Leading SAFe® helps coordinate work across the enterprise.

Leading SAFe® training is for leaders who want a systemic approach to prioritization and desire coordination across multiple teams. This course is a solid step towards building trust, breaking down silos, and improving agility within large organizations using the SAFe® framework.

It’s for enterprises ready to scale agility using Lean-Agile principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®). Participants will learn how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, create an Agile portfolio, and lead and nurture teams. Students will receive their SAFe® Agilist certification at the completion of the 2-day class and upon passing the exam.

Leading SAFe® is part of our extensive corporate agile training catalog. If you are looking for public Leading SAFe® training, please contact us and we can add you to our waiting list.

Who should go to Leading SAFe® Training

The Leading SAFe® course is for those involved in creating and leading the scaled Agile strategy. These include:

  • Leadership roles such as executive, director, manager, lead developers
  • Program managers
  • Project managers
  • Product managers
  • Portfolio managers
  • Enterprise, System, and Team Architects
  • Recommended:
    • Experience in Scrum or software development, testing, business analysis, or product/project management
    • Scrum experience
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Leading SAFe® Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the scaled agile framework (SAFe®) to scale Lean and Agile development
  • Execute and support Agile Release Trains (ART)
  • Coordinate large value streams
  • Manage a Lean-Agile portfolio
  • Align the organization to one process model
  • Align the SAFe® framework to their organization’s specific needs and context
  • Nurture and motivate all knowledge workers in addition to the development team
  • Support and scale an Agile transformation across the entire enterprise

Leading SAFe® and the SAFe® Agilist Certification

Participants who take the Leading SAFe® class and pass the exam will receive the SAFe® Agilist (SA) certification. The certification includes:

  • SAFe® Agilist certification PDF
  • One year certified Scaled Agile membership as a SAFe® Agilist
  • SAFe® Agilist branding kit with the SSM certification mark
  • SAFe® Agilist digital badge to promote your accomplishment online

Is SAFe® An All-Or-Nothing Approach?

Organizations do not have to adopt the entire framework all at once. Adopting every single piece of a scaling framework without understanding their purpose leads to over-engineering and unnecessary complexity.

Before creating a strategy, ask the following questions:

  • What does “scaling Agile” really mean to your organization?
  • What do you hope to achieve with the scaling framework?
  • Does your organization require a rigid framework or a more flexible approach?
  • Is communication between teams a priority?
  • How disciplined are your teams from a quality perspective?
  • Do you need to address scalability across both business and IT?

SAFe® vs. LeSS vs. SoS – Which is best?

Choosing a scaling framework is not a popularity contest. Whether it’s starting with Scrum of Scrums (SoS) or lightweight Nexus, the more involved LeSS, or the more comprehensive and popular SAFe®, it’s about what’s best for your teams and organization.

Why Agile Velocity Leading SAFe®

Training is a key step on the Path to Agility®, but it’s not the only step, and building a culture of agility means focusing on outcomes, not just training certifications. We tackle the learning outcomes with gusto and an eye for how we can make newly learned skills and responsibilities stick using interactive hands-on activities.  

About Our Leading SAFe® Training Instructors

Mike Hall

Mike Hall is a Senior Agile Coach/Trainer with over a decade of Agile transformation experience and holds eight Agile certifications (SPC4, SA, SSM, CSP-PO, CSP-SM, CSM, CSPO, and PSM-I). His specialty is in scaling Agile and enterprise transformation. Mike’s background is in software development and leading technology teams. He is also the holder of ten patents issued by the US Patent Office, in areas such as pattern recognition, intelligence engines, and predictive systems.

Certifications: SPC4, SA, SSM, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CSPO, CSM, PSM1

Mike Bonamassa

Mike Bonamassa has over 25 years of experience in business and technology solution development. He is an Executive and Agile Coach with a rare blend of business operations, product management, lean/agile expertise, and deep technical acumen.

Certifications: CSM, SPC4, Lean Kanban University Master Coach

I think the best part of the class was the PI Planning activity. [The trainer] was great!


This is one of the best courses I have taken. The information on how to proceed towards certification was especially good.

Michael Sumgan

I like that it wasn't just sitting for 8 hours. We were very engaged.

Kristen Raleigh

Loved it. Can't wait to get back to the office and start championing it.

Marlon Herron

Agile Velocity SAFe® Training Catalog

We offer a variety of classes from the Scaled Agile Institute in addition to Leading SAFe®. Our onsite training SAFe® catalog includes:

  • Introducing SAFe® for Lean Enterprises
  • Leading SAFe®
  • SAFe® For Teams
  • SAFe® Scrum Master
  • SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master
  • SAFe® PO/PM
  • SAFe® DevOps
  • SAFe® Agile Software Engineering

For more information, contact us.