All posts by : Steve Mayner
As one of our core competencies, Lean-Agile Leadership describes the mindset and behaviors that can guide organizations down the path to business agility and better outcomes. For the past four years, I’ve been a presenter at the DevOps Enterprise Summit, educating attendees about one specific set of leader behaviors known as transformational leadership. Each year at the end of my talk, I would explain how these leadership traits are teachable and that organizations can adopt.
Last October, we released the first SAFe® for Government course with an initial MVP design focused on the U.S. federal market. Even before the course launched, we began getting feedback from our SPCs working with governments outside the U.S., as well as interest from state governments. While most of the course content works fine in those contexts, some of the information specific to U.S. federal is not as useful there. The big question was how.
It’s been quite a journey, but we’re excited to announce that the last two articles in the SAFe for Government series are finished and live on scaledagileframework.com! Respectively, articles eight and nine cover: • Building in quality and compliance • Adapting governance practices to support agility and Lean flow of value By completing these articles, we’re reaffirming our commitment to ensuring that the guidance and thought leadership contained in the SAFe® for Government course is.
Last year, we released our SAFe® for Government course to help agency decision makers understand how to overcome the most common barriers to Lean-Agile and DevOps adoption in the public sector. The feedback so far from the SPCs who have delivered this training has been extremely positive! We’re also excited to see that just over 25 percent of the scheduled SAFe® for Government courses listed by our partners on the training calendar are outside of.
“SAFe provided a map that enabled us to shift to modernizing versus just maintaining the status quo. As a result, we will deliver value faster to hospitals, clinicians and medical facilities, resulting in better healthcare for our beneficiaries.” —Brent Weaver, Director of Systems Implementation We’ve come a long way from the idea that government’s entrenched operating models would not be able to adapt to the more fluid approach of Lean and Agile. While there’s still.
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.
Five years ago, if I mentioned Lean-Agile transformation to someone from a government agency, I’d get a contemplative look and sometimes a wry smile. Agile was definitely on leaders’ minds but they were skeptical that it could work in a sector that’s hamstrung by regulations and a challenging contracting environment. Fast forward to now and government adoption of Lean and Agile has accelerated to where most programs—80+ percent in the U.S. according to a 2017.