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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 artifacts. 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.

You will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset, why it’s so effective in today’s adapt-or-die marketplace, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation. You’ll also learn how to build and support Agile teams and programs, empower a Lean Portfolio, build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps culture, and coordinate large solutions. You will develop a skillset that’s in demand worldwide—and empower their enterprises to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when you become a SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA).

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 introductory course prior to attending this session. This Leading SAF®e course is a prerequisite for obtaining the SAFe Agilist (SA) Certification and it will provide you with the core concepts required for the exam (we pay for your first take at the exam).

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.

During this two-day course, you will gain the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), and its underlying principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, Agile development, product development flow, and DevOps. You will also learn and practice the skills for supporting and executing PI Planning events, and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).

Leading SAFe (SAFe Agilist) Sessions

List of Currently Scheduled Public Leading SAFe Sessions


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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

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 Discount
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.
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.
A limited number of self-pay discounts, worth up to $200 off, of regular registration 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.
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.

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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.

Learning Goals

What you will learn

  • Interpret the basic constructs of SAFe and the steps of the Implementation Roadmap
  • Apply the values and principles of a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • Apply SAFe’s Lean and Agile principles to the roles and practices of SAFe
  • 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/li>
  • Coordinate multiple Agile Release Trains and suppliers with a Solution Train


Topics covered and what you will receive

Topics Covered

  • 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

Attendees Receive

    The class registration includes:
  • Attendee workbook
  • Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe® 4 Agilist exam
  • One year membership to the SAFe Community Platformm
  • Course certificate of completion
  • Attendees must attend both days of the course in order to be eligible for the exam.


All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. The following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA) certification exam:

  • Attendees to this course should have taken a Certified Scrum Master®, Certified Scrum Product Owner® or similar session
  • 5+ years’ experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product, or project management
  • Experience in Scrum

Who Should Attend

This class is meant for anyone who is participating in an agile at scale implementation, involving 50+ people across multiple teams

  • Executives and Leaders, Managers, Directors, CIOs, and VPs
  • Development, QA, and Infrastructure Management
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Product and Product Line Management
  • Portfolio Managers, PMO, and Process Leads
  • Enterprise, System, and Solution Architects

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, which includes 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 Details

Everything you need to know about the exam

  • Name: SAFe 4 Agilist Exam
  • Format: Multiple Choice
  • Delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Access: Candidates can access the exam within the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the Leading SAFe course
  • Duration: Once the exam begins, candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 45
  • Passing Score: 34 out of 45 (76% passing score)