Which functions does Jira miss

A look at the market penetration shows that the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is the most frequently adapted and most successful model for promoting scaled agile product development in companies. But while Agile and Scrum at the team level can largely get by without digital helpers, at the scaled level it is not possible without a good software foundation.

And in this context, more and more organizations that are already using the Atlassian systems Jira and Confluence want to continue to rely on their usual tool stack when scaling agile and introducing SAFe and the software requirements for SAFe with the existing solutions to be able to map.

Does it work? Can we work according to SAFe in Jira and Confluence? Which part of the framework do we find in the Jira standard? And for which SAFe elements do we need the Agile Hive app as an extension?

Out of the box: What works and what doesn't with the standard Jira

Jira is made for agile collaboration at team level and has committed itself to the right values ​​such as transparency, communication and collaboration. Software development based on Scrum is implemented first-class and the prerequisites for transparent communication in the team are in place. And so there is indeed a basis for SAFe: With these functions, it is almost possible to create a Essential SAFe-Configuration to be realized for an ART.

What is missing when working with SAFe in the Jira standard

However, there are already some blemishes at this minimal level (Essential SAFe), namely the naming of the Jira epic, which cannot be renamed "Feature", the lack of other issue types at the program level (e.g. enablers, risks, PI Objectives) and the challenge of getting an overall view of the PI: There is no program board or similar options to clearly visualize dependencies.

Agile Hive is being developed to expand Jira with regard to the requirements of SAFe and also to integrate Confluence for documentation purposes. The solution thus supplements the existing fundamentals of Scrum in Jira with all the other elements that we need to fully map SAFe. This enables us to use Jira as a platform for scaling according to SAFe.

Making working with Agile Hive easier

In addition, our development team has thoroughly analyzed what makes work and the SAFe adaptation easier for users and administrators. The result is configuration templates and mechanisms for quickly linking projects and levels. In order to improve the work of the users, we have also added some features such as the hierarchical linking of the processes via drag & drop.

SAFe with Atlassian tools: get to know Agile Hive now!

Would you like to know more about Agile Hive and the software-supported implementation of SAFe? We would be happy to discuss your requirements for company-wide agile product development and product management with you and demonstrate the functions of the solution to you in a personal session. Contact us! You will find details on our Agile Hive implementation projects in our information center.

Further information

Scaled Agile: What is SAFe? And why with Jira and Agile Hive?
Implementation projects for SAFe and Agile Hive
SAFe with Atlassian tools: Agile Hive is a Scaled Agile Platform Partner
SAFe relies on alignment - with Agile Hive for transparency in daily business


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