IEEE Accredited CEU/PDH Workshop: SAFe 4.0


As a member of the PES NOVA/WASH DC Chapter you are cordially invited to attend the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0 workshop scheduled Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 from 9:15 AM-3:00 PM at the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD.  Attendees are eligible to earn continuing education credit through IEEE CEU/PDH by participating the duration of the workshop and completing the necessary forms. Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a commercial industry systems and software engineering body of knowledge based on lean and agile values, principles, and practices. Lean and agile methods are currently used by over 95% of public and private sector organizations worldwide. SAFe is a multi-level model consisting of best practices, guidelines, and tools for enterprise-wide portfolio management, value stream management (mission workflows, threads, and complex acquisitions), program management, and team-level project management. SAFe provides the program management and systems engineering discipline necessary to build complex, enterprise-wide mission and safety-critical systems, while retaining the flexibility, adaptability, and market-responsiveness of lean and agile principles. SAFe is emerging as the de facto standard for Global 500 firms, top U.S. financial institutions, major U.S. defense contractors, and public sector agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). During this, tutorial participants will engage in hands-on activities to reinforce the learning objectives.


Learning Objectives:

• Understand and explain how SAFe 4.0 supports Lean & Agile principles.

• Illustrate how and why SAFe 4.0 supports systems and software engineering.

• Master the roles, responsibilities, and guidelines of its four major levels.

• Learn how to apply SAFe 4.0 for portfolio, program, and project management.

• Identify the business case, justification, and rationale for SAFe 4.0.

• Internalize SAFe 4.0 principles by engaging in simulations and exercises


For more details: go to INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter web site at: 


Registration:  RSVP email to the attention: Debi Siering at by Dec. 6, 2016 as follows:

Heading of RSVP: Dec. 10, 2016 SAFE Workshop with the following information
Body of RSVP: Please include Name, Phone Number, INCOSE, or IEEE Membership #


  Date and Time




  • Date: 10 Dec 2016
  • Time: 09:15 AM to 03:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd
  • Laurel, Maryland
  • United States 20723
  • Building: Kossiakoff Center at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)
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  • Sponsors:

    IEEE WASH DC COMSOC, WASH DC/NOVA EMBS Chapters and the INCOSE Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Method Working Group/Chesapeake Chapter



    IEEE Balto.: EMBS, NOVA: CSS, WASH DC: CSS, NOVA/WASH DC: EDS, PES, NOVA/WASH DC/Balto. TEMS, WASH DC/NOVA AESS, APS, RS, RAS Chapters, Sensors Council, and the WASH DC/NOVA WIE, NCACN Affinity Groups

  • Co-sponsored by Northern Virginia/Washington PES Chapter


Suzette Johnson of Northrop Grumman


Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0


Dr. Suzette Johnson works for Northrop Grumman as a Certified Enterprise Coach and SAFe Program Consultant. She has an interest and passion for promoting and implementing Agile engineering in large-scale systems environments. Dr. Johnson has over 15 years of experience applying agile methods on government programs as a systems engineer, where she helps streamline systems engineering and product development practices.

David Rico


Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0


Dr. David F. Rico helps oversee a portfolio of large multi-billion dollar IT projects.  Dr. Rico has been a technical leader in support of NASA, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Army for over 30 years. He has led over 20 change initiatives based on Cloud Computing, Lean Thinking, Agile Methods, SOA, Web Services, Six Sigma, FOSS, PMBoK, ISO 9001, CMMI, SW-CMM, Baldrige, TQM, DoDAF, DoD 5000, etc.  Dr. Rico specializes in IT investment analysis, portfolio valuation, and organization change.



9:15 AM: BLDG. Doors Open

9:40 AM: Introductions

9:45 AM: Speakers Present

11:50 AM: Complimentary Lunch (Note: Those w/ special dietary needs welcome to bring in food and snack as needed)

12:30 PM: Resume Presentation

1:00 PM: Workshop Breakout Session

1:45 PM: Return to desk to review results with the class

2:30 PM: Summary lessons learned Q&A

2:45 PM: Complete Workshop Survey and Evaluation Forms Submit for CEU/PDH credit

2:55 PM: Workshop Session Ends

3:00 PM: BLDG. Closes

Requirement: Workshop involves team and individual participation and requires attendees to engage the full duration of the event.

Admission & Parking: Free

Once you are on Johns Hopkins Road: JHU/APL is a half-mile west of US Route 29. Turn Right after the Credit Union. Drive past the pond and take the first right down the ramp to lower parking. Walk up the steps to the Kossiakoff Center on the left.

For more directions go to APL’s Visitor Guide at: