Customization with Applied SAFe®
It‘s common that in larger companies a lot of practices and standard operating procedures already exist. It‘s also common that different life cycle models are concurrently executed in the same company. Because of this, Applied SAFe® already comes with strategies, concepts, and guidelines on how such integrations and extensions can be done.
- Use the included and comprehensive ‘Applied SAFe® Process Modeling Guideline’ to extend and adapt Applied SAFe® with your company specific processes; save months to define such a modeling guideline.
- Work with SAFe® add on processes in order to professionally manage your process development, assessment, deployment, and governance.
- You get all the content of SAFe (texts and images) with the right to use and change them, even if you need to translate to different languages
Applied SAFe® is also capable of making use of various life cycle models. As proposed by SAFe®, teams can run with Scrum as an agile method; additionally, it‘s possible to coexist with other life cycles by synchronizing via the Agile Release Train. Teams can choose their life cycle depending on their needs and their agile readiness. This solution has the advantage to let some teams smoothly adopt Agile, while other teams could choose other life cycles to work with; such as for example the V-Model, Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), iterative or waterfall.
Interested in Compliance? We created mappings from Applied SAFe to various reference models like CMMI, Automotive SPICE 3.0, IEC 62304, CTR-180 (FDA) and more. It’s our concept to enable you to do this mapping by yourself. However, if you don’t want to do this customization by yourself, we will help you to adapt the standard process implementation to your needs.
ACTUAL, CONCRETE EXAMPLES
The sections below contain screen shots of the actual implementation of Applied SAFe®, they serve as testimonials of what the product looks and feels like.
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The following details explain customization with Applied SAFe®.
Integrate, adjust and extend Applied SAFe based on concepts like workspace hierarchies, effective use of process types for a number of deployment strategies, inheritance mechanisms for process elements, process model extensions with your existing and new process assets, and more.
With Applied SAFe you are able to:
- Change all elements of Applied SAFe (logo’s, pictures, colors, models, etc.)
- Extend Applied SAFe® and integrate existing company processes
- Engineer new processes with the building blocks as defined in Applied SAFe®
- Enhance the model in the spirit and architecture of Applied SAFe® including using, altering the Applied SAFe® Modeling Guideline
- Understand the process types to integrate core processes, branch and merge process versions
- Adapt tailoring, adoption of processes and tailoring questions/answers
- Integrate new and existing reference models such as ASPICE, CMMI, ISO 26262, and more
- Ensure compliance of processes
- Understand the use of different alternatives for process quality checks
- Version and release processes including state management
This is normally done by Process Engineers, Quality Managers, and/or the Lean Agile Center of Excellance (LACE) team. They would also be providing the possible tailorings and/or extending Applied SAFe with their own processes. If this is something you would be interested in then you would need to take the Applied SAFe Quality Manager and the Applied SAFe Process Engineer trainings.
Editing Process Models and its contents
The process and its model shall be edited and modeled in conjunction with domain and process architecture. You can either add and enhance the model with additional content or you can change the existing content of Applied SAFe. The Applied SAFe modeling guideline is a comprehensive part of Applied SAFe for this purpose.
- All modeling activities are executed by the nominated process engineer.
- Creation and/or deletion of any element in relation to a process area whether in terms of processes, activities, process steps, work products, guidelines, checklists and templates must be consulted with the process manager(s) or the Quality Manager.
- No process engineer shall invent a new or delete a process area content by himself.
In larger organizations, it is common that for every process area, a specific process manager role is established. This role leads a small group of process engineers changing the process in the large.
- An exception exists for the description of activities, where the process manager himself is directly responsible for editing the content.
- A process manager is limited to alter the inputs/outputs and role responsibilities of activities by using existing work products/roles.
- Creation of new work products or all other changes to the process model shall only be executed by the process engineer after consulting domain, process, architecture and process owner.
Have the ability to map your processes against one or more reference models such as:
- Maturity models developed as a quality gage by industry and standardization committees
- Industry Standards
- In-house standards within an organization
Widely used maturity models for evaluating process quality include the following: ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC 62 304, Automotive SPICE, CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration).
As previously mentioned, it’s our concept to enable you to do this mapping by yourself. However, if you don’t want to do this customization by yourself, we will help you to adapt the standard process implementation to your needs.