Saturday, 13. April 2019, Falls Church, SAFe® for Government 4.6 (SGP) Classroom - DC/MD/VA

from 13. April 2019 - 9:00
till 14. April 2019 - 17:00
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Applying a Lean-Agile mindset with SAFe
Transitioning to Lean-Agile practices for building technology-based capabilities is especially challenging in the government context. But issues of legacy governance, contracting, and organizational barriers can be overcome with the right information and strategies. During this two-day course, attendees will learn 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 an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and why it’s an essential 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 also learn how specific leadership behaviors can drive successful organizational change, even in government.
Attending the class prepares individuals to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP)

Learning Goals

To perform the role of a SAFe® for Government leader, attendees should be able to:

Transition government programs from traditional software and systems development models to Lean-Agile and DevOps mindset, principles, and practices using SAFe
Adapt technology strategy, budgeting and forecasting, acquisition, compliance, and governance processes to flow-based practices using emerging government guidelines
Organize government programs into one or more Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and execute in Program Increments (***)
Explore Large Solution coordination in a government and multi-vendor environment

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Identify and internalize the mindset and leader behaviors essential to successful Lean-Agile transformation
Follow success patterns for SAFe implementations adapted to the government context
Build a preliminary outline of next steps to begin and/or accelerate the SAFe implementation in your program or agency

Topics Covered

Advancing Lean-Agile in government
Embracing a Lean-Agile mindset
Understanding SAFe principles
Creating high-performing Agile teams and programs
Planning with cadence and synchronization
Supporting program execution
Mapping the path to agency and program agility
Leading successful change

What Attendees Get

The class registration includes:

Attendee workbook
One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
Course certificate of completion
One Certification exam attempt upon General Availability of the course


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:

A foundational understanding of the Agile Manifesto, SAFe House of Lean, and SAFe Principles is required using pre-work suggestions
A foundational understanding the full lifecycle of government technology programs is helpful
Registered attendees will receive a list of readings and videos specific to Agile in government that will be beneficial to review before the course

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

The following individuals will benefit from this course:
This course is designed for government leaders and influencers who can guide the decision to adopt SAFe within their agency or program. Examples include:

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

SAFe Certification Kit
Attendees who pass the certification exam will receive:

SAFe® 4 Government Practitioner certificate
A SAFe® 4 Government Practitioner digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
A one-year certified membership as a SAFe® 4 Government Practitioner, which includes access to the SGP Community of Practice
Access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during their SAFe journey

Annual renewal

Membership renewals are one year from the date certification is earned

Renewal fee: $100

Exam Details

Exam name: SAFe® 4 Government Practitioner Exam
Exam format: Multiple choice; Multiple select
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 SAFe® 4 Government course
Exam duration: Once the exam begins, candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam

More Exam Details

Number of questions – 45
Passing score – 33 out of 45 (73%)
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 $50.
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.

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

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