Leading SAFe 4.6 (SA)

Course Details
Code: 2174
Tuition (USD): $995.00 • Classroom (2 days)

The Scaled Agile Framework (or SAFe) is a guide to aligning Agile development throughout an organization. Most organizations focus their Agile development efforts at the team level, first starting with a pilot team and later transitioning individual teams one at a time. Unfortunately, this method fails to fully integrate each team's efforts with the larger stakeholder need. The Scaled Agile Framework gives you proven techniques to align these teams to work at the larger program level, and ultimately how to align multiple programs into a portfolio that maximizes shareholder value.

This two-day SAFe Agilist certification course will show you how to successfully scale Agile principals across your organization by utilizing Lean thinking practices and Product Development Flow techniques. Through Lean Software Development and Product Development Flow, yoll learn how to create longer programs, called Agile Release Trains, where groups of Agile teams work together to optimize quality and velocity to deliver even greater value for their stakeholders.

Skills Gained

  • How to lead an enterprise Agile transformation
  • To apply Lean thinking techniques at the Team, Program and Portfolio levels
  • To apply Lean, Agile and Product Development Flow principles to improve productivity, employee engagement, time to market and quality
  • How to infuse Agile into your entire organization not just your IT department
  • How to create Agile Release Trains that align the efforts of Agile and non-Agile teams to create greater stakeholder value
  • To encourage collaboration across all the layers of your organization to enable teams to deliver complex cross-functional features in 10-12 week increment
  • To improve the communication and focus of your organizatios Agile implementation
  • Prepare to take the SAFe Agilist Certification Exam

Who Can Benefit

This SAFe Agilist certification course is beneficial to all members on an Agile team, but it is primarily oriented towards those leading the efforts to adopt and scale Lean and Agile principles and practices via the Scaled Agile Framewor. This course is ideally suited for:

  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Change Agents
  • Program Managers
  • Coaches
  • Anyone helping lead the SAFe implementation

Course Details

1. What is SAFe?

  • SAFe Implementation Strategy
  • History of SAFe
  • SAFe Core Values

2. Lean Thinking

  • Lean Tools
  • House of Quality
  • Optimal Batch Size
  • Product Development Flow
  • Controlling Flow Under Uncertainty
  • Decentralized Control
  • Value Stream Mapping

3. Agile Development

  • Accelerating Value Delivery
  • Brief Agile Overview
  • Business Benefits
  • Case Studies

4. SAFe at the Team Level

  • 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

5. SAFe at the Program Level

  • 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

6. SAFe at the Portfolio Level

  • 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

7. Agile Architecture

  • Architecture in SAFe
  • ART and System Architecture
  • 7 Principles of Agile Architecture
  • SAFe's Architectural Runway

8. Scaling Leadership 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