A Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe™) Case Study

Guided by a small team of coaches, a company successfully implemented Scrum framework with SAFe to scale up to 150 people delivering software and server-side systems

7 April 2014
etf, safe

You can download this case study as a white paper (PDF, 6.3 MB). A version also appears on VersionOne blog.

A leading Cable Television company faced long and challenging development cycles with quality problems. Guided by a small team of coaches*, they successfully implemented the Scrum framework with SAFe™ to scale up to 150 people delivering their set-top box/DVR software and server-side systems to support the DVRs. The following challenges drove the need for change:

  • 12+ month release cycle; unable to respond to a rapidly changing marketplace
  • Missed delivery dates; schedule slippage
  • Quality problems due to late integration ...

ETF and scaled Agile frameworks

How does agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework™ compare with other large size Agile approaches like SAFe or DAD?

3 April 2014
dad, etf, safe

Following the heated discussions about SAFe (and our own bit of fun), it's worth checking how agile42 approach matches the expectation and solutions of large size Agile models that are being evaluated by corporations involved in transitioning their methodologies.

The agile42 Enterprise Transition Framework™ (ETF) supports the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and other scaled agile frameworks. The ETF enables structured and strategic organizational change, and will help you deploy SAFe, DAD or any other framework.

We recognize that organizations are complex systems. We also know that in a complex system, no best ...

agile42 introduces Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™

agile42 introduces the Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™, a collection of practices that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to agility at scale

1 April 2014

We see that many big enterprises want big enterprise agility. For this reason, agile42 is today introducing the Agile Rubber-Stamp for Enterprises™, a collection of practices that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to agility at scale.

The framework is based on stuff that worked a couple of years ago for a couple of large companies. These companies used continuous improvement techniques to develop the methods that we have now copied into the framework, and they have also evolved on from there. Unfortunately continuous improvement is old news and difficult to sell, so our framework carefully omits the underlying philosophy and jumps ...

Five books every ScrumMaster should read

agile42 coaches have selected a short list of titles that should be on the bookshelf of any ScrumMaster

31 March 2014
book, scrum, scrummaster

This is a new series by agile42 coaches to help you build your Agile library (bookshelf or virtual that is!) It follows up on the great success of last year's Summer Reading List that included an eclectic selection of titles ranging from business books to military history.

This first installation of Top Five Books is devoted to the key role in the Scrum process – the ScrumMaster. We have interviewed our colleagues and here's a (difficult) selection.

Books, photo by RLHyde

Mike Cohn, Succeeding with Agile Software Development

As a ScrumMaster you don't only need to know what Agile and Scrum are ...

Safe and unsafe words…

A look at online reviews and discussions about the Scaled Agile Framework®

28 March 2014
etf, safe, scrum

The worldwide Agile community is debating these days mostly about one single thing, and this is the Scaled Agile Framework® or SAFe™ as it's commonly known. We have studied extensively the subject both in the fields and as part of our Enterprise Transition Framework (ETF) approach which may include SAFe as a component according to the organization needs.

We will publish something very soon but as an end-of-week read we suggest you a selection of a few posts by popular leaders in the Agile and Lean community who have weighted on this Framework from their own points of view ...

Video for Agile Embedded Software Development Keynote

Video recording and slides of the Keynote by Andrea Tomasini and Bent Myllerup at the "Embedded meets Agile 2014" conference in Munich

26 March 2014

Here's the complete presentation of Agile Embedded Software Development, what's wrong with it? as recorded during the Embedded meets Agile conference in Munich on February 18th.

Andrea and Bent analyzed some example cases that included the “limitations” often attached to Agile methods and also gave some hints on how to solve them. Finally they also attacked the “culture” issue. This is especially important for companies which grew out of hardware development and do not have a solid culture that include software, and therefore are stuck with waterfall development process and a traditional view on professional barriers for their ...

Agilia and CSPO in Czech Republic

Participation to Agilia 2014 in Brno speaking about Agile in embedded development environment, and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) training

19 March 2014
Events, Scrum, Training
agilia2014, cspo

Next week I'm starting a trip to the beautiful Brno in Czech Republic that will include a talk at the Agilia conference on March 26th. I'll speak about "Will agile work in my embedded development environment?".

Brno - Cathedral of Saints Peter and PaulAgile approaches like Scrum is designed for software development, but will it also work when we add electronics development and mechanical construction to the practices? Come and get insights from the experiences of a Certified Scrum Trainer who actually did the work himself. You will learn about how to setup teams that have the combined skill-set of software, electronics and mechanical engineers ...

Scrumtisch March 2014

27. March 2014 - Scrumtish in Berlin

14 March 2014
Scrumtisch Berlin

Dear friends,

here's the schedule for the next Scrumtisch in Berlin in 2014:

  • Date: 27th of March, 2014
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Place: American Diner Berlin, Boxhagener Str. 108 (formerly know as Restaurant "Deseo")

If you would like to attend, please send a message to, or register at the Scrum User Group on Xing.

We are looking forward to meeting you or seeing you again! :-)



SAFe in the words of an experienced Agilist

Certified Scrum Trainer Peter Saddington has published a long review of his experience when attending a training of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

26 February 2014

Peter's review at Agile Scout is a point by point discussion of what he's witnessed in the training and his insights into the methodology. It's very interesting for experienced Agile practitioners.

“I have no crystal ball. I can’t tell the future. One thing I can see happening is this: The SAFe model is the lowest barrier to entry for scaled agile work at the current moment.”

SAFe workbook, photo by Peter Saddington

photo by Peter Saddington

Invitation to STWC – Software Testing World Cup

Extending the invitation the first annual Software Testing World Cup (STWC): May the best win!

24 February 2014

Software Testing World Cup (STWC)The Software Testing World Cup (STWC) is an event for testing practitioners to show off their skills and compete with other testing professionals. It brings the testing craft into the spotlight and gives the profession a competitive event on a global scale. STWC is a global event with a sportive, competitive character for the testing community.

It will consist of a continental round of testing, done online, so that all the testing professionals out there have the chance to participate.


Project User Experience Testing

The continental champions will be invited to the Agile Testing Days 2014 in Potsdam, Germany!

Check out the official website ...

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