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Implementing SAFe® 4.5 with SPC4 Certification (Auckland, New Zealand)

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SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) Training & Certification Course (Auckland, New Zealand)

Become a leading agent for change—and enable your enterprise to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when you certify as a SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC). During this four-day course, you’ll learn how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation by leveraging the practices and principles of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®).

You will learn how to effectively coach programs, launch Agile Release Trains, build a continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture, and empower a Lean Portfolio. The first two days of the course—Leading SAFe®—will provide you with the basis to teach SAFe to others. The final two days focus exclusively on what it takes to successfully implement SAFe in your enterprise.

Certification is optional to attendees. Those who achieve SPC certification are authorized to license SAFe training materials.

Audience

This course is intended for those who will be materially and directly involved in a SAFe adoption. 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 include:

  • Professional Services Consultants

  • Business and Technology Executives, Leaders, Managers, and Directors

  • Portfolio Managers and Fiduciaries, Project/Program Management Office (PMO) personnel

  • Development, QA, and IT management

  • Program and Project Managers

  • Product and Product Line Managers

  • Process Leads and Lifecycle Governance personnel

  • Enterprise, System, and Solution Architects

  • Internal Change Agents, Lean-Agile Center for Excellence (LACE), Agile Working Group

Topics Covered

Leading SAFe® Days 1 and 2

Implementing SAFe® Days 3 and 4

  • Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

  • Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset

  • Understanding SAFe Principles

  • Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning

  • Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value

  • Leading a Lean-Agile Enterprise

  • Empowering a Lean Portfolio

  • Building Large Solutions

  • Reaching the SAFe Tipping Point

  • Designing the Implementation

  • Launching an ART

  • Coaching ART Execution

  • Extending to the Portfolio

  • Sustaining and Improving

  • Becoming an SAFe 4 Program Consultant (SPC)


Learning Objectives

To perform the role of a SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC), you should be able to:

  • Lead an enterprise Lean-Agile transformation

  • Implement the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

  • Empower with a Lean Portfolio

  • Align the organization to a common language and way of working

  • Perform value stream identification

  • Launch and support Agile Release Trains and coordinate large solutions

  • Build and execute an implementation rollout strategy

  • Configure the Framework for a specific enterprise context

  • Train managers and executives in Leading SAFe®

  • Act as a SAFe® 4 Lean-Agile Leader (SL) certifying agent

  • Continue your learning journey and become enabled to train other SAFe roles in the enterprise

Prerequisites

All stakeholders in a Lean-Agile transformation 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 Program Consultant certification exam and practice as a SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC):

  • 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

Professional Development Units (PDUs)

Attendees may be eligible to apply for 30 PDUs toward their continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications

Scrum Education Units (SEUs)

Attendees may be eligible to apply for SEUs under category C, toward earning or renewing their CSP through Scrum Alliance

Presented by

Gillian Clark

Gillian Clark, SPCT

Gillian is proud to be 1st SPCT in New Zealand (with Gareth Evans) and to have survived the beta SPCT in 2013!

With over 20 years’ experience in IT, project and programme management, Gillian is recognised as one of New Zealand leading lean and agile coaches. With honesty, realism, humour and a strategic mind, Gillian quickly demonstrates a deep understanding of an organisation and therefore a business’s strategic needs. Active stakeholder collaboration, lean thinking, and significant leadership experience provide clients the confidence to engage in change.

Gillian is an accomplished at guiding agile transformations, lean PMO, and agile programmes from one to many agile teams. By understanding and focussing on the business drivers she ensures that practical, context driven solutions are delivered to the client to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Gillian is a certified SAFe Trainer, certified Scrum Practitioner, Certified Scrum Master, Advanced Kanban for Software Engineering practitioner, Advanced Cognitive Edge Practitioner.

Gareth Evans

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!

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