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Leading SAFe Training

This 2-day certified course teaches you all about Lean-Agile transformation and Agile release trains.
Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® Agilist (SA).

Course Focus:

This two-day course teaches the Lean-Agile principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). You’ll learn how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, how to build an Agile Portfolio, and how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale. You will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and how to apply the principles and practices of SAFe to support Agile teams, programs, program portfolio management, and to coordinate large Value Streams.

Course Details:

  • Price: R12,400 excl. VAT per person
  • Course duration: 3 Days
  • Location: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban (and other locations on request)


Course Dates:

  • 09 July 2019
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    Johannesburg - SAFe

    Dynamic Tech House, Melrose, Johannesburg

    R12,400.00 excl. VAT

  • 26 August 2019
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    Johannesburg - SAFe

    Dynamic Tech House, Melrose, Johannesburg

    R12,400.00 excl. VAT

  • 25 September 2019
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    Cape Town - SAFe

    DVT Cape Town Office

    R12,400.00 excl. VAT

  • 09 December 2019
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    Johannesburg - SAFe

    Dynamic Tech House, Melrose, Johannesburg

    R12,400.00 excl. VAT

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply SAFe to scale Lean and Agile development in your enterprise
  • Support the execution of Agile Release Trains
  • Coordinate large Value Streams
  • Manage a Lean-Agile Portfolio
  • Align the organization to a common process model
  • Configure the Framework for your context
  • Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
  • Support a Lean-Agile transformation in your enterprise


  • Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • Understanding SAFe Principles
  • Implementing an Agile Release Train
  • Experiencing PI Planning
  • Executing and Releasing Value
  • Building an Agile Portfolio
  • Coordinating Large Value Streams
  • Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise


Attendees who pass the exam will receive:

  • A SAFe Agilist certificate
  • One year certified membership as a SAFe Agilist
  • SAFe Agilist branding kit with the SA certification mark


Executives, managers and Agile change agents responsible for leading a Lean-Agile change initiative in the larger software enterprise. This course is a requirement for those seeking certification as a Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA).


  • 5+ years experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management
  • Experience in Scrum
Charmaine Allen

The trainer

Charmaine Allen has been implementing projects in various industries using a multitude of approaches for over 17 years. In 2006 Charmaine qualified as a project management professional providing her with the knowledge and later the experience of utilising many tools and techniques that she applies within project teams to successfully implement projects and therefore increase organisational performance. She has worked on agile projects at Hollard, Tsogo Sun and at Liberty Life when implementing their Credit Risk solution. Regardless of the project approach used (waterfall or agile) Charmaine understands the importance of coaching the team to success. In order to provide leadership coaching effectively, not only on the scrum approach but also on collaboration, self-organisation and team decision making, Charmaine embarked on leadership coaching techniques and approaches approved by the International Coaching Federation. Charmaine has been leading teams since 1995 either at a supervisory level or at a project level and she understands that individuals make up a team and personal mastery plays a vital role in the phases of team development. Charmaine is also a qualified AgilePM trainer through APMG and has conducted Agile training and various project management training either on a full time or part time basis since 2008. Her experience compiled with her absolute understanding of various methods (Lean, Kanban, Scrum, SAFe, DSDM, Risk and Quality Management) supports her training and coaching passion.

“How do we embark on our own unique journey while embracing the vital elements of respect, focus and simplicity? These questions are vital as we strive to build cohesive and collaborative teams: Magic is formed when people are encouraged to be creative, expressive and collectively responsible.”

Stephen de Villiers Graaff

Frequently asked questions

  • Is this certified scrum master training?

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    Yes, Scrum Master has 2 options in terms of training. DVT presents the official international Certified Scrum Master training course (this one) as well as SCRUM training which is locally certified. Both are very valuable courses with the SCRUM training course being more cost effective for teams.

  • How is a Scrum master course different to a PMI project management course?

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    SCRUM is still one of the most popular frameworks used in Agile today. Whereas most Agile courses (including PMI) focus on Agile and Agility, this course is specific to the SCRUM framework used in Agile.

  • Does the SCRUM course cover Kanban principles?

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    The SCRUM course does not cover KANBAN. DVT does, however, combine SCRUM and KANBAN in a 3-day course that covers both. SCRUM and KANBAN can be combined in forming an Agile framework specific to your environment yet utilising the best elements of two brilliant frameworks. Agile Coaching is a vital part in customising an Agile framework to work for your unique environment and unique challenges.

  • Should I consider SAFe certification?

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    The Scaled Agile Framework is a brilliant and detailed framework referred to when Agile is used in larger organisations. SAFe is a good framework to understand since it adds a few additional roles and ceremonies to KANBAN and SCRUM forming a framework that can scale for large teams and organisations. Should you be looking for answers to scaling an Agile implementation or Agile for larger cross-functional teams, SAFe is a good course to consider.

    The SCRUM framework also has many scaling options for instance by introducing SCRUM or SCRUM ceremonies or looking into due track SCRUM.

  • Does the course cover Lean?

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    The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value while minimising waste. All Agile Frameworks (including SCRUM and KANBAN) are based on the Lean principle with regards to value-driven focus and minimising any waste. In fact Lean is more focused on the mindset and thinking which overlaps brilliantly with regards to any Agile framework as both is based on the same principles and values.

  • Is this good project management training?

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    Project Managers can certainly benefit from Agile training as well as training in the most popular frameworks, SCRUM and KANBAN. Project Managers can specifically benefit from the mindset changes required to excel in Agile.

    Requirements gathering is facilitated in a different manner, and the focus is shifted to the team who are customer value driven. We would recommend the following courses in sequence as a general path to gain Agile knowledge:

    • Agile Fundamentals course – A good introduction to Agile and to a few Agile frameworks.
    • SCRUM training – Still the most commonly used framework in Agile.
    • KANBAN training – A very popular Agile framework that can be applied to any area or work stream (including HR, Marketing and Finance).
    • Certified SCRUM Master training – geared towards the Scrum Master role, yet extremely valuable for any member of the Scrum Team.
    • Certified SCRUM Product Owner training – geared towards the business and management role within the organisation yet valuable for the Project and Program Management role within the organisation. We would also recommend the training to innovation driven teams.
  • Is this good software tester training?

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    Software Testers will certainly benefit from Agile training (Including SCRUM and KANBAN), but also from the ICAgile TST course which specifically focusses on the role of a Tester within an Agile environment.

  • Is this good software development manager training?

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    Agile is most commonly used within the software development space. Agile training is a must for any role within the software development industry as Agile is the start of continuous delivery which is giving organisations a competitive edge. Software Development Managers can certainly benefit from this training course. In fact the Certified Product Owner and SCRUM training would be our first recommendation for Development Managers.

  • Is this good Agile training for developers?

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    Yes, developers will certainly benefit from this course. In fact, the best-recommended courses for Developers are:

    • Agile Fundamentals (ICAgile Certified)
    • SCRUM training
    • KANBAN training
  • Is this SETA certified training?

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    Agile training in South Africa is not yet SETA certified. The DVT Academy is in the process of getting the Agile training within the Academy SETA certified.

  • Does the training address Agile coaching?

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    Agile Coaching is very specialised and is a natural career path for good Scrum Masters and Facilitators. DVT does present Agile Coaching training on request. It is ICAgile Certified training. You are welcome to contact us to elaborate on this subject. DVT is considered as thought- leaders in the Agile Coaching domain.

  • Does the training address Agile organisational transformation?

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    The Agile training does not address organisational transformation as a learning objective, yet touches on some of the elements. We would recommend that you contact DVT for a free 1-hour session to discuss organisational transformation. DVT is considered as thought-leaders in the Agile Coaching and transformation area assisting a number of clients with this challenge.

  • Does the course address Agile tools?

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    The course does not address Agile tools, however the Agile Coach and trainer can give you certain recommendations.

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