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What’s new with SAFe® in CLM 6.0.3

It’s official. IBM’s support for Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) 4.0 is now “in the box”! You can read more about the highlights of the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) 6.0.3 release in Daniel Moul’s blog: Highlights of 6.0.3.

We’ve been working diligently with several early adopters who have provided great feedback since we posted the first beta templates back in March. That early feedback has led to some great improvements — thank you all for contributing to make the SAFe support better. Next up: reports and videos.

Reports

For those of you following updates to the SAFe 4.0 Assets page, you may have already noticed that SAFe 4.0 reports for earlier versions of Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) were posted in November. You can use those in CLM 6.0.3 as well, but look for even better reports using the latest capabilities of Report Builder in 6.0.3. As we build them, we will deliver them, so watch the SAFe 4.0 Assets page for additional announcements. In addition to the “vanilla” stuff, we will be providing some really important new reports and some updates to existing ones with better look and feel that take advantage of new capabilities in Report Builder, including:

  • Roadmaps that pull in the new Proposed attribute
  • Iteration Health
  • Program Predictability
  • Epic Progress Measure
  • Sunset Graph
  • Value Stream and Portfolio Velocity

Videos

If you really want to understand how to get up and running to lead a SAFe-based transformation, or you’re already doing that and would like to get hints and tips on the process, check out the latest series of videos based on the scenario Get Up & Running Quickly described below.

Get Up & Running Quickly Scenario
On the IBM Suport for Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) playlist on YouTube, you’ll find a series of short 3-part videos aligned with the four scenario “acts”:

  • Optimizing tooling to enable adoption of lean and agile principles shows how the tooling administrator establishes the SAFe Portfolio and SAFe Program environments using the out-of-the-box templates, and then watch as the Portfolio and Program Managers do post-initialization configuration tasks
  • Initiating a Portfolio demonstrates how the Portfolio Management Team establishes business strategy and vision, identifies the Value Streams and disburses the Portfolio “bucket of money” across those Value Streams, and then provides a report on the Rational Team Concert dashboard for all to see
  • Prepare for PI Planning follows the Portfolio Management Team as they triage initial business initiatives based on economic thinking and craft the solution elaboration artifacts and associated solution test plan to establish a proposed Portfolio roadmap and ranked backlog of Capabilities to take into the first PI planning session
  • Launch Agile Release Trains (ARTs) moves down to the Program and Team levels to prepare initial backlogs based on the Portfolio priorities and then commit the first PI plan

Be sure to come back often to see new videos – as with reports, we will post these as they are completed.

With this first official delivery of the SAFe 4.0 support, we are really excited going forward to hear more feedback from you and create even better reports, documentation, videos and capabilities. Please visit our SAFe landing page on jazz.net for all things “SAFe”! And please check out the latest customer case to learn how Pôle emploi is using Rational Team Concert for Agile development.

As always, we are here to help you with your SAFe transformation, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

The IBM SAFe Team (safeinfo@bg.vnet.ibm.com)