Leading SAFe / SAFe Agilist (SA) Workshop
Saturday Jan 19 and Sunday Jan 20 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport in Philadelphia , PA
Support@Grow-Lean.com  or +1.609.975.9294

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Date:Saturday Jan 19 to Sunday Jan 20
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Trainer: Don Patti, Anil Kappa
Support: Support@Grow-Lean.com
+1.609.975.9294
Location:
Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport
4101 B Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153
215.365.6600
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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: 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.

Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport

4101 B Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153
215.365.6600



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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 

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)

Take Leading SAFe from an authorized Scaled Agile Partner

Take this two-day course (based on SAFe® 4.6) to become a SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA), advance your career, and position yourself to lead an agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). Grow-Lean is a Scaled Agile Partner and our trainers are approved to deliver this session.

Avoid a bad experinence, attend a Grow-Lean Leading SAFe Session so you...

  • Won't get cancelled on at the last minute (choose your trainer wisely).
  • Get a Scaled Agile Inc. approved trainer, with strong experience.
  • Get training based on the latest SAFe 4.6 Framework
  • Apply principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, agile development, product development flow, and DevOps, in the classroom.
  • Practice the skills for supporting and executing PI Planning events, and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs)
  • Have fun while learning.
  • Gain free access to the certification exam.
  • Gain the skills necessary to pass the certification exam. The exam is hard, so get the right training once, not the wrong training twice.

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 in concert with SAFe roles and practices
  • 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
  • Maximize value delivered holistically across a large portfolio

Topics

SAFe Concepts so You Can Lead a Scaled Initiative

  • 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

What You Get

From workbooks to a great training experience

  • Attendee workbook and preparation to take the exam
  • Free access to exam (first try), assuming you attend both full days
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion
  • SAFe Agilist certification upon passing of exam
  • Great learning in a friendly environment condusive to learning

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 Information

Basic facts about the exam

  • Exam name: SAFe® 4 Agilist Exam
  • Exam format: Multiple choice
  • Exam delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Exam access: You access the exam in the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the Leading SAFe® course
  • Exam duration: Once the exam begins, you have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions: 45
  • Passing score: 34 out of 45 (76% passing score)
  • Language: English
  • Exam cost: Your first attempt is included as part of your course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50.
  • Retake policy: Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait. Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait.

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.

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.

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