Leading SAFe (SA) Workshop
Saturday Oct 12 and Sunday Oct 13 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Enquizit in Tysons, VA
Support@Grow-Lean.com  or +1.609.975.9294

Leading SAFe



Date:Saturday Oct 12 to Sunday Oct 13
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Trainer: Don Patti
Support: Support@Grow-Lean.com
+1.609.975.9294
Location:
Enquizit
7925 Jones Branch Drive
Suite 4000
Tysons, VA 22102
609.975.9294
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SAFe® is a framework for agile at scale. It wraps principles from Scrum, Kanban, XP and provides additional ceremonies, roles and artifacts. SAFe® has a release-planning event, known as Program Increment (PI) Planning, that is often done quarterly. PI planning brings together teams of teams (think 50 to 200 people) in one physical location to plan the work for a release.

This two-day course will prepare you to apply PI Planning and the SAFe® framework in general, to synchronize alignment, collaboration, allowing you to align people and value streams to establish a program-level cadence for releases. After the class you will free access to the certification exam. Upon passing the exam you will become a SAFe® Agilist (SA Cert from Scaled Agile Inc.).

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Discounts

Alumni, Early-Bird, Group, and Unemployment Discounts

There are discounts for alumni, those registering early, groups of three or more and the unemployed. For the unemployment discount, a current state unemployment statement is required. With the exception of alumni + early bird, most discounts cannot be combined and there are a limited number per session.

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Refund Policies

Understand What Happens if You Can't Attend

We try to avoid cancellations, and do not cancel late due to low enrollments. If we do, we give you a discount. We expect you to be similarly respectful; so there are fees associated with cancellations to cover a portion of costs we incur, including credit card processing and catering fees.

Agile Trainer: Don Patti

Agile Coach and Trainer
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) | SAFe Agilist (SA) | CSP | CSM | CSPO | BSP | PMI-PMP | LSSBB

Donald Patti is an experienced agile trainer, coach and consultant, known for his strong business and software development acumen. He has significant experience with lean so he understands the core of agility. Don also has been an educator for a many years, as an adjunct professor and agile trainer. Don has hands on experience with leading SAFe and other agile implementations and he delivers a professional, real world, workshop.

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Refund Policies

Grow-Lean commits to canceling classes as a last resort and we expect a similar commitment from attendees

There may be situations where you as an attendee, or Grow-Lean as a host, has to cancel. We realize that you made a commitment when you registered so we try to avoid cancellations. If we cancel less than sixteen (16) days prior to the scheduled event start date, due to low enrollment, and you wish to come to another of our events, we provide you a $150 discount.

Please review the information below to familiarize yourself with the policies.

A refund, minus a 5% credit card processing fee, will apply for all refunds irrespective of when a request is made.

An additional $75 charge will apply for a cancellation or class change that Grow-Lean receives seven (7) to fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled event.

No refunds will be issued for a cancellation or class change that Grow-Lean receives less than seven (7) days prior to the scheduled event start date. However, we will credit the amount paid toward a future event (reducing the cost for the future event) in the next six months. Attending a future event will incur a $150 transfer fee.

To cancel, email us at Support@Grow-Lean.com. After sending the email, call 609. 975.9294 during normal business hours (9:00 AM EST to 5:00 PM EST).

Grow-Lean reserves the right to cancel an event. Class cancellation notice will be provided via email and/or phone call, and a full refund will be issued promptly.

We try to avoid cancellations. In the unlikely event we cancel due to low registration, and if we cancel less than sixteen (16) days prior to the scheduled event start date, we will refund your money or provide you a $150 discount towards a transfer into another one of our upcoming events.

Enquizit

7925 Jones Branch Drive
Suite 4000
Tysons, VA 22102
609.975.9294

Don Patti, Agile Trainer

Agile Coach and Trainer
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) | SAFe Agilist (SA) | CSP | CSM | CSPO | BSP | PMI-PMP | LSSBB

Donald Patti is an experienced agile trainer, coach and consultant. He is known for his strong business and software development acumen. Don has implemented agile across a variety of industries, teams and organizations. He has deep experience with lean (on which agile is based) so he understand the intrinsic meaning of agile methods. Don also has a long career in education, based on being an adjunct professor, as well as an agile trainer, allowing him to convey information in an understandable manner. Don has successfully founded and grown two entrepreneurial businesses during his career and consulted to well-respected organizations.

Don is spending much of his time coaching a large Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) initiative, while also providing targeted coaching to several clients. Don brings his vast, real world, experience with him, to the class room, where he delivers practical, reality based, agile training.

Companies that Don has consulted to include HP, Daimler Benz, JPMorgan Chase, CheckFree and the US Federal Government.  Don was the Director of Applications at the Association of American Medical Colleges for three years. Don's strengths lay in his ability to tailor Agile and Lean techniques to the unique needs of each client and situation, along with his ability to explain this tailoring.  

Certifications and Education:

In addition to Don's significant real world experienced, Don also has a strong educational background and he has many certifications, across a range of areas.

  • Scrum Alliance: Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
  • Scaled Agile Academy: SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4), SAFe Agilist (SA)
  • RH Smith School of Business: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Information Systems and Entrepreneurship
  • Balanced Scorecard Institute: Balanced Scorecard Professional (BSP)
  • Moresteam University: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSBB)
  • American Society for Quality: Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)
  • EXIN: ITIL v3/IT Service Management
  • Project Management Institute: Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Microsoft: Microsoft Certified Professional –Architecture and Requirements Gathering (MCP)
  • IBM: Certified Solutions Expert/WebSphere
  • IBM: Certified Solutions Advisor 

Sample Recommendations

  • "Great training. Very easy to follow." Joe Badalamenti
  • "Very good overview, details and explanation." Hemlata Rawal
  • "He [Don Patti] was very enthusiastic and answered all of our questions. He was helpful for understanding the nuances between the levels.", Anonymous
  • "He [Don Patti[ made the class interesting and tried to inspire us. I very much appreciated the PI session enactment.", Anonymous
  • "Don Patti was able to explain concepts clearly, answer questions in a way that was easy to understand.",Anonymous
  • "The course was a great learning experience. Not only did Don offer points of focus for important topics, but the immersion exercises helped me to really understand how to apply SAFe in real-world context.", Anonymous
  • "Great knowledge from both work and coaching experience", Anonymous
  • "Good execution of course. proper time allocation of areas that mattered; found time to answer questions and cater to the needs of the attendees", Anonymous
  • "Engaging Instructor!", Anonymous
  • "I especially enjoyed the class and the PI exercise, which was helpful". John Summers
  • "The training was delivered in a very meaningful way with good examples. 5 stars to Don and Grow-Lean." Gireesh Babu
  • "Expertise of trainer was very high and appreciated." Anonymous
  • "Don made the class engaging. I learned a lot and felt prepared for the exam." Tristan
  • "The practical examples, videos, trainer and his life experience [are what I liked best]". Brahbakhar
  • "Don is very knowledgeable and patient answering all types of questions. I highly recommend him and his classes." Ram Sekar
  • "Trainer [Don Patti] provided a great opportunity to learn how other workplaces are adopting and implementing SAFe 4.5", Seema Jha
  • "The PI Planning group activity was great!", Anonymous
  • "We were able to draw upon the trainer’s [Don Patti] real-world experience," Marlene Tripplin

Leading SAFe (SAFe Agilist)

The most popular SAFe® course

Take this two-day course to become a SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA), positioning you to be part of an enterprise leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). After class get free access to the exam, pass, and you are a Certified SAFe® Agilist (by Scaled Agile Inc.). The exam is difficult, so take the course with a experienced provider like Grow-Lean, that will prepare you to pass.

The SAFe® framework wraps principles from Scrum, Kanban, XP, Product Development Flow, Kanban,and DevOps, and adds ceremonies, roles and artifacts to provide a context for agile as Scale. Prepare yourself to apply PI Planning (which brings together multiple teams to structure upcoming work) and the SAFe® framework, to create collaboration and align people and value streams, establishing a program-level cadence for planning and deployment. This session is appropriate for individuals who want to lead, or participate in, a SAFe® implementation.

Many companies cancel their class and hold your money. Don't be fooled! Take Leading SAFe from an approved, reputable, Scaled Agile Partner.

  • Don't get canceled on last minute (many companies cancel late, hold your money, to force you to switch sessions).
  • Get a Scaled Agile Inc. approved trainer, with real agile experience.
  • Get training based on the latest SAFe 4.6 Framework.
  • Gain free access to the certification exam.
  • Gain knowledge to pass the exam (it is hard). Get the right training once, not the wrong training twice.
  • Get quality food, including light breakfast, hot lunch, snacks, beverages, and vegetarian options.
  • Get a clean, convenient venue, with free parking.
  • Apply principles from Lean, systems thinking, agile, product development flow, and DevOps, in class.
  • Practice executing PI Planning events, and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).

Learning Goals

What you will learn

  • Interpret the basic constructs of SAFe and the steps of the Implementation Road-map
  • Apply the values and principles of a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • Apply SAFe’s Lean and Agile principles in concert with SAFe roles and practices
  • Create high-performing teams by establishing mission and purpose
  • Use transformational leadership to drive change, develop people, and encourage innovation
  • Support PI Planning and the events associated with successful Program execution
  • Drive continuous value delivery through the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
  • Establish alignment and execution with Strategic Themes and Lean Portfolio Management
  • Coordinate multiple Agile Release Trains and suppliers with a Solution Train
  • Maximize value delivered holistically across a large portfolio

Topics

SAFe Concepts so You Can Lead a Scaled Initiative

  • Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • Understanding SAFe Principles
  • Creating high-performing teams and programs
  • Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning
  • Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value
  • Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise
  • Empowering a Lean Portfolio
  • Building Large Solutions

What You Get

From workbooks to a great training experience

  • Attendee workbook and preparation to take the exam
  • Free access to exam (first try), assuming you attend both full days
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion
  • SAFe Agilist certification upon passing of exam
  • Great learning in a friendly environment conducive to learning

Who Should Attend

Those participating in an agile at scale implementation, involving 50+ people across multiple teams, who already have basic agile knowledge

  • Executives, Leaders, Directors
  • Managers, Leads
  • CIOs, SVPs, VPs, AVPs
  • Development Team Members (BA, QA, Coder)
  • QA, Infrastructure Management
  • Enterprise, System and Solution Architects
  • Product and Product Line Management
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Portfolio Managers, PMO, Process Leads

SAFe Certification Kit

What you will receive when you pass the certification exam

  • SAFe Agilist certificate
  • A SAFe 4 Agilist digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • A one-year certified membership as a SAFe Agilist
  • One year access to the SA Community of Practice
  • A SAFe Agilist certification usage guide with SA certification marks
  • Access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during their SAFe journey
  • Annual Renewal: Certifications expire one year from the date the certification is earned. Renewal fee is $100

Exam Information

Basic facts about the exam

  • No additional charge to take the exam.
  • Must attend the course prior to taking the exam.
  • Exam is taken off site, from any Internet connected location, but is closed book.
  • You will likely require additional study to prior to taking exam.
  • Exam name: SAFe® 4 Agilist Exam
  • Exam format: Multiple choice
  • Exam delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Exam access: You access the exam in the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the Leading SAFe® course
  • Exam duration: Once the exam begins, you have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions: 45
  • Passing score: 34 out of 45 (76% passing score)
  • Language: English
  • Exam cost: Your first attempt is included as part of your course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50.
  • Retake policy: Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait. Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait.

Contact Us

Reach out to us, we are responsive and will respond to requests in a business day

  • Contact us via phone at +1.609.975.9294 between 9:00 AM ET to 5:30 PM ET US.
  • For discount requests on public sessions, please use the "REQUEST" button on the class list, and enter appropriate information, before contacting us, so we have your information.
  • For questions about coaching, consulting or private training, you can contact us via phone at +1.609.975.9294 or via email (links below).
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Discounts

Early-Bird, Group, and Unemployment Discounts

There are number of discounts set aside for each session for Grow-Lean Training alumni, those registering early, groups of three or more, for the unemployed, and in a limited number of cases, for those paying on their own.

Act now as there are specific number of discounted seats per each session.

We will respond to your request in 24 hours.

There are a number of rules governing discount codes, please review them.

  • The Alumni Discount can be combined with the Early-Bird Discount. Other discounts are not combinable, only one can be used at a time.
  • If you want to register for two sessions, register for the first and request the Alumni Discount for the second.
  • Each class has a limited number of discounts.
  • You must provide supporting information for Hardship and Self-Pay Discount requests.
  • Grow-Lean reserves the right to audit, and/or deny a discount request.
  • Honesty is expected when requesting a discount so that they can be provided to those most in need.
  • The supply of discounts is limited as we often need to lock in the room setup approximately six or more weeks prior to the training.
  • If you receive a discount code it will remain valid until the time limit or total count threshold is reached, whichever is first.
  • Request discount codes early and use them quickly.

An Early-Bird Discount us available for this session until the expiration date, or until the maximum number of discounts are claimed, whichever comes first, so register now.

Click here to register with an Early-Bird Discount. Make sure to select registrant type of "Early-Bird".

We appreciate our alumni and often provide discount for prior attendees of Grow-Lean Training. If you are not an alumni but are signing up for two sessions, sign up for the first and request the discount for the second. Please note that you must attend both sessions for the Alumni Discount to be applied.

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A group discount is available for three or more people registering together for the session. Please make your request now. Grow-Lean will evaluate the request based on the number of attendees you are sending.

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Self-Pay Discounts are worth up to $200 off of the regular price, but, for this class, the Early-Bird Discount is even better and you don't need to request it . Make sure to select registrant type of "Early-Bird" when registering and remember that the Early-Bird is available until the expiration date, or until the maximum number of discounts are claimed, whichever comes first, so register now.

Click here to register with an Early-Bird Discount (you don't need to request it).

A limited number of Hardship Discounts are available if you are collecting unemployment from your state of residence and can provide a copy of your most recent unemployment benefit claim. We will review, and potentially approve a Hardship Discount if any are still available (request as early as possible). If you are not currently collecting state unemployment benefits please consider the Self-Pay or Early-Bird Discounts for sessions where they are available.

Click here to request a hardship discount (if you are collecting state unemployment compensation) .