SAFe Tool for Scaling Agile

Apptio Targetprocess is key to adopting SAFe 6.0 for true business agility

What is Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)?

Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) is a set of principles and workflow patterns designed to help organizations implement Agile and Lean practices to address the significant challenges of developing and delivering high quality, enterprise-class, technology-based solutions with fast time-to-market. SAFe provides guidance with proven success patterns on the Full, Portfolio, Large Solution and Essential levels for achieving company-wide business agility. 

Apptio Targetprocess is built specifically to help mid-size and large enterprises implement the Scaled Agile Framework across the entire organization and adopt Lean-Agile principles at scale. The platform is easily set up for any SAFe configuration you need – from Essential SAFe to Large Solution SAFe, to Portfolio SAFe and Full SAFe. Moreover, for companies undergoing an Agile transformation, Apptio Targetprocess’ innovative Solutions Library helps you easily adopt SAFe 6.0 by enabling the configuration of the SAFe framework specific to your team’s needs. Whether you need to support both Agile and traditional teams, at small scale, or mature in your journey, Apptio Targetprocess helps your organization accelerate your digital transformation. 

Full SAFe Ready

Full SAFe is built to maintain portfolios of large and complex solutions for large enterprises. Apptio Targetprocess delivers solutions to increase value delivery in enterprises of any size applying Full SAFe. Our built-in views, reports, and dashboards provide a simple starting point no matter where your organization is in the SAFe Implementation Roadmap. Apptio Targetprocess allows you to holistically and visually prioritize, follow, and operate your work based on Scaled Agile values and principles – so you can quickly and continuously deliver value to your customers with the Full SAFe configuration. 

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The Fast Track Guide to SAFe Implementation

The Fast Track Guide to SAFe Implementation is a “get things going” handbook that will help organizations run a SAFe pilot program, identify the challenges, and set realistic goals for launching a strong SAFe implementation.

Portfolio Level

The Portfolio level is where strategy is aligned with execution and solution development is organized around the flow of value through one or more value streams. Investment funding, Agile Operations, and Lean governance needed to deliver solutions are also provided at this level. Here, Lean Portfolio Management, Epic Owners, and Enterprise Architects work together to define, prioritize, and align strategic themes and epics with the organization’s vision. Allocation of funds are facilitated by events such as Participatory Budgeting based on strategic priorities. Strategic intents are translated into actionable plans that can be executed by Agile Release Trains to ensure the smooth flow of value. 

Apptio Targetprocess provides options to visually follow the flow of Portfolio Epics in real time — from ideation to delivery — and link these strategic initiatives all the way to the teams doing the work. The system enables you to see Portfolio reports, metrics, and dashboards with a holistic summary of work while supporting interactive drill-down views that provide transparency into the status of work at any level.

Large Solution Level

Large Solution SAFe is meant to address the challenges enterprises face while building large-scale solutions that are beyond the scope of a single ART.  Solution Trains synchronize the efforts of multiple ARTs and Suppliers, with Solution Train Engineers (STEs), Solution Management, and Solution Architects collaborating to ensure the successful delivery of business solutions. This coordination is guided by defined visions and roadmaps, and by aligning the train with the organization’s strategic objectives. 

Apptio Targetprocess assists the STE’s goal of aligning people with work and guiding them toward the completion of the wider organization’s needs. The tool supports Solution Management’s goal to maintain the solution vision and roadmap, define work-items (capabilities and enablers), and guide the work through the solution Kanban. 

Essential Level

Essential SAFe contains the minimal set of roles, events, and artifacts required for Agile Release Trains (ARTs) to function effectively and deliver value in a Lean-Agile manner. Within Essential SAFe, the Release Train Engineer (RTE) takes on a crucial role as the chief Scrum Master for the ART, overseeing events such as PI Planning to align teams on goals and objectives. This synchronized cadence cultivates an environment where ARTs can achieve portfolio-level accomplishments with precision, ensuring speed and quality in their deliveries.

Apptio Targetprocess supplies functionality for managing features with the ability to rank them using Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) to build a cross-team backlog. RTEs use Apptio Targetprocess to collaborate on a plan with, and track dependencies across teams using shared views that eliminate the need for messy physical representations and accelerate the digitization of processes. Reports and views in our SAFe tool provide invaluable insights for relentless improvement. 

Apptio Targetprocess for Teams

Apptio Targetprocess is the Scaled Agile Framework software that allows team members and stakeholders to see their own and other team’s work completed in real time with full control over team-specific workflow states. Important metrics like effort estimates, team velocity, WIP, and cycle time are easily displayed to provide invaluable insights for continuous improvement. Scrum, Kanban, and many combinations are easily supported. A variety of optional team level features provide means for teams to implement their team’s SAFE Scrum practices. Apptio Targetprocess provides full support for functional and user acceptance testing (FT & UAT) as well as related request or incident management. 

Discover how Apptio Targetprocess can help you swiftly configure and deploy SAFe 6.0 with the fastest time-to-value.

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