Scaling Lean-Agile

Lean-Agile principles and ways of working are essential for success in today's economy. How can you adopt them?

We live in a knowledge economy that requires very different mindsets, practices and cultures from past paradigms. Lean-Agile principles are the foundation for navigating and thriving in this economy. Adopting the principles and the ways of working they promote effectively edits an organisation’s DNA, providing it with a new – and more relevant – set of instructions to deliver value. The principles must be adopted, sustained and acted upon at scale by individuals, teams and leaders. Helping everyone achieve this requires a proven transformation framework , a robust change story and a means of aligning individuals’ intrinsic motivations to organisational purpose…

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The desired state for teams working in the knowledge economy looks broadly like this...

People have adopted contemporary Lean Thinking and ways of working that creates a culture focused on the delivery of customer value – with the ability to adapt quickly to complex change

Beneath this high-level description is a set of desirable characteristics which are the result of the edits made in the adoption of Lean-Agile.

We use the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) to help organisations make the required edits. It’s the world’s most widely-used framework, rigorous yet adaptable, and it’s 100% based on Lean principles. The key here is that SAFe® is a framework, not ‘Agile by numbers’ and, as such, it allows itself to be ‘right-sized’ to your organisation. (Our Scaling Lean-Agile playbook has an FAQ section which provides more answers to ‘Why SAFe®?’).

The Framework is an extensive knowledge base of proven principles, values, desired mindsets, competencies and practices. It brings together all the new ways of working – Lean, Agile, Design Thinking and DevOps – and scales beyond IT to encompass the whole organisation. SAFe® 5.0 is the new iteration of the Framework designed for Lean Enterprise Business Agility.

SAFe® has a comprehensive set of training courses which form the foundations for implementation. Over 660,000 people worldwide have been trained. We’re proud to have trained more in New Zealand than any other provider.

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As the nation’s leading SAFe® practice, we have implemented SAFe® in dozens of organisations. Our experience tells us what works at New Zealand scale. The foundation Configuration of SAFe® 5.0 is called Essential SAFe®. Every organisation must start at that level and, for the vast majority of New Zealand organisations, there is no need to go further. (Don’t be put off by the complex-looking FULL SAFe® Configuration picture which, unfortunately, seems to be most people’s first acquaintance with SAFe®). For more details about implementing Essential SAFe®, see our playbook.

Taking your teams on a transformational journey like this is arguably the most important dimension of uplifting the organisation’s ability. There are four clear factors essential in achieving success – irrespective of the framework used. Each asks questions of the organisation:

A purpose for change

What is the organisation trying to achieve, how are people aligned to this, how will this impact the business? In short… what’s the big picture and the story you tell?

The central role for leadership

What is the role of leadership in the transformation? What behaviours are expected of leaders ‘to do by example’? How will they ensure that others maintain commitment to – and deliver – change?

Developing the ability to work in complex, adaptive systems

How can individuals and teams work knowingly, confidently and effectively in the new, innovation and customer-centric environments created by Lean-Agile transformation?

Sustaining transformation – paying attention to the individual

How do you align the intrinsic motivations of people to the purpose of change, get them onboard, turn capability into competency and give them the mental agility skills to adapt to a new and complex world? (Frameworks tend to ignore the individual!)

We provide the answers to these questions along with more detail about SAFe®, its principles, values and competencies in our Scaling Lean-Agile playbook. It will help you consider your organisation’s DNA, whether it’s right for your future and how you might change it for the better. We’d love to help you get there.

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Our Scaling Lean-Agile playbook

Our playbooks are freely downloadable – no contact details required.

Our Scaling Lean-Agile playbook explores Lean Thinking, the principles behind it, Agile practices and how to adopt and scale them across the organisation. Learn more about:

  • The catalysts of change
  • Reorganising for value
  • Thinking digital
  • Factors for success
  • The SAFe® Framework
  • Implementing SAFe®
  • Sustaining transformation through Cultural Agility Labs

SAFe® 5.0/5.1 certified courses by HYPR

For learning/training and certification, we offer the following fully-certified SAFe 5.0 and 5.1 courses.

Non-certified SAFe® courses by HYPR

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Tasktop is revolutionising Value Stream Management with a platform that helps enterprises ‘see through the black box’ of software delivery, align IT initiatives with business goals and accelerate flow. As trained Tasktop partners, we’re ready to help you see value in a whole new way.

Dev Academy

We work with Dev Academy to provide critical capability uplift for developers, helping them expand their technical skills to deliver better software. Dev Academy is where Kiwi ingenuity and values of manaakitanga and aroha collide with innovation, education and technology. is home for some of the world’s most experienced SPCTs (SAFe Programme Trainers) and transformation consultants (including HYPR’s Gillian and Gareth). Our partnership ensures we learn, share, collaborate to ensure delivery of world-class SAFe® education.


Nomad8 is one of New Zealand’s leading Agile consulting, training and coaching practices. We work with Nomad8 on Callaghan Innovation’s Build for Speed programme where the engagement is targeted towards building high-performing, self-organising product and delivery teams.