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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.

Course Focus:

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 skillset that’s in demand worldwide—and empower their enterprises to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when they become a SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA).


Attending the class prepares individuals to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® Agilist (SA)

Course Details:

  • Price: R10,500 excl. VAT per person
  • Course duration: 2 Days
  • Location: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban (and other locations on request)

Course Dates:

  • 22 May 2019
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    Johannesburg - SAFe

    Dynamic Tech House, Melrose, Johannesburg

    R10,500.00 excl. VAT

  • 25 September 2019
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    Cape Town - SAFe

    DVT Cape Town Office

    R10,500.00 excl. VAT

  • 30 October 2019
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    Johannesburg - SAFe

    Dynamic Tech House, Melrose, Johannesburg

    R10,500.00 excl. VAT

Learning Goals:

To perform the role of a SAFe® Agilist, attendees should be able to:


  • Understand the Five Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise
  • Become a Lean-thinking manager-teacher
  • Apply the values and principles of a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • Apply SAFe’s Lean and Agile principles to the roles and practices of SAFe
  • Create high-performing teams by establishing mission and purpose
  • Lead the transformation with the SAFe Implementation Roadmap
  • Support PI Planning and the events associated with successful Program execution
  • Drive Release on Demand with the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
  • Establish alignment and execution with Strategic Themes and Lean Portfolio Management
  • Coordinate multiple Agile Release Trains and suppliers with a Solution Train

Topics Covered

  • Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Becoming a Lean-Agile Leader
  • Establishing Team and Technical Agility
  • Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning
  • Releasing on Demand with DevOps
  • Building Business Solutions and Lean Systems
  • Implementing Lean Portfolio Management
  • Leading the transformation

What Attendees Get

The class registration includes:


  • Attendee workbook
  • Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe® 4 Agilist exam
  • One year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion

 

Attendees must attend both days of the course in order to be eligible for the exam.

Exam Details:

  • Name: SAFe 4 Agilist Exam
  • Format: Multiple Choice
  • Delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Access: Candidates can access the exam within the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the Leading SAFe course
  • Duration: Once the exam begins, candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 45
  • Passing Score: 34 out of 45 (75% passing score)

SAFe Certification Kit

Attendees who pass the certification exam will receive:


  • SAFe Agilist certificate
  • A SAFe 4 Agilist digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • A one-year certified membership as a SAFe Agilist, which includes access to the SA Community of Practice
  • A SAFe Agilist certification usage guide with SA certification marks
  • Access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during their SAFe journey

 

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

Who will benefit?

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

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 Agilist (SA) certification exam:


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

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

Attendees may be eligible to apply for 15 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.


Activity Number: ABOYTD2

Duration: 2 days

PMI Certification Technical Leadership Strategic Total
PMP® 6.00 6.00 3.00 15.00
PgMP® 6.00 6.00 3.00 15.00
PMI_RMP® 6.00 6.00 3.00 15.00
PMI_SP® 0.00 6.00 3.00 9.00
PMI_ACP® 6.00 6.00 3.00 15.00
PfMP® 0.00 6.00 3.00 9.00
PMI_PBAsm 0.00 6.00 3.00 9.00
Stephen de Villiers Graaf

The trainer

I am a coach and trainer. I'm passionate about helping to create environments where people can excel. Over the last 20+ years I have worked in many different industries from the collar and tie of large corporates to the hard-hats and steel-caps of manufacturing. In these industries, I have been responsible for building and leading teams in the delivery and support of customer value.

I have discovered through this journey that true organisational agility has very little to do with frameworks and processes. True agility is about people how they interact with other people. We need to focus on creating cultures that self-assess and adjust over time. This is the only way we can ensure that the accumulated learning and behaviours we pass on are those that we truly value.
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“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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