SAFe is the most popular framework when it comes to Scaling Agile. And with its ever-increasing popularity, many people are interested to learn and understand more about the framework. Where, with the variety of training programs that the framework provides, it becomes quite difficult for the learner to decide which one to choose.

In this article, I would like to provide a simple guideline to select the right SAFe course for you, if you are willing to take up one.

Note: I am not going to provide course details but just an overview of learning objectives and the audience for which that course is directed. If you want to course wide details, it can be easily found on the Scaled Agile Framework website.

Experience with Agile/SAFe:

You have recently started your agile journey and you are not much aware about the basics. Your organization has decided to take the SAFe route to be agile and now you want to take the first steps towards understanding SAFe concepts and be adept at it.

Role Purpose Course Learning Objectives
Member of Agile Team To understand concepts of SAFe and your role in the ecosystem. SAFe for Teams Introduction to SAFe
Building an Agile Team
Planning an Iteration
Executing the Iteration
Executing the PI
Scrum Master To gain understanding of the role of Scrum Master in SAFe ecosystem SAFe Scrum Master Introduction to SAFe
Role of Scrum Master
Experiencing PI Planning
Facilitating Iteration
Coaching Agile Team
Product Owner/Product Manager Improve value delivery by gaining insights in the role of Product Owner in SAFe enterprise SAFe POPM Product Owner/Manager in SAFe
PI Planning Role
Iteration planning Role
Role in Iteration and PI execution
DevOps Engineer Clarity on DevOps role in the SAFe ecosystem SAFe for DevOps Introduction to DevOPs
Mapping Continuous delivery Pipeline
Alignment with Continuous Exploration
Build Quality-In
Improving Time to Market
Deliver value with Release on Demand

 

Experience with Agile/SAFe:

You are a Lean Agile Practitioner and already executing agile flavours within your organization. You have gained experience as an Agile developer, Scrum Master, Product Owner or an Agile Leader. Now, your organization is moving towards SAFe and you are interested to gain more knowledge on the SAFe as a framework.

Role Purpose Course Learning Objectives
Leader (PM, SPM, BO, CxO) Lead the Change Leading SAFe Business Agility
Lean -Agile Leadership
Supporting Team and Technical Agility within SAFe context
Understanding Lean Portfolio
Scrum Master Gain in-depth knowledge of Scrum Master role in the SAFe ecosystem SAFe Advanced Scrum Master Scrum Master in SAFe enterprise.
SAFe Principles
Anti-patterns
Kanban and XP
High performing teams
Product Owner/Product Manager Establishing connections with Business to create valuable products. Agile Product Management Role of Product Management in SAFe
Exploring Markets and Users
Creating Strategy
Roadmaps
Delivering Value
Value Streams
Supporting Innovation
Architects Enabling flow of value by providing stable architecture for SAFe Agile Teams SAFe for Architects Lean Agile Architecture
DevOPs and Release on Demand
Solution Vision, Intent and Roadmaps
Architecture for PI
Continuous Delivery
Software Engineer Improving technical agility for the SAFe enterprise Agile Software Engineering Agile Software Engineering
Principles and Values
Accelerating Flow
Intentional Architecture
Test First
Behavior Driven Development
Design Quality
Implementing Quality

 

Experience with Agile/SAFe:

You are an expert in Lean-Agile practices and have helped teams to adopt lean-agile ways of working. You are a seasoned Agile Coach who has continuous focus on improving the agile ways of working. As your organization is moving towards SAFe you want to be the face of change and support the SAFe transformation.

Role Purpose Course Learning Objectives
Leaders (SM, PM, Agile Coaches, Delivery Managers, C-level) To lead the transformation and support Business Agility Implementing SAFe Designing the Implementation
Launching an Agile Release Train
Coaching ART Execution
Extending to the Portfolio
Accelerating to Business Agility
Scrum Masters / Agile Coaches / SAFe Managers To facilitate business value delivery through the execution of Agile Release Train SAFe RTE RTE role and responsibilities
Applying SAFe Principles
Organizing the ART
Planning a Program Increment
Executing a Program Increment
Fostering Relentless Improvement
Serving the ART
C-Level / Business Owners / Lean Coaches Connect strategy with execution Lean Portfolio Management Lean Portfolio Management (LPM)
Establishing Strategy and Investment Funding
Applying Agile Portfolio Operations
Applying Lean Governance
Architects Enabling flow of value by providing stable architecture for SAFe Agile Teams SAFe for Architects Lean Agile Architecture
DevOPs and Release on Demand
Solution Vision, Intent and Roadmaps
Architecture for PI
Continuous Delivery
Software Engineer Improving technical agility for the SAFe enterprise Agile Software Engineering Agile Software Engineering
Principles and Values
Accelerating Flow
Intentional Architecture
Test First
Behavior Driven Development
Design Quality
Implementing Quality

 

I believe this article would provide some insights into which course would be more helpful for you to improve your knowledge on SAFe.

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Leading SAFe®

Certified SAFe® Agilist
For leaders of a Lean-Agile change initiative to develop a Lean-Agile Mindset and apply the principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) to support Agile Teams, programs, and Program Portfolio Management. Coordinate and lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale.

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Implementing SAFe®

Certified SAFe® Program Consultant
For Lean-Agile change agents implementing and applying the principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), as part of an enterprise Lean-Agile transformation.

SAFe® 5 Program Consultants (SPC) become trainers with SAFe courseware, coach teams, launch Agile Release Trains (ARTs), and enable a Lean portfolio.

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SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager

Certified SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager
For Product Management Office (PMO) professionals to apply Lean-Agile values and principles and economic prioritization, and develop skills writing epics, Capabilities, Features, and user stories within the context of SAFe.

SAFe PO/PMs enable product development flow, drive program execution, and operate in the enterprise to drive the continuous delivery of value.

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SAFe® Scrum Master

Certified SAFe® Scrum Master
For Scrum Masters learning about their role in a SAFe enterprise context. Learn to facilitate Team and Program Level events for successful program execution, explore Scrum in the context of the entire enterprise, and become a servant leader and coach. SAFe Scrum Masters help Agile Teams to deliver the maximum business value that is achievable through SAFe.

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Lean Portfolio Management (LPM)

Certified SAFe® Lean Portfolio Manager
This is a two-day interactive course that includes an additional one-day Getting Started with LPM workshop. In this course, attendees gain the practical tools and techniques necessary to implement the Lean Portfolio Management functions of Strategy and Investment Funding, Agile Portfolio Operations, and Lean Governance.

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SAFe® Release Train Engineer – PI Planning

Certified SAFe® Release Train Engineer
For SAFe Release Train Engineers (RTEs) to enhance their knowledge and skills as a servant leader and coach, effectively plan and execute a PI Planning event, foster relentless improvement in their enterprise, and continue their learning journey.

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SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master

Certified SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master
For SAFe® Scrum Masters or equivalent responsible for program execution. Learn scalable engineering, DevOps practices, and facilitate cross-team interactions in support of program execution and relentless improvement in an enterprise environment. SAFe® Advanced Scrum Masters develop a systems view of the Scrum Master role in an enterprise with a focus on integrated practices for facilitating teams in larger Agile programs.

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SAFe® DevOps

Certified SAFe® DevOps Practitioner
The two-day, interactive SAFe® DevOps course helps people across technical, non-technical, and leadership roles work together to optimize their value stream from end to end. Attendees will learn what DevOps is, why it is important to every role, and design a continuous delivery pipeline that is tailored to their business.

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SAFe® for Architects

Certified SAFe® Architect
The SAFe® for Architects course prepares Architects to engage across the organization as effective leaders and change agents. During this three-day course, attendees explore the roles, responsibilities, and mindset of Agile Architects, learn how to align architecture with business value and drive continuous flow to large systems-of-systems while supporting SAFe program execution.

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Agile Product Management

Certified SAFe® Agile Product Manager
Define a vision, strategy, and roadmap to tap into new markets. Get fast feedback and deliver exceptional products and solutions that delight while aligning with your organization’s strategy, portfolio, evolving architecture, and solution intent.

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Author's Bio
Satyajit Gantayat

Satyajit Gantayat

Satyajit Gantayat is an Agile Coach and a SAFe Program Consultant with more than 20 years of experience in Agile Transformation, Agile & DevOps Implementation, Digital Transformation, Delivery Program Management, Automation, Cloud Migration, and Mobile App Development in Product as well as Service Organizations across domains like E-commerce, Banking & Financial Services, Health Care, Public Sector, and Consulting. As a continuous learner, Satyajit has certifications in Scaling Agile, Scrum Mastery, Agile Coaching, and Project Management.