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BOSTON AREA - Implementing SAFe® with SPC Cert *GUARANTEED TO RUN*



Summary




Implementing SAFeDuring this four-day course, attendees will learn how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation by leveraging the practices and principles of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), as well as the five core competencies of the Lean Enterprise. Attendees will also gain insights and practice how to coach programs, launch Agile Release Trains, build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline with DevOps culture, and a Lean Portfolio. The first two days of the course—Leading SAFe®—will provide them with the basis to teach SAFe to leaders. The final two days focus exclusively on what it takes to successfully implement SAFe in the enterprise.


Becoming a Certified SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC), and becoming a change agent, will enable attendees to coach and guide the enterprise to succeed in a disruptive marketplace and empower them to implement a Lean-Agile SAFe transformation.









Attending the class prepares individuals to take the exam and become a Certified SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC) 








Learning Goals


To perform the role of a SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC), attendees should be able to:



  • Lead an enterprise Lean-Agile transformation

  • Implement the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

  • Empower with a Lean Portfolio

  • Align the organization to a common language and way of working

  • Perform Value Stream identification

  • Launch and support Agile Release Trains, and coordinate Large Solutions

  • Build and execute an implementation rollout strategy

  • Configure the Framework for a specific enterprise context

  • Train managers and executives in Leading SAFe®

  • Continue their learning journey and become enabled to train other SAFe roles in the enterprise






Topics Covered





Leading SAFe® – Days 1 and 2



  • Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

  • Becoming a Lean-Agile Leader

  • Creating High-Performing Teams and Programs

  • Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning

  • Releasing on Demand with DevOps

  • Building Business Solutions and Lean Systems

  • Implementing Lean Portfolio Management


Implementing SAFe® – Days 3 and 4



  • Reaching the SAFe Tipping Point

  • Designing the Implementation

  • Launching an ART

  • Coaching ART Execution

  • Extending to the Portfolio

  • Sustaining and Improving

  • Becoming a SAFe 4 Program Consultant (SPC)






What Attendees Get


The class registration includes:



  • Attendee workbook

  • Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe 4 Program Consultant (SPC) exam

  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform

  • Course certificate of completion


Attendees must attend all four days of the course in order to qualify for the exam.











Who will benefit?


This course is intended for those who will be materially and directly involved in a SAFe implementation. This includes practitioners, change agents, and consultants responsible for implementing Agile programs and portfolios as part of an enterprise Lean-Agile change initiative. Attendees typically include:



  • Professional Services Consultants

  • Internal Change Agents, Lean-Agile Center for Excellence (LACE) participants, Agile Working Groups

  • Business and Technology Executives, Leaders, Managers, and Directors

  • Portfolio Managers and Fiduciaries, Project/Program Management Office (PMO) personnel

  • Development, QA, and IT Managers

  • Program and Project Managers

  • Product and Product Line Managers

  • Process Leads and Lifecycle Governance personnel

  • Enterprise, System, and Solution Architects









Prerequisites




All stakeholders in a Lean-Agile transformation 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 Program Consultant exam and practice as a Certified SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC):





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

  • 3+ years of experience in Agile

  • One or more relevant Agile certifications














SAFe Certification Kit


Attendees who pass the exam will receive:



  • SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC) certificate

  • A SAFe® 4 Program Consultant digital badge to promote your accomplishment online

  • A one-year certified membership as a Certified SAFe®Program Consultant, which includes access to the SPC Community of Practice

  • A SAFe® Program Consultant certification usage guide with SPC certification marks

  • Access to online Trainer Enablement plans to qualify to teach and certify others in Leading SAFe® (SA), SAFe® for Government (SGP), SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM), SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM), SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM), SAFe® DevOps (SDP), SAFe® Agile Software Engineering (ASE), SAFe® for Teams (SP), and SAFe® Release Train Engineer (RTE).*
       *You must be a certified RTE and an SPC to teach the RTE course, and only Gold Partner SPCTs can qualify to teach the RTE course in a public environment.

  • Access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during and throughout their SAFe journey





Annual Renewal


Certificates expire one year from the date the certification is earned.



  • Renewal fee is $895











Exam Details






  • Exam name – SAFe 4 Program Consultant Exam.


  • Exam format – Multiple choice.


  • Exam delivery – Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed.


  • Exam access – Candidates can access the exam within the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the Implementing SAFe course.


  • Exam duration – Once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam.


  • Number of questions – 60.


More Exam Details






  • Passing score – 45 out of 60 (75% pass rate).


  • Language – English.


  • Exam cost – First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $250.


  • 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. Contact support@scaledagile.com for any retake questions.













Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Scrum Education Units (SEUs)




Attendees may be eligible to apply for 30 PDUs toward their continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications.


Attendees may be eligible to apply for SEUs under Category C, toward earning or renewing their CSP through Scrum Alliance.


Instructors


Michael Casey - SPCT


With over 30 years experience in software development, Michael has helped both large and small organizations transform to agile practices since the mid 2000s. A hands on coach/instructor, Michael draws on several decades experience building large scale applications in banking, finance and education. Providing both Scrum and SAFe© 4.6 training in both public and internal classes, Michael is passionate about helping individuals grow and helping organizations change to apply agile methodologies in ways which scale effectively.


Ray Angelone, SPCT Candidate


Instructor: Ray Angelone


An Enterprise Lean-Agile coach, advisor, and trainer with broad software delivery experience, Ray's focus is in the practices and deep principles that deliver value and quality sustainably. Deeply motivated to help people succeed via win-win solutions to their unique challenges, Ray has extensive experience assessing, training, and advising clients across industries and geographies to define their agility goals and plans to get there.


Agile Big Picture Cancellation Policy 
Attendee cancellations greater than two weeks before start of course are eligible for a refund (subject to a $150 processing charge). Should you need to cancel between 8-14 days before start of course, you may chose to transfer your seat to a course of equal or lesser value (or pay the difference in course cost). No refund or course transfers are offered within 7 days of course start, however you may transfer your seat to another person at any time up to start of course.