Rally Software Provides Comprehensive Solution for the Scaled Agile Framework

End-to-end Solution for Portfolio, Program and Team Levels of Agile Adoption

Oct 22, 2012, 10:23 ET from Rally Software

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rally® provides comprehensive support for the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), an interactive knowledge base for implementing Agile and Lean practices at enterprise scale. This model of Agile adoption codifies how to extend Agile and Lean principles above the team-level, allowing enterprises to reap the benefits of Agile at strategic program and portfolio levels.

"I've been collaborating with Rally since the early formation of SAFe to test and refine what it takes to successfully scale Agile from the team to program to the enterprise level," said Dean Leffingwell, creator of the Scaled Agile Framework™ and author of Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise. "Rally has extensive support for each of the three SAFe levels with its scalable, enterprise-class platform, and expert Agile coaching services that guide successful Scaled Agile Framework implementations to all levels of global organizations."

"We are implementing SAFe best practices and methods across our organization to drive our Tendril Energize™ suite of energy efficiency solutions, and Tendril Connect™ our open, scalable, and secure cloud-based SaaS energy platform," said Jennifer Fawcett, Senior Manager, Product Owners at Tendril. "In just a few months, we've already experienced greater program-level alignment to our larger mission with more synchronized planning and development."

At the portfolio level, programs are aligned to the enterprise business strategy and investment intent. This strategy is translated into a set of investment themes, business, and architectural epics. Rally Portfolio Manager provides visibility into these large-scale development initiatives at SAFe's Portfolio level to realize the value of investment themes and provide a quantitative, transparent basis for economic decision-making.

At SAFe's Program level, Agile teams are aligned and integrated to create larger value to serve the needs of the enterprise and its stakeholders. The Program level focuses on planning and tracking the business value that Agile teams deliver, channeling Agile teams' execution power to drive desired business outcomes. Rally Portfolio Manager provides Product Management and Release Management teams with visibility at the feature level.

The Team level of the SAFe framework provides an organization, artifact, role, and process model for the activities of Agile teams. Rally provides extensive support at the Team level, including unique rolllup capabilities in support of SAFe's synchronized team cadence. This synchronization, including identical cadence and iteration length, is key to ensuring SAFe coordination is in place to effectively manage the variability inherent in software development.

"Rally and the Scaled Agile Framework share years of direct customer experience successfully scaling Agile across global enterprises. We've taken what we learned to fine-tune Rally's platform and services support for scaling to strategic program and portfolio levels," said Todd Olson, VP of Products at Rally. "By partnering with Rally and implementing SAFe, we've seen organizations infuse Agile practices throughout all levels of their business, allowing them to respond more efficiently and effectively in today's fiercely competitive global market."

Learn how Rally's SAFe program combines Dean Leffingwell's Scaled Agile Framework™ with Rally's platform and coaching services to implement Agile and Lean practices at enterprise scale.

About Rally

Rally Software is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software development. The Rally Agile application lifecycle management (ALM) platform transforms the way organizations manage the software development lifecycle by closely aligning software development and strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, increasing transparency and automating manual processes. Companies use Rally to accelerate the pace of innovation, improve productivity and more effectively adapt to rapidly changing customer needs and competitive dynamics. Rally supports 144,000 paid users and more than 1,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100 companies.

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