Let’s think about it: Is SAFe the new RUP (Rational Unified Process)? Be careful, before you give the answer to this question above, remind yourself that there are more things between Agile and Companies, “than are dreamt of in your philosophy”.
Probably, this question represents the most popular discussion around the SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) ecosystem. There’s a lot of people (from our Agile community) who act as judges against SAFe. And most of these judges are arguing that SAFe is so dangerous just like RUP. Actually, these arguments are very common for me. I’m pretty used to this (in)famous question in my lectures, classes, customers etc. I have one common answer to this question. But, before I give you my answer, let’s investigate what’s behind this main question.
First of all, let’s go through the simple reflection in more depth: what is the real problem behind the concern about if SAFe is the new RUP? Why does this possibility seem so weird to us?