Agility was born as a result of the publication of the Agile Manifesto in 2001 and has helped out to put in place a more pragmatic approach at the project management level. The main advantage in the eyes of the customers is the responsiveness in providing fast, progressive versions of solutions thanks to developments made in an iterative mode.
Looking back to many projects, it appeared that there were also limits to Agile: sometimes the focus was too much centered on the developments, as it did not sufficiently meet the management needs of projects or programs requiring managing a large number of (sub-)teams. Similarly, it did not deal with the budgetary aspects of organizations having put Agile in place. For example, the Scrum method does not provide information relating to the financial management of the projects and for which decisions or allocations must be taken quickly to align to the pace of the developments – whereas the budgetary exercises at the level of companies are often at an annual rate.
SAFe Agile is a framework which can be seen as a response to these needs. It sheds a light on how to manage these different points. It is able to provide familiar features to the concepts of agility and also move up a gear to a level that the organization could be managed and qualified in a ‘full’ Agile mode.