Assessing the adoption level of scaled agile development: a maturity model for scaled agile framework

O. Turetken, I. Stojanov, J.J.M. Trienekens

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Although the agile software development approaches have gained wide acceptance in practice, the concerns regarding the scalability and integration of agile practices in traditional large-scale system development projects are prevailing. Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) has emerged as a solution to address some of these concerns. Despite few encouraging results, case studies indicate several challenges of SAFe adoption. Currently, there is a lack of a well-structured gradual approach for establishing SAFe. Before and during SAFe adoption, organizations can benefit greatly from a uniform model for assessing the current progress, and establishing a roadmap for the initiative. To address this need, we developed a maturity model that provides guidance for software developing organizations in defining a roadmap for adopting SAFe. The model can also be used to assess the level of SAFe adoption. We took an existing agile maturity model as a basis for agile practices and extended it with practices that
are key to SAFe. The model was developed and refined with industry experts using the Delphi technique. A case study was conducted in a large organization where we evaluated the model by applying it to assess the level of SAFe adoption.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1796
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Software : Evolution and Process
Issue number6
Early online date7 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • Delphi study
  • Scaled Agile Framework
  • agile development in large-scale
  • agile software development
  • maturity model


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