Leading SAFe, SAFe Agilist (SA) Workshop
Saturday Nov 17 and Sunday Nov 18 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Crowne Plaza Edison in Edison, NJ
Support@Grow-Lean.com  or +1.609.975.9294

Overview

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Date:Saturday Nov 17 to Sunday Nov 18
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Trainer: Anil Kappa
Support: Support@Grow-Lean.com
+1.609.975.9294
Location:
Crowne Plaza Edison
2055 E Lincoln Highway
Edison, NJ 08817
732.287.3500
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SAFe® is a scaling framework for executing large initiatives. It wraps principles from Scrum, Kanban, XP and provides additional ceremonies, roles and artifacts. By attending this session you will be in a better position to align people with value streams and establish a program-level cadence for releases, you will also have access to the certification exam. Upon passing the exam you will become a SAFe® Agilist (SA)

As an example of how SAFe® expands on Scrum, 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 deployment. This two-day course will prepare you to apply PI Planning and the SAFe®; framework in general, to synchronize alignment, collaboration, and delivery from Portfolio to Program to Team levels.

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Discounts

Early Bird, Group, and Unemployment Discounts

There are discounts for for those registering early, groups of three or more and the unemployed. For the unemployment discount, a current state unemployment statement is required. 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

There may be situations where you as an attendee has to cancel. All cancellations where payment was via Amex incur a minimum fee of 4.5%. Cancellations made less than one week prior to the event can be credited towards a future event minus a $150 transfer fee. We almost never cancel, but, if we cancel late (excluding uncontrollable events like a snow storm), and you are gracious enough to move to another of our events, we provide you a $150 credit.

Agile Trainer: Anil Kappa

Agile Mentor and Trainer
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4.5) | CSPO | CSM

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Refund Policies

Grow-Lean commits to cancelling classes as a last resort and we expect a similiar 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 rarely cancel. 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 full refund will be issued for cancelation requests received sixteen (16) or more days prior to the scheduled event, with the exception that when an American Express credit card is being used for payment, a cancellation will incur an additional 5% transaction fee. The additional fee for American Express credit cards applies irrespective of when the cancelation is requested.
  • A $75 charge will apply for cancelation requests that Grow-Lean receives seven (7) to fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled event start date.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancelation requests 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. Attending a future event will be incur an additional $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 5:30 PM EST).
  • Grow-Lean reserves the right to cancel an event at any time based on insufficient enrollment or unforeseen events such as illness or inclement weather. 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. If we cancel less than sixteen (16) days prior to the scheduled event start date, due to low enrollment, we will refund your money or provide you a $150 discount towards a transfer into another one of our upcoming events.

Crowne Plaza Edison

2055 E Lincoln Highway
Edison, NJ 08817
732.287.3500



Directions

Getting to the venue

Getting to the Crowne Plaza via Train

For those taking public transportation, the Edison Train Station is just 1.5 miles from the Crowne Plaza. There is often a hotel shuttle is available for pickup, and drop off. If not, taxis are always waiting and Uber/Lyft are also options.

The Edison stop is on the Northeast Corridor line, and you can get there from Trenton, New York or Newark (airport or Penn Station). Go to the New Jersey Transit site for more information: http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainTo

Driving Directions to the Crowne Plaza

The Crowne Plaza in Edison has a large parking lot with free parking for training attendees.

Traveling on Interstate 287 North
  • Take exit #2B for Route 27 south (New Brunswick).
  • The Crowne Plaza hotel is located 1 mile on right.
Traveling on Interstate 287 South
  • Take exit #3 (New Durham/Metuchen).
  • Make a right off exit (Durham Road).
  • Travel approximately 0.2 mile to first light.
  • Make a left onto Talmadge Road.
  • Travel approximately 1 mile.
  • Hotel on Right.
Traveling on Route 1 North from the Princeton area
  • Take Route 1 north to Route 18 north.
  • Exit for Route 27 north (Highland Park).
  • Travel approximately 5 miles.
  • Make a left onto Municipal Boulevard.
  • Make first right into hotel complex.
Traveling on Route 1 South from Woodbridge Area
  • Take Route 1 south to Interstate 287 north (Morristown/Mahwah).
  • Take exit #2B for Route 27 south (New Brunswick).
  • The Crowne Plaza hotel is Located 1 mile on right.
Traveling on New Jersey State Turnpike
  • Take exit #10 (Edison) to Interstate 287 north.
  • Take exit #2B to Route 27 south (New Brunswick).
  • The Crowne Plaza hotel is located 1 mile on right.


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Anil Kappa, Agile Trainer

Agile Mentor and Trainer
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4.5) | CSPO | CSM

Anil is a seasoned executive leader with experience helping scale billion-dollar organization and startups. He is an entrepreneur at heart and built successful IT services companies which have been featured in INC 500 and NJ Fast companies list. Learning has been a core value and he brings that to practice every-day with his customers, helping them transform with Agile, Lean and DevOps principles while navigating complex business challenges with a data-driven mindset. He is passionate about delivering customer value and competitive advantage by leveraging experimentation and lean startups to uncover disruption and revenue streams.

His expertise is in partnering with C-Level Executives, translating strategy to execution, leading change while sustaining a robust pace of growth with commitment to continuous improvements. Anil is results driven with a proven track record of aligning all stakeholders towards common vision and mission.

Anil is focused on coaching and training Scaled Agile Framework. He advises and coaches organization in building and sustaining lean-agile culture, manage a portfolio in a lean-agile manner, optimize value streams and enable enterprise agility.

Certifications and Education:

  • Scaled Agile Academy: SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4.5)
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) - Scrum Alliance
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) – Scrum Alliance
  • Master’s in Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Master’s Program, EO-MIT, SLOAN, 2010–2013
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Science, ANNA UNIVERSITY (SVCE), 1990–1993
  • Design Thinking for Business Innovation, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy - MIT Sloan Executive Education
  • Tackling the Challenges of Big Data – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Customer Analytics - The Wharton School
  • Predictive Analytics Applied - Prediction Impact
  • Corporate Finance, Executive Education, The Wharton School

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.


Agenda

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.

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.

Make your request early 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.

  • Discounts are not combinable, only one can be used at a time.
  • Each class has a limited number of discounts.
  • You must 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.
  • 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 maxinum 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".

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.

Click here to request a group discount.

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 maxinum 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 unemployement benefit claim. We will review, and potentially approve a hardship discount of up to 40% if any are available. 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) .

We appreciate our alumni and often provide discount for prior attendees of Grow-Lean Training.

Click here to request an alumni discount