What Differentiates FLEX from Other Approaches

This is not intended to be a description of FLEX, but I thought it might be interesting to differentiate FLEX from other approaches. The main differences are as follows:

  1. It’s an operating model, not a framework and can therefore incorporate other frameworks as tools. See Essential SAFe with FLEX for more.
  2. Driven from the Business case for Agility.
  3. Drives Lean Portfolio and Lean Product Management with Minimum Business Increments. See Why We Need More Than MVPs to include a discussion of MBIs, MVPs and MVRs.
  4. It uses the Value Stream Impedance Scorecard to predict whether an improvement will be an improvement or not.
  5. FLEX attends to culture.
  6. Has people make agreements with each other via the guardrails.
  7. Solves the problem of Essential SAFe being both more and less than what’s needed.
  8. Enhances While Simplifying SAFe With Lean Product Management including a better way to sequence our work.