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Implementing SAFe® 4.0 with SPC4 Certification (Auckland, New Zealand)
Tue, May 23, 2017, 8:00 AM – Fri, May 26, 2017, 5:00 PM NZST
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) Training & Certification Course (Auckland, New Zealand)
The SAFe Program Consultant Training and Certification course is for internal agile change agents and external consultants. It provides the tools to implement agile programs and validates their knowledge in agile programs, program portfolio management, agile architecture, and leadership so that they can launch Agile Release Trains as part of an enterprise Lean|Agile change initiative.
The goal of this course is to prepare internal change agents and external consultants to:
- Lead an enterprise agile transformation
- Implement the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe)
- Train managers and executives in Leading SAFe and act as a SAFe Agilist (SA) certifying agent
- Train teams in SAFe ScrumXP for Teams and act as a SAFe Practioner (SP) certifying agent
The first two days of this class is an intensive version of Leading SAFe. The goal is to prepare certified SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs) to teach the course and act as a certifying agent for SAFe Agilists (SAs). You will also gain the knowledge necessary to lead an enterprise agile transformation by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework and its underlying principles of lean thinking and product development flow. You will leave with an understanding of how the principles and practices of the framework support Agile Teams, Agile Programs, Agile Program Portfolio Management and Agile Architecture.
In the second two days, you will gain the knowledge needed to identify, plan, and implement SAFe programs with Agile Release Trains. Further, you’ll have the briefings, artifacts and templates you need to identify the value streams, prepare the organization, launch agile programs, plan and execute the major events, and implement effective processes and measures for continuous program improvement.
Internal change agents, external consultants and managers and leaders responsible for implementing agile programs as part of an enterprise Lean|Agile change initiative
By the end of this course, attendees will be able to:
- Apply lean, agile and product development flow principles to improve productivity, employee engagement, time to market, and quality
- Apply the Scaled Agile Framework based on lecture, real-world examples, and insights by Scaled Agile experts
- Understand the skills necessary for an enterprise transformation based on the information and examples presented, and additional recommended readings and resources
- Gain the insights into the leadership skill most effective in unlocking the intrinsic motivation of software development knowledge workers, and begin applying them in your context
- Find the value streams around which to organize the enterprise’s Agile Release Trains
- Prepare the organization and the teams to launch the trains
- Run the first Release Planning Meeting
- Interact at key program touch-points to “help keep the train on the tracks”
- Run Inspect and Adapt workshops for continuous program improvement
- Introduce the organization to the principles of program portfolio management and agile architecture
- Grow the leadership skills necessary to support the transformation
For those taking SPC certification exam,
- 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 (e.g., CSM, CSPO, CSP, CSC, CST, Scrum.org, DSDM, ICAgile, PMI-ACP)
- Attend the 4-day SPC Certification Class
- Pass the SPC exam
All SPCs in good standing receive the following benefits:
- Usage of SAFe Foundations PowerPoint briefing
- Access to SAFe courseware to train managers and executives in the Leading SAFe course and the ability to act as a SAFe Agilist (SA) certifying agent
- Access to SAFe courseware to train teams in the SAFe ScrumXP for Teams course and the ability to act as a SAFe Practitioner (SP) certifying agent
- Content updates
- SPC Branding Kit (certification mark, material co-branding, etc.)
- Certified SPC directory listing (optional)
- Scaled Agile Academy LinkedIn community membership
Gareth Evans, MSc, SPCT
Gareth has over 16 years experience in the IT industry, including more than a decade in London working in investment banking and media as a technologist, team leader and coach. Gareth currently works in New Zealand as a Principal Agile coach and technical consultant. He enjoys working with teams, programs and executives using his deep Lean|Agile skills to solve real problems and help organisations innovate and continuously improve.
Gareth was in the first group in the world to qualify to become a Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) and enjoys actively using the Lean|Agile principles and practices of SAFe to help organisations achieve better economic outcomes.
He holds an MSc in computer science and is also a Cognitive Edge Advanced Practitioner, Advanced Kanban for Software Engineering Practitioner (KCP) and Scrum Master (CSM). Gareth is a speaker at both NZ and international Lean|Agile events including LSSC, Agile Australia and Agile New Zealand.
Gareth recently co-founded www.hypr.nz to champion Agile architecture and lean software delivery for the benefit of the New Zealand software industry. He loves learning with others, music, travel and code!