Scrum or SAFe

Are you someone who is a beginner in agile project management? If you answer affirmatively, then the chances are that you want to know the difference between Scrum and SAFe. Why do we say that? Because the majority of the students attending our Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner training has been asking for a long. I advise you to read this article from start to finish to understand what is what.

Let’s explore Scrum first.

Project Manager vs. Agile Coach

Before we go about whether a project manager can become an agile coach, understand who an agile coach is and project management?

Agile Coach

An agile coach is a person who helps in smoothly carrying out the process of transformation of a company’s operations to be adaptive to change. They design and improve agile methods through coaching, mentoring, teaching, and facilitation. They are well versed in agile practices, various frameworks like Scrum, SAFe, and LeSS. Team collaboration and coordination are also some of the traits of an agile coach.

Project Manager

Every organization requires project managers or product managers who quickly deliver the products…

Do you know that Scrum won’t judge you by your industry? The Scrum framework was created keeping the software developers in mind, but anyone can use this framework to resolve complex problems. And that is one of the reasons why Scrum is so popular. The ideal scrum team is made with a group of highly adaptive people who are not afraid to receive feedback, adapt to change, and deliver iteratively.

Essential elements of Scrum Framework

Scrum framework consists of roles, artifacts, and events. Roles are there to have clear accountability, artifacts are there for transparency, and events are opportunities to inspect and adapt. …

What is SAFe

SAFe or Scaled Agile Framework is a set of principles, processes, and best practices that assists organizations in adopting agile values and principles to build products or solutions at an enterprise level. It is one of several Agile frameworks designed to guide enterprises in scaling Agile practices beyond individual teams to deal with alignment and collaboration challenges.

SAFe leverages three primary bodies of knowledge: Agile Software Development, Lean Product Development, and System Thinking. All of them are vast subjects themselves, and someone must understand all these before talking about SAFe. SAFe allows big organizations/teams to manage projects with a higher…

Is it the same or different?
  • What’s the difference between Agile And Scrum?
  • Are they the same or different?
  • Isn’t Scrum mean agile?
  • Which is better agile or Scrum?

These are some of the common questions that are asked on the internet and social media.

If you’re a newbie to project and product management, then the term Agile and Scrum might sound alien to you. However, it is becoming a standard way of working in many organizations.

So what is the difference?


There are various definitions of agile. Here are a few of them.

Agile is a flexible way of executing projects where either scope, time, or cost get adjusted based…

7 tips for setting up new scrum teams

It seems everyone and every organization is adopting agile scrum frameworks to develop and manage products and projects. There is high demand for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches to help set up new scrum teams. I had a similar opportunity to train and set up scrum teams and work as a scrum master. I prepared an essential checklist to form a highly productive agile team and sharing them here.

Assess the team’s scrum knowledge

When you have more than 60–70% of scrum team members identified, or recruited speak with them to understand their work experiences and scrum knowledge. Prior scrum work experience brings value to…

Scrum theory, principles, and values

Scrum is a lightweight framework that helps people, teams, and organizations generate value through adaptive solutions for complex problems. Let’s discuss Scrum theory and values in detail.

Scrum Theory

As stated in Scrum Guide, Scrum is founded on empiricism and lean thinking. Empiricism asserts that knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on what is observed. Lean thinking reduces waste and focuses on the essentials. Scrum employs an iterative, incremental approach to optimize predictability and control risk. …

Technical Debt

Many people get confused between technical debts and non-functional requirements. Defects can’t be technical debts because technical debts don’t mean not meeting requirements, either functional or technical. Technical debts are related to poor design, poor coding or not applying appropriate design patterns, etc. However, defects are not meeting requirements, and the product is not fit for use or poor performance, etc. Many times these confusions are created by agile doctors (agile coaches). Maybe those doctors are not from a development background or haven’t written a single line of code in their lifetime. They don’t understand the difference between technical debts…

Stop hiring full-time Scrum Masters

Not long ago, I posted on LinkedIn regarding why we should not employ a full-time scrum/agile coach, and numerous people reacted. You can see the responses here. There were differences in opinion. A few of them echoed my thoughts, and a few disagreed with it.

What did I say?

I think companies should stop hiring scrum masters and agile coaches. I believe these are pseudo titles and tend to create more confusion than solving any.


  • What does a scrum master do?
  • They uphold scrum, remove impediments, teach, facilitate, coach, and mentor people.
  • How are they different from the people manager? They likewise do everything…

Are you investing enough to build a cross-functional Scrum team?

Many people join my Professional Scrum Master (PSM) or Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) training from multiple companies. Their organization primarily sponsors them, and few are self-sponsored to advance their careers in Scrum Mastery or Product Ownership role. The majority of classes are private workshops and that demonstrate care for agility within enterprises. Scrum Master and Product Owner workshops are needed to start practicing Scrum. But what kind of workshop organization’s running for the Scrum developers? What workshop are your developers attending to gain knowledge related to development team practices? How are you teaching them self-management and self-discipline? …

Naveen Kumar Singh

Agile Coach and Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) @Agilemania, Servant leader @Agile 30 and Developer @GitHub, Ranting @LinkedIn & an Artist @YouTube

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