SAFe 5.0 — Essential SAFe

The program-level and team-level are now combined into one level — the essential-level.

This combination created an unintended bad consequence: the program-level roles and the team-level roles seem combined (it’s not to the the people in the know) to the uninitiated.

As a result, some can confuse product owners being the content authority of Features — a program-level artifact! The placemat of SAFe 5.0 framework does not have the line separating these two levels anymore! This is a bad visual in my opinion. The line must be placed back by Scaled Agile inc. (SAI) — the makers of SAFe.


By Clarence Galapon

CE, MBA, Lean Agile Coach, Trainer, Teacher, SPC, RTE, PSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMP, CC, ABNLP NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, NLP Coach, NLP Trainer, Practical Psychologist, Life Coach, Software Executive, Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, and Innovator with a Creative, Lean, Agile, and Wander mindset.

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