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Leading SAFe 4.5 Live Lessons video now available

Presented by Dean Leffingwell, this new video tutorial is based on our most popular course, Leading SAFe. Fully updated to cover the latest innovations in SAFe 4.5, the video provides an in-depth exploration of the Framework and how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale.

It bridges the gap for people who may not be able to initially attend the 2-day Leading SAFe certification course, but still need to gain the knowledge necessary to start or continue their Lean-Agile transformation. And for enterprises looking for consistent results as they introduce employees to the SAFe way of working, this video is an ideal addition to their training catalog. Learn more at

Expanded DevOps content available at

With the demand growing for more insights into the practice of SAFe and DevOps, we’re excited to announce that new content has been added to Scaled Agile’s DevOps page. There you’ll find an interview with DevOps visionary Gene Kim, as well as the Scaled Agile CALMR approach to DevOps: Culture, Automation, Lean flow, Measurement, and Recovery. The DevOps page at complements the DevOps article that is available on

Why should I take Leading SAFe 4.5?

KnowledgeHut’s Joyeeta Bose blogs about his experience attending a Leading SAFe 4.5 course: his perspective on the usefulness of the training, suggested prerequisites, learning outcomes, and some nitty-gritty details about the exam process that will let you know what to expect and how to prepare for a passing score. Read his post to learn more insights.

Scaled Agile PI Planning event at Arm

Want to see Program Increment (PI) Planning in action? The IT department of semiconductor company Arm has shared a video of its recent two-day PI Planning event. They combined the planning of several Agile Release Trains at the same time in a highly collaborative, transparent, and face-to-face process. CIO Andy Smith and other Arm leaders provide commentary on the experience.


Fannie Mae mitigates risk, delivers faster in the face of a changing business model

Coming out of the housing crisis in 2013, Fannie Mae knew it had to make sweeping changes to be able to respond to changing customer needs. As it broke ground on an entirely new business model that would change the way securities are issued to the market, it turned to SAFe to support their transformation. Gains across the board include:

  • Reduced risk – Fannie Mae reduced delivery risks through the relentless focus on innovation and automation to ship ‘production ready’ code with higher and higher frequency
  • Improved predictability – Teams, within the program and across the enterprise, integrate reliably every two weeks
  • Faster feedback cycles – Releases now happen every month, instead of once or twice a year, for the largest application across the enterprise, with millions of lines of code
  • Boosted quality – The organization reduced the defect rate substantially
  • Better team progress – Teams undergo regular AHR (Agility Health Reviews) cycles and have matured to higher Agile Maturity Model levels
  • Greater efficiency – Fannie Mae realizes significant efficiency through a reduction in technical debt

Australia Post delivers on the promise of a digital future with SAFe

This 200+ year-old postal service used SAFe as both an operating model and a tool for transformation to drive sustainable, lasting change that fundamentally shifts how the organization approaches and delivers against its strategies.

  • Higher throughput – Since their initial Program Increment event, the throughput of the train’s business outcomes rose in 18 months by over 400% with only a 20% team size increase
  • Improved First-Time Delivery – Their First-Time Delivery rate jumped by 7 percentage points over 12 months
  • Reduced cost – Australia Post reduced its infrastructure costs by 98%
  • Predictability – The train consistently delivered on 80% or more of its objectives
  • Customer satisfaction – The Net Promoter Score rose by 8 points over the course of one year
  • Employee engagement – Employee satisfaction and engagement increased
  • Industry accolades – The train was voted the Best Customer Centric Project in Australia / New Zealand by the CX Management Conference

Meetup: SAFe Usage in Sweden

Carl Starendal, SPCT, Scaled Agile, Inc.

December 19, 18:00 (CET+1)



We're moving!

Scaled Agile is moving to a larger office in Boulder, CO. All of our Boulder classes will be held there after December 20, 2017. Stay tuned for news about the grand opening. Our new address is:

5400 Airport Boulevard
Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80301

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