Some notes about the SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) training and certification exam.
Recently I took the 'Leading SAFe 4.0 for SAFe Agilists' training class. It is a 2-day training course for managers, project / program managers who want to learn about the SAFe methodology and start using it in their organization.
Training is pretty standard. However, if you want certification you have to pass an exam.
A few things about the certification exam and pointers to pass it successfully.
- First attempt exam fee is included in your course fee. As long as you take the exam within 30 days after taking the class, you don't have to pay anything extra. After that time period, you need to pay $50.
This is one among the four SAFe training courses available. Good course. Well worth the $1,000 course fee and two days. SAFe methodology is gaining traction in the market and appear to be useful for companies trying to scale Agile.
Although I passed in the first attempt I feel I could have scored more if I was more focused during two days and revised the course material very thoroughly (6-8 hours of prep over 2-3 days). But, I just wanted to be done with it and glad it worked out. I took the test 2 days after taking the course. Strongly recommend not delaying more than a week. Beyond that you will forget even the little of what you may have learned in the course.
Glad that SAFe organization has implemented some rigor in their certification process. Some certifications are too simple. Anybody who takes the exam ends up passing thus diluting its value. But SAFe exams are not like that. As long as they stay like that, SAFe certifications will carry some weight and value.
Good luck! Contact me if I can answer any questions.
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