Our Approach to SAFe and Jira Align

How both can help you with your Portfolio Management?

As your business grows and objectives evolve, your teams have to navigate complexity – across departments, business units, regions, and time zones. The demands on modern teams increase the complexity of teamwork. 

You may ask yourself several questions, like:

  • Can you adjust your budgets on the fly?
  • How do you identify and resolve bottlenecks?
  • Are you able to make tradeoffs without all of the information?
  • How do you account for changes in work allocation across projects, and are you able to properly staff the most important initiatives?
  • What are the dependencies between your teams, and do you have visibility into them before they become a problem?
  • How do you set objectives and ensure the entire company is aligned with the same goals?

When looking for those answers, the important thing to help you scale is knowledge flow. Knowledge must flow seamlessly, without hindering productivity.

The more expansive your collection of tools across different teams, the more difficult this is. With a lot of data input to a lot of tools, it is difficult for the knowledge that you capture to flow. Therefore, despite all the data you have, you still fly blind and eventually.. fall.

SAFe should answer those pitfalls. But what is SAFe?

In the Age of Digital, every business is a software business. Agility isn’t an option, or a thing just for technical teams, it is a business imperative.  

—Dean Leffingwell, Creator of SAFe

SAFe is a set of organizational and workflow patterns for implementing agile practises at an enterprise scale. The framework is a body of knowledge that includes structured guidance on roles and responsibilities, how to plan and manage the work, and values to uphold.

SAFe promotes alignment, collaboration, and delivery across large numbers of agile teams. It was formed around three primary bodies of knowledge: agile software development, lean product development, and systems thinking. As businesses grow in size, SAFe provides a structured approach for scaling agile.

How can Jira Align help you with that?

Jira Align is the only platform purpose-built for Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). It comes with full, native support for SAFe 5.0, including configurable settings for the main SAFe configurations: Essential SAFe, Large Solution SAFe, Portfolio SAFe, and Full SAFe. Additionally, for SPCs and Agile coaches looking to ensure that the knowledge and education communicated in classroom settings extend into day-to-day practise, Jira Align provides a built-in Enablement Framework, allowing coaches to upload custom videos, create SAFe checklists, and leverage native coaching cards. Since Jira Align supports multiple portfolios in the same instance, there’s no need to purchase multiple instances to customize the SAFe configuration for less or more advanced portfolios.

“[Jira Align] allows us to connect our teams to strategy, and that has been critical to our transformation.”


Jira Align has less context switching, gives you better insight into your organization, and provides more centralized information. It helps your organization achieve so much more. As we have known, information is the key to transformation. You can’t improve what you don’t know. Here’s the statistic on the real impact of Jira Align on your organization.

Jira Align helps you connect strategy with real-time data at all levels of the enterprise and enable strategic planning, analysis, forecasting, and execution. 

It provides room for the different levels of the organization. In the Strategy Room, an executive will see a unified view of an organization’s short- and long-term strategies, objectives, and key results. With Mission, Vision, and Values front and center, you can see what percentage of completed work is or is not aligned with objectives.

Jira Align also helps your team track their key Objectives. They will know what is on track, at risk, or even off track.

With Objective Hub, you get a visual representation of the hierarchy between related objectives and their overarching agency goals. Every row provides clarity as to when an objective will be worked on and who is accountable for its completion.

Get a view of your roadmap within your organization.

Jira Align helps you to centralize all, you can see all the dependencies and your planning within a single panel for all your team from all integrated sources. Balance your capacity, load, and demands, with your organizational goals and objectives.

You can visualize dependencies between teams and mitigate dependencies and negotiation commitments.

Sometimes it’s hard for you to see whether you will move something within your plan if your team is interconnected. Jira Align helps you view the trend, expected outcome, and how you’re tracking against your goal with the change that you made.

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