SAFe® for Government Training

Level: Intermediate

Transitioning to Lean-Agile practices for building technology-based capabilities is especially challenging in the government context.

But issues of legacy governance, contracting, and organizational barriers can be overcome with the right information and strategies. During this two-day 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 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 also learn how specific leadership behaviors can drive successful organizational change in government.

This course also prepares you to take the Scaled Agile exam and achieve SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP) certification. Course tuition includes the exam.

 

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Key Features of this SAFe for Government Training:

  • Exam Included
  • SAFe certificate and digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • A one-year certified membership to the SAFe Community
  • Access to a variety of learning resources to support you during your SAFe journey

You Will Learn How 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 guideline
  • Organize 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
  • Build a preliminary outline of next steps to begin and/or accelerate the SAFe implementation in your program or agency

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  • 2-day instructor-led training course
  • Eligible for 15 PMI PDUs 
  • One-on-one after-course instructor coaching
  • Tuition can be paid later by invoice -OR- at the time of checkout by credit card
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Government $1405

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SAFe® for Government Course Information

  • Prerequisites

    All are welcome to attend the training, regardless of experience. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended:

    • 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
  • The Following Individuals Will Benefit From This Course

    This course is designed for government leaders and lead practitioners who are considering, planning, or advocating implementation of Lean-Agile and DevOps practices with SAFe in their agencies, programs or public sector organizations. Examples include:

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

    Information about the exam will be released by SAFe shortly.

    • Exam Name: SAFe 5.0 Government Practitioner
    • Attendees must fully attend both days, in-class, in order to qualify for the exam.
    • Annual renewal fee of $100
    • 45 Multiple choice questions
    • Passing score of 73% (33 out of 45)
    • Exam retake costs $50

SAFe® for Government Course Outline

  • Advancing Lean-Agile in Government

    • Recognize the problem to be solved
    • Review the state of Lean-Agile adoption
    • Know the basic constructs of SAFe and the Implementation Roadmap
  • Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset

    • Embrace the Lean mindset
    • Support the Agile Manifesto
  • Understanding SAFe Principles

    • Take an economic view
    • Apply systems thinking
    • Assume variability; preserve options
    • Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles
    • Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems
    • Visualize and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes, and manage queue lengths
    • Apply cadence, synchronize with cross-domain planning
    • Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
    • Decentralize decision-making
    • Organize around value
  • Creating High-Performing Teams and Programs

    • Create high-performing Agile Teams
    • Continuously deliver value with Agile Release Trains
    • Provision the key ART roles
    • Coordinate and integrate multiple ARTs and Suppliers
  • Planning with Cadence and Synchronization

    • Prepare to experience PI Planning
    • Create and review draft PI plans
    • Finalize plans and establish business value
    • Review final plans and commit to a set of PI Objectives
  • Supporting Program Execution

    • Guide innovation and exploration for programs and large solutions
    • Manage flow of value
    • Update the Program Vision and Roadmap
    • Define system attributes with Features
    • Set priorities through backlog refinement
    • Engage in key SAFe events
  • Mapping the Path to Agency and Program Agility

    • Map the journey to agency/program Agility
    • Build large programs to align with agency strategy
    • Transition from projects to Lean flow of Epics
    • Adopt Lean Budgeting aligned to Value Streams
    • Apply Lean estimating and forecasting with cadence-based development
    • Modify acquisition practices to enable Lean-Agile development and operations
    • Build in quality and compliance
    • Adapt governance practices to support Agility and Lean flow of value
  • Leading Successful Change

    • Lead by example
    • Adopt a Lean-Agile mindset
    • Lead the change to SAFe
  • Becoming a Certified SAFe Government Practitioner

    • Becoming a Certified SAFe Professional

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SAFe® for Government Training FAQs

  • What is the Scaled Agile Framework?

    SAFe® is a set of organizational patterns that are intended to guide enterprises in scaling lean and agile practices.

  • What version of SAFe® is this course taught on?

    This course is taught on version 4.6. 

  • What is the process to take the SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP) exam?

    The course tuition includes an exam. 

  • What industry credits can I earn for this SAFe® Government course?

    This course also prepares you to take the Scaled Agile exam and achieve SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP) certification.

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