Implementing Lean-Agile at Scale in Highly Regulated Industries

Lessons for ensuring compliance with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®)

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Traditional compliance processes are usually performed in big batches at the end of the development phase. This results in a large wave of testing and compliance activity that leads to delays when problems are found. As a result, the cost of rework has the potential to be catastrophic in economic terms for companies and mission delivery in government. There has to be a better way.

In this live webinar, we will cover ways to implement lean-agile at scale including:

  • Implementing a Lean Quality Management System (QMS) that builds compliance in iteratively throughout development
  • Breaking compliance concerns into small batches and automate as much as possible
  • Inviting compliance teams to inspect more frequently but also to help development teams learn more compliant patterns
  • Addressing compliance concerns early and often, reducing cost of change and delay, making final approval a boring, non-event

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Steve Mayner

SAFe® Fellow and Principal Consultant
Scaled Agile, Inc.

Dr. Steve Mayner is an executive coach and Lean-Agile evangelist with a passion for cultivating transformational leaders and high performing teams. His 30-year career in business includes roles as Vice President in multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as Chief Technology Officer for a Heath IT startup company. Steve is a thought leader and change agent for Lean-Agile and DevOps adoption within the world’s largest organizations as well as the U.S. federal government. He was responsible for the first official use of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) in a government program, which led to the successful turnaround of a large, mission-critical Department of Homeland Security mainframe modernization initiative. In his current role as a SAFe® Fellow for Scaled Agile, Inc., Steve is using his experience as an innovator, strategist, public speaker, teacher, trusted advisor, and transformational leader to help enterprises in the Global 1000 implement Lean-Agile and DevOps at scale.

Steve holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree in Strategy and Innovation, as well as Masters’ degrees in Business Administration and Divinity, and a Bachelor’s in Education. He has been a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 1999, and an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) since 2012. He also holds a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) credential from Scrum Alliance. Steve retired in 2003 as a commissioned officer in the reserve component of the US Air Force with just under 21 years of service. He is married with five children and three grandsons. He lives in Southern Maryland, and is an avid golfer, runner, cyclist, and backpacker.

Mark Des Biens

Solutions Engineer and Implementation Consultant
SAFe Program Consultant, CSM, PMP

CollabNet VersionOne

Mark Des Biens is currently working as a solutions engineer and implementation consultant at CollabNet VersionOne. Mark has more than 20 years of project experience and has worked with dozens of companies looking to improve their enterprise agility. He has been a ScrumMaster and Agile Program Manager and is one of the founding members of the Midwest Agile Community Meetup group. Mark has presented at PMI, Agile Alliance, Agile Day Chicago and Agile Meetup events. You can follow Mark’s tweets at @midwestagile and his blog at