Scaling Agile within the Federal Government

Scaling Agile within the Federal Government


Efrain (Frank) Velazquez

Agile Coach/Blogger

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

The George Washington University School of Business
Duques 652, 2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC, 20052

Agenda and Cost:

This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend.

Networking 11:30 - 12:00
Presentation 12:00 - 1:00 

About the Event

The Federal Government is increasingly mandating the application of Agile software development across its technical acquisition programs. This trend comes from the realization that iterative and incremental development and delivery of software-intensive systems lowers costs, compresses schedules, improves quality, and delivers capabilities better aligned to the needs of system stakeholders and end users. However, two factors typically cripple Federal Agile development projects: the application of traditional program management, IT governance, acquisition, and contracting practices incompatible with Agile; and difficulty scaling Agile practices to deliver large-scale, highly complex systems. As the Federal Government changes its acquisition and contracting processes to foster agility, many government and industry project and program managers face increasing pressure to "be more Agile" while lacking appropriate training, implementation guidance, and clearly defined roles. We need a coherent, systems-based, scaled Agile implementation approach that supports Agile team productivity while addressing government acquisitions and compliance concerns at program and portfolio levels. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for Lean Enterprises can serve as the foundation for such an approach, enabling PMs to apply their current skills and experience in ways that support agility. Mr. Velazquez will provide a high-level description of SAFe, discuss its applicability to Federal technology projects, and identify the roles PMs can play within the framework.

Special Instructions: 
  • Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom
  • Garage Parking at Marvin Center (H & 21st St, NW): $18.00
  • Metered parking is available
  • Photo ID is required
  • Use 22nd Street entrance
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Strategic and Business Management

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Hard Skills

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints

Industry / Sector


Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About the Speaker

Efrain (Frank) Velazquez

Agile Coach/Blogger

Frank Velazquez is a Senior Manager at Blue Canopy (a wholly owned subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering), an independent Agile coach, and the author of the blog As a technologist, writer, and speaker, Frank most enjoys solving problems at the intersection of people, processes, and technology. This interest comes from his diverse background. He served as an Air Force intelligence officer for ten years. His nearly two-decades-long career in Information Technology has spanned the disciplines of Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Enterprise Architecture, and Business Development. Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from St. Mary's University, San Antonio. Frank is a certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant, a Certified ScrumMaster, and a Certified Scrum Professional. Through his experiences as an Agilist since 2008, Frank has learned and applied Agile-based approaches to software and systems development that deliver real business value while meeting budgetary, schedule, security, and compliance constraints.

About the Washington Circle Luncheons

PMIWDC's Washington Circle luncheons are a series of free brownbag luncheons hosted at 2201 G St, NW in Downtown DC. There are luncheons every fourth Wednesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.

This program series is made possible by the generous support of George Washington University School of Business, which offers a Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree. The MSPM program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results. With courses offered both on-campus and online, students have the flexibility to complete the degree from virtually anywhere.

Washington Circle luncheons are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.

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