Dean Leffingwell and Scaled Agile, Inc. Announce New Scaled Agile Framework at Agile2012 Conference

Leffingwell developed the Scaled Agile Framework™ to help enterprises successfully and efficiently scale Agile software development practices beyond small work groups

BOULDER, Colo. and DALLAS, Aug. 14, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — �Agile2012 Conference -- Dean Leffingwell, president of Leffingwell, LLC., and long-time Agile development thought leader, today announced the availability of the Scaled Agile Framework ("SAFe"), a knowledge base of proven practices for scaling Lean and Agile development within larger enterprise IT and software development organizations. The framework, being debuted at Agile2012 with implementation partners IconATG and Blue Mercury Consulting, provides a practical and systematic approach to scaling Agile beyond small teams, and is being offered as on-line content or via public or private training courses through the Scaled Agile Academy and their training partners. For complete information visit


"Our modern world runs on software and in order to keep pace, practitioners must build increasingly complex and sophisticated software systems," said Leffingwell. "Doing so requires larger teams and continuously rethinking the methods and practices we use —part art, science, engineering, mathematics and social science— to organize and perform these important activities. Based on the proven advantages and innovations brought to us by Agile development practices, including Lean, Scrum, XP and Kanban, the Scaled Agile Framework represents one such set of advances, one designed exclusively for use at enterprise scale."

The Scaled Agile Framework consists of approximately 200 pages of guidance and practices for implementing software agility at enterprise scale. It has been successfully deployed in enterprises with hundreds, and even thousands, of software developers. Principal contributors to the framework include Drew Jemilo, Colin O'Neill, Alex Yakyma and Alan Shalloway. The framework includes a "Big Picture" user interface that serves as a primary graphic element to highlight individual roles, teams, activities and artifacts necessary to scale Agile from the team to the enterprise level.

Leffingwell continued: "Together with our partner software enterprises and our implementation teams, we have been developing this framework for more than six years, and we have decided to offer it in public-facing form, so that every practitioner, team, program and enterprise can enjoy the personal and business benefits of delivering ever better software at an ever faster pace."

Ryan North, Chief Agile Evangelist at Mitchell International notes: "We have been successfully applying the Scaled Agile Framework for the last year, and we are excited about the improvements in quality and productivity that the framework is providing. The teachings of Leffingwell and his Scaled Agile partners have been extremely helpful in starting us down the path to achieving the benefits of Agile at scale."

The framework is available in public facing form so that enterprises can immediately leverage the guidance it provides. Enterprises can link to the individual guidance pages and copies of the Big Picture graphic can be downloaded at

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The contents of the framework are protected by Copyright of Leffingwell, LLC., and contents may not be copied or reproduced, in whole or in part, without the expressed permission of the copyright holder. Scaled Agile Framework is a Trademark of Leffingwell, LLC.

About Leffingwell, LLC. Along with his partners at Scaled Agile, Inc. and Scaled Agile Academy, Leffingwell, LLC. provides training, consulting and certification services in applying Lean and Agile development methods at enterprise scale. Dean Leffingwell, its president, is a 30+ veteran of the software industry, an entrepreneur, executive, author methodologist and consultant. As one of the world's most experienced scaled agile leaders, he developed the unique Scaled Agile Framework™ which combines Agile portfolio management, large-scale Agile architecture and an innovative Agile Release Train for successful program delivery. A former VP of Rational Software, he is the author of Agile Software Requirements, Scaling Software Agility and Managing Software Requirements, all from Addison-Wesley.

About Scaled Agile, Inc. The mission of Scaled Agile, Inc. is to facilitate enterprise Agile transformation through holistic adoption and to help clients achieve improved lean economics with SAFe. Visit for more details or contact Email Contact.

About Scaled Agile Academy. The mission of the Scaled Agile Academy is to develop leaders of enterprise Agile adoption and transformation worldwide through application of the Scaled Agile Framework. The Academy does so through training, implementation and consultant certification services. Visit for details or contact Email Contact.

SOURCE Leffingwell, LLC.; Scaled Agile, Inc.

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