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Leading SAFe 4.6 with SA Certification (2 day course + 1 day workshop) Hunt...

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Meeting Rooms at APEX Business Centers Huntsville Hub

600 Boulevard South SW

Huntsville, AL 35802

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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).


Marshall Guillory is a principal consultant working with the BLS Business Agility Services group.

Throughout his career, he has performed in both technical and leadership roles as a consultant, coach, trainer, manager, software developer, product owner, and business owner responsible for growth and fostering environments where high-performing teams flourish as innovators.

As a senior information technology executive and professional, Agile coach and servant leader change agent, Marshall drives positive, results-oriented organizational transformations towards the Agile End Game of comprehensive, organic organizational business agility and innovation.

Entrepreneurship and intrepreneurship have always been a motivator for Marshall as he started his business career with several information technology services startups. He later began a career serving U.S. Federal Government agencies and military organizations for over 15 years in various technical and leadership positions as a software developer, Scrum master, Agile Coach, project manager, program manager, and director.

Marshall has led several Lean-Agile and SAFe implementations, most recently a successful implementation of the SAFe for the FAA’s Enterprise Services Center and an ongoing implementation at Emerson Corporation.

His certifications and expertise include OrgMindset Enterprise Coach (OMEC), Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Enterprises SPCT Candidate (SPCT), (SAFe) 4.0 Program Consultant (SPC4) Instructor and Practitioner, SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE), Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum master (CSM), Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Program/Project Management Professional.

He participates as a board member of Big Lake Software, as an author for blogagility.com, and in several Lean-Agile communities of practice.

Quick Overview


You have an interest in becoming a servant leader driving and influencing organizational change.

What's next?

Go SAFe! Enhance your learning organization to supercharge innovation! Big Lake Software is prepared to serve and guide your SAFe implementation.


There are no prerequisites to take this course. All stakeholders working in a Lean-Agile environment or transformation are welcome to attend.

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The class will start at 8:00 a.m. each day until 6 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch. Instruction and learning time will be 8 hours each day for a total of 24 hours. A light breakfast, lunch, beverages, and snacks are provided with the course so that we can maximize collaboration and social time together.

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

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.


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

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

Annual Renewal

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

  • The renewal fee is $100


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available at the location.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email us at training@biglakesoftware.com.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, please use the Eventbrite application or e-mail us at training@biglakesoftware.com. Please see sections above if changes are needed to be made to your reservation.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please contact Big Lake Software at training@biglakesoftware.com.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No, the registration must be made in the name of the person attending the course as that name will be submitted to Scaled Agile, Inc. for eligibility to take the exam. Please e-mail us to make the name change before the course starts.

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