Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for SAP S/4HANA Projects – Why Not?
Do you believe that complete agility is not possible in S/4HANA projects and entire companies? We beg to differ. And we’ll show you that it works much better than you might think – you just need to be bold.
S/4HANA projects usually focus on implementing and optimizing processes. To this end, the necessary changes to current processes or SAP Best Practice processes are ideally recorded as requirements for the process in question itself and evaluated accordingly. Sounds like backlog management and estimating requirements based on their value, doesn’t it? Accordingly, an agile approach is pursued right from the start – with reference to individual processes or value chains. The appropriate technical solution for this in the SAP world is, for example, the requirements-to-deploy process (R2D) from SAP Focused Build, an add-on for SAP Solution Manager that is geared towards agile processes. With this solution, SAP aligns its approach with the SAFe framework and thus squares the circle, achieving agility with simultaneous stability by embedding agile processes in release management with major and minor releases.
Agile and Stable – It’s Not a Contradiction
With agile project methods from the start, you can also get your SAP S/4HANA implementation project to the finish line faster. In accordance with the agile approach, the economic contribution of process implementations and individual functions is constantly re-evaluated, thus ensuring a focus on the essentials. The proven Pareto principle also comes into play here: Relevant changes are implemented first, while “nice-to-have” features and details are implemented later.
In addition, the interaction between product owners, agile teams and business owners envisaged by SAFe means that all relevant people who can assess processes from a technical, functional and business perspective are involved in the respective assessment. This creates transparency that reliably leads to meaningful and value-adding results and solutions.
In terms of processes, this can be optimally supported by SAP Focused Build, so that the focus is on processes and required process changes and maximum transparency is ensured for all parties involved at all times.
SAFe provides a framework for companies to become more agile and bring products to market faster!