Do you have a 'how-to' guide on what needs to be done in Jira Agile to set up the Scaled Agile Framework. I am not sure how to set up the project(s)/stories or what automatically is built in to support the SAFe model.
In Rally this is the Portfolio View and they have a how-to guide. I am hoping Atlassian has something better.
JIRA Agile is indeed close to SAFe, but far from enough - it is the best way to achieve Team level of SAFE's Big Picture schema, but lacks in other areas. Therefore, I'd say it is recommended to supplement it with other add-ons.
For the Program level and basic Portfolio functionality, BigPicture is the way to go - https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/eu.softwareplant.bigpicture
It has certain SAFE-related features that no other plugin has, such as Cadence-based product roadmaps to improve your planning and progress tracking.
@Matthew, I'm interested in leveraging BigPicture plugin for our SAFe implementation. I already have the BigPicture Plugin installed and I would appreciate assistance in configuring all three levels of SAFe. Are you able to provide me with assistance on documentation where I can obtain how-to setup and best practices for configuring JIRA and BigPicture. For instance, do I need custom fields? Do I need to create seperate projects in JIRA or create one project with multiple Agile boards? Please feel free to reach out to me - firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
There's no official guide to do this.
Bascially, what you would need is to have to use both the boards available in JIRA Agile. The first board is the Kanban board which does the portfolio. The next step is to create one or multiple Scrum boards which capture the Agile development process.
The trick here is to make sure that the all the issues encapsulated in the two types boards are on the same workflow. The Scrum boards should capture a subset of the status in the workflow and the Scrum boards should capture the rest.