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Leading SAFe® (SA Certification)



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Develop a skillset that’s in demand worldwide— and empower enterprises to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—by becoming a SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA). During this two-day course, you will gain the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) and its underlying principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, Agile development, product development flow, and DevOps. 

You will discuss the five competencies needed to become a Lean Enterprise. You will also learn and practice the skills for supporting and executing PI Planning events, and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs). You will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile Mindset, why it’s so effective in today’s adapt-or-die marketplace, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation. You will also learn how to build and support Agile teams and programs, empower a Lean Portfolio, build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps culture, and coordinate large solutions. You will develop a skillset that’s in demand worldwide—and empower your enterprises to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when you become a SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA).

You Will Learn How To

  • Apply SAFe’s Lean and Agile principles to the roles and practices of SAFe
  • Create high-performing teams and trains by establishing mission and purpose
  • Lead the transformation with the SAFe Implementation Roadmap
  • Support PI Planning and the events associated with successful Program execution
  • Drive Release on Demand with the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
  • Establish alignment and execution with Strategic Theme

This training is based on SAFe version 4.6; exam included.

Important Course Information


All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe 4 Agilist (SA) certification exam

  • 5+ years’ experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product, or project management
  • Experience in Scrum

If you wouldn't consider yourself fluent in Agile Fundamentals, Learning Tree highly encourages a foundational training or workshop in advance of Leading SAFe, as it can be too much to absorb otherwise. Learning Tree can come onsite to train your leadership team in a short day on the Essentials of SAFe. If you'd prefer a single enrollment in a public event, consider Agile Adoption for Managers (Course 4590) or Introduction to Scrum (Course 4591).

Recommended Experience

  • All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SA certification exam:
    • 5+ years experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management
    • Experience in Scrum
  • The following roles are encouraged to attend:
    • Executives and Leaders, Managers, Directors, CIOs, and VPs
    • Development, QA, and Infrastructure Management
    • Program and Project Managers
    • Product and Product Line Management
    • Portfolio Managers, PMO, and Process Leads
    • Enterprise, System and Solution Architects
    • All team members working with, or on an Agile team are encouraged to attend Course 1818, SAFe® 4.0 for Teams

    Exam Information

    • Access to take the exam will be emailed to attendees from Scaled Agile directly. Attendees have 30 days to take the exam.
    • Exam is closed book, web-based, and timed (90 minutes).
    • A score of 76% is needed to pass (34 out of 45). Results are automatically received when exam is submitted. Printable certificates available.
    • First exam attempt is included as part of the course tuition if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50.

Course Outline

  • Introducing SAFe
  • Recognizing the problem to be solved
  • Knowing the basic constructs of SAFe
  • Applying the 1-2-3 implementation strategy
  • Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • SAFe House of Lean
  • Respect for people and culture
  • Purpose, Flow, Innovation
  • Relentless improvement, Leadership
  • Supporting the Agile Manifesto
  • Understanding SAFe Principles
  • Taking an economic view
  • Applying systems thinking
  • Assuming variability; preserving options
  • Building incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles
  • Basing milestones on objective evaluation of working systems
  • Visualizing and limiting WIP, reducing batch sizes, and managing queue lengths
  • Applying cadence, synchronizing with cross-domain planning
  • Unlocking the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
  • Decentralizing decision-making
  • Experience PI Planning
  • Creating and reviewing draft PI plans
  • Finalizing plans and establishing business value
  • Reviewing final plans and committing to a set of PI Objectives
  • Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value
  • Continuously delivering value with Agile Release Trains (ARTs)
  • Continuously exploring customer needs
  • Developing the Vision, Roadmap, and Program Backlog
  • Prioritizing the Program Backlog for optimal ROI
  • Releasing on demand
  • Innovation and Planning Iteration
  • Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise
  • Leading the change
  • Knowing the way and emphasizing life-long learning
  • Unlocking the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
  • Empowering a Lean Portfolio
  • Funding value streams
  • Empowering local decision-making
  • Providing objective evidence of fitness for purpose
  • Managing epic-level initiatives responsibly
  • Forecasting predictably
  • Budgeting value streams dynamically
  • Building Large Solutions
  • Coordinating and integrating multiple ARTs and Suppliers
  • Define large solutions
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