New Version, New Values...

New Version, New Values... and a renamed Principle as well

Scaled Agile Inc. have just announced SAFe 6.0, the latest version of the Scaled Agile Framework.

The changes realign their core values and rephrase a key principle amongst many other tweaks and adjustments throughout the framework.

Ivar Jacobson Intl. have updated the widely utilised SAFe® Principle cards to reflect the changes in SAFe 6.0.

What are the SAFe® Principles?

In addition to fully supporting the agile manifesto and its 12 agile principles, SAFe® introduces the following ten complementary lean-agile principles:


# 1 – Take an economic view
# 2 – Apply systems thinking
# 3 – Assume variability, preserve options
# 4 – Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles
# 5 – Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems
# 6 – Make value flow without interruptions
# 7 – Apply cadence, synchronize with cross-domain planning
# 8 – Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
# 9 – Decentralize decision-making
# 10 – Organize around value

These are, for the most part, very similar to SAFe 5.1, with the exception of #6 - “Make value flow without interruptions”, which was previously “Visualize and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes, and manage queue lengths”

Revised Core Values

As part of the SAFe 6.0 changes the Core Values have been revised. The old 5.1 “House Of Lean” has been dismantled and the four pillars moved elsewhere within the frame. Two of those pillars, Relentless Improvement and Respect For People, replace the old core values of Built-In Quality and Program Execution. Built-In Quality and Program Execution haven’t disappeared entirely; they’re described within the Teams and Technical Agility Competency.


Relentless Improvement
Respect For People

Our principle card decks have been updated to include the revised Core Values to allow them to be used in activies and discussions.

SAFe 6.0 Principles and Values

For information on the card contents and how to use them, take a look at the original SAFe Principles blog post here.

Thanks to Ian Spence and Keith de Mendonca for the creation of the original card decks.


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