Understanding the SAFe model for simple and more complex implementations
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Do I need to have completed a Leading SAFe® class before taking an Implementing SAFe® class
This is a question that gets frequently asked and is worthy of a quick article to answer not only for now but for future enquires too 😀
In the first instance, let’s look at the Scaled Agile, Inc pre-requisites:
“All stakeholders in a Lean-Agile transformation are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience.
However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® 4 Program Consultant exam and practice as a Certified SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC):
- 5+ years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product, or project management
- 3+ years of experience in Agile
- One or more relevant Agile certifications”
So, you can see that Leading SAFe® is not a pre-requisite to attending an Implementing SAFe® class. In fact, when I took my Implementing SAFe® class I had not previously attended a Leading SAFe® class.
In addition, I tend to find only about a third of Implementing SAFe® class delegates have attended a Leading SAFe® course.
What is more important is that you do have a background and experience in Agile because the Scaled Agile Framework is based on this body of work.
However, there is a BUT!