Agile enablement in SAFe environment

March 26, 2024

Key figures

Customer: World-wide active automobile manufacturer

Project volume: 200,000 EUR, 24 months


The automotive industry is facing enormous challenges. In order to cope with the existing hyper competition, extensive efforts are being made to reposition itself for the future.

The switch from classical software development methods to agile approaches is a key issue here. However, conventional agile approaches are not sufficient within the complex development projects of the automotive industry. Scalable methods are needed for a large-scale industrial environment.

As the leading standard for agile working methods in large organisations, SAFe offers a structured framework for effectively combining company-wide portfolio management with individually working agile project teams.

The different subject areas to be worked on and the individual conditions of project teams make it necessary to develop teams that have previously worked in the classical way into a suitable agile methodology. Agile values, working methods and a new understanding of roles must be introduced and practised, as well as suitable KPI systems that promote product-oriented progress within the entire organisation.

Our solution

Comprehensively qualified coaches with extensive experience and a strong agile mindset support the teams both during team building and during the training of specific approaches. Team leads, product owners and developers are closely supervised and empowered to fulfil their roles in the agile methodology.

Depending on the type of teamwork, we find the right agile method - whether Scrum, Kanban or an organisation-specific variant. Based on their experience, our coaches can adapt the standard methods to the specifics of the client's organisation without losing the benefits of the agile approach. Regular retrospectives and continuous optimisation of the procedure guarantee gradual progress and a high level of acceptance of the new methods.

Mapping the processes and project documentation in widely used tools for agile project implementation not only significantly reduces the manual effort, but also considerably reduces the error rate and allows the creation of specific metrics for measuring progress and performance.

These specific metrics are not only used to measure and present progress in product development, but also provide important information about the efficiency of the newly introduced processes and reveal potential for optimisation.


An approach that is precisely tailored to the specifics of the customer's product development and is based on tried-and-tested standardised agile procedures creates an optimal transition from the classic to the agile methodology and leads to a high level of acceptance in the teams.

Efficient support through powerful tools and regular measurement of process maturity using mathematically based metrics lead to continuous improvement.

The integration of agile teams into the SAFe framework combines the high flexibility of the agile approach with the necessary organisation-wide portfolio management of a large company.