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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.

Leading SAFe (SAFe Agilist) Sessions

List of Currently Scheduled Public Leading SAFe Sessions


REGISTER REQUEST Sat 9/29 - Sun 9/30 Sterling, VA $1,295 $995 ends on 8/24
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 10/13 - Sun 10/14 Edison, NJ $1,295 $995 ends on 9/7
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 11/3 - Sun 11/4 Sterling, VA $1,295 $995 ends on 9/28
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 11/17 - Sun 11/18 Edison, NJ $1,295 $995 ends on 10/12

Public Training Discounts

Reduced price for early registrations, groups, and individuals in need

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.

Make your request early as there are specific number of discounted seats per each session. We will respond to your request in 24 hours. You can request a discount directly from the class list.

Discount Types

Early-Bird Save money by registering early, with great rates applying when you register five or more weeks prior to the session.
  • Early-bird can be combined with an alumni discount, but does not combine with any other discount.
  • You do not have to request an early-bird.
  • Early-bird discounts expire, so use them while they are available.
Alumni Previous attendees of Grow-Lean Training Certified Training can get a discounted price that can be combined with the early bird.
  • Available to prior attendees of Grow-Lean Certified Training.
  • Cannot be combined with discounts other than early-bird.
  • Can be combined with early-bird, so it benefits you to register in advance.
Group A group discount is available for three or more people registering together for the session.
  • Grow-Lean will evaluate the request based on the number of attendees.
  • The more attendees, the larger the discount.
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts.
Self-Pay A limited number of self-pay discounts, worth up to $200 off, of regular reigstration rate (I.E. full price).
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts.
  • For use by those that work for an employer that does not reimburse for training.
  • Early-bird rate is usually lower, so check that first.
Hardship Up to 40% off, of regular registration price, for those collecting unemployment benefits.
  • Not combinable with any other discount.
  • Submit a copy of state unemployment compensation document.
  • Register early as supplies are limited.

Find Out About Discount for a Class

Discounts are specific to a session.

  • Find your session of interest on the class list.
  • If you want to register at the regular or early bird rate, click the "REGISTER" button for the class you are interested in and then on the next page click "CLICK TO REGISTER NOW".
  • If you want a discount, other than early-bird, click the "REQUEST" button for the class you are interested in.
  • Review the discounts for the session.
  • Click the link for the appropriate discount (or find another class).
  • Provide the data required for the discount.
  • Click the "submit" button.

You can call us or email us at Training@Grow-Lean.Com if you need help registering. We recommend that you use the online interface for requesting discounts.

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.