Leading SAFe / SAFe Agilist (SA) Workshop
Saturday Mar 23 and Sunday Mar 24 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Crowne Plaza Edison in Edison, NJ
Support@Grow-Lean.com  or +1.609.975.9294


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Date:Saturday Mar 23 to Sunday Mar 24
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Trainer: Anil Kappa
Support: Support@Grow-Lean.com
Crowne Plaza Edison
2055 E Lincoln Highway
Edison, NJ 08817
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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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Early Bird, Group, and Unemployment Discounts

There are discounts 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


Refund Policies

Grow-Lean commits to canceling classes as a last resort and we expect a similar 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 cancellation 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 cancellation is requested.
  • A $75 charge will apply for cancellation requests that Grow-Lean receives seven (7) to fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled event start date.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellation 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


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)

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 experience, attend a Grow-Lean Leading SAFe Session so you...

  • Won't get canceled on at the last minute (choose your trainer wisely) except for extreme circumstances.
  • 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.
  • Get high quality food and beverage, including light breakfast, lunch, snacks, all day beverages, and vegetarian options.
  • Get a clean, convenient venue, with free parking.

Learning Goals

What you will learn

  • Interpret the basic constructs of SAFe and the steps of the Implementation Road-map
  • 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


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 conducive to learning

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

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
  • One year 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

  • No additional charge to take the exam.
  • Must attend the course prior to taking the exam.
  • Exam is taken off site, from any Internet connected location, but is closed book.
  • You will likely require additional study to prior to taking 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.

Contact Us

Reach out to us, we are responsive and will respond to requests in a business day

  • Contact us via phone at +1.609.975.9294 between 9:00 AM ET to 5:30 PM ET US.
  • For discount requests on public sessions, please use the "REQUEST" button on the class list, and enter appropriate information, before contacting us, so we have your information.
  • For questions about coaching, consulting or private training, you can contact us via phone at +1.609.975.9294 or via email (links below).
  • For support, contact us at +1.609.975.9294 or via email (links below).







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.

Act now 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.

  • The Alumni Discount can be combined with the Early Bird Discount. Other discounts are not combinable, only one can be used at a time.
  • If you want to register for two sessions, register for the first and request the Alumni Discount for the second.
  • Each class has a limited number of discounts.
  • You must provide 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 as we often need to lock in the room setup approximately six or more weeks prior to the training.
  • 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 maximum 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".

We appreciate our alumni and often provide discount for prior attendees of Grow-Lean Training. If you are not an alumni but are signing up for two sessions, sign up for the first and request the discount for the second. Please note that you must attend both sessions for the Alumni Discount to be applied.

Click here to request an Alumni Discount

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 maximum 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 unemployment benefit claim. We will review, and potentially approve a Hardship Discount if any are still available (request as early as possible). 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) .