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Leading SAFe (SAFe Agilist)

SAFe® is a scaling framework for executing large agile initiatives. It wraps together principles from Scrum and other frameworks and provides additional ceremonies, roles and artifacts. By attending this session you will be in a better position to plan large efforts by aligning people with value streams and establishing a program-level cadence for releases.

SAFe® is appropriate when you have a large number of agile teams that must collaborate to deliver a product. SAFe® builds on base that includes Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming, Lean Principles and product development flow, adding new roles, ceremonies and a rtifacts. For example SAFe® describes the concept of the Agile Release Train (ART), which synchronizes teams to ensure consistent deployment of product to market. A seminal event to manage an ART is a two-day, quarterly, release-planning event, known as Program Increment (PI) Planning. PI planning brings together teams of teams (think 50 to 200 people) in one physical location to plan the work for a deployment.

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.

This Leading SAFe® course is a prerequisite for obtaining the SAFe® Agilist (SA) Certification.

Attendees of this course should ideally have taken Certified Scrum Master®, Certified Scrum Product Owner® or other similar course prior to attending this session. This Leading SAF®e course is a prerequisite for obtaining the SAFe Agilist (SA) Certification.

Learning Objectives

Improve agile at scale

  • 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

Who Should Attend

Executives, Managers, Tech Leads, and others participating in an agile at scale implementation.

This class is meant for anyone who is participating in an agile at scale implementation, involving 50+ people across multiple teams. Attendees to this course should have taken a Certified Scrum Master®, Certified Scrum Product Owner® or similar session prior to taking a Leading SAFe® Session.

Certification Exam

Obtaining your designation as a SAFe® Agilist

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.

During the workshop, you will gain much, but not all, of the knowledge you need to pass the exam. After the class you will use our reading resources, to reinforce your knowledge to help you pass the exam.


Class Contents

All facilitators must use material provided by Scaled Agile® the certifying body for the Leading SAFe course. Based on significant experience deliverying agile training, we have created additional content and exercises that will help you learn by doing.