Smaller teams have experimented with, and used Agile development methods reliably for quite a while. Agile, the modern alternative to Waterfall software development, seems to have started becoming the new standard for enterprises.
Today more and more enterprises understand that they could also reap the benefits of Agile (shorter delivery and release phases), driving the adoption of this framwork. The real challenge, then, is to adopt Agile self-governing practices in a scaled environment that traditionally relies of hierarchy and sequential processes.
If enterprises decide to go Agile, they can choose from different Agile scaling methodologies and processes. Scrum, XP (eXtreme Programming), Crystal, FDD (Feature Driven Development), DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development), Adaptive Software Development, RUP (Rational Unified Process) or the more recent Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) all promise to help large organizations transition to Agile.
Related blog post: The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) in a Nutshell
As Ken Schwaber stated, SAFe is built on different iterative and incremental predecessors such as Rational Unified Process (RUP), the popular iterative and incremental software development process framework. The key question is if enterprises really benefit from using this framework developed by Dean Leffingwell. While the framework has received intense criticism, Agile enterprise adoption using the Scaled Agile Framework is accelerating, and we have seen remarkable results achieved by the adoption of SAFe® in an enterprise environment.
codeBeamer's new release 7.2 is the first implementation of SAFe® in the Agile world. As an ALM tool supporting SAFe, It sets itself apart from its competitors by enabling Agile planning and scheduling while maintaining an established discipline of requirements, testing, and development management.
codeBeamer provides versioning (baselines) for all artifacts, and lifecycle-wide traceability to support compliance in medical, automotive and aviation development. Demand Management functionality is also included in codeBeamer 7.2 which is essential to track demands across departments and to prioritize requirements. It is a useful feature to help forecast demand and to meet consumer expectations.
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