Applying Lean-Agile practices in the public sector with the SAFe

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.

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Why choose SAFe training from Pretty Agile?
Our trainers are all experienced real world practitioners who have been working with SAFe full time since at least 2014 . In a Pretty Agile SAFe class we go beyond the standard slides by sharing our wide and varied implementation experience. Our team prides itself on delivering classes full of practical takeaways. Should you wish to continue your SAFe journey post the class, the team at Pretty Agile is able to support your organisation as an implementation partner.

 

What do people say about Pretty Agile’s online SAFe training?

Ashley MoorsAshley MoorsBusiness Analyst, AusNet Services
Thanks to Em Campbell-Pretty and Emma Sharrock for running an engaging and insightful course for SAFe Scrum Master Certification. The course, run online, was expertly facilitated with plenty of opportunity for the participants to engage and discuss during the break out activities.Em and Emma also shared their personal experiences in the world of agile, which strengthened the course material. I would strongly recommend Pretty Agile to anyone thinking of taking a SAFe certification.
Privileged and humbled to have been coached by such consummate professionals. Em Campbell-Pretty and Adrienne Wilson are wiser beyond their years, particularly with being able to expertly navigate us through the virtual training. Their best-selling books are a treasure trove of useful wisdom gathered over their many years of experience in this domain. If you're thinking about doing the course, then don't hesitate and book it in. It's everything you need and more!
Thank you Em Campbell-Pretty. Lovely meeting and learning from both you and Adrienne Wilson. The way you designed and prepared for the online version of this course was also outstanding! 👏🏼
Great training! Really enjoyed it! Adrienne Wilson and Claire Sanders made the virtual training experience really engaging and fun.
Continuing with professional development during these COVID19 times has not only been engaging but has also provided me the opportunity to learn and collaborate with professionals from across Australia and Asia that I normally would not get the chance to meet. Yet here we all are learning in the Zoom Video Communications classroom, working together on the MURAL whiteboard for visual collaboration and using Slack channels for every conversation.Thanks to the amazing team (Claire and Melissa) from Pretty Agile for delivering a great course!#scaledagile #scaledagileframework #learnfromhome
Really enjoyed the Implementing SAFe course from the guys at Pretty Agile. If anyone's hesitant to invest in training while it's all happening over Zoom, I say - don't! With the right approach and tools, the four days flew by. Kudos to Em Campbell-Pretty and Adrienne Wilson, and the guys in the US who did 5pm-2am every day!SAFe 5 has gone beyond large-scale product development into the mindset and culture to increase whole-of-business agility. I wonder if we're seeing the early results of that in the rapid business transformation in response to COVID at telcos and banks, frequent adopters of SAFe. Exciting times!#agile #safe5 #businessagility #businesstransformation
I thoroughly enjoyed your ‘Implementing SAFe’ class in July. I have to admit, I was a bit worried about what the virtual experience would be like but you have it down to an art (pun intended 😉). The four days flew by, thanks to the mix of engaging facilitators, well timed breaks and seamless technology. I hope virtual options remain a permanent offering for training providers as it opens up more opportunities, especially if for those not based on the East Coast. Keep up the great work
With experience in agile, scrum, SAFe, and training I didn't want to take any class. I wanted to take training from someone who understands how to share information, engage the (virtual) classroom, and use their experience to get beyond the wordy slides and talk about real-world implementations. And the person I wanted training from more than anyone else is Em Campbell-Pretty. She and Adrienne did a marvellous job and kept me engaged despite the 9-hour time difference. Yes, my class started at 5:30PM local and ran until 2:30AM. And it was worth it!
Deran HewavitharaneDeran HewavitharaneSenior Business Analyst | Product Owner, HUB24
Em and Claire had really good practical insights for concepts discussed on the SAFe model that we could take away to try out in our environment as Product owners. They also had the skills, knowledge and the right tools to be conducting the SAFe POPM class on a remote basis, given the prevailing lockdowns in Melbourne. Several group activities were conducted throughout the two days that kept the us really engaged with the rest of the attendees while being able to learn from their experiences.
So this probably goes without saying, but if you are on the fence about this class take it! Em Campbell-Pretty Adrienne Wilson were fantastic. And I feel like they have this remote learning model mastered!
It's a great experience remote, and across time zones - exam prep next 😀 Thx to Em Campbell-Pretty and Adrienne Wilson! #kudos #training #education
Susmitha VempralaSusmitha VempralaIntegration Planning & Agile Process Coach, Waste Management (Texas)
Em and Adrienne - When i signed up for this mid-night class, I wasn't sure about how much I would actually learn. But you both made the learning very easy by sharing your experiences and helping relate the "book" knowledge to real-life. Thank you!! I thoroughly enjoyed the classes and would absolutely recommend it to all my friends. 🙏🙌
Thanks Em and Adrienne - really enjoyed the course and considering how tricky remote learning can be you kept us engaged and motivated all the way through!
Thanks Em Campbell-Pretty & Adrienne Wilson, was a great course, lots of laughs, good remote learning experience.
As always, appreciate your skills, experience & expertise and especially your facilitation style & sense of humour 😁

What Attendees Get

  • Course workbook (physical & digital)
  • SAFe Big Picture and Implementation Roadmap handouts
  • Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe Government Practitioner  exam
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion
  • E-learning courses to help you prepare for the class
  • Fun Pretty Agile swag including a SAFe Government Practitioner laptop sticker, a Sharpie, Planning Poker Cards, a stress ball and hand sanitiser!

Attendees must attend both days of the course to be eligible to take the SAFe Government Practitioner certification exam.

For Live Online SAFe for Government classes the physical workbook and swag will be posted to you.  All Pretty Agile Online classes are delivered by two deeply experiences SPC/Ts.

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.