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Leading a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe Agilist Certification)

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Learn to lead an enterprise Agile transformation by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework, while preparing for your SAFe certification.

This two-day SAFe certification course will show you how to successfully scale Agile principals across your organization by utilizing Lean thinking practices and Product Development Flow techniques.

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Class Description

This two-day SAFe certification course will show you how to successfully scale Agile principals across your organization by utilizing Lean thinking practices and Product Development Flow techniques.

Scale Agile Across Multiple Teams or the Enterprise

For years now, Agile teams have been able to develop higher-quality software at a faster rate by utilizing techniques that help them respond to change. This works great in smaller organizations where individual teams can focus on individual pieces of software, but it can be hard to scale these benefits across a portfolio of products because different teams are focused solely on their own goals. This misalignment of team, program and portfolio is often the obstacle that keeps organizations from fully harnessing the power of Agile.

Defining an overall organizational portfolio vision and aligning each team’s goals can help you further enhance the value of Agile practices. Through Lean Software Development and Product Development Flow, this SAFe certification course will show you 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.

What is the Scaled Agile Framework?

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.

ASPE is proud to be a Silver Level partner with Scaled Agile, the exclusive certifying body for the Scaled Agile Framework. Attending this class and passing the qualifying exam will earn you the SAFe Agilist (SA) certification. This certification will prove that you have the knowledge necessary to lead the adoption of a SAFe implementation.

In this SAFe Certification Course You will learn:
  • 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 organization’s Agile implementation
Become a Certified Scaled Agile Framework Agilist

The Leading Scaled Agile Framework course is your first step towards earning your Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA) certification. Other pre-requisites include more than five years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management as well as experience in Scrum. Upon taking the two-day Scaled Agile Framework Course, you are eligible to complete the SAFe certification exam to earn your SAFe Agilist (SA) certification. The cost of the exam is included in your course tuition. SAFe certification exam questions center around:

  • Lean Thinking
  • Agile Development principles
  • SAFe ScrumXP
  • Agile Release Trains
  • Agile Portfolio Management
  • Agile Architecture
  • Scaling Leadership

As more and more organizations look to scale Agile, be one of the select group of professionals who have a SAFe certification to back-up their hands-on experience.

Training Course Outline

1. What is SAFe?
An introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework™
SAFe Implementation Strategy
History of SAFe
SAFe Core Values

2. Lean Thinking
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
Real-World Exercises:
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.
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.

3. Agile Development
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
Real-World Exercises:
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).

4. SAFe at the Team Level
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
Real-World Exercises:
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 excercise 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.

5. SAFe at the Program Level
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
Real-World Exercises:
Program Backlog: Define ten program backlog items based on your own project or personal business context
Prioritize the Program Backlog: Prioritize three of your program backlog items based on the Weighted Shortest Job First economic prioritization method.

6. SAFe at the Portfolio Level
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
8 Transformational Patterns for Agile PPM

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

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

Who Should Attend

This SAFe 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 Framework™. This course is ideally suited for:
Executives
Managers
Change Agents
Program Managers
Coaches
Anyone helping lead the SAFe implementation

Additional Info

Class Length

2 days

Class Locations

Albuquerque NM, Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, Des Moines-Newton-Pella, IA, Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV

Class Dates

Apr 17, 2016 thru Apr 18, 2016, Dec 16, 2015 thru Dec 17, 2015, Feb 17, 2016 thru Feb 18, 2016, Jan 28, 2016 thru Jan 29, 2016, Mar 17, 2016 thru Mar 18, 2016

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Course registration information:

All courses carry Project Consult’s Guarantee of 100% Satisfaction: 
Project Consults provides an unsurpassed training experience. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the program, simply notify the instructor or registrar of your intent to withdraw from the program prior to the first morning break, turn in your course materials and receive a 100% refund. If at the end of the program day, you are unsatisfied with the program, we will credit your tuition towards a future program of your choice.

Payment Policy:
Payment is required at time of registration. Approved forms of payment include a company purchase order, PayPal, or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Courses are available as onsite training: 
All courses are available as onsite training at your location. On-site options can be very cost effective.

Course Hours:
This course begins promptly at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM, unless otherwise noted on the course page or in email notifications. Please arrive at 8:00 AM on the first morning of class to sign-in and meet your fellow attendees.

Shipping of Course Materials:
In an effort to reduce paper waste, course materials for live-online sessions will be digital. You will recieve information on how to obtain your course materials in your confirmation email.

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