SAFe Agilist (2 days)

About the course:

Successful scaling of Agile beyond the single team is one of the most important challenges faced by many organisations. Core scrum provides no guidance on how to do this, and unofficial techniques such as Scrum-of-Scrums go only some way to providing an answer and are not widely understood. The SAFe Scaled Agile Framework™ is an increasingly popular complete approach for large-scale, multi-team Agile projects and programs. It builds upon the use of Scrum and XP by Agile teams with specific Program practices and roles for Agile Architecture, Release Train Planning and management of the Product Vision, Roadmap and Program Backlog. At the overall Portfolio level, SAFe utilises concepts of Lean Thinking and Kanban for the management of Architectural and Business Epics within agreed Investment themes.

This 2-day Leading SAFe training class gives you the knowledge required to become a Certified SAFe Agilist and to lead an enterprise agile transformation using the Scaled Agile Framework.

By the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply lean, agile and product development flow principles to improve productivity, employee engagement, time to market, and quality

  • Apply the Scaled Agile Framework™ based on lecture, real-world examples, and insights by ValueDrivenSoftware experts with experience of implementing SAFe in both the public and private sectors

  • Understand the skills necessary for an enterprise transformation based on the information and examples presented, and additional recommended readings and resources

  • Gain insights into the leadership skill most effective in unlocking the intrinsic motivation of software development knowledge workers, and begin applying them in your context

You will receive:

  • 2 days of high quality instruction from ValueDrivenSoftware SPC qualified trainers with experience of implementing SAFe in both the public and private sectors

  • All course materials, which include a copy of the slide deck, exercises and case study

  • Course certificate on successful completion of the course

These topics will be covered during the course:

  • Intro to SAFe

  • Introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework™.

  • Lean Thinking

  • An overview of Lean Software Development and Product Development Flow.

  • Agile Development

  • Application of Agile development in the enterprise context. Business Benefits.

  • SAFe ScrumXP

  • An experiential walkthrough of “SAFe ScrumXP”, focusing on scalable technical, project management and economic prioritisation practices that enable scaling to the program and portfolio level

  • Agile Release Train

  • Identification, implementation and execution of Agile Release Trains — long-lived programs whereby teams-of-agile-teams optimise quality and velocity delivery for the enterprises larger value streams

  • Agile Portfolio Management

  • Agile transformational patterns for Strategy and Investment Funding, Program Management, and Governance.

  • Agile Architecture

  • Principles of Agile Architecture, role of System and Enterprise Architects, and Architecting with Flow.

  • Scaling Leadership

  • Scaling to the Enterprise using Lean|Agile leadership.

Who should attend this course?

  • The Leading SAFe course is aimed at executives, managers, consultants, coaches and Agile change agents responsible for leading a Lean|Agile change initiative in a large software enterprise.
  • No specific preparation is required for this course but delegates should have 5+ years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management and some experience in Scrum. Delegates wishing to undertake background reading prior to the course should refer to

What happens after the course?

  • Upon successful completion of this training class, delegates will be eligible to take the on-line Scaled Agile Academy SAFe Agilist exam. On passing the exam, Certified SAFe Agilists have the option to appear on the Certified SA directory and have access to the Scaled Agile Academy LinkedIn community.


  • Determined by number of students. Delivered on-site, up to 20 students can attend

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