Leading SAFe® (SA Certification) Training

Level: Intermediate

This two-day Leading SAFe® v4.5 course teaches the Lean-Agile principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). You learn how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, how to build an Agile Portfolio, and how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale. You gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and how to apply the principles and practices of SAFe to support Agile teams, programs, program portfolio management, and to coordinate large Value Streams.

This course prepares you to take the Scaled Agile exam and achieve SAFe® Agilist (SA) Certification. Course tuition includes the exam.

Key Features of this Leading SAFe/SAFe Agilist Certification Training

  • Instruction Provided by Certified SAFe Program Consultants
  • Exam Included
  • After-Course Instructor Coaching Included

You Will Learn How To

  • Apply SAFe to scale Lean and Agile development in your enterprise
  • Recognize and apply a Lean-Agile Mindset and principles
  • Plan and successfully execute Program Increments (PI)
  • Support DevOps: continuously explore, integrate, deploy, release value
  • Empower a Lean Portfolio
  • Coordinate the development of large solutions
  • Enhance your Lean-Agile leadership skills
  • Support a Lean-Agile transformation in your enterprise

Certifications/Credits:

CPE 11 Credits

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Leading SAFe Course Information

  • Recommended Experience

    • All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SA certification exam:
      • 5+ years experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management
      • Experience in Scrum
    • The following roles are encouraged to attend:
      • Executives and Leaders, Managers, Directors, CIOs, and VPs
      • Development, QA, and Infrastructure Management
      • Program and Project Managers
      • Product and Product Line Management
      • Portfolio Managers, PMO, and Process Leads
      • Enterprise, System and Solution Architects
      • All team members working with, or on an Agile team are encouraged to attend Course 1818, SAFe® 4.0 for Teams
  • Exam Information

    • Access to take the exam will be emailed to attendees from Scaled Agile directly. Attendees have 30 days to take the exam.
    • Exam is closed book, web-based, and timed (90 minutes).
    • A score of 76% is needed to pass (34 out of 45). Results are automatically received when exam is submitted. Printable certificates available.
    • First exam attempt is included as part of the course tuition if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50.

Leading SAFe Course Outline

  • Introducing SAFe

    • Recognizing the problem to be solved
    • Knowing the basic constructs of SAFe
    • Applying the 1-2-3 implementation strategy
  • Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset

    • SAFe House of Lean
    • Respect for people and culture
    • Purpose, Flow, Innovation
    • Relentless improvement, Leadership
    • Supporting the Agile Manifesto
  • Understanding SAFe Principles

    • Taking an economic view
    • Applying systems thinking
    • Assuming variability; preserving options
    • Building incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles
    • Basing milestones on objective evaluation of working systems
    • Visualizing and limiting WIP, reducing batch sizes, and managing queue lengths
    • Applying cadence, synchronizing with cross-domain planning
    • Unlocking the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
    • Decentralizing decision-making
  • Experience PI Planning

    • Creating and reviewing draft PI plans
    • Finalizing plans and establishing business value
    • Reviewing final plans and committing to a set of PI Objectives
  • Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value

    • Continuously delivering value with Agile Release Trains (ARTs)
    • Continuously exploring customer needs
    • Developing the Vision, Roadmap, and Program Backlog
    • Prioritizing the Program Backlog for optimal ROI
    • Releasing on demand
    • Innovation and Planning Iteration
  • Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise

    • Leading the change
    • Knowing the way and emphasizing life-long learning
    • Unlocking the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
  • Empowering a Lean Portfolio

    • Funding value streams
    • Empowering local decision-making
    • Providing objective evidence of fitness for purpose
    • Managing epic-level initiatives responsibly
    • Forecasting predictably
    • Budgeting value streams dynamically
  • Building Large Solutions

     
  • Coordinating and integrating multiple ARTs and Suppliers
  • Define large solutions

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Leading SAFe FAQs

  • What is the Scaled Agile Framework?

    A set of organization and workflow patterns that are intended to guide you in scaling lean and agile practices.

  • What is the process to take the SAFe Agilist (SA) Certification exam?

    Access to take the exam will be emailed to attendees from Scaled Agile directly. Attendees have 30 days to take the exam.

  • What industry credits can I earn for this Leading SAFe course?

    The program will also qualify for 11 PMI PDUs.

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