Scaled Agile Framework

How to gain the most benefits from the SAFe®


The Challenge

All organizational change at an enterprise scale is hard. Frameworks with training and implementation guidance can help your organization accelerate the adoption within your organization. The Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Enterprises (SAFe) is the market-leading solution and As a SAFe Gold SPCT Partner, Agile Rising specializes in helping organizations successfully implement SAFe.

For the Change Agent

You have already been working with an internal change agent on your transformation, or perhaps you are that internal agent. Still, you have struggled with getting executives and leaders on board with investing in the necessary change; then, Agile Rising SAFe Program Consultants are here to help. The SAFe is comprehensive and addresses most, if not all, of the critical challenges in enterprise Lean-Agile transformation out of the box. Knowing when and how to implement SAFe can be a daunting task for agents and teams that are new to scaling frameworks.

For Executives

For executives and leaders seeking out ways to conquer digital transformation but have run into challenges with building alignment and shared commitment from your managers and teams – let us help you build a vision for change that is sustainable. We will work with you and your team to create a plan that sets the stage for success by scripting the critical moves and being prepared for managing risks actively rather than passively.

Helping you get to the tipping point safely with a solid plan of action is our job. Let us help you navigate the pitfalls of organizational change management with experienced executive and enterprise coaches that are prepared to share their passion for improvement with you.

Experience matters

Only SAFe SPCT Gold Partners are validated by Scaled Agile to have real-world experience successfully implementing SAFe within multiple organizations. Agile Rising’s consultants have been helping companies and government agencies successfully implement SAFe since 2013. Let Agile Rising’s experience help you be successful with your implementation. We will help your leadership drive the transformation, select appropriate partners for training and coaching, and be your guide on this complex journey. 

Our Solutions

SAFe® Implementation Roadmap 5.0

When your organization decides that you have reached the tipping point and know what you need to do – change the system – the next question is nearly always, “how do we do it?” The SAFe is an excellent answer for enterprise-class organizations that need to act quickly and decisively with the momentum to invest in world-class guidance and training assets.

For any organization that commits to a transformation and adopts SAFe, it will be one of the most extensive and complex set of changes that your teams have experienced. You do not want your implementation partner to be doing this for the first time, learning on the job.

Our Approach

Our approach for implementing SAFe is based on the SAFe Implementation Roadmap. Additionally, we have a unique approach that adapts and binds organizational change leadership and Prosci ADKAR organizational change management practices along with Kotter’s 8-Step Process.

Agile Rising focuses on helping to optimize your entire organization with the latest research into organizational effectiveness and innovative management practices.  Our experienced transformation consultants help to define a strategy, build a corporate design, roll-out plan, tool and framework selection tailored to your specific organizational and business needs.

We specialize in partnering with senior leaders from across the organization, including IT, Business, Finance, HR, Sales, and Marketing, to form a guiding coalition that is prepared for organizational change leadership. Our goal is to help you build a system that optimizes the entire enterprise.

We help to address some of the largest challenges that organizations face when trying to scale Agile and DevOps: changing funding and budgeting models, aligning strategic planning cycles, and implementing Lean portfolio management. When you are ready to move beyond training and coaching development teams and want to apply Agile and Lean across your entire organization, Agile Rising is the partner you need.

Lean Portfolio Management

We understand the challenges of extending to the portfolio and expanding across the enterprise. With our experience in agile budgeting, Technology Business Management, agile contracting, and managing portfolios of large strategic initiatives, we can help guide your organization to a solution that works for you


Agile Product Management

Product management is at the heart of almost every business. From building the right products and getting them off the shelf to exploring new markets and ensuring that financial choices maximize business value, product and solution managers play a critical role in optimizing business outcomes. Disruptive technologies, fast-moving competitors, and increasingly complex supplier networks make it challenging to manage the product life cycle successfully.


Federal Government SAFe Implementations

Agile Rising has deep experience helping multiple federal agencies adopt the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) and also provides thought leadership in agile transformation within the Government. Our team helped develop the SAFe® for Government course and GAO Agile Guide. We are long time contributors to the SEI Agile Collaboration Group and have presented at the annual Inter-Agency Agile Seminar on agile contracting and vendor management. We know the challenges you face; we have been there and can help you navigate a successful implementation strategy. We can also help provide the oversight needed for your implementation vendors.

Organizational Change Leadership

To be successful in any transformation your organization will need experience change leaders. Motivated and passionate people are great places to start with your internal staff. But to ensure a high level of success rely on battle hardened transformation change agents from Agile Rising to serve as thought and practice leaders in your organizational change management (OCM) plan.

Set the stage for success by scripting the important moves (Switch – Heath & Heath). This can be accomplished by bringing in the right team of external change agents to power up your transformation.

Successful depends largely on experience!

We need a complete cross-functional team that is dedicated to the success of the transformation. And like every Agile team, it needs a leader, a backlog, and people to do the work. Let’s call it a guiding coalition. Defining the purpose and mission for this team is a top priority on our list of activities to accomplish in our discovery cycle.

Digital Transformation with SAFe and TBM

If your organization is undergoing a digital transformation that is driving very difficult spend and value discussions, let us help you build some new organizational instincts. Taking an enterprise systems view to your complex product and service delivery may help you choose where to start to develop patterns for success. Using the Technology Business Management framework practices in parallel with the SAFe can enhance your organization’s ability to achieve business agility.

If your IT group struggles to justify spend and the business is always frustrated with delayed schedules and quality issues, perhaps it is time to shift thinking to value conversations. TBM and SAFe work well together as complementary bodies of knowledge with in-depth insights and guidance on how you can build a new system that feeds on learning rather than struggle.

Learn more about TBM.