Do You Want to be Safe or Agile?

I increasingly come across Scaled Agile Framework, which is normally given the reassuring acronym SAFe. This is an attempt at fitting Agile methodologies into an enterprise setting, and has been met with withering criticism from some sides.

Let’s face it: Agile does not scale. It’s a team methodology that works great on projects that can be divided into team-sized chunks, but agile is being touted as the solution to every people and process problem in IT. It isn’t.

There is a reason why IT developed enterprise architecture. It’s the same reason why armies develop regulations and nation states develop bureaucracies. The reason is that ad-hoc “let’s talk about it” methods do not work when enough people get involved. By all means be flexible and agile in small teams. But don’t run your business that way.