Organizational transformation takes a deep level of skill, commitment, and determination to get everybody on board and collaborating toward a common vision. Determination alone will only get you so far. The proven path to a successful SAFe implementation is through enabling a sufficient and powerful guiding coalition of SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs); professional Lean-Agile change agents authorized to train and certify the other key roles that help drive the implementation. SPCs are critical players in a Lean-Agile enterprise, and their performance and knowledge of SAFe is essential when it comes to producing optimal results for the business.

SPC-exclusive toolkits and videos make the difference

SPC certification opens up an invaluable collection of tools, videos, workbooks, and templates; all designed by field experts to prepare you for success as a key driver of enterprise transformation. Here’s what you can look forward to when you login to your SPC member account:

Value Stream Workshop Toolkit

Everything you need to facilitate ART design

The SAFe Value Stream Workshop Toolkit provides the resources an SPC4 needs to facilitate a Value Stream Workshop. The workshop presents a structured, proven approach for collaborating with stakeholders to define Value Streams and ARTs. The workshop helps stakeholders optimize their design by considering coordination requirements, dependencies, Epic distribution, and organizational change impact. This workshop is often run immediately following a Leading SAFe course attended by key stakeholders. After the Value Stream Workshop is complete, the SAFe Program Increment Toolkit can be used to prepare for the first ART launch.

SAFe Program Increment Toolkit

Everything you need to prepare, execute, and improve your PI

Program execution is a core value of SAFe. A successful SAFe implementation relies on effectively preparing, planning, and executing Program Increments (PIs), the timeboxes in which Agile Release Trains (ARTs) sustainably deliver customer value.

The SAFe Program Increment Toolkit provides the resources needed to guide an ART and prepare, plan, and execute a PI. The templates and resources in this toolkit have been curated and distilled from hundreds of real world implementations and includes presentation slides, workbooks, and templates for preparing the ART, facilitating PI Planning, and executing and improving the PI.

Lean Portfolio Management Workshop Toolkit

Creating your Lean-Agile enterprise portfolio

In most SAFe implementations, the existing portfolio management function starts to be impacted after launching the initial Agile Release Trains (ART). ‘Lean Portfolio Management’ (LPM) is significantly different than traditional portfolio management. Often an existing legacy mindset—with annual planning and budgeting cycles and traditional measures of progress—inhibits the transition to enterprise agility.

The SAFe Lean Portfolio Management Workshop Toolkit provides an introduction to the LPM, prepares learners for their role in the LPM function, and establishes the collaborative nature of the interactions and activities involved in supporting effective portfolio strategy and investment funding, agile program guidance, and lean governance.

Attendees of this workshop will leave with a high-level understanding of LPM, and what they need to do to begin to enable their LPM journey with SAFe. The toolkit also includes an introduction to CapEx and OpEx in the Lean enterprise.

Leading SAFe

• Introducing SAFe
• Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
• Understanding SAFe Principles
• Implementing an ART
• Experiencing PI Planning
• Executing and Releasing Value
• Building an Agile Portfolio
• Building Really Big Systems
• Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise

Product Manager/Product Owner

• Introduction
• Embracing the Lean-Agile mindset
• Exploring Product Manager and Product Owner roles
• Contributing to Portfolio content
• Defining and managing solution value
• Being an effective SAFe Product Manager
• Being an effective SAFe Product Owner
• Engaging stakeholders
• Building your Communities of Practice

SAFe For Teams

• Introducing SAFe
• Being an Agile Team
• Building the backlog
• Planning a Program Increment
• Executing Iterations

SAFe Scrum Master
• Intro to SAFe Scrum Master
• Intro to Scrum in SAFe
• Understanding the role
• Experiencing PI Planning
• Facilitating Iteration Execution
• Finishing the PI
• Coaching the Agile Team
• Wrapup

SAFe Advanced Scrum Master
• Introducing SAFe

• Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset

• Understanding SAFe Principles

• Implementing an ART

• Experiencing PI Planning
• Executing and Releasing Value
• Building an Agile Portfolio
• Building Really Big Systems
• Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise

SAFe Executive Workshop Toolkit

The SAFe Executive Workshop provides SPCs and SPCTs with an interactive approach to reaching the SAFe tipping point and taking the next steps in a SAFe implementation. The toolkit for this workshop includes a flexible set of slides and exercises that:

  • Discuss executives’ current solution development challenges
  • Introduce key concepts of the Scaled Agile Framework®
  • Highlight the benefits others have achieved
  • Determine whether SAFe is the right choice
  • Define next steps

This toolkit is available for download directly from the Community Platform (click on the Performance Tools tile). It can be tailored to a 3 – 6 hour executive workshop in order to fit your context and needs.

Essential SAFe Toolkit

The minimal elements of SAFe necessary for a successful implementation

The Essential SAFe Toolkit provides the resources needed to both conduct Essential SAFe briefings to stakeholders, as well as assess the transformations SPCs are already leading. This toolkit helps them identify which of these essential elements might be missing from a SAFe transformation. It helps ensure that SPCs, and the transformations they are leading, realize the maximum results from a SAFe transformation.

SAFe Implementation Roadmap Toolkit

The critical moves needed for adopting SAFe within an enterprise

This toolkit includes a PowerPoint walkthrough of the Implementation Roadmap. It can be used by SPCs in any context (Meetups, onsite, keynotes) where an understanding of ‘how to implement SAFe’ is needed. The toolkit also contains a link to a supporting 45-minute Professional Development Video of Dean Leffingwell, Chief Methodologist at Scaled Agile, delivering the Implementation Roadmap briefing to a live plenary session SAFe Meetup in London, in June of 2017. The video is primarily a lecture tutorial format. In addition to the video, SPCs can add exercises or supporting materials to convert the toolkit to a longer SAFe Implementation Roadmap workshop if needed.

SAFe Regulatory and Compliance Toolkit

Using Lean-Agile practices to meet strict regulatory standards

This toolkit is for SPCs who need to present SAFe in the context of industries and programs that must demonstrate compliance. It includes a PowerPoint presentation as the primary tool. It also references a full whitepaper, Achieving Regulatory and Industry Standards Compliance with SAFe, which is available as a download from the SAFe Compliance article. In addition, the public webinar Achieving Regulatory and Industry Standards Compliance with SAFe Webinar is relevant, and is also accessed from the SAFe article.