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Transitioning to Lean-Agile practices for building technology-based capabilities is especially challenging in the government context. But issues of legacy governance, contracting, and organisational barriers can be overcome with the right information and strategies. During this two-day SAFe for Government course, attendees will learn the principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation of a program inside a government agency.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and why it’s an essential foundation for transformation. They’ll also get practical advice on building high performing, multi-vendor Agile teams and programs, managing technology investments in Lean flow, acquiring solutions with Agile contracting, launching the program, and planning and delivering value using SAFe. Attendees will also learn how specific leadership behaviours can drive successful organisational change, even in government.


Who will benefit from SAFe for Government?

This course is designed for government leaders and influencers who can guide the decision to adopt SAFe within their agency or program. Examples include:

  • Executives, directors, branch chiefs
  • Managers of development, engineering, QA, architecture, operations, support
  • Program and project managers
  • Program/Project Management Office (PMO)

SAFe for Government Prerequisites

All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, meeting the following prerequisites will make the training more productive.

  • A foundational understanding of the Agile Manifesto, SAFe House of Lean, and SAFe Principles is required using pre-work suggestions
  • A foundational understanding the full lifecycle of government technology programs is helpful
  • Registered attendees will receive a list of readings and videos specific to Agile in government that will be beneficial to review before the course

SAFe for Government Learning Goals

To perform the role of a SAFe for Government leader and become certified as a SAFe Government Practitioner attendees should be able to:

  • Transition government programs from traditional software and systems development models to Lean-Agile and DevOps mindset, principles, and practices using SAFe
  • Adapt technology strategy, budgeting and forecasting, acquisition, compliance, and governance processes to flow-based practices using emerging government guidelines
  • Organise government programs into one or more Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and execute in Program Increments (PIs)
  • Explore Large Solution coordination in a government and multi-vendor environment
  • Identify and internalise the mindset and leader behaviours essential to successful Lean-Agile transformation
  • Follow success patterns for SAFe implementations adapted to the government context
  • Build a preliminary outline of next steps to begin and/or accelerate the SAFe implementation in your program or agency

Topics Covered

  • Advancing Lean-Agile in government
  • Embracing a Lean-Agile mindset
  • Understanding SAFe principles
  • Creating high-performing Agile teams and programs
  • Planning with cadence and synchronisation
  • Supporting program execution
  • Mapping the path to agency and program agility
  • Leading successful change
  • Becoming a SAFe Government Practitioner.

Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Scrum Education Units (SEUs)

Attendees may be eligible to apply for PDUs toward their continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications.

Certified SAFe professionals may be eligible to apply for Scrum Education Units (SEUs) toward earning or renewing a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) designation through the Scrum Alliance under Category C: Outside Events. Please confirm requirements with Scrum Alliance’s SEU policy before submitting units for credit.

Alisha Alisha
Alisha Alisha
Associate/Subject Matter Expert at WTW

My first Product Owner Product Manager training led by most amazing faculties Emma Sharrock and Melissa Hay!
It was a two-day training but I must say that it was the most effective, knowledgeable and interactive virtual session I could think of. Not for even a second did I feel bored or tired! Absolutely amazing!
Most Importantly, Learning about how SAFe works in the world of software engineering has been amazing experience and looking forward to enhance the process to fully adopt SAFe way of working.
On top of it, Meeting new people is always an exciting experience for me!
Thank you WTW for this opportunity to enhance my skillset.

#learning#opportunity#training#softwareengineering#experience#wtw
#insuranceconsultingandtechnology

Tayah V.
Tayah V.
Agile Delivery Manager at Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

Thanks Claire. I really enjoyed the class and valued yours and Emma’s role as facilitators. You really raised the bar on how to deliver remote sessions, super impressive!

Chante W
Chante W
Manager, Data Delivery at Sunsuper

So excited to have completed the Implementing SAFe course with Em Campbell-Pretty and Adrienne Wilson and Nicholene Africa from world-class transformation agency Pretty Agile and now be a Certified SAFe Program Consultant!!! 🤩 Can’t wait to apply these skills to my new role 🤓 📚 ✏️

Piyumali Perera
Piyumali Perera
Change and Capability Director at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (NZ)

The importance of professional development - an investment in you!!

It’s been great to have had the time to complete a course and obtain my certification as a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant.

A huge thanks to Em Campbell-Pretty and Adrienne Wilson from Pretty Agile for running such a well structured and engaging course across multiple time zones!

Taylor Moore
Taylor Moore
Business Transformation Consultant at IBM

Happy to announce that I passed my SPC exam today, and I am officially a SAFe Program Consultant! Thank you to Em Campbell-Pretty and Adrienne Wilson for an amazing week of SPC training with Pretty Agile. And a special thank you to my fellow classmates who made the sessions engaging and fun! I highly recommend anyone interested in pursuing this certification take the course with these two fantastic facilitators

Jacinta Walker
Jacinta Walker
Program Manager at Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd

Spent my fifth lockdown studying and passing the #SAFe exam to become a Certified SAFe® 5 Agilist. I haven't crammed for an exam since uni days! A huge thank you to Adrienne Wilson and Emma Sharrock from Pretty Agile, their fantastic training did the job of prepping me with both theory and practical examples to start implementing at work. #scaledagileframework

Edwin Manica
Edwin Manica
Information Technology Business Partner at MLC Life Insurance

Thank you Claire Sanders and Adrienne Wilson, for the effective training last week. The hands on activities and interactive team learning were great!! Highly recommend Pretty Agile to anyone, intending to get trained on Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe).

Ben Dean
Ben Dean
Agile Coach at Optus

Thanks to Em Campbell-Pretty and Adrienne Wilson from Pretty Agile for a well facilitated virtual course sprinkled with loads of practical experience, stories, anecdotes and witty humour 😂

Aaron Hines
Aaron Hines
Program Manager at Crown Resorts

Thanks to Adrienne Wilson and Pretty Agile for the incredibly well organised and engaging SAFe Agilist course.
This was my first time in a virtual classroom. The collaboration tools and organisation of the training far exceeded my expectations and made the two day event fly by!

Chris Morrison
Chris Morrison
Digital Advisor at Australian Department of Health

Thanks Em Campbell-Pretty & Melissa Hay for facilitating a great course, an engaging 3 days, and a flawless online learning experience!

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