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SAFe® 5.0: The World''s Leading Framework for Business Agility

"Those who master large-scale software delivery will define the economic landscape of the twenty-first century. SAFe 5.0 is a monumental release that I am convinced will be key in helping countless enterprise organizations succeed in their shift from project to product."
Dr. Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and author of the book Project to Product

Business agility is the ability to compete and thrive in the digital age by quickly responding to unprecedented market changes, threats, and emerging opportunities with innovative business solutions.

SAFe® 5.0 Distilled: Achieving Business Agility with Scaled Agile Framework® explains how adopting SAFe helps enterprises use the power of Agile, Lean, and DevOps to outflank the competition and deliver complex, technology-based business solutions in the shortest possible time.

This book will help you

  • Understand the business case for SAFe: its benefits, and the problems it solves
  • Learn the technical, organizational and leadership competencies needed for business agility
  • Refocus on customer centricity with design thinking
  • Better align strategy and execution with Lean Portfolio Management
  • Learn the leadership skills needed to thrive in the digital age
  • Increase the flow of value to customers with value stream networks

Register your book for convenient access to downloads, updates, and/or corrections as they become available. See inside book for details.

About the Author

Richard Knaster, SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant at Scaled Agile, Inc., has more than 25 years’ experience in software development in roles ranging from developer to executive and has been involved in Agile for more than a decade. Prior to joining Scaled Agile, Inc., Richard worked at IBM, where his career spanned from product line management (PPM domain) and professional services to chief methodologist, Agile and Lean. Richard is a certified IBM Thought Leader and an Open Group Distinguished IT Specialist. He is also a certified SPC, PSM, Agile Certified Practitioner, PMP, and a contributor to the Disciplined Agile Delivery framework and PMI Portfolio/Program Management standards. He is a contributor to  SAFe® 4.5 Reference Guide (Addison-Wesley, 2018).


Dean Leffingwell, creator of SAFe®, is widely recognized as the one of the world’s foremost authorities on Lean-Agile best practices. He is an author, serial entrepreneur, and software systems development methodologist. His two best-selling books,  Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise (Addison-Wesley, 2011), and  Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises (Addison-Wesley, 2007), form much of the basis of modern thinking on Lean-Agile practices and principles.

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Andrew J. Beauto
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Useful (essential?) for SAFe Agilist 5.0 exam
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2021
I bought this book as a study aid for the SAFe Agilist exam. My company required us project managers to take the SAFe Agile training and "encouraged" us to take (and pass) the certification examination. I did both, with the help of this book. Note that everything... See more
I bought this book as a study aid for the SAFe Agilist exam. My company required us project managers to take the SAFe Agile training and "encouraged" us to take (and pass) the certification examination. I did both, with the help of this book.

Note that everything in this book is on the website referenced multiple times inside this book. However, I find that studying from a book is better for me since a good book organizes the data into common subject areas and helps compartmentalize the data presented. That said, the study guide provided by my trainer for my exam had links to web pages that pulled data from more than one chapter in the book. This is also helpful because each link gives you all the data for that subject on a single web page regardless of how many chapters that data is spread over in the book.

An 11-page glossary of SAFe Agile terms and 18-page index are included at the end of the book, along with a few pages of ads. The website has capacity to store error corrections and supplements should the publishers wish to include any, so be sure to register your book on the site.

If this book is so useful, why just four stars and not five? Content-wise this is a 5-star book. If you''re reading for pleasure (why would you?) this book is the complete bible for SAFe Agile version 5.0. If you''re studying for the SAFe Agile 5.0 exam this book has all the information you''ll need to answer the exam questions correctly. The 4-star rating is for the entire product, not just the data content and this book could be improved.

For example, the book is a paperback, and much thinner than I expected for this price. For a book with a $39.99 cover price, shouldn''t it be a hardcover? And shouldn''t it be more than 1 centimeter thick? They could have chosen thicker paper to give the book a better feel. Overall it seems well-bound and durable enough, but seems overpriced for the materials used.

Another example is the book''s table of contents. Sure, it lists the three main parts and the 16 subsections (numbered continuously between parts 1, 2, and 3), but there are many other headings inside the chapters that are not detailed in the table of contents. This makes searching for a specific topic more work than it needs to be. I''ve seen other books that have a table of contents that detail all the section headings, or have two tables of contents, one with an overview and another with detail. I ended up adding numbers (in pencil) to ALL the headings in the book and transferring that to a Word document. My Word file had numbering like: 6, 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.3, and so forth, depending on how many subheading there were per section. This made finding stuff super simple. This outline also enabled me to keep additional notes on each section, like noting the key point of each section or defining key terms.

The authors make sure to remind you several times how great Agile is, if you implement their conception of it, and as a big ego booster to themselves have their "About" page just before the real content of the book starts. More humble authors include this on the LAST page of the book.

Should you buy this book? If you''re planning to take the SAFe Agile 5.0 examination, then yes, you should buy this book. I don''t know under what other conditions you would consider purchasing it, unless you work for a company that uses the Agile framework and you want to learn more about it on your own. I can''t conceive of this book as pleasure reading even though it is well-written.
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Malcolm
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Excellent for learning SAFe
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2021
As part of my homework, I just completed the book SAFe Distilled 5.0, achieving business agility with the scaled agile framework by Richard Knaster and Dean Leffingwel. It was a very packed book. It covered three sections, the need for agility, the core competencies of a... See more
As part of my homework, I just completed the book SAFe Distilled 5.0, achieving business agility with the scaled agile framework by Richard Knaster and Dean Leffingwel. It was a very packed book. It covered three sections, the need for agility, the core competencies of a lean enterprise, and how toimplimented SAFe, measuer and grow. I had expected a dry, formulaic book describing the rituals of SAFe. I found that it covered a lot more, including lean / agile mindsets. It looked at multiple levels, from the individual mindset up to SAFe portfolio management. It goes into depth on many topics, including the principles, how they recommend applying agile at scale, and training multiple stakeholders and roles. Each chapter is a topic to review and contemplate. I got a lot from the first pass at the book, and I will need to review this book again and go a little slower.
SAFe, like a few other methodologies, attempts to scale from individual agile teams to work on larger projects. While the typical scrum team works well for projects that only require one team, SAFe and other frameworks allow you to coordinate multiple teams on the same project. I have worked briefly in an environment that was in cadence with the SAFe teams although our team was on the operations side, supporting the development teams and owning supporting tooling. This book was an excellent overview of the SAFe practices, and, as stated, I will be reviewing it again.
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Brian De Guise
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great All Around SAFe Book
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2020
Got this book because I was studying for my SAFe 5.0 Agilist certificate. Many of the illustrations are right from the company. I highly recommend this book. Gives you a great leg up on the exams.
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F. Vedro
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Basic introduction to SAFE
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2021
This book will give you a basic understanding of the roles and processes used for SAFE implementation, however not a overly engaging read - could be due in part to the subject matter - but some examples or applications would have made this a more interesting book.
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TEX
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
tiny booklet
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2021
for the price you would thing this booklet would be a bit larger. bit of a scam imo.
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Dawne
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Great read :)
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
Great book for working in SAFe companies!
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Great book.
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2021
Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
A helpful reference for Lifelong Learners of SAFe
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
I received my advance order copy last week. As a Scaled Agile SPCT, I know it takes a bit of learning to understand SAFe. I recommend anyone working to understand SAFe 5.0 better, including people attending any of the SAFe classes, consider getting SAFe Deistilled. This is... See more
I received my advance order copy last week. As a Scaled Agile SPCT, I know it takes a bit of learning to understand SAFe. I recommend anyone working to understand SAFe 5.0 better, including people attending any of the SAFe classes, consider getting SAFe Deistilled. This is a great book for initial learners of SAFe that want to understand more of SAFe prior to taking any Scaled Agile class, those learning on their own, and I recommend it to all those attending the SAFe classes I teach. "Distilled" ties together the ideas from Lean, Agile, DevOps, and other bodies of knowledge reflected in SAFe in a way that makes sense. It''s also a great read for a person that wants a better understanding for themselves. And if you''re already into your digital transformation, maybe you''ll want to consider providing a copy to your senior manager(s) to help them understand SAFe 5.0 better too.
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Viral Patel
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Comprehensive
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2020
Brilliant round up of the safe 5 framework.
Brilliant round up of the safe 5 framework.
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André Zehl
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good introduction, a bit too much SAFe sales
Reviewed in Germany on June 12, 2021
The book is a great introduction to SAFe and I found it worthwhile reading. For an experienced agile practitioner, SAFe is a very eclectic theory which assembles a lot of practical and theoretical elements in a presumably unified framework. While the book gives a good...See more
The book is a great introduction to SAFe and I found it worthwhile reading. For an experienced agile practitioner, SAFe is a very eclectic theory which assembles a lot of practical and theoretical elements in a presumably unified framework. While the book gives a good overview and touches on lots of topics, it circumvents a bit the question, what could possibly go wrong when implementing SAFe, by strongly suggesting to deploy agile coaches - „SPC“ in SAFe lingo - and heavily invest in trainings. In this sense, it is too self-referential and not explicitly critical enough about pitfalls in implementing SAFe and the book leaves the aftertaste that it is a lead generator for SAFe training traffic. Besides, it is quite comprehensive to get a quick intro. The chapters about identifying „development value streams“ and „operational value streams“ and creating corresponding ART are superficial and could go a bit deeper. A chapter for comparing SAFe with alternative agile scaling frameworks (LeSS, Nexus, Scrum@Scale, etc.) and a chapter why business agility is only loosely coupled with an agile framework like SAFe might have been useful.
The book is a great introduction to SAFe and I found it worthwhile reading. For an experienced agile practitioner, SAFe is a very eclectic theory which assembles a lot of practical and theoretical elements in a presumably unified framework. While the book gives a good overview and touches on lots of topics, it circumvents a bit the question, what could possibly go wrong when implementing SAFe, by strongly suggesting to deploy agile coaches - „SPC“ in SAFe lingo - and heavily invest in trainings. In this sense, it is too self-referential and not explicitly critical enough about pitfalls in implementing SAFe and the book leaves the aftertaste that it is a lead generator for SAFe training traffic. Besides, it is quite comprehensive to get a quick intro. The chapters about identifying „development value streams“ and „operational value streams“ and creating corresponding ART are superficial and could go a bit deeper. A chapter for comparing SAFe with alternative agile scaling frameworks (LeSS, Nexus, Scrum@Scale, etc.) and a chapter why business agility is only loosely coupled with an agile framework like SAFe might have been useful.
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Einfacher Zugang zu SAFe
Reviewed in Germany on October 2, 2020
Die Distilled Version haben wir wieder an alle Mitglieder der Transformationsabteilung verteilt, sodass jeder eine Refenz für die tägliche Arbeit hat. Neben unserer Projektmanagement Literatur zu MS Project 219 unsere wichtigste Literatur.
Die Distilled Version haben wir wieder an alle Mitglieder der Transformationsabteilung verteilt, sodass jeder eine Refenz für die tägliche Arbeit hat. Neben unserer Projektmanagement Literatur zu MS Project 219 unsere wichtigste Literatur.
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Gunjan Sahay
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Good book poor print quality.
Reviewed in Canada on April 30, 2021
Poor print quality. Wouldn''t blrecommend buying whether checking elsewhere. Margins are all crooked and out of alignment.
Poor print quality. Wouldn''t blrecommend buying whether checking elsewhere. Margins are all crooked and out of alignment.
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Michael Rock
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Well written
Reviewed in Canada on May 19, 2021
Very well written and clearly explains the concepts of SAFe.
Very well written and clearly explains the concepts of SAFe.
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