our world-class courseware, training, and certification programs.

As you can see from the numerous Case Studies, many enterprises—large and small—are getting outstanding business benefits from applying SAFe. These typically include:

  • 20 – 50% increase in productivity
  • 25 – 75% improvements in quality
  • 30 – 75% faster time-to-market
  • 10 – 50% increase in employee engagement and job satisfaction

As you can imagine, with these kinds of results, the practice of SAFe is spreading rapidly around the world. Seventy percent of Fortune 100 companies, and a growing number of the Global 2000 have certified SAFe professionals and consultants on-site, and over 300,000 practitioners have been trained to date.


Support for SAFe

The Framework is supported by the SAFe Community Platform, Customer Success Team, and an extensive network of 200+ Scaled Agile Partners providing platform, training, consulting, and implementation services in almost every region of the world. And while every business situation is unique, we have found that the SAFe Implementation Roadmap always delivers results.

For more on SAFe, please browse the website and subscribe to SAFe updates, where you will be the first to get notification of new developments. Also, check out the Resources menu, where you will find:

  • Free posters for the SAFe Big Picture graphic, the House of Lean, SAFe Lean-Agile Principles, and SAFe Implementation Roadmap
  • Free videos, recorded webinars, and presentations
  • Links to SAFe books, white papers, and advanced topics

Be sure and check out our corporate site at scaledagile.com where you will find details about the latest SAFe courses, the global class calendar, the Scaled Agile Partner Directory, news about SAFe events, and much more. And when you’re ready, attend a SAFe course and get certified; At any given time, there are over a thousand SAFe classes being offered worldwide. You never know; I might see you at one of them.

Our commitment is to continuously evolve SAFe to provide value to the industry—better systems, better business outcomes, better daily lives for the people who build the world’s most important new systems—but only you, the adopters and practitioners, can tell us whether or not we have accomplished that.

Stay SAFe!
—Dean and the Scaled Agile Team


A Brief History of SAFe

With five major updates since its initial release in 2011, SAFe has grown with the marketplace as we uncover new and better ways of developing software and systems. Although new versions of the SAFe Big Picture are released only occasionally, the Framework knowledge base is continuously updated with new and improved guidance between releases. Please subscribe to SAFe Updates to stay informed of these important changes.

Below is a quick view of the Framework’s history.


Last update: 28 September, 2018