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Leading SAFe (SAFe Agilist)


SAFe is a framework for organizations to execute agile in the large. It provides additional ceremonies, roles and artifacts and wraps together principles from Scrum, Extreme Programming, Kanban, Lean Principles and product development flow. By attending this session you will be in a position to plan large efforts by aligning people with value streams and establishing a program-level cadence for releases..

SAFe popularized the concept of the Agile Release Train (ART), which synchronizes teams to ensure consistent deployment of valuable product to market. A seminal event in SAFe is a two-day, quarterly, release-planning event that brings together the whole team in one physical location to plan these deployments.

This two-day course will prepare you to apply the SAFe to synchronize alignment, collaboration, and delivery from Portfolio to Program to Team levels. Participants will develop an understanding of how the principles and practices of the framework support Lean, Agile, the Agile Release Train (ART), portfolio management, Agile architecture, and scaling Agile processes and practices across the enterprise. Leading SAFe is a prerequisite for SAFe Agilist (SA) Certification.

Who Should Attend

Executives, Managers, Tech Leads, other agile change agents.

Learning Objectives

  • Lead the application of Lean thinking and Agile and product development flow principles to improve productivity, employee engagement, time to market, and quality
  • Apply the Scaled Agile Framework based on lecture, real-world examples, and insights by Scaled Agile experts
  • Understand the skills necessary for an enterprise transformation based on the information and examples presented, and additional recommended readings and resources
  • Gain the insights into the leadership skills most effective in unlocking the intrinsic motivation of software development knowledge workers

Certification Exam

There is a certifying exam that you must pass to obtain your SAFe Agilist designation. Grow-Lean pays for this exam so there is no charge to you.

After the class you will receive an email from the Scaled Agile Academy giving you instructions on taking the exam.  You can take it from any Internet connected computer and must complete it within 10 days of receiving your welcome email.

During the workshop, you will gain some, but not all, of the knowledge you need to pass. After the class you will our reading resources, to reinforce this knowledge.

Passing the exam requires significant additional studying beyond what is covered in the course.


All facilitators must use the same material for Leading SAFe Courses. We include additonal fun immersions to help you learn by doing.


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