Leading SAFe 4.6 (SA)

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Duration: 2 days
Live Virtual Classroom
Duration: 2 days
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The Scaled Agile Framework or SAFe helps align the Agile development throughout an organization. SAFe provides proven techniques to align teams to work at a larger program level, as well as it guides on how to align multiple programs into a portfolio in order to maximize value delivery. The Leading SAFe 4.6 course covers how to successfully scale Agile principles across the organization by utilizing Lean thinking practices and Product Development Flow techniques. Creating longer programs, also called as the Agile Release Trains is also covered in the course.

What You'll Learn

  • How to lead an enterprise Agile transformation
  • How to apply Lean thinking techniques at the team, program and portfolio levels
  • How to apply Lean, Agile and Product development flow principles to improve productivity, employee engagement, time to market and quality
  • How to infuse Agile into the organization, beyond just the IT department
  • How to create Agile Release Trains that align the efforts of Agile and non-Agile teams to create greater stakeholder value
  • Encouraging collaboration across all layers of the organization to enable teams to deliver complex cross-functional features in ten to twelve week increments
  • Improving communication and focus of your organization’s Agile implementation
  • Prepare to take the SAFe Agilist certification examination


  • SAFe implementation strategy
  • History of SAFe
  • SAFe core values

  • Lean tools
  • House of Quality
  • Optimal batch size
  • Product development flow
  • Controlling flow under uncertainty
  • Decentralized control
  • Value stream mapping
  • Exercise 1: Pass the pennies
  • Exercise 2: Work-in-progress constraints
  • Exercise 3: Decentralizing decisions
  • Exercise 4: Identifying value streams

  • Accelerating value delivery
  • Brief Agile overview
  • Business benefits
  • Case studies
  • Exercise 5: Accelerating value delivery

  • Overview of Scrum plus XP in SAFe
  • Role in ScrumXP
  • The power of ‘Ba’
  • Backlog sizing and estimating
  • Estimating and planning
  • Code quality and continuous integration
  • Exercise 6: The Ball point game
  • Exercise 7: Relative estimation
  • Exercise 8: Sprint goals
  • Exercise 9: Sprint planning
  • Exercise 10: Sprint execution
  • Exercise 11: Sprint retrospective

  • What is an ART?
  • What are the new rules of an ART?
  • What new roles are added?
  • Identifying ART opportunities
  • Program vision and roadmap
  • Optimal RoI and economics of the cost of delay
  • ART duration estimating
  • Release planning and managing the Train
  • Exercise 12: Program backlog
  • Exercise 13: Prioritize the program backlog

  • What is Portfolio Program Management (PPM)?
  • What is the PPM’s role in strategy and investment funding?
  • What is the PPM’s role in Governance?
  • Dealing with legacy mindsets
  • 8 transformational patterns for Agile PPM

  • Architecture in SAFe
  • ART and system architecture
  • Seven principles of Agile architecture
  • SAFe’s Architectural runway
  • Exercise 14: Agile architecture discussion

  • 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
  • Exercise 15: Coaching with powerful questions
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Who should attend

This SAFe Agilist certification course is beneficial to all Agile team members, though the course is chiefly aimed at professionals who lead the efforts to adopt and scale Lean and Agile principles using SAFe. The course is highly recommended for –
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Change agents
  • Program managers
  • Coaches
  • Anyone helping lead the SAFe implementation


There are no prerequisites for this course. Completing the Foundations of Agile course prior to taking this course would be beneficial.

Interested in this Course?


    Completing the Leading SAFe course is the first step towards earning the Scale Agile Framework Agilist (SA) certification. Other prerequisites include having more than five years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management as well as experience in Scrum. After completing the two day Leading SAFe course participants are eligible to take the SAFe certification exam. The details of the exam are as below –

      Exam name   Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA)
      Exam format   Multiple choice questions
      Exam deliver   Web-based (single browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
      Exam duration   90 minutes
      Number of questions   45
      Passing score   34 out of 45 (76%)
      Exam language availability   English
      Retake policy   Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt.


    Third attempt requires a 10-day wait.

    Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait.

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