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Scaled Agile Training Courses

With our experienced team, we, at Blended Perspectives, can help you not only better understand the importance of going Agile, and also provide trainings for the implementation of SAFe and the Atlassian Suite.

Implementing SAFe®

This course is designed for those who will be substantially and directly engaged 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 comprise:

  • 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

Summary:

During 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®), and the five core competencies of the Lean Enterprise. Attendees will further gain insights and experience 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 only on what it takes to implement successfully SAFe in the enterprise.

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Leading SAFe®

The following individuals will benefit from this course:

  • Executives and Leaders, Managers, Directors, CIOs, and VPs
  • Development, QA, and Infrastructure Management
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Product and Product Line Management
  • Portfolio Managers, PMO, and Process Leads
  • Enterprise, System, and Solution Architects

Summary:

During this two-day course, attendees will gain the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), and its underlying principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, Agile development, product development flow, and DevOps. They will discuss the five competencies needed to become a Lean Enterprise. They will also learn and practice the skills for supporting and executing PI Planning events and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).

Attendees will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset, why it’s so effective in today’s adapt-or-die marketplace, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation. They’ll also learn how to build and support Agile teams and programs, empower a Lean Portfolio, build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps culture, and coordinate large solutions. They will develop a skill-set that’s in demand worldwide—and empower their enterprises to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when they become a SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA).

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Lean Portfolio Management SAFe®

This course will benefit:

  • Executives and Leaders (CIOs, CEOs, CFOs, CTOs and VPs)
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Product Managers and Solution Managers
  • Business Unit Managers
  • Program Office Personnel
  • SPCs and Enterprise Agile Coaches
  • Human Resources
  • RTEs
  • Epic Owners

Summary:

In this course, attendees will 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.

Participants in the course will have the opportunity to capture the current and the future state of their portfolio with the Portfolio Canvas tool and identify important business initiatives for achieving the future state. Participants will be able to establish portfolio flow with the Portfolio Kanban and prioritize initiatives for maximum economic benefit. The course also provides insights on how to establish Value Stream Budgets and Lean Budget Guardrails and measure the Lean portfolio performance.

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Agile Product and Solution Management®

This course will benefit:

  • Product managers and directors of product management
  • Product marketing managers, project managers, Product Owners
  • VP of Product Management, Business Owners, Business Analysts
  • Product leaders cooperating with product management, architects, subject experts, and business line managers

Summary:

The Agile Product and Solution Management course allows you to discover the appropriate mindset, skills, and tools you need to build successful products and solutions using Agile techniques.

Attendees will realize how Continuous Exploration fuels innovation and helps you define a vision, strategy, and roadmap to tap into new markets. Find out how to speed up the product life-cycle to get fast feedback and rapidly deliver exceptional products and solutions that delight customers – all while aligning with your organization’s strategy, portfolio, evolving architecture, and solution intent.

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SAFe® for Teams

This course will benefit:

  • Team members who apply Lean and Agile at scale
  • All members of an Agile Release Train preparing for launch

 

Summary:

Build the competences needed to grow into a high-performing team member of an Agile Release Train (ART)—and learn how to cooperate effectively with other teams—by becoming a SAFe® 4 Practitioner (SP). During this two-day course, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the ART, how it delivers value, and what they can do to effectively perform their role using Scrum, Kanban, and XP.

They will further learn how to write stories and break down features, plan and perform iterations, and plan Program Increments. Finally, they’ll learn about the continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture, how to adequately integrate with other teams in the program, and what it takes to continuously improve the train.

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SAFe® Scrum Master

This course will benefit:

  • New Scrum Masters who need to perform the role
  • Existing Scrum Masters who would like to understand their role in the context of a SAFe enterprise
  • Team Leads who want to understand the Scrum Master role
  • SAFe Release Train Engineers who want to coach Scrum Masters on their role

 

Summary:

In this two-day course, attendees will gain an understanding of the role of a Scrum Master in a SAFe enterprise. Unlike traditional Scrum Master training that concentrates on the essentials of team-level Scrum, the SAFe Scrum Master course analyzes the role of the Scrum Master in the context of the entire enterprise, and prepares attendees to successfully design and execute the Program Increment (PI), the primary enabler of alignment throughout all levels of a SAFe organization. This includes learning the key components of Agile at scale development, how Scrum is facilitated throughout the enterprise, and how to execute Iteration Planning.

Attendees will further learn how to build high performing Agile teams by growing into a servant leader and coach, and how to coach those teams to deliver the maximum business value at scale. SAFe 4 Scrum Master (SSM) certification means that people are prepared to perform the role of Scrum Master in a SAFe environment, reinforcing their value to teams and organizations that are implementing SAFe.

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SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master

This course will benefit:

  • Existing Scrum Masters
  • Team leaders, project managers, and others considering the role of an Agile Team facilitator in a SAFe or enterprise Agile context
  • Engineering and development managers responsible for Agile execution and coaching teams, including teams of teams
  • Agile coaches
  • Agile Program Managers
  • Prospective SAFe Release Train Engineer

 

Summary:

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

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

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SAFe® Product Owner – Product Manager

This course will serve:

  • Product Managers, Product Line Managers, Product Owners, Business Owners, and Business Analysts
  • Solution Managers, Portfolio Managers, Program Managers, PMO personnel, and Process Leads
  • Enterprise, Solution, and System Architects

 

Summary:

Develop the skillsets required to manage 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 SAFe® 4 Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM). During this two-day course, attendants will obtain an in-depth understanding of the Agile Release Train (ART), how it delivers value, and what they can do to adequately perform their role.

They will further 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 completely integrate as Product Owners and Product Managers, and what it takes to consistently improve the ART.

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SAFe Release Train Engineer

This course will serve:

  • RTEs and Solution Train Engineers (STEs)
  • Program and project managers
  • Scrum Masters
  • Leaders and managers
  • Agile coaches
  • SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs)

 

Summary:

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

Through empirical learning, attendees will consider 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 further 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.

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SAFe® DevOps

This course will serve:

  • All members of an Agile Release Train and/or value stream
  • Developers, Testers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and other Agile Team members
  • Infrastructure and Operations engineers and practitioners
  • Configuration Managers, Release Managers, and Change Management professionals
  • Architects, Database Administrators, and Information Security professionals
  • Product Managers, Portfolio Managers, Product Owners, Release Train Engineers, and UI/UX Developers
  • Development, Engineering, QA, Infrastructure, and Operations Managers
  • IT and Business change agents, leaders, and executives

 

Summary:

Every organization needs to deliver valuable technology solutions at the speed of business. This requires a shared DevOps mindset among all the people required to define, build, test, deploy, and release software-driven systems — not just the engineers operating a CI/CD pipeline.

The two-day, interactive SAFe® DevOps course helps people across technical, non-technical, and leadership roles work closely to enhance their value stream from end to end. Attendees will understand what DevOps is, why it is critical to every role, and design a continuous delivery pipeline that is fit to their business. Attendees work in cross-functional teams to map their present state value stream from concept to cash, determine major bottlenecks to flow, and build an actionable implementation plan that will speed up the benefits of DevOps in their organization.

Attendees will leave with the knowledge they need to support and enable a successful DevOps initiative at scale. The course also prepares attendees for the SAFe® 4 DevOps Practitioner (SDP) certification exam.

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SAFe® for Government

This course will serve:

  • Executives, directors, branch chiefs
  • Managers of development, engineering, QA, architecture, operations, support
  • Program and project managers
  • Program/Project Management Office (PMO)

 

Summary:

Shifting to Lean-Agile practices for developing technology-based capabilities is specifically challenging in the government context. But issues of legacy governance, contracting, and organizational barriers can be overcome with the proper information and strategies. During this two-day course, attendees will study the principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (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 insight of the Lean-Agile mindset and why it’s a fundamental foundation for transformation. They’ll also get practical advice on building high performing, multi-vendor Agile teams and programs, managing technology investments in Lean flow, acquiring solutions with Agile contracting, launching the program, and planning and delivering value using SAFe. Attendees will further learn how different leadership behaviors can drive successful organizational change, even in government.

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SAFe® Agile Software Engineering

This course targets the technical members of an Agile Team – developers and testers. Product Owners, Scrum Master, Managers, and others with a less technical background would further be beneficial as they would obtain an understanding of the development process so that team collaboration will become more effective

Summary:

The discipline of software engineering has expanded over the past decades with the introduction of Lean-Agile and DevOps principles and processes. New skills and approaches help organizations deliver software-centric solutions faster, more predictably, and with higher quality. During this three-day, workshop-oriented course, attendees learn the essential principles and practices that make up the Agile Software Engineering discipline.

Attendees will understand how continuous flow of value delivery and building quality in are facilitated by modern practices including XP technical practices, Behavioral-Driven Development (BDD), and Test-Driven Development (TDD). Attendees will learn proven practices to detail, model, design, implement, verify, and validate stories in a SAFe Continuous Delivery Pipeline. They will learn the practices that build quality into code (abstraction, encapsulation, intentional programming) and designs (SOLID, Design patterns). Attendees will further learn how Software Engineering fits into the larger solution context and their role in cooperating on intentional architecture and DevOps.

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Download our whitepaper SAFe Atlassian Style (Updated version with SAFe 4.5) for a better understanding of Scaled Agile’s SAFe methodology and its implementation with the Atlassian Suite.

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