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Phalguna Ramaraju is a consulting Agile Coach with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry,

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Leading SAFe - SAFe Agilist (SA) Certification Workshop





Phalguna Ramaraju, SAFe SPC, CSP, CSPO, CSM, PMI-ACP, PMP


Phalguna Ramaraju is a consulting Agile Coach with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, with the last 10 years in coaching and training 100's of Agile teams at large enterprises in their software development environments. He has been working as a consulting Scrum Coach / Agile Coach for large organizations in implementing Scrum and Kanban along with Agile engineering practices with real-time implementation of Agile framework models like Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), and custom scaling of Scrum. He has wide-intensive experience in coaching and comes from strong programming experience combined with solid leadership experience at various senior levels. Phalguna is a pioneer in Agile trainings, and has trained over couple of thousands of participants in the last few years including corporate as well public batches.


Phalguna Ramaraju holds the following certifications to his credit:

SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) by Scaled Agile Academy

Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) by Scrum Alliance

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) Scrum Alliance

Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Scrum Alliance

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® by PMI

Project Management Professional (PMP®) by PMI


Scaling Agile / Scrum practices beyond certain number of teams in any enterprise needs a more disciplined coordination in addressing the complexity and variability related challenges in Software Development effort. SAFe tackles these usual tough issues in Agile like architecture, integration, funding, governance and roles at scale.   Scaled Agile Framework® is a proven, publicly available framework for applying Lean-Agile practices at enterprise scale. It is field-tested framework and enterprise-friendly.


SAFe Agilist (SA) certification validates your knowledge in applying the Scaled Agile Framework, Lean Thinking, and Product Development Flow principles in an enterprise context so you can lead the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework. After attending this workshop, you will be eligible to appear for certification exam as a SAFe (SA).


This is a two-day course which will help you gain the knowledge necessary to contribute to the Enterprise Lean | Agile Transformation by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) 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 Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), topics include:

Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework
Embracing Lean and Agile Values
Understanding SAFe Principles
Implementing the Agile Release Train
Experiencing Release Planning
Executing and Releasing Value
Building an Agile Portfolio
Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise


Who can benefit from this course?

Project managers, Directors, Product managers, Program management personnel, Architects will benefit with the knowledge of bringing the best possible Agility and continuous improvement and Lean leadership skills.

If you are a Project Manager, Delivery Manager, Development Manager, QA Manager, Support Manager, Operations Manager, Technical Manager, Project Manager, Program Manager, Portfolio Manager, People Manager, Business Leader, Executive at any level, Scrum Master, Agile Project Manager, A leader coaching Scrum teams, Agile change agent with responsibility of leading a Lean-Agile change initiative in a large software enterprise, this SAFe Agilist (SA) certification program helps you provide with the knowledge and certification to readily start contributing to your organization’s vision of transforming to Lean-Agile at various levels.


Workshop Duration:

Two (2) day course workshop.



* 5+ years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project experience.

* Experience in Agile flavors like Scrum / Kanban / XP


What will you take away as participant?

* Understand a holistic view of how Agility can be achieved in an organization-wide context - Enterprise Portfolio to Team level agility.

* Learn and apply Lean Agile and Product Development Flow principles for Agility - to improve productivity, employee engagement, time to market, and quality.

* Apply the Scaled Agile Framework based on real-world examples, and insights.

* Understand the leadership skills and framework related knowledge necessary for an enterprise transformation based on the information and examples presented, and additional recommended readings and resources.

* Gain the insights into the Lean Leadership skill most effective in unlocking the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers and begin applying them in your context.


What Credentials do you get?

* Attend the two-day Leading SAFe (SAFe Agilist) course

* Take the SA exam

* You will take online course feedback survey

* Upon passing the exam, you will be able to use SAFe Agilist (SA) credential. You will receive Scaled Agile Academy  membership  for one year, also get access to the private SA member area, related downloads, and invitations to special events like webinars and so on.


Course Agenda details for the 2-day course:

1: Introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework®

A detailed overview of Scaled Agile Framework for enterprise; Understanding of SAFe; Know how to implement SAFe


2: Embracing Lean and Agile Values

An overview of Lean Software Development and Product Development Flow; Embrace Lean thinking; Embrace Agile values


3: Understanding SAFe® Principles

Understand Core Principles of SAFe and applying them in the context of Large scale Agile development in the Enterprise context and related Business Benefits. Sysems thinking; Understanding economics of product development flow.


4: Implementing an Agile Release Train

Introduction to Agile Release Trains; Organize an Agile Release Train; Organize Agile teams and key Agile Release Train roles; Understand the Release Planning process


5: Experiencing Release Planning

Create Release Plans (PI Planning), Review, Commit release plans with full of activities that provide detailed understanding of PI Planning process;

Building the Architectural Runway; Execution the Program Increment, Releasing.


6: Executing and Releasing Value

Execution of the Program Increment; Roadmap; Release Value; related events and steps.


7: Building an Agile Portfolio

Agile transformational patterns for Strategy and Investment Funding, Program Management, and Governance - Scaling to the Portfolio, Understand the Business overview, Strategic Themes, Value Streams, Budgeting & Forecasting, and Responsibilities of Program Portfolio Management.


8: Leading the Lean Agile Enterprise

Lean Leadership Foundation, Applying the principles of Lean-Agile Leadership in motivating the knowledge workers and embracing the Agile Manifesto.




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