Leading SAFe

During this course, you will learn the techniques and best practices to effectively lead an enterprise agile transformation through the use of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).  The SAFe combines the principles and practices from Scrum, Lean Thinking, and XP to create a framework for organizations to use to attain better, faster, and cheaper project delivery.  Participants will understand how the framework supports Lean Thinking, Agile Development, SAFe ScrumXP, Agile Release Train, Agile Portfolio Management, Agile Architecture, and Scaling Leadership.

This training targets executives, managers, organizational leaders and agile transformation agents who will lead the Lean/ Agile change initiative within the enterprise.  This course is required for individuals seeking the Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA) certification.

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Key Outcomes

During this course, participants will:

  • Apply principles from Lean, Agile, Scrum, and product development flow that will improve software development productivity, enhance employee engagement, reduce time to market, and improve software quality
  • Apply the Scaled Agile Framework
  • Understand what skills are necessary for a successful enterprise transformation
  • Comprehend the leadership skills most effective in tapping into the intrinsic motivation of people contributing to software development

Course Outline

Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework

  • Recognize the Problem to Solve
  • Understanding the Basic Constructs of the Framework
  • Implementation Strategy

Embracing a Lean – Agile Mindset

  • The House of Lean
  • The Agile Manifesto and SAFe

Understanding SAFe Principles

  • Taking an Economic View
  • Apply Systems Thinking
  • Assuming Variability and Preserving Options
  • Building and Learning Cycles
  • Milestones through the Evaluation of Working Systems
  • Cadence and Synchronization
  • Motivation of Knowledge workers
  • Decentralize Decision Making

Implementing an Agile Release Train (ART)

  • Synchronize Development with ARTs
  • Organizing Teams and ART Roles
  • Preparing for the Program Increment

Experience PI Planning

  • Creating Draft PI Plans
  • Finalizing Plans and Establishing Business Value
  • Committing to PI Objectives

Executing and Releasing Value

  • Developing the Vision, Roadmap, and Program Backlog
  • Prioritizing the Program Backlog
  • Executing Iterations in a Program Increment
  • Improving Program Performance with Inspect and Adapt
  • Release Value on Demand

Building an Agile Portfolio

  • Defining Strategic Themes for a Portfolio
  • Identify Portfolio Value Streams
  • Advance Solution Behaviors with Portfolio Epics
  • Transition to Lean-Agile Budgeting
  • Forecast Epics on a Near Term Roadmap

Building Really Big Systems

  • Applying the Value Stream Level for Large and Complex Solutions
  • Coordinating and Integrating Multiple ARTs and Suppliers
  • Establish Value Stream Flow

Leading the Lean Agile Enterprise

  • Leading Change
  • Emphasizing Continuous Improvement through Continuous Learning
  • Unlocking Intrinsic Motivation of Knowledge Workers