Agile adoption in the U.S. government is growing rapidly. Agencies such as 18F, U.S. Digital Service, the Government Accountability Office, and more, are providing guidance on Agile practices.

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

Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget:

Encourage iterative (Agile) development and digitalization Deliver solutions iteratively through close collaboration Frequently reassess progress incrementally

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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.”

And the U.S. Air Force is using SAFe to build its Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution (FORGE) ground space and missile system.
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Scaling Agile in Government

More than 500 U.S. 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.

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average year-over-year growth experienced by public sector organizations using SAFe
expenses saved by the U.S. Air Force Mission Applications and Infrastructure Programs Research Lab
data migration success rate achieved by the GSA while delivering features on-time and 25 percent under budget

Customer Stories

Government agencies are generating better results for stakeholders, including taxpayers, contractors, and military personnel. How? By adopting Lean-Agile and DevSecOps mindsets and following SAFe’s proven, integrated practices, competencies, and strategies.

“Using SAFe has sped the adoption of new system capabilities … we will avoid roughly $600 million in expenditures.” —M. Wes Haga, Chief of Mission Applications and Infrastructure Programs, US Air Force