Rally, a leading global provider of enterprise-class software and services to drive agility, today announced new solutions, features, and services to enable organizations to achieve enterprise-scale Agile program success using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). This includes new levels of support for version 3.0 of the Scaled Agile Framework and the certification of three coaches in Scaled Agile, Inc.’s (SAI) new industry-leading SAFe Program Consultant Trainer Certification (SPCT). The three certifications announced today are among the first in the industry. With these new offerings, organizations can scale Agile across the enterprise to deliver value faster, and sense, create, and respond to change quickly and confidently.

“Rally is SAI’s first comprehensive solutions partner, and a proven trailblazer when it comes to providing consulting and tooling solutions for adoption of SAFe,” said Dean Leffingwell, Chief Methodologist and creator of the Framework. “As a Gold SPCT-certified provider of SAFe, Rally meets the industry’s most rigorous standards and field requirements for SAFe practitioners. I have full confidence in Rally’s ability to implement, scale, and sustain Agile success across an enterprise.”

Rally Program Launch Backed by over 40 SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs) and 3 SPCTs to date, Rally Program Launch can now be applied using the new Scaled Agile Framework v3.0 methodology, helping customers establish and sustain program success. Combining expert consulting, coaching, and training services with Rally’s leading Agile software platform, Rally Program Launch is specifically designed to help launch and execute scaled Agile programs in as little as three months. This solution enables customers to create agility throughout their business and respond to change — like that caused by digital disruption and evolving regulatory conditions — quickly and confidently. Rally Program Launch also helps organizations rapidly get the right products to market, sustainably develop high-quality solutions, and transform development organizations to deliver responsive and sustainable value.

Rally Unlimited Edition Supports SAFe v3.0 Rally Unlimited Edition includes several new and enhanced capabilities for scaling Agile using SAFe v3.0, such as:

• New SAFe metrics, including important feedback metrics like iteration and release progress (SAFe Release Train level metrics), and metrics related to business initiatives and goals, like lean portfolio and enterprise balanced scorecard metrics (SAFe 3.0 Portfolio-level metrics).

• A new release planning board that allows users to create realistic release plans that consider feature size, cost of delay, and development capacity. As a keystone of the Rally Program Launch approach, this new capability supports real-time release planning during large-room release-planning events, resulting in a shared understanding of business priorities and commitment to an execution plan.

• Improved program-level navigation in Rally’s platform, which makes it easy for an Agile program delivery team to plan, track, and report on work across coordinated development teams which are working against a prioritized program backlog and committed release plans.

“We started Rally 12 years ago to help organizations transform how they develop software at enterprise scale,” said Ryan Martens, chief technology officer at Rally Software. “In the last three years, we’ve made a significant investment in developing SAFe expertise in our solutions. All of our coaches and CTO office consultants are required to be SAFe Program Consultant certified, and now, we have three SPC Trainer level certifications on staff as well. This will help us take worldwide distributed organizations further and faster through their transformations.”

SAFe Program Consultant Trainer Certification
Rally is the first and only SAI platform partner to achieve SAFe Program Consultant Trainer Certification, the highest certification level offered by SAI. Established by SAI, the SPCT program recognizes individuals who demonstrate superior knowledge, competency, and in-depth field experience in adopting Agile across an enterprise with the Scaled Agile Framework. Additionally, those with SPCT status are the only ones authorized to train aspiring SPCs.

Rally’s in-house SAFe Program Consultants and partners deliver transformation services globally to help organizations scale Agile from the team to the program and to the enterprise level. Learn more at http://www.rallydev.com or visit Rally’s booth at Agile 2014 in Orlando, Fla.