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Agile in U.S. Government

Government agencies are using SAFe to generate better results for stakeholders—including taxpayers, contractors, and military personnel. They’re learning to adopt a Lean-Agile mindset, follow DevSecOps practices, apply SAFe’s proven approaches, and lead cultural change in their organizations. You can, too, with our SAFe® for Government course.

Agile adoption in the US government is growing rapidly. Agencies such as 18F, the US Digital Service, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and more are providing guidance on agile practices.

In fact, the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) aims to remove bureaucratic and statutory impediments to the adoption of enterprise scalability on agile programs [NDAA2021.] The Department of Homeland Security has established agile development as the preferred developmental approach for IT programs and projects.

Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

  • “Encourage iterative (agile) development and digitalization
  • Deliver solutions iteratively through close collaboration
  • Frequently reassess progress incrementally”

Scaling Agile in Government

More than 500 US state and federal agencies, offices, and contractors trust the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). Over 20,000 government professionals are trained in SAFe. Why? Because SAFe helps government agencies achieve their mission, and be effective stewards of taxpayer money.

The Department of Defense Agile Software Acquisition Guidebook states, “We need to develop, deliver, and evolve our defense business systems and weapon systems more efficiently and at the speed of relevance … This requires adopting and adapting modern software development methods and best practices.”

That’s why the U.S. Air Force is using SAFe to build its Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution (FORGE) ground space and missile system.


average year-over-year growth experienced by public sector organizations using SAFe


amount of expenses the U.S. Air Force Mission Applications and Infrastructure Programs Air Force Research Lab saved by using SAFe


data migration success rate achieved by the GSA while delivering features on-time and 25 percent under budget

Success Stories

“In 10 months’ time we have turned a failing effort into a success story for the warfighter, for our organizational culture and for the taxpayer. We could not have executed a turnaround this fast without SAFe …”

Scott Keenan, JLVC PM, Joint Staff, Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Program for Joint Training Exercises

“Implementing Scaled Agile at GSA enabled all features to be delivered on time, under budget by 25 percent, defect containment (into production) rate of 96.7 percent and data migration success rate of 99.82 percent.”

Elizabeth Reed, Techflow, GSA Billing and Accounts Receivable Program

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