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SAFe® for Government
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SAFe® for Government

Complete the most complex time-bound projects with SAFe® for Government!

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A lean-agile transformation can be very hard to implement for a team or organization of any size; and even more so for federal agencies and governments that implement complex large projects that are cost and time bound. Issues such as an inflexible work environment, different working styles and a cultural disconnect from the Agile way of working may hamper transformation and project progress. However, these and other organizational barriers can be overcome by applying the right strategies and principles. This 2-day Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) for Government workshop is based on version 5.0 of SAFe® and will help participants understand the principles and practices of SAFe® and how to apply it in the context of government related projects.

Through practicals and comprehensive theory, you will learn about executing and releasing value through Agile Release Trains, building high performing, multi-vendor Agile teams and programs, managing technology investments in Lean flow, acquiring solutions with Agile contracting, launching the program, and planning and delivering value using SAFe®. You will also learn about specific leadership qualities and behaviours that can drive successful organizational change in the government.

By the end of the class you will be thoroughly prepared to take the SAFe® 5 Government Practitioner Exam and become a certified SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP).

What you will learn:

You will learn the responsibilities associated with the role of a SAFe® for Government leader including:

  • Transition government programs from traditional software and systems development models to Lean-Agile and DevOps mindset, principles, and practices using SAFe®
  • Adapt technology strategy, budgeting and forecasting, acquisition, compliance, and governance processes to flow-based practices using emerging government guidelines
  • Organize government programs into one or more Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and execute in Program Increments (PIs)
  • Explore Large Solution coordination in a government and multi-vendor environment
  • Identify and internalize the mindset and leader behaviors essential to successful Lean-Agile transformation
  • Follow success patterns for SAFe® implementations adapted to the government context
  • Build a preliminary outline of next steps to begin and/or accelerate the SAFe® implementation in your program or agency

You will also get:

  • Attendee workbook
  • One-year membership to the SAFe® Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion
  • One Certification exam attempt
  • Hard copy of courseware

Attendees who pass the certification exam will receive:

  • SAFe® 5 Government Practitioner certificate
  • A SAFe® 5 Government Practitioner digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • A one-year certified membership as a SAFe® 5 Government Practitioner, which includes access to the SGP Community of Practice
  • Access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during their SAFe® journey

Key Features

2 days comprehensive workshop for SAFe® for Government Practitioner Certification Examination
Course fee inclusive of exam fee
Based on version 5.0 of SAFe®
KnowledgeHut is a Gold SPCT Partner of Scaled Agile, Inc. (SAI)
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Certification

Prerequisites:

Scaled Agile recommends the following prerequisites for attending this workshop:

  • Basic understanding of the Agile Manifesto, SAFe® House of Lean, and SAFe® Principles is required using pre-work suggestions
  • A foundational understanding the full lifecycle of government technology programs is helpful
  • Registered attendees will receive a list of readings and videos specific to Agile in government that will be beneficial to review before the course

Certification:

Attending the class prepares participants to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP).

The Exam:

  • Exam name: SAFe® 5 Government Practitioner Exam
  • Exam delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Exam access:  Candidates can access the exam within the SAFe® Community Platform upon completion of the SAFe® 5 Government course
  • Exam duration: Once the exam begins, candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam.
  • Number of questions – 45
  • Passing score – 33 out of 45 (73%)
  • Language – English
  • Exam cost – First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50.
  • Retake policy – Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait. Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait. Contact support@scaledagile.com for any retake questions.

Curriculum

  • Advancing Lean-Agile in government
  • Embracing a Lean-Agile mindset
  • Understanding SAFe® principles
  • Creating high-performing Agile teams and programs
  • Planning with cadence and synchronization
  • Supporting program execution
  • Mapping the path to agency and program agility
  • Leading successful change

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Frequently Asked Questions

Scaled Agile recommends the following prerequisites for attending this workshop:

  • Basic understanding of the Agile Manifesto, SAFe® House of Lean, and SAFe® Principles is required using pre-work suggestions
  • A foundational understanding the full lifecycle of government technology programs is helpful

The program is suitable for government leaders and influencers who can bring about transformation and adoption of SAFe® in their agencies.

  • Executives, directors, branch chiefs
  • Managers of development, engineering, QA, architecture, operations, support
  • Program and project managers
    Program/Project Management Office (PMO)

You will get 16 PDUs and 16 SEUs toward your continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI)® for PMP® and PMI-ACP® certifications.

SEUs are Scrum Educational Units, issued by the Scrum Alliance. SEUs are the mark of educational experience needed to earn the CSP (Certified Scrum Professional) certification

PDUs and SEUs are credits awarded by the Project Management Institute and the Scrum Alliance respectively. They recognize your dedication to the Project Management and Agile world through the award of credits for every educational effort you make throughout your career. At present, Scrum Alliance members who hold a Certified Scrum Professional®, Certified Enterprise Coach and/or Certified Scrum Trainer credential need to earn SEUs to get recertified. Every PMI® certification, except the CAPM®, requires you to earn a specific number of PDUs per three-year certification cycle.

Yes, your course fee includes the SAFe® 5 Government Practitioner certification exam fee.

The SAFe® 5 Practitioner Certification exam teaches participants the techniques and processes to scale Agile and bring about successful transformations in environments that may be rigid and diverse, and to projects that are large scale and time and cost bound. You will learn how to bring about the Agile mind set and build high performing, multi-vendor teams, and gain leadership skills that will drive agile solutions acquisition, and plan and deliver SAFe®

The certification needs to be renewed annually. Renewals are from the date of certification. The Renewal fee is $100

Any registration cancelled within 48 hours of the initial registration will be refunded in FULL (please note that all cancellations will incur a 5% deduction in the refunded amount due to transactional costs applicable while refunding). Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of written request for refund. Kindly go through our Refund Policy for more details:  https://www.knowledgehut.com/refund-policy

Please send in an email to support@knowledgehut.com, and we will answer any queries you may have!

The Scaled Agile framework is evolving, all thanks to the engagements and contributions of those who share their ideas as well as practical experiences in the workplace. Renewal of your certification validates your interest in keeping up with the latest best practices in SAFe® and your commitment to professional excellence.

Your certification needs to be renewed every year. The following must be fulfilled each year, prior to renewal:

  • PDUs: A minimum of 10 continuing education/outreach hours (PDUs) need to be added each year.
  • Certification Renewal Cost: You will need to purchase the bundled product which includes Membership and Certification and comes at a price of $295 ($100 for renewal and $195 for membership). If you possess more than one certification from Scaled Agile, you can renew all of them together at this cost. For example, if you have a Leading SAFe certification expiring on 6 April 2021 and an SASM certification expiring on 10 October 2021, when you pay $295, both certifications will get renewed and will have the same expiry of 10 October 2021 or whichever is the later date.

Here are the steps to renew your certification:

  • Log in to the SAFe Community platform using your credentials.
  • Click on the "Renew" button next to your certification (located at the top of the homepage)
  • You will then be presented with the payment Screen (Shopping Cart), allowing you to complete the renewal process.
     

In that case, you will only need to pay $195 and continue to benefit from all the valuable content and interactions at the SAFe Community Platform.

The latest release of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is version 5, update 5.1. KnowledgeHut's Leading SAFe 5 Certification course is aligned with the latest version of SAFe.

No. The version of SAFe remains SAFe 5. The change from SAFe 5 to 5.1 is simply a set of updates to SAFe 5. One of these updates includes a new SAFe 5.1 Big Picture, but this and the other updates, are all in support of SAFe 5 for Lean Enterprises.

An upgrade is when a significantly changed version of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) is released; this is recognized typically by an increase in the major version number (e.g. 4 to 5).  

Updates are when incremental changes are made to the existing version of the Framework and no upgrade is required.  Updates do not require a retest if you already have the most up-to-date certification available, and no upgrade is required.  

The change from SAFe 5 to 5.1 is an update, not an upgrade. 

With a commitment to supporting and evolving SAFe practices, Scaled Agile is on a mission to meet the ever-changing needs of SAFe Enterprises and Partner communities. Towards this end, Scaled Agile will continually update their existing articles and keep adding new ones to reflect the updated understanding from the SAFe community and practitioners on best practices in Lean Agile at scale.

The latest update 5.1 was rolled out to the latest version, SAFe 5 on February 10, 2021. The key updates are as follows: 

  • An updated Big Picture (now at version 5.1) 
  • New guidance for operational and development value streams to support organizing around value, the #1 request from our customers 
  • ART and Team Topologies, patterns for organizing teams and ARTs to improve flow. 
  • New guidance around DevSecOps technical skills and tools that power the Continuous Delivery Pipeline. 
  • Integrated Participatory Budgeting, a dynamic and collaborative process of allocating funding to value streams. 
  • Specific guidance for applying Lean-Agile practices to business and technology domains, including a new SAFe for Hardware article. 

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