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How ProdPad Fits with Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

This is part of our “How ProdPad Fits” pages. See our other “How ProdPad Fits” pages.

What is SAFe?

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) (and other similar methodologies like Large Scale Scrum (LeSS), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and Nexus) is a development methodology which has been designed to provide enterprise agility in a large development organization with multiple delivery teams. 

SAFe addresses the problem of an agile team working within a broader waterfall organization. While the team might be agile, the broader organization’s waterfall approach overpowers the benefits of the team’s agile approach.

In essence, these frameworks provide a way to coordinate agile behaviors to make the organization as a whole more agile.

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

You’re in SAFe hands with ProdPad

ProdPad provides the tools required for Lean Portfolio Management, Organizational Agility and the Continuous Learning Culture recommended by SAFe. It helps coordinate the discovery, roadmaps and feedback across the organization at all scales from the team to the product line to the portfolio, ahead of product delivery by the agile release train. Working in ProdPad through the discovery phase ensures that any work planned for the delivery team is more likely to result in the right outcomes for the user and success for the organization using this approach.

By separating strategy and execution, product managers working in an enterprise environment can ensure they are able to provide the details like roadmaps and specifications needed by the development organization, whilst maintaining the ability to discover market problems and define the right solutions for their users.

Lean roadmap

By grouping together ideas under problems to solve, the product manager is able to prioritize which ideas need to go through discovery first and ensure the upcoming sprints are focused on solving market problems. The lean roadmap also encourages iteration and continuous improvement, ensuring that the scrum process doesn’t result in a “Feature Factory”. Agile teams have greater visibility into “the big picture” so they understand how their work fits into the wider strategy.

Idea Backlog

The product manager gathers all the potential ideas for product improvement into the Idea backlog, which can be used through the discovery process to identify the right solutions to user problems. By using filters and impact/effort scoring, the product manager can identify which ideas are the most important and link them to the relevant problems on the roadmap. This in turn helps with prioritization.

Workflows and integrations

ProdPad’s workflow allows ideas to progress through the process of discovery -> specification -> development -> measuring success. This helps the product owner understand which ideas require discovery and specification so that they are working on the right ideas for the upcoming sprint planning session. Within each workflow stage, the product owner can also prioritize the ideas (top to bottom) ensuring that everyone understands what is most important when sprint planning takes place.

Once the idea is pushed to development’s tool of choice using the relevant integration, ProdPad’s workflow stage is kept up to date based on a mapping to development, meaning that business stakeholders can see a simplified version of the development process and understand how progress is being made by reviewing the roadmap or checking out the idea itself.

Customer feedback

The primary goal of all product teams is to solve problems for their customers! ProdPad’s customer feedback module allows the customer’s voice to be heard, and helps the product team understand which problems are the most important to solve, and how those problems affect the customer. By hearing the customer’s own words, the product team is more likely to solve the problem in a way that is acceptable to the customer.

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