Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.5 project templates

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) methodology is an industry standard framework for helping organizations scale agile and lean practices to an enterprise level. The framework defines roles, activities, artifacts, and workflows that provide best practices and guidance for enterprises to use lean and agile principles across the organization, which spans both business and engineering roles, to deliver value across agile portfolios that includes solutions, programs and teams.

Requirements management is a key aspect of the SAFe methodology, supporting roles in the Portfolio that take a systems view of the features being delivered, capturing expected behavior, models, wireframes and related requirements to drive an iterative approach to feature delivery.

SAFe 4.5 introduces four supported configurations. IBM® Engineering Requirements Management DOORS® Next provides project templates so you can align and demonstrate validation across each of the four SAFe configurations:
  • Essential – Program & Team level
  • Portfolio – Portfolio level
  • Large Solution – Large Solution level
  • Full – Portfolio & Large Solution levels

You can use each template to create a Requirements Management project area that includes artifact types and attributes aligned with SAFe suitable for the configuration chosen. Artifact templates are also available to help to correctly specify artifact details when you create them. The artifact types provided for each SAFe project template is described in the next sections. In addition to these, supporting artifact types to help elaborate the behavior of initiatives, solutions or sets of capabilities are also provided: Lifecycle Scenario, Scenario Act, Scenario Scene, Role and Term. Basic set of Requirements artifact types useful across the SAFe Portfolio: Collection, Heading, Free-Form Diagram, Non-Functional Requirement, Standard System Requirement, user Requirement, Supporting Resource and Wireframe are also provided. For a complete description of the requirements artifact types used in the SAFe Portfolio Project Template for Engineering Requirements Management DOORS Next, visit SAFe portfolio requirements artifacts types.

In addition to the artifact types, a proposed folder structure is also provided.

Requirement Management for Essential SAFe 4.5

Use this SAFe template to establish a requirements management environment that contains the artifacts required to support design, development and delivery of Program Features and Stories. The SAFe artifacts included with this template are Program and Vision. This environment may be associated with a Portfolio, Large Solution or Full SAFe tooling environment.

Requirement Management for Portfolio SAFe 4.5

Use this SAFe template to establish a requirements management environment that contains the artifacts required to support design, development and delivery of Portfolio solutions and systems. The SAFe artifacts included with this template are Strategic Theme, Value Stream, Program, Vision, Solution Intent, Solution Context, Lean Business Case, Lifecycle Scenario, Scenario Actand Scenario Scene. This environment may be associated with one or more Essential SAFe tooling environments.

Requirement Management for Large Solution SAFe 4.5

Use this SAFe template to establish a requirements management environment that contains the artifacts required to support design, development and delivery of Portfolio solutions and systems. The SAFe artifacts included with this template are Value Stream, Program, Vision, Solution Intent, Solution Context, Lean Business Case, Lifecycle Scenario, Scenario Act and Scenario Scene. This environment may be associated with one or more Essential SAFe tooling environments.

Requirement Management for Full SAFe 4.5

Use this SAFe template to establish a requirements management environment that contains the artifacts required to support design, development and delivery of a Portfolio including multiple Large Solutions, or Value Streams, orchestrating delivery of Features across Programs. The SAFe artifacts included with this template are Strategic Theme, Value Stream, Program, Vision, Solution Intent, Solution Context, Lean Business Case, Lifecycle Scenario, Scenario Act and Scenario Scene. This environment may be associated with one or more Essential SAFe tooling environments.

SAFe Artifacts

For a complete description of the SAFe requirements artifact types, see SAFe portfolio requirements artifact types. The description of each artifact type includes an overview, the artifact template details, the attributes, work flow, and suggested traceability for where the artifact type may fit within the overall domain model. Instances of SAFe artifacts will include a link to the description for the artifact type.

For guidance on working in a team that uses the SAFe project, see Scaled Agile Framework.


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