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SAFe® for Government: Certified SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP)

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Transitioning to Lean-Agile practices for building technology-based capabilities is especially challenging in the government context. But issues of legacy governance, contracting, and organizational barriers can be overcome with the right information and strategies. During NextUp Solutions’ two-day course, attendees will learn the principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation of a program inside a government agency. 

Attendees will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and why it’s an essential foundation for transformation. They’ll also get practical advice on building high performing, multi-vendor Agile teams and programs, managing technology investments in Lean flow, acquiring solutions with Agile contracting, launching the program, and planning and delivering value using SAFe. Attendees will also learn how specific leadership behaviors can drive successful organizational change, even in government. 

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This course prepares students to take the multiple choice Scaled Agile exam and achieve SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP) certification. Students must score 73%, or 33 out of 45 questions. Course tuition includes the exam.


This course also allows students to claim 14 Project Management Institute (PMI) Professional Development Units (PDUs) that can be applied to Project Management Professional (PMP) and PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certifications as well as 16 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs) with the Scrum Alliance.

Who Should Attend

NextUp’s SAFe® for Government course is designed for government leaders and practitioners who are planning or advocating for implementation of Lean-Agile and DevOps practices with SAFe in their agencies, programs, or public sector organizations, such as:

  • Executives, directors, branch chiefs
  • Managers of development, engineering, QA, architects, operations, support
  • Program and project managers
  • Program/Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Engineering team members responsible for delivering the government programs

What’s In It For You

What You’ll Learn

After this course, you’ll know how to:

  • Transition government programs from traditional software and systems development models to Lean-Agile and DevOps mindset, principles, and practices using SAFe 
  • Adapt technology strategy, budgeting and forecasting, acquisition, compliance, and governance processes to flow-based practices using emerging government guidelines 
  • Organize government programs into one or more Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and execute in Program Increments (PIs) 
  • Explore large solution coordination in a government and multi-vendor environment 
  • Identify and internalize the mindset and leader behaviors essential to successful Lean-Agile transformation 
  • Follow success patterns for SAFe implementations adapted to the government context 
  • Build a preliminary outline of next steps to begin and/or accelerate the SAFe implementation in your program or agenc


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