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Scaled Agile Framework

The Scrum framework for teams works well for small and medium-sized software projects. But in large software projects, where multiple and often large teams work on the same project or where multiple projects are developed in parallel, the traditional project management methods fall over and result in project that run over time and over budget. Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), as developed by Dean Leffingwell, is a way to scale agile from the team-based Scrum method, to the entire company. SAFe lets you scale the tried and tested team agile and lean principles to the full enterprise. 

Why agile and SAFe with JIRA and Confluence

It can be challenging to move a team from the traditional project management processes to an agile method like Scrum. But this process is helped enormously by a well-designed and configured task management system and the automatic workflows and reporting capabilities to support it. Jira is one of the leading systems for software and product development in the world. 

While Jira works well for small projects, it's lacking the features you need to get the bird's eye overview when you want to implement SAFe at an enterprise level. It is, however, a highly scalable software platform at its core, which we have extended with powerful elements to support the processes and structures in the SAFe framework transparently, traceably and centrally in digital form.

Confluence is commonly used as a corporate intranet. But, it is also perfect as a knowledge base or central (versioned) storage of your project documentation. 

When you glue these processes and systems together with Agile Hive, you have a powerful solution that will help you consistently manage and develop your projects, and keep your teams productive, even when they are large and distributed.

Agile Hive - SAFe with Atlassian tools

We have partnered with Germany’s leading SAFe experts, KEGON AG, to develop a solution on top of Jira that can be configured to meet your SAFe requirements. 

Small and large SAFe implementations

Agile Hive scales with you: If you have a few teams working on the same program, you may find that the Essential SAFe configuration is good enough. This covers both the Team and the Program level, which together form an Agile Release Train (ART) and a continuous delivery pipeline.

But what if you have multiple ARTs? You'll need to scale up one or two more levels: The Large Solution level lets you coordinate multiple Agile Release Trains.

The final level, Full SAFe, is the most comprehensive, for when you need to support the development of many large and integrated solutions that require hundreds of people to develop and maintain.

Agile Hive and Jira can be with you from the leanest essential SAFe configuration all the way through to the Full SAFe configuration.

Comprehensive SAFe Reporting

Rich and detailed reports and forecasts are available, and updated in real time. In Agile Hive, there are dashboards for all levels of SAFe. See at a glance whether you are on track or behind: Progress reports for ARTs in percentages and PI burn-downs, epic and feature completion forecasts and more than ten customizable Jira reporting gadgets.

Automated documentation

If you are like most software developers and project managers we have met over the years, you dread having to create and maintain the documentation in and around your projects. Agile Hive can automatically create the foundation for your documentation in Confluence. 

Track artifacts in the SAFe hierarchy

Drill down through all SAFe levels to track epics, capabilities, features and stories. See details, all the way to the individual Jira issues simply by following the links from the reports and between the SAFe levels. 

See dependencies, visually

You can more quickly get an understanding of how the various components related to each other with a diagram. Agile Hive makes it easy by representing dependencies visually on a board with arrows. This will streamline your planning and let you work easily with distributed teams.

Our partner for agile transformations and cultural change 

Felix Rüssel (Kegon, in German), Atlassian Enterprise Club Day about Jira 2017

Videos about Agile Hive and implementing SAFe in Jira