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Leading SAFe 5.0.1 (SA)

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Professional Credits


ASPE is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider of business analysis training. Select Project Delivery courses offer IIBA continuing development units (CDU) in accordance with IIBA standards.


Select courses offer Leadership (PDU-L), Strategic (PDU-S) and Technical PMI professional development units that vary according to certification. Technical PDUs are available in the following types: ACP, PBA, PfMP, PMP/PgMP, RMP, and SP.

This course offers:
    6.00 PMP/PgMP Technical PDUs
    6.00 PMI-ACP Technical PDUs
    4.00 PMI Strategic PDUs
    4.00 PMI Leadership PDUs


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 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, you’ll 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.

SAFe Gold Badge
Cprime, the parent company of ASPE, is proud to be a Gold SPCT and Platform 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.


Become a Certified SAFe® Agilist

SAFe Agilist CertificationThe Leading SAFe course is your first step towards earning SAFe 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 SAFe Course, you are eligible to complete the  exam to earn your SAFe Agilist (SA) certification. The cost of the exam is included in your course tuition.

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.

This course is designed for version 5.0.1

Customer Testimonials:

"It was an excellent course with knowledgeable instructors who delivered the material well and gave thoughtful answers to questions." - M. Hand

You will be able to:

Lead an enterprise Agile transformation
Apply lean thinking techniques at the Team, Program, and Portfolio levels
Use Lean, Agile and Product Development Flow principles to improve productivity, employee engagement, time to market and quality.
Infuse Agile into your entire organization - not just you IT department
Create Agile Release trains that align the efforts of Agile and non-Agile teams to create greater stakeholder value
Encourage collaboration across all the layers of your organization to enable teams to deliver complex cross-functional in 10-12 week increments
Improve the communication and focus of you organization's Agile implementation
Pass the SAFe Agilist Certification Exam
Upcoming Dates and Locations
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Oct 6, 2020 – Oct 7, 2020    8:30am – 5:30pm Live Online Register
Oct 14, 2020 – Oct 15, 2020    10:00am – 7:00pm Live Online Register
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Dec 10, 2020 – Dec 11, 2020    9:00am – 6:00pm Live Online Register
Dec 15, 2020 – Dec 16, 2020    9:00am – 6:00pm Live Online Register
Jan 4, 2021 – Jan 5, 2021    8:30am – 4:30pm Chicago, Illinois

Attune, formerly Microtek Chicago
230 W. Monroe
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606
United States

Jan 6, 2021 – Jan 7, 2021    8:30am – 4:30pm San Mateo, California

cPrime, Inc.
107 S B Street
Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94401
United States

Jan 6, 2021 – Jan 7, 2021    12:00pm – 8:00pm Live Online Register
Jan 12, 2021 – Jan 13, 2021    8:30am – 4:30pm Houston, Texas

Texas Training and Conference
11490 Westheimer Rd.
Suite 600
Houston, TX 77077
United States

Jan 13, 2021 – Jan 14, 2021    10:00am – 6:00pm Live Online Register
Jan 14, 2021 – Jan 15, 2021    8:30am – 4:30pm Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis - West End Conference Center
1600 Utica Ave S
Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55416
United States

Jan 20, 2021 – Jan 21, 2021    12:00pm – 8:00pm Live Online Register
Jan 25, 2021 – Jan 26, 2021    12:00pm – 8:00pm Live Online Register
Jan 26, 2021 – Jan 27, 2021    8:30am – 4:30pm Washington, District of Columbia

Attune, Formerly Microtek-Washington, DC
1110 Vermont Avenue NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Course Outline

Part 1: What is SAFe?

An introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework™

  1. SAFe Implementation Strategy
  2. History of SAFe
  3. SAFe Core Values

Part 2: Lean Thinking

An overview of Lean Software Development and Product Development Flow

  1. Lean Tools
  2. House of Quality
  3. Optimal Batch Size
  4. Product Development Flow
  5. Controlling Flow Under Uncertainty
  6. Decentralized Control
  7. 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.

Part 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.

  1. Accelerating Value Delivery
  2. Brief Agile Overview
  3. Business Benefits
  4. 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).

Part 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.

  1. Overview of Scrum plus XP in SAFe
  2. Roles in ScrumXP
  3. The Power of “Ba”
  4. Backlog Sizing and Estimating
  5. Estimating and Planning
  6. 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 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.

Part 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.

  1. What is an ART?
  2. What are the Rules of an ART?
  3. What new Roles are added?
  4. Identifying ART opportunities
  5. Program Vision and Roadmap
  6. Optimal ROI and the Economics of the Cost of Delay
  7. ART Duration Estimating
  8. Release Planning and Managing the Train

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

Part 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.

  1. What is Portfolio Program Management (PPM)?
  2. What is PPM’s role in Strategy and Investment Funding?
  3. What is PPM’s role in Governance?
  4. Dealing with Legacy Mindsets
  5. What is PPM’s role in Governance?
  6. 8 Transformational Patterns for Agile PPM

Part 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.

  1. Architecture in SAFe
  2. ART and System Architecture
  3. 7 Principles of Agile Architecture
  4. 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.

Part 8: Scaling Leadership

 How to scale Lean and Agile leadership across the enterprise.

  1. Becoming a Lean|Agile Leader
  2. Managing your Knowledge Workers
  3. Creating Purpose and Articulating
  4. Product Vision
  5. Analyzing the Value Stream
  6. Assessing Agile Teams
  7. 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 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 Framework™. This course is ideally suited for:

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

Although it is not mandatory, students who have completed the self-paced Foundations of Agile eLearning course have found it very helpful when completing this course.


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