Microsoft Azure Devops is a popular cloud-based platform for managing source code, builds, packages, and CI/CD pipeline for development teams. Its board-based views provide a simple interface for managing team-level backlogs, sprint planning, and tactical execution.
While Azure DevOps board-based interface is suitable for use by developers, it was never intended to support large-scale strategic planning across the enterprise. It lacks native support for SAFe-based concepts, such as strategic themes or lean budgeting, and is not designed for tracking progress across enterprise wide portfolios. Visualizations and reports are limited, so organizations resort to manual exports of Azure DevOps data into tools like Excel or Powerpoint. This allows them to build reports and high-level roadmaps to track portfolio progress across multiple release trains or complex solutions.
To overcome these obstacles, organizations often cobble together homegrown solutions by using Azure DevOps work items with added text-based tags used to associate similar work-items. They may organize their work using “Area Paths” for rolling up data, or use 3rd-party extensions to aggregate data to support SAFe-based planning and tracking processes. These workarounds can create more problems than they solve and cannot resolve the core issue: Azure DevOps was never intended to handle large-scale agile portfolio planning based on the SAFe framework.
At Targetprocess, it's a different story. We have evolved our core architecture, native work items, and data structure to natively support the SAFe framework and its strategic planning processes. Our Solution Library is continuously updated and includes pre-built templates with visualizations and reports to help organizations transform to SAFe-based planning and implementation. More importantly, we provide a bi-directional integration with team-based tools like Azure DevOps, so developers have the option to continue using the team-based tools they are familiar with, while business owners and portfolio managers can use Targetprocess to perform SAFe-based strategic planning across the entire organization.
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