Not your typical SAFe® article: check out our new SAFe for Government page

Not your typical SAFe® article: check out our new SAFe for Government page

SAFe Framework Updates

We’re very excited to announce a new SAFe for Government page on this website!

When we released SAFe 4.6, we recognized that state, federal, and international government agencies have unique and specific challenges to Lean-Agile adoption that warranted the special government guidance we included in the 4.6 knowledge base. We have since enhanced that guidance substantially in our SAFe® for Government course. But we wanted to do more.

In the course, we cite many great references and resources that are available to government and contractor leaders and practitioners who are responsible for making Lean-Agile, DevOps, and SAFe work in their agency. In the U.S., some of these resources are well known, such as the Digital Services Playbook and the TechFAR. Other valuable references—including the 2018 Defense Science Board report, the FedCLASS case study by the Software Engineering Institute, and presentations from the government track at our 2018 Global SAFe® Summit—might be less well known or harder to find. Plus, there are lots of events happening each year that support the theme of Agile in government—but what if you can’t remember the exact name or the URL for the event website?

We are now pleased to introduce our new SAFe for Government landing page with a fresh, new design that provides a one-stop shop for all things SAFe and government, and much more. It’s where you’ll find key events for government practitioners and leaders, news, access to our government team, or find a SAFe® for Government course and learn more about the SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP) certification.

Below the link to the government article series, you’ll find three sections:

  • Resources – includes links to websites like TechFARHub as well as document downloads for valuable references that aren’t available on the internet
  • Videos – features links to videos that directly relate to Lean-Agile and SAFe adoption in the government context, our government track presentations from the 2018 Global SAFe Summit, the Agile Acquisitions 101 primer, and more
  • Events – includes a list of key events around the beltway and across the country tailored to government and contractor influencers and change agents guiding a SAFe transformation in federal agencies

Bookmark this page and check it often because we’ll be updating it as we discover new resources, videos, and events. And, when we do post something new, we’ll announce it via our social media channels, so check those, too.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback, so explore this new resource and let us know what you think (use the comment function). Send us your suggestions for what more we can do to make this site your go-to resource for all things Agile in government. And, if you have content to contribute that will be useful to the community—like sample contract templates, governance documents, videos, events, etc.—send it our way. If it’s relevant to the SAFe for Government community, we’ll add it!

Thanks, enjoy the new content, and stay SAFe!

—Steve Mayner

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comment (4)

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    05 Mar 2019 - 12:16 pm

    Hey, I think your site might be having browser
    compatibility issues. When I look at your blog in Safari,
    it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, very
    good blog!

    • Steve Mayner

      05 Mar 2019 - 1:04 pm

      Thanks for the alert! We’ll definitely check into it! And thanks for the kind words!

      Dr. Steve Mayner
      SAFe Fellow

  2. Brandi Pelham

    01 Mar 2019 - 10:16 am

    This is very exciting to see! Two years ago we adapted the SAFe Framework to meet our organization’s needs to roll out our file-less initiative. We kept all of the elements of the framework in place so that it wasnt compromised but had to tweak it to work with a bunch of prosecutors. 🙂 It has been tremendously successful! We are developing, testing, receiving feedback, training and implementing digital processes for our users on a two week cadence. These small incremental changes allow us to create value for our citizens without disrupting the day-to-day.

    I am in the process of implementing our “continuous improvement model” framework which is the scaled version for all change initiatives in our office.

    What I love most about this framework is that its focus is in the right place… People. Its a people-centric framework that focuses on creating value streams to meet customers needs.

    Exactly what we need in government!

    I wish there was a training on the west coast because I want to get certified.

    • Steve Mayner

      01 Mar 2019 - 10:39 am

      Brandi, thanks for that awesome feedback! We’re very passionate about our mission and it’s great to hear when SAFe is making a difference! Congrats on your success as a change agent! After you have a chance to explore all of the various resources on the new page, please give us your feedback! We want to make it as valuable to the government community as we can.

      As far as a class on the West Coast, stay tuned to the training schedule (now easy to do on the new government page!) as classes are being added all the time by our partners and SPCs who focus on the government market.

      Thanks again, and let us know if there’s anything else we can do to support you!

      Dr. Steve Mayner
      SAFe Fellow and SAFe for Government Product Owner

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