Bringing SAFe to Logius, a major public agency
“Fascinating to help major organizations embrace Agility!”
Hi Wietske! What are you working on?
“I’m a project management officer at Logius, the Dutch public agency that builds most of the critical digital services for government. Logius is part of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior. I’m working on ‘Framework Facilities’, which divides into
- Digilevering (‘Digital Delivery’),
- Digikoppeling (‘Digital Couplings’),
- Digimelding (‘Digital Alerts’) and
- Stelselcatalogus (‘Framework Catalogue’).
OK. So what have you worked on at Digilevering for example?
“So, Digilevering is the solution that handles delivery of civilian data from the civilian basic registrar (‘basisadministratie’) to all the municipalities. When someone passes away, when someone marries, et cetera. Data is exchanged between these public bodies and Digilevering maintains that process.
In the past months I’ve been part of the multiparty team that’s migrating Digilevering’s middleware to fully open source. One parameter we set was for the solution to manage a throughput of 140 messages per second. That’s not surprising, since this is a system that Dutch society depends on. The migration has been a success, and we also included additional qualities such as automated deployment, (load) testing, logging and monitoring.”
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Nice one. What else? I heard something about adopting SAFe?
“Right, exactly. Another wildly interesting project I’m heavily involved in is the implementation at Logius of the Scaled Agile Framework, or SAFe. It’s a framework that’s often adopted by major organisations such as Logius that want to work Agile, but find it next to impossible to handle so many autonomous teams simultaneously.
The transition to SAFe involved replacing a situation with multiple Scrum teams working independently of one another with putting together so-called Agile Release Trains (ARTs), each overseen by a Release Train Engineer (RTE). “
How has it been to take part in this?
“Fascinating! Implementing SAFe takes a lot of getting used to as it changes a lot about how everyone works together at Logius. It also impacts what Logius needs from suppliers to work well, so there’s an impact there too. So far everyone has received training in 2018, and since January 1st we’ve completely embraced the new way of working. That doesn’t mean we’ve ironed out all the kinks yet, but we’re getting there – and it’s exciting!”