What to know about Scaled Agile Framework in Government

In this 45 minute talk, we will explore experiences implementing of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) in large federal acquisitions .  Mapping government and consulting roles to the SAFe roles. We will talk about some successes, and some starting their journeys.  Additionally, we will explore some "gotchas" experienced in trying to adopt SAFe in traditional PMO settings, and some ways we have approached

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

5 Min - Introductions and context of agile in government

10 Min - Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) overview and roles

10 Min - Mapping Government and Consulting Roles in a SAFe implmentation

10 Min - SAFe Anti-Patterns observed in the field

10 Min - Questions and wrap-up

Learning Outcome

How to get started in Scaling Agile in government context.  Learn to work collaboratively with government and consulting to achieve your best result.

Target Audience

Consultants and leaders in government IT

Prerequisite

None

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