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Leading SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) 4.0 LiveLessons (Video Training), 2nd Edition: Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise with the Scaled Agile Framework, 2nd Edition

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  • Copyright 2016
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-457807-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-457807-1

9 Hours of Video Instruction

Leading SAFe 4.0 LiveLessons, 2nd Edition provides an in-depth exploration of version 4 of the Scaled Agile Framework® (“SAFe®”) and how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation by leveraging SAFe and its underlying principles of lean systems thinking, agile development, and product development flow. By applying SAFe across the enterprise, software-dependent organizations can improve time to market, productivity, quality, and employee engagement, making them more agile in the marketplace and more competitive in their industries.

Praise for the first edition of Leading SAFe LiveLessons
“This was my first introduction to the SAFe framework and although overwhelming, it is well put together and full of hands-on exercises and videos to enforce the concepts. This course takes you through the entire framework from Team to Program and details the activities involved in each level. Dean adds a few extras toward the end that cover leadership and team motivation. Excellent course to have as a reference as my organization goes through this transformation.” 5 out 5 Ranking
—Keisha Harris, Courtesy of FrontRowAgile

The goal of this course is to equip you with the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale. Your guide will be Chief Methodologist Dean Leffingwell, the creator of the framework. In his signature pragmatic style, Dean leads you through eight key lessons where you’ll get high-level overviews, as well as specifics where you most need them; exercises to test yourself on what you’ve learned; and at the end of the course, clear-cut steps you can take to start your journey of transformation. After watching this video, you can expect to have an understanding of the Scaled Agile Framework; Lean thinking and embracing Agility; how to apply SAFe’s Nine Lean-Agile principles; how to plan, execute, and implement an Agile Release Train; how to build really large systems in a lean and agile manner; how to build and operate an Agile Portfolio; the leadership skills necessary to achieve the next level of enterprise performance; and how to better lead this next generation of knowledge workers.

Skill Level
Intermediate to Advanced

What You Will Learn
* A high-level overview of the Scaled Agile Framework
* The principle cornerstones of the Scaled Agile Framework; thinking Lean and embracing Agility
* How the Framework builds upon Lean, Systems Thinking, and Agile Development: the Nine SAFe Principles for Lean-Agile development at enterprise scale
* How to scale Lean-Agile development from the team, to program, value stream, and portfolio level
* How to implement an Agile Release Train
* How to plan and execute a Program Increment
* How to build really large systems in a Lean and Agile manner
* How to build and manage an Agile Portfolio
* Insights into the skills and values of Lean-Agile Leadership—a learning journey

Who Should Take This Course
Executives, managers, consultants, leaders, program managers, and Agile change agents; anyone in an enterprise-level software development environment looking to achieve the business benefits of advancing Agile beyond a few teams or projects.

Course Requirements
* 5+ years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management
* Some experience in Agile development

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About LiveLessons Video Training
The LiveLessons Video Training series publishes hundreds of hands-on, expert-led video tutorials covering a wide selection of technology topics designed to teach you the skills you need to succeed. This professional and personal technology video series features world-leading author instructors published by your trusted technology brands: Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, IBM Press, Pearson IT Certification, Prentice Hall, Sams, and Que. Topics include IT Certification, Programming, Web Development, Mobile Development, Home and Office Technologies, Business and Management, and more. View all LiveLessons on InformIT at http://www.informit.com/livelessons.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Introducing the Scale Agile Framework
Learning objectives
1.1 Recognize the problem to be solved
1.2 Know the basic constructs of SAFe
1.3 Apply a 1,2,3 implementation strategy

Lesson 2: Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
Learning objectives
2.1 Embrace the Lean mindset
2.2 Support the Agile Manifesto

Lesson 3: Understanding SAFe® Principles
Learning objectives
3.1 Take an economic view
3.2 Apply systems thinking
3.3 Assume variability; preserve options
3.4 Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles
3.5 Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems
3.6 Visualize and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes, and manage queue lengths
3.7 Apply cadence, synchronize with cross-domain planning
3.8 Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
3.9 Decentralize decision-making

Lesson 4: Implementing an Agile Release Train
Learning objectives
4.1 Synchronize development with an Agile Release Train
4.2 Organize Agile Teams and key Agile Release Train roles
4.3 Prepare the Vision, Roadmap and Program Backlog
4.4 Prioritize the Program Backlog

Lesson 5: Planning a Program increment
Learning objectives
5.1 Establish the context for PI Planning
5.2 Create and review draft PI plans
5.3 Finalize plans and establish business value
5.4 Review final plans and commit to PI Objectives

Lesson 6: Executing and Releasing Value
Learning objectives
6.1 Execute the Iterations in a Program Increment
6.2 Execute the Program Increment
6.3 Improve program performance with Inspect and Adapt
6.4 Release value on demand

Lesson 7: Building an Agile Portfolio
Learning objectives
7.1 Define Strategic Themes for a portfolio
7.2 Identify portfolio Value Streams
7.3 Advance solution behavior with portfolio Epics
7.4 Transition from project cost accounting to Lean-Agile Budgeting
7.5 Forecast Epics on a near term Roadmap

Lesson 8: Coordinating Large Value Streams
Learning objectives
8.1 Apply the Value Stream level for large and complex solutions
8.2 Coordinate and integrate multiple ARTs and Suppliers
8.3 Establish Value Stream flow

Lesson 9: Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise
Learning objectives
9.1 Lead the change
9.2 Know the way and emphasize life-long learning
9.3 Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers


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