Implementing the Scaled Agile Framework™ (SAFe) w/ SPC4 Certification

How do you implement SAFe in a pragmatic way? AgileSparks has years of a variety of agile scaling experiences – Since 2008 We’ve been helping organizations such as Intel, Siemens, HP, Philips achieve agility at scale.

In our 4-day Implementing SAFe 4.5 workshops Yuval Yeret, our SPCT, shares his experience to help bring to life SAFe’s principles, roles, events, artifacts.

Following along the SAFe Implementation Roadmap you will learn:

  • The essential practices of SAFe
  • When to choose SAFe as your scaling approach
  • How to pitch SAFe in your organization
  • How to identify and design SAFe Value Streams and Agile Release Trains
  • How to launch and effectively coach Agile Release Trains through their first couple of Program Increments
  • How to build a continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture
  • When/how to extend towards a Lean Portfolio or a Large Solution configuration.

This class will take place at the ForeFront center in Waltham MA right off RTE128/i95.

Should you attend an “Implementing SAFe w/ SPC4 certification” workshop?

The course is intended for those interested to take a deep dive into the various aspects of implementing SAFe as well as looking to get the SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) certification which will allow them to teach SAFe classes as well as have access to all the SAFe materials and toolkits. Experience with SAFe and previous SAFe certifications isn’t required but is recommended to make the most of this advanced class.

Typical attendees include:

  • Leaders in the Product Development/IT organization looking to educate themselves on approaches for scaling agile beyond the team level. SAFe is certainly the most popular scaling approach out there.
  • Agile Consultants/Coaches/Scrum Masters looking to add program/portfolio training/consulting/coaching capabilities to what they can offer their teams/clients.
  • Leaders/Change Agents looking to understand how to implement SAFe in a healthy effective way using the SAFe Implementation Roadmap.
  • Project/Program Management Office (PMO) personnel or consultants looking to understand how to implement Lean/Agile at the Program/Portfolio level for their organization or their clients.
  • Process/Quality Center of Excellence people trying to balance agility and coherent robust process framework.
  • The Best! Yuval is an Outstanding Instructor who clearly articulates and brings his deep Agile Experience to guide you through the scaled Agile framework and how to apply this to your needs. Highly Recommended. Thank You Again for the excellent course!

    Jon Davis PriceWaterhouseCooper
  • “Yuval’s class is great! His broad experience as a consultant and active member of various agile communities helps in connecting the dots. He also added examples from his own experience to practically every aspect and subject of the class. His interactive teaching style stimulates conversation and learning by building on experiences and knowledge from him and class attendees.”

    Jasper Sonnevelt
    Jasper Sonnevelt Lean/Agile Transformations Consultant - Leankit
  • It was easy to see that Yuval was more than just a SAFe SME (subject matter expert) but instead had a great breadth of lean-agile experience as well. This afforded him the ability to speak to nearly anyone's unique situations and maximize their learning value. This included both the personal learning level within SAFe as well as the professional level of their organization's challenges they are wanting to solve.

    Participant in an Implementing SAFe SPC workshop in Boston
  • Yuval has the experience to back up his training style. Whenever anti-patterns cropped up he was able to put them down and exemplify the lean-agile mindset required to be a SAFe practitioner.

    Participant in an Implementing SAFe workshop in Boston
  • Second to none... I could have 'Sat at his Feet' for weeks!

  • I have been a certified practitioner in the 'Agile Space' for over 15 years, what he brings to the table is unadulterated excellence, passion, and a relentless commitment to the craft (i.e., the Agile Discipline). I have never been challenged and motivated to deliver excellence at this level in my entire career!

    Participant in an Implementing SAFe workshop in Boston
  • Yuval Yeret SAFe SPCT, Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), Enterprise Agile/Agile Marketing Transformations Consultant, Head of AgileSparks USA, CTO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: I’ve taken the Leading SAFe class and am already a SAFe Agilist. Looks like the first two days of class are a repeat of Leading SAFe. Can I just join the last two Implementing days?
A: No. Implementing SAFe is a 4 days class that needs to be attended in full regardless of any previous SAFe class participation/experience/certification. (This is an SAI policy). The Leading SAFe section of the Implementing SAFe class is delivered in a deeper more train-the-trainer oriented fashion than in a regular Leading SAFe class. Participants who’ve taken Leading SAFe before report that going through the class again is immensely helpful to getting a deeper understanding and fresh perspective that is helping them become better SPCs, especially if they intend to teach SAFe classes.

Q: Does the price include the certification?
A: The workshop price includes participation in a certification exam that you’ll take in the 30 days after the workshop. If you pass the exam you will earn your SPC certification. If you need a retake there’s an extra fee handled directly with SAI – the SAFe certification body.

Q: When do we finish on the last day of class?
A: Most classes finish on 3pm on the last day to enable reasonable travel schedules for remote participants especially as it’s typically on a Friday after a long training week. The core SPC curriculum is typically delivered by lunchtime that day, followed by an Open Space / Lean Coffee style discussion of parking lot topics as well as practice exams/quizzes. If you have a specific question about a class schedule, feel free to contact us below.

Q: Can I get PMI PDUs or Scrum Alliance SEUs for this class?
A: Yes. This is handled through SAI. Check out the full list

Q: What does it mean that the workshop is “Guaranteed to Run”? 
A: You’ve probably experienced this. You register for a class and it gets canceled/postponed due to lack of registrations. This is especially an issue with a class like Implementing SAFe in which you get two trainers for the entire class and where the class just doesn’t work in very small sizes. “Guaranteed to Run” means we have enough registrants already and consider this a strategic class on our schedule. And for you that means – No cancellations, No reschedules, No hassle, and most importantly getting the training you need sooner rather than later.

Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: Up until 21 days before the event, you can cancel at no charge. Afterward, you can either get a 50% refund or the option to apply your ticket towards a future workshop.

Check out our Guarantees and Policies

Q: What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
A: The ForeFront center is located right off RTE128/I95 in Waltham. There’s free garage parking at the center. If you’re flying in, a taxi/Uber/Lyft is your best bet from/to the airport. Plan on flights that depart no earlier than 5:30pm on Friday if you can. The class finishes at 3:00pm but it might take you a bit of time to get to the airport.

Q: I’m flying in for the class. Can you recommend a hotel in the area?
A: If you’re flying in for the class we recommend staying in the Waltham winter street area. Here’s a hotel search for the relevant dates for your use. 

Another option close by is the Hotel Indigo in Newton Riverside which provides a special discounted rate of $199 per night for class participants if you book at least a month in advance.

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