What is difference between Scrum at Scale and SAFe?


Agile is a new way of working, which is a change in the mindset of project progress.

So, what to choose: Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) or Scrum at Scale? Both are one of the most used agile frameworks and that promote several benefits for project management and increase the company’s productivity and efficiency

Whether it’s SAFe or Scrum at Scale, whichever is used to apply the agile culture in the company must be chosen according to the work environment, specific goals of each project, and even the structure of the company.

Therefore, the advantages and disadvantages of each framework are the important points to decide on your application.

Do you want to know more about choosing between the agile SAFe or Scrum at Scale frameworks? Keep reading this GitScrum article!

What are the advantages and disadvantages of agile frameworks?

It is increasingly present in the industrial panorama the application or prediction of application of some agile framework in some project or to change the corporate culture.

This adoption of the agile culture does not necessarily imply the immediate success of the endeavor, mainly due to the importance of change and constant work – whether SAFe or Scrum at Scale and even other agile frameworks, will depend a lot on the company to say which is the best in due course. scenery.

These different forms of agile methodology allow a great exchange of thoughts and ideas from which organizations and companies are able to adapt their culture to the agile format. This choice also guides your vision of the future and the company’s strategic vision.

Of the agile frameworks, two stand out due to their scope of application and capillarity in the business environment, and either SAFe or Scrum at Scale are suitable for this application.

SAFe – Scaled Agile Framework

SAFe is one of the most popular frameworks in the business world when it comes to scaling the agile culture in large organizations.

As an example, an important point of SAFe with a focus on the Information Technology world is its birth already encompassing the DevOps ideology, which is increasingly important in the agile landscape and as a culture to promote more agility in value delivery.

This framework defines an approach that can scale Scrum in the scenarios of large companies, with large teams and working on the same product at the same time.

It can be considered as a framework for large organizations that seek to maintain as much of their structure, organization, and methods as possible while applying the concepts and ideas of agile culture.

SAFe also has an approach that seeks to keep organizations that are highly structured with a lower level of change and retain as much of the organizational structure of the processes as possible, while still reaping the benefits of the agile culture.

This framework is ideal for dealing with large teams that are geographically separated and deals with the agile culture at a much higher level than just teams, applying this culture throughout the organization.

It also describes the organization at three levels: the portfolio level; the program level; and the level of the team. As it has a more general and systemic view of the company, it can be better used in managing the portfolio and its programs.

The basic structure of SAFe is the Agile Release Train (ART), considered as a team of Agile teams that takes care of the processes, development, and delivery together with other project stakeholders.

Compared to Scrum at Scale, SAFe may not be as customizable, and here comes a disadvantage. This comparison with Scrum shows that SAFe has a more complex structure and adds more processes, layers, functions, and tools to the project’s value delivery.

Scrum at Scale

Scrum is considered to be a faster and more iterative method of applying the agile culture in a business landscape and as an agile methodology, it focuses on the regular delivery cadence.

By concept, it is an extension of the core Scrum framework and scales to larger organizations and is also a great solution for companies of all sizes.

The modular approach present in Scrum at Scale helps to properly scale the Agile culture to align the entire organization to share the same goals in the project and in the process.

Another relevant point is that this modular approach provides an adequate scaling according to the company’s culture and the reality in which it lives.

Because it is modular, developers and team members can adapt modules that are interesting for the project and can promote the application of specific modules in specific environments.

Scrum at Scale has a high level of efficiency when dealing with teams that live in the same environment or geographic location and one of the important points of this framework is its ideal team configuration as a single agile team, unlike SAFe.

Another important aspect of Scrum at Scale is its ability to align the organization towards a shared set of goals.

These advantages make Scrum at Scale an ideal framework to be applied in specialized company processes that have a high level of customization, especially when dealing with non-traditional environments.

This advantage is ideal for companies that have a strong organizational culture and that need an application of agile culture in accordance with that organizational culture.

Other frameworks

In addition to SAFe or Scrum at Scale, there are other frameworks for the application of agile models for project development, mainly adopting some characteristics that can be adapted to other organizational scenarios.

DAD (Disciplined Agile Delivery) encourages choices at different stages and points of product delivery, providing general guidance for choosing structures, practices, and combinations for applying the agile culture.

Another example of an agile framework is Lean Product Delivery, a system that aims to reduce waste in products and processes by eliminating everything that is unnecessary, especially steps that are excessive in the project or unnecessary features for delivery.

Kanban is also a good example that can be applied together with other frameworks to bring more organizations to an agile culture.

With a system in which members extract and enter their work activities in a list of items or on a board, Kanban promotes the overview of the process and the offer of work at the limit of each professional’s capacity.

Cards are used to signal the stages of steps and card accumulation indicates some bottleneck in this process.

Main reasons for adopting agile methodologies

Relying on agile methodologies in business processes is a practice that offers several advantages, both in the short and long term.

1.Less rework

Agile methodologies allow for more frequent deliveries, which helps to reduce team rework, as the customer will be able to provide more feedback, validating the final product in small parts.

2. More transparency in processes

Agile development methodologies help increase the level of knowledge teams have about project status and the quality of work products, for example. This visual management brought by agile methodologies allows everyone involved to be aware of everything at any time, improving productivity and the alignment of tasks performed.

3. Business valuation

A company with processes that are organized and aligned with the strategy and goals allows a greater delivery of value to the user and a remarkable optimization of processes.

Thus, agile methodologies are the right path for managers who want to increase the quality of what is delivered to the customer and eliminate the waste of time on things that do not add value.

4. Greater customer satisfaction

Any business depends on satisfied customers to be successful. Satisfied customers are those who are met both in their explicit requirements and in their expectations.

The adoption of agile methods is very useful in this search for meeting both explicit needs and implicit expectations. Well-developed products, aligned with requirements and delivered on time certainly make the customer feel happy and satisfied.

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