Leading SAFe, SAFe Agilist (SA) Workshop
Saturday Dec 1 and Sunday Dec 2 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North in Sterling, VA
Support@Grow-Lean.com  or +1.609.975.9294

Overview

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Date:Saturday Dec 1 to Sunday Dec 2
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Trainer: Don Patti, Michael Sam
Support: Support@Grow-Lean.com
+1.609.975.9294
Location:
Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North
45520 Dulles Plaza
Sterling, VA 20166
703.435.9002
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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: Don Patti

Agile Coach and Trainer
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) | SAFe Agilist (SA) | CSP | CSM | CSPO | BSP | PMI-PMP | LSSBB

Donald Patti is an experienced agile trainer, coach and consultant, known for his strong business and software development acumen. He has significant experience with lean so he understands the core of agility. Don also has been an educator for a many years, as an adjunct professor and agile trainer. Don has hands on experience with leading SAFe and other agile implementations and he delivers a professional, real world, workshop.

Agile Trainer: Michael Sam

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

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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.

Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North

45520 Dulles Plaza
Sterling, VA 20166
703.435.9002



Directions

Getting to the venue

When searching for Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North on your GPS device, you may want to try referencing Hotel Sierra Sterling/Dulles Airport-North to obtain accurate directions.

From Washington Dulles International Airport:

Exit airport on Dulles Airport Access Road. Exit north on Route 28 and turn right on Old Ox Road (Route 606). Take the first right onto Shaw Road. Turn right on Dulles Plaza. Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North is on the right.

Inside the Beltway (I-495):

All lanes of I-66 are restricted to vehicles with two or more people (HOV-2) on weekdays, eastbound (toward D.C.) in the morning and westbound in the evening.

Outside the Beltway:

One lane in each direction marked with diamonds; these lanes are also restricted to HOV-2 eastbound in the morning and westbound in the evening.



Don Patti, Agile Trainer

Agile Coach and Trainer
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) | SAFe Agilist (SA) | CSP | CSM | CSPO | BSP | PMI-PMP | LSSBB

Donald Patti is an experienced agile trainer, coach and consultant. He is known for his strong business and software development acumen. Don has implemented agile across a variety of industries, teams and organizations. He has deep experience with lean (on which agile is based) so he understand the intrinsic meaning of agile methods. Don also has a long career in education, based on being an adjunct professor, as well as an agile trainer, allowing him to convey information in an understandable manner. Don has successfully founded and grown two entrepreneurial businesses during his career and consulted to well-respected organizations.

Don is spending much of his time coaching a large Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) initiative, while also providing targeted coaching to several clients. Don brings his vast, real world, experience with him, to the class room, where he delivers practical, reality based, agile training.

Companies that Don has consulted to include HP, Daimler Benz, JPMorgan Chase, CheckFree and the US Federal Government.  Don was the Director of Applications at the Association of American Medical Colleges for three years. Don's strengths lay in his ability to tailor Agile and Lean techniques to the unique needs of each client and situation, along with his ability to explain this tailoring.  

Certifications and Education:

In addition to Don's significant real world experienced, Don also has a strong educational background and he has many certifications, across a range of areas.

  • Scrum Alliance: Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
  • Scaled Agile Academy: SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4), SAFe Agilist (SA)
  • RH Smith School of Business: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Information Systems and Entrepreneurship
  • Balanced Scorecard Institute: Balanced Scorecard Professional (BSP)
  • Moresteam University: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSBB)
  • American Society for Quality: Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)
  • EXIN: ITIL v3/IT Service Management
  • Project Management Institute: Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Microsoft: Microsoft Certified Professional –Architecture and Requirements Gathering (MCP)
  • IBM: Certified Solutions Expert/WebSphere
  • IBM: Certified Solutions Advisor 

Michael Sam, Agile Trainer

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

Michael Sam is an experienced agile trainer, coach, and consultant. He is known for being passionate about helping organizations, programs, and teams in their quest to become more agile so they can rapidly deliver quality products that delight their customers.

He has led agile transformation initiatives from start up to large-scale adoption at multiple organizations. He has worked with Agile Teams and Programs in Fortune 50 companies, Government Sectors and Non-Governmental Organizations including AOL Advertising, Washington Post, Worldreader, Defense Contract Management Agency (DoD), Transportation Security Administration (DHS) and Gunter Annex Air Force Base in Alabama.

He is adept speaker and presenter for small groups, large conferences, and C-level executives. He has over 17 years in Management Consulting working with clients to identify technology strategies that align with their business needs, while ensuring their products meet the needs of their customers and corporate goals.

Companies Michael has consulted to include Pricewaterhouse Coopers, NES Associates (CSRA), and Freddie Mac. Michael strengths lies in seeking out creative challenges, being real, and taking pride in a job well done.

Certifications and Education

In addition to Michael’s real world experienced, Michael also has a strong educational background and he has many certifications, across a range of areas.
  • Scrum Alliance: Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
  • Scaled Agile Academy: SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4))
  • Project Management Institute: Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP)
  • International Agile Consortium: Certified Agile Coach (ICP-ACP)
  • RH Smith School of Business: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Decision Sciences and Master of Business Administration (MBA), Information Systems and Entrepreneurship

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).

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

Details

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.

Prerequisites

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)


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.

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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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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.

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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 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.

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

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