Leading SAFe

Leading SAFe

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About Leading SAFe

  Duration: 2 day course
  Resources: Workbook

During this two-day course, attendees 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. They will also learn and practice the skills for supporting and executing PI Planning events, and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).

Attendees 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. They’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. They will develop a skillset that’s in demand worldwide—and empower their enterprises to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when they become a SAFe 4 Agilist (SA).

Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

  • Recognize the problem to be solved
  • Basic constructs of SAFe
  • Applying the SAFe Implementation Roadmap

Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset

  • Embracing the Lean Mindset
  • Supporting the Agile Manifesto
  • The Role of Leadership

Understanding SAFe Principles

  • Agile Economics
  • System Thinking
  • Applying cadence and synchronizing
  • Decentralizing Decision Making

Creating high-performing teams and programs

  • Forming Cross-Functional Agile Teams
  • Organizing Agile Release Trains
  • Program-Level Roles

Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning

  • Preparing for PI Planning
  • Creating and reviewing draft PI plans
  • Finalizing plans and establishing business value
  • Reviewing final plans and committing to a set of PI Objectives

Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value

  • Delivering value continuously with Agile Release Trains
  • Exploring customer needs
  • Prioritizing the Program Backlog
  • Integrating continuously at the team and program level
  • Continuous deployment with DevOps
  • Releasing on Demand
  • Continuous improvement at the program level

Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise

  • Applying transformational leadership
  • Driving change with vision
  • Leading with authenticity
  • Growing leaders and developing people
  • Encouraging innovation

Empowering a Lean Portfolio

  • Connecting the portfolio to enterprise strategy
  • Funding Value Streams
  • Establishing portfolio flow
  • Supporting Agile Portfolio Operations
  • Applying Lean Governance

Building Large Solutions

  • Coordinating and integrating multiple ARTs and suppliers
  • Defining large solutions

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

  • 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
  • Coordinate multiple Agile Release Trains and suppliers with a Solution Train

Attending the class prepares individuals to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® Agilist (SA). The following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA) certification exam:

  • 5+ years’ experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product, or project management
  • Experience in Scrum

Attendees must attend both days of the course in order to be eligible for the exam. For more information on the SAFe Agilist certification, please go to the Scaled Agile website.

The following individuals will benefit from this course:

  • 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

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