Scaling Lean-Agile

What if we could edit an organisation's DNA?

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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What's 'good' for the knowledge economy?

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.

SAFe® – A Framework for transition

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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Essential SAFe® for New Zealand enterprises

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.

Factors for success

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® 5.1 certified courses by HYPR

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

Implementing SAFe® 5.1 with SPC5 Certification

A four-day course to prepare you for implementing SAFE 5.1, coach programmes, launch Agile Release Trains, build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline with DevOps culture and empower a Lean Portfolio. It also gives you the basis to teach SAFe® with the Leading SAFe® course, among others. This course is delivered in partnership with


SAFe® 5.1 Release Train Engineer with RTE Certification

This three-day, advanced course will help you gain an in-depth understanding of the roles and responsibilities within the SAFe® enterprise. You will explore the skills required to facilitate and enable end-to-end value delivery through Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and learn how to build a high-performing ART through servant leadership and coaching. Our public RTE course is delivered in partnership with (We are the only SAFe® practice in NZ to be able to deliver RTE courses).


SAFe® 5.1 for Architects with ARCH Certification

This three-day course will explore the roles, responsibilities and mindset of Agile Architects. It helps you understand how to align architecture with business value and drive continuous flow to large systems-of-systems, while supporting SAFe programme execution. The SAFe® for Architects course prepares System, Solution and Enterprise Architects to engage across the organisation as effective leaders and change agents who collaboratively deliver architectural solutions.


Leading SAFe® 5.1 with SA Certification

This two-day course helps you gain the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) and its underlying principles derived from Lean, Systems Thinking, Agile Development, Product Development Flow and DevOps. They will also learn and practise the skills for supporting and executing PI Planning events and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).


SAFe® 5.1 for Teams with SP Certification

This two-day course will help you build the skills needed to become a high-performing team member of an Agile Release Train (ART) – and learn how to collaborate effectively with other teams – by becoming a SAFe® 5 Practitioner (SP). You will gain an in-depth understanding of the ART, how it delivers value and your role in making it super-effective using Scrum, Kanban and XP. This is a high-energy course and is perfect for signing your teams for your first ART launch.


Non-certified SAFe® courses by HYPR

Intro to SAFe® 5.0

A workshop for anyone who wants to learn the basics of the Scaled Agile Framework and how it could transform your organisation through SAFe®.

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SAFe 5.0 for Executives

This tailored workshop is an interactive three-to-six-hour session that helps leaders explore their current technology development challenges and why they might consider a framework like SAFe®. It covers the key SAFe® concepts and benefits, whether SAFe® is the right choice for their organisation and the potential next steps in their SAFe® implementation.

ON DEMAND. Email us

“Great facilitators, honest and patient! Course content was delivered in a flexible way, allowing for attendees to have enough discussion to link back to real-world examples whilst still keeping on track”

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“Gillian and Ajay were excellent trainers. I only completed the course yesterday and have already used the learnings!”

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