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SAFe is SCRUM on Steriods

Posted: 1/1/2021

What is SCRUM

Scrum is a framework for project management that emphasizes teamwork, accountability and iterative progress toward a well-defined goal. … The three pillars of Scrum are transparency, inspection and adaptation. The framework, which is often part of Agile software development, is named for a rugby formation.


  • What is Agile development?
  • Agils is a way to do things.
  • What is a good definition of SCRUM and when should it be used?
  • SCRUM is a way to get things done
  • Do you always have 2 week cycles?
  • Is Agile’s goal to move faster?
  • Why is a daily stand up necessary?
  • What did you do today?
  • What needs to be done?
  • Blockers?
  • Sprint planning
  • Testing
  • Demo
  • How do you pass acceptance criteria
  • What is SAFe?
  • What is PI Planning?
  • Why would you use SAFe?
  • Does SAFe slow a project down?
  • What is the benefit of using SAFe?
  • Is SAFe anti Agile?
  • Once a company adopts SAFe what do they complain about?
  • How long does it take a company to work through the growing pains?
  • There are too many meetings! Why?!?
  • Is SAFe a good methodology to adapt within a startup?
  • What size company is a good fit for SAFe?
  • How do you go about doing an assessment if someone is a good fit for SAFe?
  • If they are not a great fit for SAFe as a whole, can they use any part of it?
  • Small batches of work
  • Consistency
  • What are the different levels of SAFe
  • Essential
  • Large Solution
  • Portfolio
  • Full
  • What occurs to make you decide you need to switch from SCRUM to SAFe?
  • Multiple Teams working together, but on different products?
  • Different Timelines?
  • Will SAFe give me more visibility?
  • Is SAFe only a single vision, or can you make it fit your requirements?
  • Framework?
  • What are the key roles within SAFe?
  • Release Train Engineer
  • System Architect
  • Product Manager
  • SCRUM Master
  • Product Owner
  • Agile Team
  • Cross Functional Developers
  • QA
  • Does Design Fit within this team?
  • Do you need to fill roles that are T shaped?
  • Should you only fill with E shaped individuals?
  • How do you get better participation in Sprint Planning?
  • SCRUM Master
  • Everyone should weigh in on pointing (Other than SCRUM Master/PO)

“SAFe is SCRUM on Steriods” ~ Elizabeth Wilson