We had great discussions from our Gov't Lean-Agile-DevOps session on the 5th of Nov, and this session will dive deeper on some of those topics
[Note- we do not have food catered in for this one [Dan L. mentioned its a venue rule] - but feel free to bring whatever you like]
5:00 - 5:15 mixer/ food/ drinks/ welcome/
5:15 - 5:30 Intros
5:30 - 6:30 "Main Topic" [worth 1 PDU]
1. RETRO on the first offering of SAFe for Gov't [see ** note below for course description]
2. Deeper-Dive: the group can vote to discuss any 2 of these 3
+ Transitioning from projects to a lean flow of epics.
+ Modifying acquisition practices to enable Lean-Agile development and operations.
+ Building on a solid foundation of Lean-Agile values, principles, and practices.
6:30 - 7:00 Open Space _ Discussions next venue/topics
**NOTE - the course description that relates to the first topic:
12-13 Dec [Wed-Thurs] Cert Course in SPRINGFIELD, "SAFe for Gov't" with SGP -Certified SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP)
More info/excerpt from Government Article here:
“If there’s one thing government needs desperately, it’s the ability to quickly try something, pivot when necessary, and build complex systems by starting with simple systems that work and evolve from there, not the other way around.” —Jennifer Pahlka, Founder, Code for America, Former U.S. Deputy CTO 2012 
SAFe for Government is a set of success patterns that help public sector organizations implement Lean-Agile practices in a government context. The foundations of Lean and Agile thinking have led to higher success rates versus waterfall methods in software and systems development in the private sector. Government programs are starting to experience similar results using these same patterns. However, government agencies must address unique challenges in Lean-Agile transformations. The recommendations and best practices in SAFe for Government provide specific guidance to address these concerns. Details
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Why SAFe for Government?
Lean-Agile and DevOps practices are gaining interest among the leaders responsible for the largest most complex systems built for government worldwide. Much of that interest is driven by the internal and external forces changing how government agencies provide services to citizens and operators. Perhaps not surprisingly, these forces are similar to those found in commercial markets:
-Impact of digital transformation
-The rise of social media and instant access to information about IT spending
-Increasing citizen expectations
-Technical debt and antiquated systems driving IT modernization initiatives
-Rapid changes in defense systems and the global cyber threat environment.
Like for-profit organizations, the government is increasingly dependent upon technology. Yet, the traditional approaches to developing and sustaining new technologies have proven to be insufficient for creating 21st century-solutions. Agile practices have shown promise. However, the size and complexity of government systems, ranging from an unemployment benefits website for French citizens to the U.S. F-22 fighter jet, require more than team-level Agile practices can provide.
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