SAFe® Day Government

SAFe® Day Government

Advancing the Government’s Mission with SAFe


April 21, 2022, 8:00 am – April 21, 2022, 3:15 pm EST




Program or Project Manager, Agile Coach, Product Manager, Government Agilists

Event Overview

Get ready for a knowledge-packed day featuring customer stories and informative speaker sessions—all tailored to a government audience.  

  • Connect with SAFe coaches, thought leaders, and change agents
  • Get advice from subject matter experts on setting up a SAFe transformation
  • Network, ask questions and share best practices with your peers
  • Discover firsthand how public and private sector organizations use SAFe to deliver value to customers


Dean Leffingwell

Creator of SAFe, Chief Methodologist (Scaled Agile)

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Lean-Agile best practices, Dean Leffingwell is an entrepreneur and software development methodologist best known for creating SAFe®, the world’s most widely used framework for business agility.

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Harry Koehneman

SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant (Scaled Agile)

Harry Koehnemann is a SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant at Scaled Agile where he helps organizations build and deliver solutions faster, more predictably, and with high quality. He has decades of experience with product development lifecycle practices including Lean, agile, MBSE, requirements management, quality management, and the related activities necessary to support compliance. Harry is a regular presenter on Lean-Agile topics and engineering practices at agile, engineering, and government conferences.

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Dr. Steve Mayner

SAFe fellow (Scaled Agile)

Dr. Steve Mayner is an executive coach and Lean-Agile evangelist with a passion for cultivating transformational leaders and high performing teams. His 33+ year career in business includes roles as vice president in multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as chief technology officer for a Health IT startup company. He also retired in 2003 as a commissioned officer in the reserve component of the U.S. Air Force with just under 21 years of service. In his current role as a SAFe® Fellow for Scaled Agile, Inc., Steve contributes to the ongoing development of the framework and courseware with specializations in government, leadership, learning culture, and organizational change. In addition to the SAFe Summits, he has been a regular presenter at the DevOps Enterprise Summit, PMI, and various government and industry conferences.

Kimberly Wade

LACE Team Member (Naval Air Systems Command)

Ms. Wade is a member of the Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE) for the F/A-18 & EA-18G Integrated Product Team (IPT) at Naval Air Weapons Station – China Lake. As a lean-agile change agent within the IPT, Ms. Wade has had the opportunity to coach a diverse workforce of engineering, software development and business operations teams as they implement changes using success patterns from both industry and Government programs.

Angela Ackerly

Supervisory Financial Specialist (United States Department of Agriculture)

Angie is a supervisory financial specialist in one of USDA’s financial management organizations. Angie puts a high priority on delivering sound processes through automated financial applications, with a keen interest in supporting the front-line USDA employees who directly serve the nation’s farmers and ranchers in delivering the USDA FPAC mission. She is challenging herself and her team to adopt agility in software development. She is also researching how agile concepts can be introduced in other activities managed by her team. She lives outside of Kansas City, MO with her husband and three miniature dachshunds. She is also a crazy Kansas City Chief’s fan, enjoys traveling and hasn’t given up on learning to play the drums!

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Helen Scott

Product Owner (United States Department of Agriculture)

Helen is a Product Owner for the USDA whose business focus is accounting. Being a new Product Owner on an existing Agile Release Train, she enjoys learning a new way of working. She’s impressed with how well the SAFe works and how committed everyone is to Business Agility! Helen is driven to learn more about Product Ownership and share her experiences to help kickstart the journey of new Product Owners.

Jennifer Roberts

Agile Product Owner (United States Department of Agriculture)

Jennifer is an Agile Product Owner with an Accounting background. She brings a positive attitude and commitment to her team. Her team’s product is Funds Management.

Michael Kester

Lean-Agile Product Owner (United States Department of Agriculture)

Michael is a Lean-Agile Product owner, Systems Accountant and a Lean-Agile convert.  Michael has worked as a product owner under waterfall and Lean- Agile. Michael is responsible for multiple systems which combine to deliver payments to America’s farmers and has 10 years government accounting experience. His passion is accounting, databases, creating awesome Excel formulas and delivering programs which help farmers feed America. Michael enjoys golfing, country music, speaking in public and spending time with his wife and six kids which range from 13 years old to 1 year old.

Ron MacKenzie

Agile Coach/SAFe Program Consultant (United States Department of Agriculture)

Ty Deschamp

Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure (Acting) (NA-52) (National Nuclear Security Administration)

Ty Deschamp is the Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). His office is responsible for the modernization, operations, and maintenance of NNSA’s $116.3 billion physical infrastructure and more than 5,000 property assets. Ty has over 15 years of broad experience across NNSA and the Department of Energy (DOE) in the areas of nuclear infrastructure and safety, nuclear nonproliferation, national security, and environmental management.