Leading SAFe 5 (SA) Workshop
Saturday Dec 14 and Sunday Dec 15 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Hyatt House Houston West Energy Corridor in Houston, TX
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Leading SAFe 5

Date:Saturday Dec 14 to Sunday Dec 15
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Trainer: Joss Cardozs
Support: Support@Grow-Lean.com
Hyatt House Houston West Energy Corridor
15405 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094

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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Alumni, Early-Bird, Group, and Unemployment Discounts

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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: Joss Cardozs

Agile Coach and Trainer
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4); IC-Agile Certified Agile Coach; Scrum Alliance: PMI: PMP, ACP

Seasoned Agile/DevOps Transformational Coach, Trainer, Venture Capitalist & Angel Investor with over 15 years of experience in Cloud, Mobile, Infrastructure, Software, IoT programs in Health care, Finance, Oil & Gas, Mortgage and Insurance domains. Practice Agile Manifesto & SAFe principles to lead enterprise level transformations to Agile and DevOps culture to build Teal organizations. Recognized for strategic C-suite oriented approach, Multi million $ digital transformations, coaching and mentoring future Integral Agile- Practitioners, Unitive Leaders and Internal Change Agents. Distinguished for releasing predicable coaching MVPs to resolve complex problems and to foster a culture of “Process Thinking” throughout the organization.


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.

Hyatt House Houston West Energy Corridor

15405 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094


Getting to the venue

From George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) - 34 miles

Exit the airport to I-45 South. Proceed to the Sam Houston Tollway West(Beltway 8), then follow it to the South. Exit to I-10 West (Katy Freeway). Continue West and exit at Addicks Road/Highway 6. Turn left at the light at Highway 6 (passing under I-10). Take the first right onto Grisby Road. Follow Grisby Road until you reach the HYATT house Houston/Energy Corridor.

From Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) - 29 miles

Exit airport to I-45 North. Follow I-45 North until Loop 610 and enter going West. Continue on Loop 610 as it turns North. Exit to I-10 West (Katy Freeway). Continue West and exit at Addicks Road/Highway 6. Turn left at the light at Highway 6 (passing under I-10). Take the first right onto Grisby Road. Follow Grisby Road until you reach the HYATT house Houston/Energy Corridor.

Joss Cardozs, Agile Trainer

Agile Coach and Trainer
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4); IC-Agile Certified Agile Coach; Scrum Alliance: PMI: PMP, ACP

Seasoned Agile/DevOps Transformation Coach, Trainer, Venture Capitalist & Angel Investor with over 15 years of deep experience in applying agile and DevOps principles to move organizations to self-organization and deep consciousness.

Joss has experience in Cloud, Mobile, Infrastructure, Software and IoT. He has worked on programs in HealthCare, Finance, Oil & Gas, Mortgage and Insurance domains. He helps organizations apply agile principles broadly, including ideas from SAFe and DevOps to move an organization up the self-organization, self-awareness ladder, towards Teal. He is recognized for a strategic C-suite oriented approach. He has worked on multi million dollar digital transformations, applying a leveraged model, coaching and mentoring future agile practitioners, and internal change agents to drive “Process Thinking” throughout the organization.

Certifications and Education

In addition to Joss' real world experienced, he has a strong educational background with certifications in a number of areas.
  • Project Management Institute
    PMI ACP- Agile Certified Practioner
    Issuing authorityProject Management Institute
  • Project Management Institute
    PMP- Project Management Professional
    Issuing authorityProject Management Institute
  • Scaled Agile, Inc.
    SA 4.0- SAFe Agilest
    Issuing authority Scaled Agile, Inc.
  • Scaled Agile, Inc.
    SPC 4.5- SAFe Program Consultant
    Issuing authorityScaled Agile, Inc.
  • Disciplined Agile Consortium
    CDA- Certified Disciplined Agilest
    Issuing authority Disciplined Agile Consortium
  • International Business and Quality Management Institute LLC
    CKC- Certified Kanban Coach®
    Issuing authority International Business and Quality Management Institute LLC
  • Scrum Alliance CSM- Certified Scrum Master
    Issuing authorityScrum Alliance
  • DevOps Institute
    DevOps F - DevOps Foundation
    Issuing authorityDevOps Institute
  • ICAgile
    ICP ACC- Certified Agile Coach
    Issuing authorityICAgile
  • ICAgile
    ICP ENT- Certified Enterprise Agile Coach
    Issuing authorityICAgile
  • AXELOS Global Best Practice
    ITIL- IT Service Management
    Issuing authorit yAXELOS Global Best Practice
  • Management and Strategy Institute
    LBBP- Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
    Issuing authorityManagement and Strategy Institute
  • Scrum.org
    SPS- Scaled Professional Scrum (Nexus)
    Issuing authorityScrum.org

Leading SAFe (SAFe Agilist)

The most popular SAFe® course

Take this two-day course to become a SAFe® 5 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 lose your money! Many companies cancel, hold your money, and force you to switch sessions.
  • Get a Scaled Agile Inc. approved trainer, with deep, real agile experience.
  • Get training based on the latest SAFe® 5.0 Framework.
  • Gain free access to the certification exam.
  • Pass the exam the first time. 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


SAFe Concepts so You Can be a Leader in 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 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

The basics you need to know 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® 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.


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.

The Early-Bird Discount is no longer available for this session. You can find another session by clicking here, or, if you are paying on your own (i.e. not sponsored by your employer), you may want to consider a Self-Pay Discount for this, or another session.

We appreciate our alumni and provide discounts 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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A limited number of Self-Pay Discounts, worth up to $200 off of the regular price are available on a first-come, first-serve, basis to individuals who are not reimbursed by their employer. Currently, there is a Self-Pay Discount available for this session. Please request this discount only if your employer will not reimburse you.

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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.

There are no hardship discounts available for this session.

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