Benefits and challenges of adopting the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): Preliminary results from a multivocal literature review

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussavertaisarvioitu



  • IT University of Copenhagen
  • Simula Research Laboratory


Over the past few years, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) has been adopted by a large number of organizations to scale agile to large enterprises. At the moment, SAFe seems to be the most predominant agile scaling framework. Despite the current popularity of SAFe in the software intensive industry, there exists surprisingly little scientific research on the benefits and challenges of SAFe adoption. To collect the existing knowledge on this topic, we conducted a multivocal literature review, which includes both peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed case studies and experience reports on organizations that have adopted SAFe. We identified 52 unique organisations adopting SAFe, five from the scientific literature and 47 from the grey literature. The most salient benefit categories were: transparency, alignment, productivity, predictability and time to market. The most frequently mentioned challenge categories were: change resistance, challenges with the first program increment planning and moving away from agile.


OtsikkoProduct-Focused Software Process Improvement - 19th International Conference, PROFES 2018, Proceedings
ToimittajatMarcus Ciolkowski, Regina Hebig, Marco Kuhrmann, Dietmar Pfahl, Paolo Tell, Sousuke Amasaki, Steffen Küpper, Kurt Schneider, Jil Klünder
TilaJulkaistu - 1 tammikuuta 2018
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaInternational Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement - Wolfsburg, Saksa
Kesto: 28 marraskuuta 201830 marraskuuta 2018
Konferenssinumero: 19


NimiLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Vuosikerta11271 LNCS
ISSN (painettu)0302-9743
ISSN (elektroninen)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement

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