Leading SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) 4.0

Video description

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.

About the Instructor

Widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on software and systems development, Dean Leffingwell is an author, entrepreneur, and software development methodologist. His two best-selling books, Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise and Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises, form much of the basis of modern thinking on Lean-Agile principles and practices. Founder of several successful startups, including Requisite, Inc., makers of RequisitePro (acquired by Rational), Mr. Leffingwell also served as chief methodologist to Rally Software, and prior to that, as a senior vice president at Rational Software (now part of IBM). He currently serves as chief methodologist to Scaled Agile, Inc., which he co-founded in 2011.

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

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.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Leading SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) 4.0: Introduction 00:05:05
  2. Lesson 1: Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:26
    2. 1.1 Recognize the problem to be solved 00:11:03
    3. 1.2 Know the basic constructs of SAFe 00:33:29
    4. 1.3 Apply a 1,2,3 implementation strategy 00:08:30
  3. Lesson 2: Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:34
    2. 2.1 Embrace the Lean mindset 00:28:01
    3. 2.2 Support the Agile Manifesto 00:12:33
  4. Lesson 3: Understanding SAFe® Principles
    1. Learning objectives 00:01:16
    2. 3.1 Take an economic view 00:19:47
    3. 3.2 Apply systems thinking 00:05:41
    4. 3.3 Assume variability; preserve options 00:05:08
    5. 3.4 Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles 00:17:39
    6. 3.5 Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems 00:06:49
    7. 3.6 Visualize and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes, and manage queue lengths 00:28:33
    8. 3.7 Apply cadence, synchronize with cross-domain planning 00:11:07
    9. 3.8 Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers 00:02:15
    10. 3.9 Decentralize decision-making 00:07:15
  5. Lesson 4: Implementing an Agile Release Train
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:51
    2. 4.1 Synchronize Development with the Agile Release Train 00:08:21
    3. 4.2 Organize Agile Teams and key Agile Release Train roles 00:24:02
    4. 4.3 Prepare the Vision, Roadmap and Program Backlog 00:16:21
    5. 4.4 Prioritize the Program Backlog 00:17:14
  6. Lesson 5: Planning a Program Increment
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:49
    2. 5.1 Establish the context for PI Planning 00:09:59
    3. 5.2 Create and review draft PI plans 00:17:01
    4. 5.3 Finalize plans and establish business value 00:03:01
    5. 5.4 Review final plans and commit to PI Objectives 00:10:55
  7. Lesson 6: Executing and Releasing Value
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:32
    2. 6.1 Execute the Iterations in a Program Increment 00:23:14
    3. 6.2 Execute the Program Increment 00:13:18
    4. 6.3 Improve program performance with Inspect and Adapt 00:14:07
    5. 6.4 Release value on demand 00:16:59
  8. Lesson 7: Building an Agile Portfolio
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:55
    2. 7.1 Define Strategic Themes for a portfolio 00:07:12
    3. 7.2 Identify portfolio Value Streams 00:10:58
    4. 7.3 Advance solution behavior with portfolio Epics 00:12:59
    5. 7.4 Transition from project cost accounting to Lean-Agile budgeting 00:12:05
    6. 7.5 Forecast Epics on a near term Roadmap 00:10:50
  9. Lesson 8: Coordinating Large Value Streams
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:53
    2. 8.1 Apply the Value Stream level for large and complex solutions 00:27:53
    3. 8.2 Coordinate and integrate multiple ARTs and Suppliers 00:08:40
    4. 8.3 Establish Value Stream flow 00:06:45
  10. Lesson 9: Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:39
    2. 9.1 Lead the change 00:09:41
    3. 9.2 Know the way and emphasize life-long learning 00:19:42
    4. 9.3 Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers 00:27:48
  11. Summary
    1. Leading SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) 4.0: Summary 00:02:29

Product information

  • Title: Leading SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) 4.0
  • Author(s): Dean Leffingwell
  • Release date: May 2016
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134578147