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Advice on Taking SAFe Certification Exams (and retaining classroom learning)

September 13th, 2020

It may not feel like it but SAFe Certification exams are not designed to trick you! That said, they certainly can be tricky, so I thought I would share some advice to help you maximise the likelihood of you passing the first time. Before the class Do the pre-work Your instructors should send you the recommended pre-reading before the start of the class. We usually send this out 2 to 3 weeks before the first day of class. If you didn’t receive this from your instructor - ask for it! It is important that you do the reading. Especially if ...
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How to choose a SAFe certification

August 31st, 2020

The most common enquiry we get - both prior to and during courses - is how to choose a SAFe training course? Those who are yet to take any Scaled Agile certifications want to know which one is right for them and those who have taken one want advice on which SAFe agile training course they should take next. Given there are currently 13 SAFe certifications provided by Scaled Agile, Inc. I can appreciate their confusion!  List of SAFe Certifications, © Scaled Agile, Inc. All 13 classes are plotted at least once on the SAFe Implementation Roadmap. While this informs where ...
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How to choose a SAFe training provider

August 13th, 2020

With the recent emergence of remote SAFe training, the number of SAFe certification providers appears to have exploded. In many cities across the world you will find multiple Scaled Agile training classes being offered by different providers every week. The choice is simply overwhelming. With so many providers; how do you distinguish between them? Assuming it's not practical for everyone to attend SAFe training by Pretty Agile, I thought I would share some thoughts on factors to consider when choosing a SAFe agile training provider. The Provider The first consideration is the company providing the training, Is the provider you ...
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Our Learnings From Teaching in a #SuddenlyRemote World

July 23rd, 2020

Those who know me, would be aware that I am not much of a fan of digital tools as a substitute for post-it notes, index cards and flip charts and up until recently this had never been a problem. So you can imagine the state of sheer panic I was in, when due to the COVID-19 restrictions I was going to need to start delivering SAFe training remotely! My first call was to my long time friend, and remote agile expert, Mark Kilby. The message from Mark could not have been clearer - build in redundancy! In particular, he suggested ...
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Responsible Tech Start with Culture

Responsible Tech Starts with Culture

July 21st, 2020

Culture is the shared attitudes, behavioural patterns, and values of human groups, teams and tribes. If we want our organisations to create sustainable products and services underpinned by integrity, trust and value, then we will need to build the culture to support this. In this session Em explores how you can sow the seeds of a culture that supports responsible tech in your organisation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=1JN1lx7BQRg&feature=emb_logo
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Demystifying SAFe Scrum Master Certifications

July 12th, 2020

In a recent Implementing SAFe class we were asked - “What is a SAFe Advanced Scrum Master and how does this differ from a SAFe Scrum Master? I can’t see the SAFe Advanced Scrum Master role on the big picture.” It took me a moment to join the dots. But then I saw it - SAFe certifications are role based and most of them are on the big picture.  Therefore, it is easy to assume that a SAFe Advanced Scrum Master is a specific SAFe role. In case you are also wondering about this -it is not. SAFe Advanced Scrum ...
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Is the future of SAFe Training Online?

June 3rd, 2020

Recently I was pondering if the future of SAFe would be remote? My hypothesis was that the global “work from home” regime introduced by various Governments as a response to COVID-19 may well continue once the pandemic has passed. Which raises the question what does that mean for Agile Release Trains? It also raises questions for me about the future of SAFe training; will we ever return to the classroom to deliver SAFe classes? In the short term I suspect the answer is no. Well at least for those in the land down under, I see no reprieve on the ...
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Will the Future Be Remotely SAFe?

May 20th, 2020

As we all adjust to a truly new way of working, where physical distancing is the new norm, it seems more and more likely that many knowledge workers will be continuing to work from home for some time. Even as time goes by, and hopefully the need for physical distancing is reduced, will knowledge workers prefer to work from home? If you know me, you would know, I have never been a fan of distributed Agile teams. Quite simply, I have never gotten my head around how a team that never spends any time together can team. I also have ...
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SAFe Training Online? How on Earth Does That Work?!

SAFe Training Online? How on Earth Does That Work?!

April 21st, 2020

Over the past few weeks we have been building out content so that we can deliver our favourite certified SAFe classes online, while still offering the engaging and informative classes we are known for. So how does a live online SAFe class with Pretty Agile work? We use Zoom video conferencing technology for our virtual classroom with cameras on so we can all see each other and leveraging breakout rooms for virtual table discussions and activities. We ask students to register for the call in advance, to help us keep those Zoom-bombers at bay! We have re-created the physical class ...
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Baseline Metrics Before You Start

July 22nd, 2019

If you do nothing else before you launch your Agile Release Train (ART) baseline your metrics! At some point, in the not too distant future, you are going to be asked, how do you know your Agile Release Train is making a difference? For you the answer might be obvious - it just feels better. It was very much that way for me with my first ART. Metrics weren’t the first indicator that things were getting better, it was the changes in behaviour. When I first took over the EDW delivery organisation, my days were spent dealing with escalations, trying ...
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