321 Gang is uniquely qualified to help large, regulated systems and software engineering organizations adopt SAFe with training, consulting and IBM Rational/ALM tools.

321 Gang specializes in agile transformations for large organizations in regulated industries that need to align software, firmware, hardware & systems engineering teams. SAFe provides a foundation for how our clients create lean/agile ‘Value Streams’ that work across disciplines, programs, suppliers and geographies to improve time to market- while maintaining strict regulatory compliance.  Many partners have the software chops. 321 Gang has the systems chops as well to help bring exponential value to our clients.

321 Gang is also an IBM premier partner for systems engineering and software development. Our deep IBM Rational/ALM and SAFe expertise combine to provide a complete solution for our clients which includes reporting and traceability while agile/lean practices live alongside waterfall.

321 Gang is proud to have worked alongside Scaled Agile in the development of the ‘Value Stream’ layer of the Big Picture, and has contributed significantly to its content. This is where SAFe really addresses the needs of large projects/programs within regulated industries.

Contact 321 Gang today for an initial consultation!

Podcast Series Provided by 321 Gang: Change the Conversation


Agile and Medical Device Development:

Lean-Agile principles and more specifically, the Scaled Agile Framework, can be used to greatly improve the medical device development process. From meeting regulatory requirements like providing complete traceability in hardware and software development to improving the speed and reliability of which updates are tested and released, the benefits of adopting these best practices are well documented.

In order to achieve this however, organizations must take the first step in truly understanding what this organization-wide “transformative” mindset requires.

Join the Continuous Engineering Experts’ Bryan Smith as he welcomes Dr. Harry Koehnemann – SAFe Fellow and SPCT – from Scaled Agile, Inc. to the show, as they discuss how medical device companies can leverage new techniques in agile development to reduce costs, increase productivity and accelerate innovation throughout their organizations.

Compliance, Regulations and Traceability: How Lean, Agile and SAFe principles fit

However, when organizations begin to adopt agile processes into building some of the world’s largest and most important systems – medical devices, automobiles, avionics, banking and financial systems and aerospace and defense –  terms like “faster, better, cheaper” no longer become the key motivator where failure is not an option.

To protect the public safety, these systems are often subject to extensive regulatory or customer oversight and rigorous compliance requirements. In addition, many enterprises are subject to other government regulations (Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, etc.)  that require similar attention and audits to ensure compliance.

Join the Continuous Engineering Experts’ Bryan Smith as he welcomes the Co-Founder and Chief Methodologist of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Dean Leffingwell to the show as they discuss how you can apply Lean-Agile and SAFe methods to build these systems faster and better, while also addressing critical compliance requirements.

Webcast Series Provided by 321 Gang:


SAFe for Government Programs:

Lean-Agile development is finally, and rapidly, crossing the chasm to that last bastion of large-scale solutions development—the US Federal Government. In this tutorial, SAIs Steve Mayner and 321 Gang’s Harry Koehnemann introduce the latest trends in agile government contracting and program execution as described in TechFAR, GAO Agile Guidance and others. They will also describe how SAFe’s adaptive approach improves outcomes in programs that have historically been subject to fixed requirements and delivery dates, phase gate milestones (PDRs and CDRs), WBS and EVM.

Scaled Agile Accelerates Systems Engineering Success:

Applying agile practices and scaling agile in Systems Engineering organizations has a unique set of challenges; however, the business benefits are significant. This presentation will summarize the challenges and benefits as well as case studies. We will also highlight the automation that only IBM can offer to support highly regulated and complex organizations in their journey to agile and scaled agile.

Scaling Agile to the Enterprise – Pitfalls and Practices addressed with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

Agile is seen, correctly, as a means to achieving better results developing Software and in Systems development. In the small, agile practices and defined methodologies have been supporting good results for over a decade. As practices are scaled to value stream, portfolio, and enterprise levels each organization struggles at the point of including groups like Finance, Business Controls, and Compliance.

Meeting Regulatory and Industry Standards Compliance with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

Many systems in aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, banking, and other industries have an unacceptable social or economic cost of failure. As a result, these systems are often subject to regulatory oversight and compliance standards. These organizations are adopting Lean-Agile methods, and are struggling to understand how their existing stage-gate compliance activities participate in a Lean-Agile flow of value.

Scaling Continuous Delivery in the Scaled Agile Framework

Now that your organization has streamlined your Agile Release Train, how do you keep it on track all the way through to customer value? We’ll show you how delivery automation and coordination with DevOps is a key element of scaled agile success.

SAFe with the IBM Rational Solutions (Six Webcast Series):

• Applying Large-Scale Agile with IBM Continuous Engineering and SAFe – View Webcast
• Managing Change with SAFe Kanbans Using Rational CLM – View Webcast
• Agile Planning and Alignment with Rational Team Concert – View Webcast
• Supporting Continuous Build-Deploy-Test Cycles with IBM Solutions – View Webcast
• Being “SAFe” in Regulated Industries with IBM CE – View Webcast
• Using Rational Solution for SAFe Metrics and Reporting – View Webcast


 Applying the New Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to Large, Engineered Systems


This talk presents the new SAFe 4.0 and discusses how these, and the other additions, help large, engineering system builders realize the benefits of lean and agile practices.

Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Systems Engineering (SAFe® LSE)

This talk presents the current state for SAFe LSE and show how applies to large product and program development. We will motivate the need for lean systems engineering by showing the challenges of traditional engineering in the context of and show how SAFe LSE can support systems that have variability and uncertainty.

Using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) in the Continuous Engineering of Complex, Embedded Systems

This follow-on webcast is the second in a series discussing how apply the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to complex embedded systems development. SAFe is an extensible framework created through collaborations with organizations that have successfully scaled agile practices. SAFe continuously evolves based on experiences with its applications at a wide variety of organizations and programs.

Using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) in Complex, Embedded Systems Development

This webcast presents on overview of the SAFe framework and how it can be applied to large, complex systems. Dean Leffingwell, a leading scaled agile methodologist and author as well as SAFe’s creator, presents the framework and shows how it helps organizations and programs scale agile beyond the team level.

Building Complex Systems with SAFe
In this webinar we will discuss the challenges large systems builders face and key approaches for addressing them. We will look into the key challenges that make complex systems development so complex. While some may appear to be impediments to the adoption of Lean and Agile practices at the first glance, it is even more critical to apply Lean and Agile where cost of error may be incredibly high. We will explore the myths that surround Lean-Agile in a complex, multidisciplinary world that include hardware, firmware and other engineering domains and try to take a balanced view based on SAFe® principles—immutable, universally applicable “laws of physics” that govern product development. We will put those principles to work by considering specific implementation of the core practices around organizational structure, synchronized development, and integration and testing. We will show how practices could be adjusted to provide improved results in different contexts based on selective optimization.

Presented by Alex Yakyma, SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant, Scaled Agile & Harry Koehnemann, Director of Technology & Cara Rawlings, Technical Marketing Specialist, 321 Gang, Inc.

Scaling Agility in Product Line Engineering (PLE) with SAFe


Product Line Engineering (PLE) and Lean/Agile share common goals – faster delivery and lower cost with better quality. PLE organizes people in a factory that produces the products in a product line from engineering assets shared across the portfolio. Lean/Agile organizes people in cross-functional, self-managed teams and teams-of-teams, which, at scale, are called value streams. Both approaches strive to reduce the handoffs, delays, and rework that occur when organizations mis-utilize their engineers and developers. This talk discusses how PLE and Lean/Agile principles support one another.