It’s no surprise that the topic of DevOps and the goal of continuous deployment (CD) is of significant interest to the SAFe community. Indeed, at one point, we were going to make a hard shift to describe how CD is starting to work (even in the non-SaaS enterprises where it has been largely pioneered). That will require some expansion of SAFe scope, as deployment increasingly becomes a development concern.
However, it’s also been clear from feedback that many to most SAFe users aren’t SaaS companies, and even for many who are, the move to ever-more-rapid deployment is a process that will happen in steady increments over a substantial period of time. Plus, it’s not like we have solved all the challenges of agile development at scale anyway, and we need to manage the scope and focus of SAFe as well. To that end, we have started this process by configuring SAFe 2.5 with a new icon/team/practice guide in guidance called DevOps, which provides the entry point and initial guidance for this longer-term evolution.
Today, we are announcing the release of the first version of DevOps. Since we are in development of 2.5 and simultaneously supporting 2.1, it is posted on both the guidance pages, and is also linked directly from the icon on the new BP in the SAFe 2.5 staging area.