New Year, New Trainings, Conferences, Partners, and More!

Thanks to your valued partnership, 2019 was a very successful year. We look forward to more of the same great relationships in 2020.

Our best wishes to you and yours in the new year.

A Year in Review

We attended 8 conferences located all around the world where we spoke to various professionals in industries such as Medtech and Automotive all about Applied SAFe. We also held several trainings, workshops, and tutorials on Lean-Agile Compliance, Lean-Agile Process-Engineering and -Execution as well as SAFe (including public classes of SAFe for Teams) and process engineering.

What’s Happening in 2020

Announcement: New Release – Applied SAFe 5.0

We have finished Applied SAFe 5.0 and now we are waiting on the official approval of Scaled Agile Inc. It will include all changes of SAFe 5.0 as well as new features and benefits.

This new version will include an introduction to Business Agility, Design Thinking, the Seven Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise, and more. Mastery of these seven competencies enables enterprises to successfully navigate digital disruption and to effectively respond to volatile market conditions, changing customer needs, and emerging technologies.

We will have a Public Webinar to share all the new features and benefits of Applied SAFe 5.0 on Thursday, January 30th at 4:30pm CEST (9:30am CST).

Register for the public webinar here.

Applied SAFe serves as your own customizable instance of SAFe®. It includes all roles, activities, templates, guidelines, milestones, and phases as defined by the SAFe® methodology in order to bring the framework to life; including metrics and tailoring. Applied SAFe is a comprehensive implementation of SAFe as a process model with a sophisticated customization mechanism that allows instantiating each SAFe level independently but in line with the intended new SAFe configurations. For each of your endeavors just select the chosen SAFe configuration (e.g. Essential SAFe) and Applied SAFe tailors all elements accordingly.

Want to customize more specifically? Over 460 pre-built tailoring options give you the flexibility you are looking for besides of engineering your individual extensions. Share your knowledge via the integrated practice library and benefit from additional capabilities to reach compliance requirements like Automotive SPICE, HIPPA, CTR-180 (FDA), SOX, CMMI and many more while executing your lean-agile SAFe endeavor.

We will be attending more Conferences!

An outlook of upcoming conferences and presentations; visit our booth, we are keen to discuss your challenges and propose solution approaches:

So far we have 10 conferences scheduled where we will either have a booth, be speaking at, or attending.

Take a look at the conferences list.

Want to organize the participation of PEDCO at your events?
  • Get in touch if you want us to present topics from our experience around scaling agile in regulated environments at your in-house or open door event or conference. Contact us.

Global presence with our Partner Program

All participants learning about the intricate details of Applied SAFe.

We have updated our Partner Directory! Now you are able to search for Partners via their country, making it easier for you to navigate and find what you are looking for.

We have also created Partner Badges so if you are a partner please feel free to reach out to and we can send you a badge!

Remember, as a Partner, you have 3 free days of training during the year. If you attend one of our trainings you will also get a certified Partner Badge along with a badge for what you are certified in. Our newest Certified Quality Managers are KEGON, Mutatis, SoCraAgile, Embold Technologies, and UFG!

PEDCO’s Partner Program continues to grow; since July 2017 we have established new partnerships with several companies from Asia, Europe, USA, and Latin America.

In 2019 we brought on some great partners for transformation, tooling, and training. See below at the list of our newest partners:

Knowledge Expert is a digital consultancy service provider that specializes in Digital Transformation, Digital Marketing and Digital Workplaces. Our mission is to transform digital strategies into market realities for forward-looking companies. We are a team bound by our passion to deliver customer success and the use of breakthrough and market-leading technologies.


: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish

Specializations: Collaborative Intranet/Extranet, Website Industrialization, EDM, SEO and Google Analytics, Composite applications, Mobile solution: Strong Responsive Design Expertise, Social Media, and Enterprise Business Networking

Be Agile

With over 18 years of experience in Agile consulting, Be Agile is the only Agile consulting company in Africa certified as Enterprise Business Agility Strategists as well as AgilityHealth Facilitators. Through their tools and other qualifications, they are able to view agile capability from a strategic, tactical, operational, and individual level. Be Agile is also strategic partners with Agile Transformation, who is also one of our PEDCO’s Partners.  To ensure that their clients enable, embed and sustain Agile in their organisation they partner with our clients to ensure that the 7 Pillars are given the requisite attention.


: South Africa

Specializations: Business and Human Resource Agility

Mutatis is a consulting firm focused on organization, coaching, and change management.

At Mutatis, they focus on organizations that are looking for employee engagement and innovation all while creating and maintaining a dynamic of sustainable performance by activating collective intelligence. They intervene in agile coaching, change management, project management to train organizations to adapt to the challenges it faces, in a complex and changing environment.

: English, French


Specializations: Management Consulting

Headquartered in Charleston, SC, Seek Quality is a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) solutions consulting firm that specializes in high-quality SAFe training services for clients seeking the benefits of enterprise-scaled agile software development including Lean-UX, DevOps and Continuous Delivery. They hold regular SAFe classes in Charleston, SC and Reston, VA but also have held appointment classes worldwide.



: CMMI, SAFe, Behavioral Driven Development, Software Quality Assurance

Industries: Government

Organisations are facing increasingly complex and frequent innovation challenges. We help tackle these challenges by nurturing a culture of agility and innovation and enhancing the development of new digital products, services and ways of working within organisations. We deliver sustainable and practical outcomes through consulting, coaching and training teams, organisations and leaders across Asia. We’re operating with 20+ professionals in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

English, Chinese

: China, Singapore

: Architecture, Lean Management & Continuous Improvement, Organizational Agile Transformation, Information Security, and Education Services


Free Partner Quality Manager Training in the USA

Do you have clients that need to comply with certain regulations such as ASPICE, CMMI, ISO 26262, etc. ones that have large processes and don’t know how to connect them with SAFe, or even, clients that work in an agile manner but also some waterfall?

Through the Quality Manager partner training you will learn about the full features, advantages, and benefits of Applied SAFe, along with how to create instantiations for your clients, how to tailor, and more! This will prepare you for in-depth SAFe coaching in conjunction with Applied SAFe.


  • February 3-4, 2020 – New York, New York
  • February 6-7, 2020 – San Mateo, California

The training and workshop are free; travel expenses and accomodations must be paid by yourself.

Interested? Send an email to and let us know which location you would like to attend! 

Hear from past participants of our Quality Manager partner training:

We will continue to offer trainings for SAFe®, Applied SAFe® and Lean-Agile. Based on our deep design and development experience with process engineering on the Stages platform we now also offer specific workshops and trainings, hence, created an additional training category for process engineering:

Click here to check out all the Trainings we have going on this year!

SAFe® News

On January 7th Scaled Agile Inc. released SAFe 5.0. Here a brief summary of changes:

The new release adds key elements that help solidify business agility across the enterprise while putting the customer at the center of everything. Therefore, new elements have been added to the Big Picture, while others have been updated or completely changed.

What’s New in SAFe 5.0? Read more.

Key Highlights of SAFe® 5.0:

  • Focusing on customer centricity and design thinking enables the organization to understand the problem and design the right solution
  • New Measure and Grow guidance helps the organization determine its current state of business agility and identify tactical steps to improve economic outcomes and reach its desired future state
  • New Continuous Learning Culture competency provides a set of values and practices that encourage everyone in the enterprise to continually learn—and innovate together
  •  New Organizational Agility competency helps teams optimize their business processes, evolve strategy with clear and decisive new commitments, and quickly adapt to capitalize on new opportunities
  • By expanding to include business teams, SAFe 5.0 enables all teams in the organization to participate in creating, delivering, and supporting innovative business solutions
  • A new SAFe Principle—Organize Around Value—helps enterprises align their development efforts around the full, end-to-end value flow

SAFe is the most widely-used approach to scaling agile – 13th State of Agile Report by Version One

  • Scaling Methods and Approaches: SAFe (30%) has overtaken Scrum/Scrum of Scrums (16%) to be the most popular scaling method cited by respondents.
  • Top 5 Tips for Success with Scaling Agile: Respondents indicated the most valuable in helping them scale agile practices were Internal Agile Coaches.