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Is your government program looking to “go Agile”? Is success critical? Have clearance requirements? Let the PCI experts guide you on your Agile journey – because the stakes are too high to fail.

Helping programs deliver real solutions with Agile

In 2008, enterprises spent an estimated $1.3 trillion in digital transformation initiatives, and the government is not far behind.

Digital transformation is disrupting every industry across the globe – not just tech and software industries. And the Government sector is not immune.

Government agencies must respond to rapid changes in the global threat environment. Those threats include cybersecurity, demands for greater accountability in government spending, decreasing budgets, and antiquated stove-piped systems that do not share information.

In 2018, enterprises spent an estimated $1.3 trillion in digital transformation initiatives, and the government is not far behind.

The government has been through numerous transformation initiatives before and many have failed. So, what makes Agile different? The results!

The traditional waterfall development process assumes complete and perfect knowledge of all requirements and design criteria up front. There is no opportunity for learning, feedback, or adjustment until time for product delivery. Even the built-in milestones – System Requirements Review, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, and Test Readiness Review – only provide a false sense of learning and feedback. After all, most programs see frequent requirements adjustments, which drives design changes, which results in schedule and cost overruns. Even then, what is finally delivered often fails to meet user expectations or is delayed to the point of irrelevance.

What if you could deliver the right solution on time while saving money – even through a season of changing requirements?

You can with Agile!

Succeeding with a Lean-Agile Transformation

Many programs try to “go Agile,” but don’t see the expected results for several reasons:

  • Leadership is not involved in the process
  • Programs are told they need to transition to Agile but don’t know where to start
  • Coaching and training on new roles are not provided
  • Programs have trouble scaling Agile practices beyond a single team to large, complex systems
  • Budgeting and contracting offices feel constrained by outdated and inflexible processes

The big question: How do you ensure that your program will succeed?

PCI has helped multiple government programs flourish in their new Lean-Agile programs.

Check out the three key principles that drive the transformation.

Lean ThinkingLeaders apply and teach Value, Respect for People and Culture, Flow, Innovation, and Relentless Improvement.
Agile PracticesThe Agile Manifesto recognizes that delivering working software that meets customer requirements is more valuable than meeting arbitrary milestones.
Agile at ScaleLean-Agile principles are great, but how do you scale past the team level?

The Value of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®)

What makes SAFe better than other Agile methodologies?

SAFe is the world’s leading methodology for Agile development at scale. SAFe accommodates systems of all sizes and industries including hardware-based and complex systems with multiple subsystems or contractors. The building block of SAFe is the Agile team – a small cross-functional team of people that can define, build, test, and deploy a feature or component of the system. They are optimized for communication and delivery of value. Teams contain all the functions necessary for delivering a slice of the system, including developers, testers, engineers, cyber specialists, and customer representatives.

But what if the system requires multiple teams? The Agile processes must scale. SAFe provides that scalability through Agile Release Trains (ARTs).

ARTs are long-lived teams of Agile teams aligned to a value stream. They are synchronized on a common cadence of development and aligned to a common mission.

All teams execute on the same cadence and meet regularly for a Program Increment (PI) Planning session. The focus is on continuous integration, frequent system demos, addressing dependencies, and adjusting when necessary. Teams spend time looking ahead to plan the next increment, looking behind with the Inspect and Adapt Workshops, and re-prioritizing the Program Backlog to deliver value.

Learn more about the Scaled Agile Framework from Scaled Agile, Inc., where each piece of the Big Picture shown below takes you to an article with more information.

What PCI Provides

PCI brings over five years of coaching and consulting experience with SAFe. We have cleared and certified SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs) embedded in multiple government programs, assisting them on their Lean-Agile journey and producing significant results in a short amount of time.

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Large Solution Implementations

Most government programs are large. Some are massive. Coordinating Agile development across multiple value streams or subsystems can be daunting, especially if there is hardware or multiple contractors involved. We have the experience and tools you need to shape the Agile development of these large systems.

Lean Portfolio Management and Agile Contracting Support

Agile development needs the support of the acquisition system to survive, but that system is hindered by the bureaucracy of outdated processes.

On-Site Coaching

Whether your program is brand new to Agile development or in need of some adjustment, we can help! We provide Agile coaches that sit alongside you at any level to ensure you’re successful in your Agile journey.

Team and Role-Based Certification Training Courses

Navigating through a Lean-Agile transition can be difficult without the correct training. We provide role-based training for every member of your organization. Each course includes certification and prepares team members and leadership for their new roles.

Scaled Agile Coaching

We provide coaches and scrum masters to help lead an organization’s transition into lean-agile practices. We map out the way for the organization. We help them identify people for servant leadership roles, what training is necessary (role-based or organization-wide), and can even help with facilitating their PI Planning Event.

SAFe® Training

Our Certified SAFe® Program Consultants are able to provide training for 11 different SAFe® courses. These courses help the individuals learn SAFe® processes, mindsets, principles, and how to set up and function as a Team or ART.

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PCI leverages a govt approved cloud solution to provide the PIPlanning application in a secure cloud-based environment that has rapid deployment capability, user-defined DevSecOps processes and tools. PCI’s provides a flexible and secure network connection via authentication using a Common Access Card (CAC) or equivalent browser certificates for For Official Use Only (FOUO) data.

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Every government program and Agile transformation is different.

PCI can help whether you are just starting or have been Agile for a while, but not seeing the expected results.

The SAFe Implementation Roadmap is based on thousands of Agile transformations and can give you an idea of where you are and your next steps.

Let’s chat about where you are now and how to get to where you want to be.

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