Say hello to our newest SAFe Fellows: Phil Gardiner, Luke Hohmann, and Dr. Suzette Johnson


Hi Folks,

We are delighted to announce the induction of three new Fellows into the SAFe® Fellow Program: Phil Gardiner, Luke Hohmann, and Dr. Suzette Johnson.

The SAFe® Fellow Program represents an elite class of experts who are able to help the world’s largest organizations accelerate digital transformation and achieve business agility.

This achievement is Scaled Agile’s most prestigious distinction, recognizing individuals who have exhibited the highest level of mastery and thought leadership in the practice of SAFe.

While support from SPCs and SPCTs is critical to implementation success, there are pivotal moments in many transformations when the organization needs guidance from the ‘best of the best.’ I’ve often said, “If we are in a challenging situation—whether puzzling over the next-generation framework or struggling to optimize a SAFe implementation—these are the folks we turn to.”

We congratulate the following outstanding individuals:

  • Phil Gardiner, SAFe Practice Leader, Applied Frameworks
    With a passion for sustainable change, Phil has enabled enterprises and agencies, from Fortune 10 corporations to the U.S. Department of Defense, to achieve greater business agility. He is a thought leader in Lean portfolio management, speaker, mentor, advisor, SAFe® contributor, and an active member of the SAFe community.
  • Luke Hohmann, Chief Innovation Officer, Applied Frameworks
    A respected leader in the Agile and SAFe communities, Luke is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and philanthropist. After Scaled Agile acquired Hohmann’s company, Conteneo, Luke joined the Framework team, where he contributed to the development of the SAFe knowledge base and the SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager, Agile Product Management, and Lean Portfolio Management courses.
  • Dr. Suzette Johnson, Agile Center of Excellence Lead, Northrop Grumman
    Dr. Johnson works for Northrop Grumman Corporation as an NG Fellow for Lean-Agile and holds a SAFe Practice Consultant-T (SPCT) certification. Her focus is fostering operational and program excellence for cyber-physical systems. She is also an author, public speaker, and serves in a leadership capacity for several industry working groups advancing the adoption of Lean-Agile principles to build better systems faster.

I want to thank Joe Vallone for his dedication to running this important program and ensuring that only those who are truly qualified are awarded the SAFe Fellow achievement.

Learn more about the SAFe Fellow program here, including a full list of SAFe Fellows. Welcome Phil, Luke, and Suzette! We’re excited to see what challenges you’ll tackle next!

Stay SAFe,

Author Info

Dean Leffingwell

Recognized as the one of the world’s foremost authorities on Lean-Agile best practices, Dean Leffingwell is an author, entrepreneur, and software development methodologist.

comment (2)


    06 Jun 2023 - 11:05 am

    Congratulations to Luke; Suzette and Phil! I have had an opportunity to work with Suzette in the past and I am excited to see her here as a fellow. He forward thinking and true agilest approach to bring agile and scaling agile within customer organization is commendable. I wish her well in this journey.

  2. Lynnette Young

    06 Jun 2023 - 6:04 am

    Thank you Mr. Leffingwell for your vision and setting the standards for the world to follow. This is an outstanding achievement for Luke Hohmann, Dr. Suzette Johnson and Phil Gardiner. We are very proud of Dr. Johnson!! We congratulate her on this acknowledgement of achievement and wish her all the best. While impacting important missions on a global level, we are so proud she has time to be a role model to graduating seniors at our school in Annapolis, Maryland.

    STEM Advisory Council
    Annapolis, Maryland.

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