What are the 7 core competencies of SAFe?

competencies of SAFe

The top business agility framework in the world is competencies of SAFe for Lean Enterprises. SAFe combines the strength of Lean, Agile, and DevOps into an all-encompassing operating system that aids businesses in thriving in the digital age by producing cutting-edge goods and services more quickly, predictably, and of higher quality. SAFe’s flexibility and scalability allow any firm to customize the framework to meet its own business requirements. SAFe offers a complete range of solutions, from those requiring a few teams to those sophisticated systems requiring hundreds—and even thousands—of people to create and deliver, with four preconfigured configurations.

What is a lean enterprise?

SAFe creates a comprehensive operating system by combining the strengths of Agile, Lean, and DevOps. SAFe promotes business growth by facilitating the faster, more reliable, and higher-quality delivery of innovative products and services.

A lean organization must place a priority on creating value for the customer while minimizing waste and processes. This can be maintained using the SAFe for the Lean Enterprise methodology. The firm can achieve business and individual benefits by putting the set of SAFe values, principles, and practices into effect. 

What are the 7 core competencies of SAFe?

  • Lean-Agile Leadership- How leaders enable groups, people, and teams to realize their full potential is covered by the Lean-Agile competency. True Lean-Agile leaders accomplish this by setting a positive example by living the SAFe Lean-Agile mentality. They lead the transition to a new way of working and operating according to the framework’s values, principles, and practices. A very crucial skill is lean-agile leadership. It is entirely up to the managers, executives, and other leaders of the organization to determine whether to scale Agile and pursue business agility. Only they have the power to alter and continually enhance the systems that control how work is carried out.
  • Team and Technical Agility- Cross-functional Agile team organization is the main emphasis of the team and technical agility. The greatest Agile approaches and practices are typically applied by teams, who are not restricted to using just one Agile framework. This develops agile teams that develop and learn together, leading to more creative business solutions with a shorter time to market. Creating cross-functional teams capable of completing the entire development lifecycle is the goal of this capability. Teams support the transition to business agility by being aligned with the organizational value streams.
  • Agile Product Delivery- Making the appropriate product or service for the right clients at the right time is the core capability of agile product delivery. It is based on co-creation and places the client at the forefront of all choices made. It makes use of agile techniques like design thinking to achieve this. DevOps strategies assist in sustaining the value release of any product or service when combined with agile practices. To satisfy consumer and market demand, value is given whenever it is needed. Iterative development leads to the release of Agile products, which improves business agility.
  • Enterprise Solution Delivery- A more flexible method of system development, implementation, and operation is offered through enterprise solution delivery. Delivery of enterprise solutions is based on increasingly sophisticated Lean systems. Delivery of enterprise solutions in a cyber-physical environment also makes use of simulation and virtualization. This contributes to the creation of “living systems,” which are continually evolving and attempt to continuously provide the end users with more value.
  • Lean Portfolio Management- Portfolio management techniques are necessary for a large organization to succeed. However, in the Scaled Agile Framework, this would be modernized portfolio management with a focus on value streams and Lean-Agile thinking. Agile portfolio management places a high emphasis on the alignment of execution and strategy while attempting to coordinate across the portfolio’s value streams. Lean governance is used to gauge its performance. Together, lean and agile methodologies produce the best results.
  • Organizational Agility- Organizational agility enables businesses to respond quickly to unforeseen events. The enterprise must be constructed by those who uphold the Lean-Agile culture, values, and principles if it is to be completely responsive. The ability to respond fast to market changes, take advantage of new possibilities, and quickly implement new strategies is provided by strategy agility. Organizational agility makes change less of a danger and more of an opportunity.
  • Continuous Learning Culture- Culture and attitude are two elements that are dynamic, always evolving, and require continuous improvement. To successfully benefit from its Agile and Lean processes and products, the organization needs to learn, innovate, and develop in an adaptive manner. To achieve organizational success, everyone within the organization needs to be pushed to make small improvements. For the benefit of both the present and future generations, constant learning and improvement should be at the heart of the organization.


For organizations of all sizes, SAFe 6.0 increases business outcomes and empowers business agility. Time-to-market, customer happiness, staff engagement, improved economic outcomes, and quality have all dramatically improved as a result. SAFe also supports the development of rewarding, enjoyable, and productive cultures. The Lean-Agile adoption guidelines in SAFe 5.0 are being expanded for the government.

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