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Maximize your time at the Global SAFe Summit with pre-conference training

Whether you’re just learning about SAFe or are looking to develop your skills for a specific role, there are multiple learning opportunities for you at the 2018 Global SAFe Summit.

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SAFe® Release Train Engineer with RTE certification (3-day course, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2)

Facilitating Lean-Agile Program Execution

Attendees explore the skills needed to facilitate and enable end-to-end value delivery through Agile Release Trains (ARTs) — and learn how to build a high-performing ART through servant leadership and coaching — by becoming a Certified SAFe® 4 Release Train Engineer (RTE). During this three-day course, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of an RTE in the SAFe enterprise.

Through experiential learning, attendees will examine the RTE role in a Lean-Agile transformation. They will learn how to facilitate ART processes and execution, coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in new processes and mindsets. They will also learn how to prepare, plan and execute a Program Increment (PI) planning event, the primarily enabler of alignment throughout all levels of a SAFe organization.

Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become a Certified SAFe® 4 Release Train Engineer (RTE).


Prerequisites: The following prerequisites are required for those who intend to take the SAFe® 4 Release Train Engineer (RTE) certification exam:

  • Hold at least one current SAFe certification
  • Have launched or participated in at least one ART and one PI

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SAFe® Agile Software Engineering with ASE certification (3-day course, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2)

The discipline of Software Engineering has evolved over the past decade with the introduction of Lean-Agile and DevOps principles and practices. New skills and approaches to software development help organizations deliver software-centric solutions faster, more predictably, and with higher quality. During this three-day, workshop-focused course, attendees learn the foundational principles and practices that make up the Agile Software Engineering discipline.

Attendees will learn how Lean-Agile principles are driving these changes including continuous flow of value delivery, fast feedback on decisions, and building quality in, to name a few. They will connect these principles to modern engineering practices including XP technical practices, Behavioral-Driven Development (BDD), Test-Driven Development (TDD), and applying the agile testing quadrant. They will know best practices to model, implement, verify, validate, deploy, and release stories in a continuous delivery pipeline. Attendees will also understand how Software Engineering fits into the larger solution context and their role in collaborating on emergent architecture and intention design.

Attending the class prepares you to take the certification exam – details coming soon!


Prerequisites: All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience.


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SAFe® System and Solution Architect with SSA certification (3-day course, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2)

Designing for flow and continuous delivery with the Scaled Agile Framework

Attendees can expand their skill set as software architects—becoming effective contributors in a SAFe® Lean-Agile enterprise—when they become a certified SAFe® 4 System and Solution Architect. This course prepares System, Solution, and Enterprise Architects to engage across the organization as effective leaders and change agents who deliver Agile architecture to enable the creation of business value. During this three-day course, attendees will explore the principles underlying Lean-Agile architecture and release on demand, learn to lead and support Solution Trains and Agile Release Trains, extend the principles driving continuous flow to large systems-of-systems, and discover how to enable improved flow of value across an entire portfolio.

This course is for senior technical contributors who need to understand the role of System, Solution, and Enterprise Architects in Lean-Agile environments. The course is also appropriate for individuals desiring a deeper view into the trade-offs and decisions that underlie the technical direction of their solutions.


Prerequisites: The following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® 4 System and Solution Architect (SSA) certification exam:

  • 5+ years’ experience in technical leadership roles in the enterprise, including lead developers, software architects, or technical systems analysts
  • Any SAFe® certification
  • Familiarity with Agile principles and practices

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SAFe® DevOps with SDP certification (2-day course, Oct. 1 – 2)

Improving Time-to-Market with the Scaled Agile Framework®

This two-day course provides a comprehensive overview for understanding the DevOps competencies needed to accelerate time-to-market by improving the flow of value through the Continuous Delivery Pipeline. Attendees will map the current value stream through their delivery pipeline from idea to cash, and identify practices that will eliminate bottlenecks to flow.

The course will build an understanding of the complete flow of value from Continuous Exploration to Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, and Release on Demand. Attendees will explore SAFe’s CALMR (Culture, Automation, Lean, Measure, Recover) approach to DevOps, which helps create a culture of shared responsibility for the full spectrum of Solution delivery. It helps align people, processes, and technology throughout the organization to achieve faster time-to-market.

Attendees will leave with the tools they need to execute an implementation plan for improving their delivery pipeline, and the knowledge they need to support the plan. The course also prepares students for the optional SAFe® 4 DevOps Practitioner (SDP) certification exam.


Prerequisites: All are welcome to attend the course without prior knowledge.


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SAFe® for Government with SGP certification (2-day course, Oct. 1 – 2)

Scaling Lean-Agile and DevOps in Public Sector Organizations

Transitioning to Lean-Agile practices for building digital services is especially challenging in the government context. But legacy governance, contracting, and organizational barriers can be overcome with the right information and strategies. During this two-day course, attendees will learn the principles and practices of SAFe, how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation of a program inside a government agency.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and why it’s an essential foundation for transformation. They’ll also get practical advice on building high performing multi-vendor Agile teams and programs, managing Lean Government Portfolios, acquiring solutions with Agile contracting, launching the program, planning, and delivering value using SAFe, and how specific leadership behaviors can drive successful organizational change, even in government.


Prerequisites: All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, meeting the following prerequisites will make the training more productive.

  • A foundational understanding of the Agile Manifesto, SAFe House of Lean, and SAFe Principles is suggested
  • A foundational understanding of initiating and launching government program experience is helpful

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SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master with SASM certification (2-day course, Oct. 1 – 2)

Advancing Scrum Master servant leadership with the Scaled Agile Framework®

This two-day course prepares current Scrum Masters for their leadership role in facilitating Agile team, program, and enterprise success in a SAFe implementation. The course covers facilitation of cross-team interactions in support of program execution and relentless improvement. It enhances the Scrum paradigm with an introduction to scalable engineering and DevOps practices; the application of Kanban to facilitate the flow of value; and supporting interactions with architects, product management, and other critical stakeholders in the larger program and enterprise contexts.

The course offers actionable tools for building high-performing teams and explores practical ways of addressing Agile and Scrum anti-patterns in the enterprise.

Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become a Certified SAFe® 4 Advanced Scrum Master (SASM).


Prerequisites: All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, having one or more of the following certifications is highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® 4 Advanced Scrum Master (SASM) certification exam:

  • SAFe® 4 Scrum Master (SSM) certification
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification
  • Professional Scrum Master (PSM) certification

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SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager with POPM certification (2-day course, Oct. 1 – 2)

Delivering value through effective Program Increment execution

Develop the skillsets needed to guide the delivery of value in a Lean enterprise—and learn about the activities, tools, and mechanics used to manage backlogs and programs—by becoming a Certified SAFe® 4 Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM). During this two-day course, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the Agile Release Train (ART), how it delivers value, and what they can do to effectively perform their role.

They will also learn how to apply Lean thinking to write Epics, break them down into Features and Stories, plan and execute Iterations, and plan Program Increments. Finally, attendees learn about the Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps culture, how to effectively integrate as Product Owners and Product Managers, and what it takes to relentlessly improve the ART.

Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become a Certified SAFe® 4 Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM).


Prerequisites: 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 Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM) certification exam:

  • Attend a Leading SAFe course
  • Experience working in a SAFe environment
  • Experience with Lean, Agile, or other relevant certifications

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