Leading SAFe® with Certified SAFe® Agilist (SA)

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Leading SAFe® 6.0 Training Course

If you are new to Scaled Agile Framework® then this is the course for you. This certification offers you the most comprehensive foundation of SAFe. Learn how you and your company can increase your business agility and make SAFe® work for your organization.

Our live virtual classes are taught by SAFe® Program Consultants (SPCs) with real-world experience they bring into the classroom. Learn from them how to align your organization around the SAFe® objectives for both remote and distributed teams.

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Great session and enjoyed practical experience and knowledge of SAFe® 6.0"

Gloria A.

Polaris Software Labs LTD

Why Get SAFe® Scaled Agilist Certified?

  • Demonstrate your ability to lead SAFe® implementation and drive transformation and increase employee engagement within your organization
  • Increase your marketability as you aim to accelerate career growth within your current company or with a future employment
  • Increase credibility and improve alignment with customers throughout the product development process
  • Improve your ability to handle complexity and collaborate across teams, saving your company time and resources

What You Will Learn During This Course

  • The basics of the Scaled Agile Framework®, derived from Lean, Agile, and Product Development Flow.
  • How to effectively scale SAFe® and a lean-agile methodology across your organization.
  • How to integrate, deploy, and release value in support of planning and program execution.
  • Develop and expand leadership skills while creating high-performing Agile teams.
  • Apply Lean-Agile principles to the roles & principles of SAFe® to a Lean Portfolio
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Benefits Included with every class

  • Taught live by veteran SAFe® Program Consultants (SPCs)
  • Class curriculum accredited by Scaled Agile
  • All class study materials, including SAFe® 6.0 workbook
  • Includes Exam Fee for SAFe® Agilist Certification
  • One Year certified Membership as a SAFe® Agilist
  • SAFe® exam pass guarantee
  • Education Credits: 14 PDUs
  • Class Duration: 2 days / 16 hours of instruction
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A SAFe® Agilist (SA) Curriculum Focused on Exam Success

The certification curriculum includes a history of SAFe® and the SAFe® core values. Coursework covers Lean thinking around product development flow and software development in addition to Agile principles and practices that can be implemented throughout the organization. You will also learn how to implement SAFe® at the team level including Scrum and XP methods with a focus on the technical, project management and economic prioritization.

In addition, the certification covers SAFe® at the program level which includes how to identify and execute an Agile Release Train (ART) at your organization. This allows for optimization and velocity delivery of projects. Lastly, you’ll cover additional topics such as SAFe® at the portfolio level, Agile architecture and scaling both Agile and Lean leadership.

An introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework® ™
- SAFe® Implementation Strategy
- History of SAFe
- SAFe® Core Values

An overview of Lean Software Development and Product Development Flow
- Lean Tools
- House of Quality
- Optimal Batch Size
- Product Development Flow
- Controlling Flow Under Uncertainty
- Decentralized Control
- Value Stream Mapping

Work-In-Progress (WIP) Constraints: Analyze the given team story board to assess the effects of increasing and decreasing WIP limits on the team’s delivery rate.

Decentralizing Decisions: Consider two problems you are currently facing and use the given decision criteria matrix to help determine if you should centralize or decentralize the decision

Identifying Value Streams: Differentiating your enterprise in its market.

Pass the Pennies: In groups of five, pass and process pennies according to exercise instructions in order to learn about the effects of large and small batch sizes on cycle time, variability, and risk.

How to apply Agile development principles and practices across the enterprise. An overview of Business Benefits that can be realized from such enterprise transformation.
- Accelerating Value Delivery
- Brief Agile Overview
- Business Benefits
- Case Studies

Accelerating Value Delivery: Given the projects and constraints provided in the exercise, plot value delivery curves for three projects done serially and done in parallel (simultaneously).

An experiential walkthrough of SAFe® practices for teams including the utilization of Scrum and XP methods. Focus is on the technical, project management and economic prioritization practices that will enable scaling across teams and up to the program and portfolio levels.
- Overview of Scrum plus XP in SAFe
- Roles in ScrumXP
- The Power of “Ba”
- Backlog Sizing and Estimating
- Estimating and Planning
- Code Quality and Continuous Integration

The Ball Point Game: An exercise to introduce Scrum and the concepts of Self-Organization, Flow and Continuous Learning & Improvement to teams.

Relative Estimation: As a team, using the example backlog, use relative estimating techniques to size the backlog items.

Sprint Goals: Discuss as a team what the goal of the sprint exercise is.

Sprint Planning: As a team, plan how you will execute the sprint exercise given to you with teammates self-organizing to take responsibility for backlog items.

Sprint Execution: As a team, execute the sprint, completing as many backlog items as possible and gain acceptance from the Product Owner so you can learn from the experience.

Sprint Retrospective: As a team, reflect on the results of your sprint and determine three improvements you will make next time.

How to identify, implement and execute an Agile Release Train (ART) in your organization. An ART is a long-lived program whereby teams-of-agile-teams optimize quality and velocity delivery for the enterprise’s larger value streams.
- What is an ART?
- What are the Rules of an ART?
- What new Roles are added?
- Identifying ART opportunities
- Program Vision and Roadmap
- Optimal ROI and the Economics of the Cost of Delay
- ART Duration Estimating
- Release Planning and Managing the Train

Group task - Prioritize the Program Backlog: Prioritize three of your program backlog items based on the Weighted Shortest Job First economic prioritization method.

Defining Agile Portfolio Management and the associated Agile transformational patterns. Topics covered include Strategy and Investment Funding, Program Management and Governance.
- What is Portfolio Program Management (PPM)?
- What is PPM’s role in Strategy and Investment Funding?
- What is PPM’s role in Governance?
- Dealing with Legacy Mindsets
- What is PPM’s role in Governance?
- 8 Transformational Patterns for Agile PPM

The principles of Agile Architecture, the role of Enterprise and System Architects within SAFe, and how to architect in an evolutionary, continual-flow model of development.
- Architecture in SAFe
- ART and System Architecture
- 7 Principles of Agile Architecture
- SAFe’s Architectural Runway

Agile Architecture Discussion: Breakout, small group discussions on the meaning and potential applications of Agile Architecture Principles in your organization.

How to scale Lean and Agile leadership across the enterprise.
- Becoming a Lean|Agile Leader
- Managing your Knowledge Workers
- Creating Purpose and Articulating
- Product Vision
- Analyzing the Value Stream
- Assessing Agile Teams
- Coaching with Powerful Questions

Coaching with Powerful Questions: Pair up with another attendee to practice Reflective Listening and asking Powerful Questions.

Facts About the SAFe® Agilist Exam

  • Exam name – SAFe® 6 Agilist Exam
  • Exam format – Multiple choice (one answer) or multiple select (2-3 answers)
  • Exam delivery – Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Exam access – Candidates can access the exam within the SAFe® Community Platform upon completion of the Leading SAFe® course
  • Exam duration – Once the exam begins, candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions: 45
  • Passing score – 35 out of 45 (77%)
  • Language – English
  • Exam cost – First exam attempt is included as part of the 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.

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