SAFe 4.0 Distilled: A Practical Guide for Implementing the World’s Leading Framework for Enterprise Agility

SAFe 4.0 Distilled: A Practical Guide for Implementing the World’s Leading Framework for Enterprise Agility

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The SAFe knowledge base on this website is an invaluable resource for people who build software and systems, however, navigating the guidance can be daunting for the uninitiated. SAFe is a robust framework supported by hundreds of web pages. Where do you start? In what order should you read the articles? What information is really important to you and when?

We get it. There’s a Wikipedia aspect to the SAFe body of knowledge that takes time to parse. Last year’s publication, the SAFe 4.0 Reference Guide is a handy companion, but it’s basically a printed version of the website. It doesn’t really tell a story and that’s why we wrote the new book SAFe 4.0 Distilled: Applying the Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Software and Systems Engineering.

This is the first book that guides you through SAFe so you can learn how each component of the Framework works together to enable the kind of business results you see in our case studies. It will help you understand how to think about the Framework, how to plan, how to train and mobilize a Lean-Agile workforce, and what to expect as you roll out SAFe in your enterprise. The “Implementing SAFe” section alone is worth the price of the book, as it will help you avoid many of those ‘I wish I’d known that earlier’ moments.

“’SAFe 4.0 Distilled’ is the book we’ve all been waiting for. It breaks down the complexity of the Framework into easily digestible explanations and actionable guidance. A must-have resource for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.”
Lee Cunningham, Senior Director, Enterprise Agile Strategy at VersionOne, Inc.

In some sections, such as SAFe principles, values, leadership, and implementation, we significantly enhanced the guidance to enable managers and leaders to ‘know what it is they must do’ to lead a Lean-Agile transformation, and create a work environment that truly fosters innovation and employee engagement.

This book is an ideal supplement to formal training and certification, and recommended for every SAFe practitioner. Regardless of whether you’re just starting out, or are engaged in a mature implementation, we have no doubt you’ll find something valuable that will enhance your experience with SAFe.

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional, SAFe Distilled is available in paperback, eBook, and Kindle formats at most major retailers. Learn more about SAFe Distilled, and make sure to use the code, SAFEBOOKS, to save 35 percent off the list price when you purchase from

We hope this new book enriches your SAFe learning journey, and helps make your workplace truly engaging, innovative, more productive, and simply, more fun.

Be SAFe!
—Richard Knaster and Dean Leffingwell, coauthors, SAFe 4.0 Distilled

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