Leading SAFe (SA)
Leading SAFe (SA) Workshop
Thursday Jul 6 and Friday Jul 7
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Live Online
Support@Grow-Lean.com or +1.609.975.9294

Leading SAFe

Reality Based, Certified Agile Workshop

Thu Jul 6 to Fri Jul 7
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Delivery Live, virtual, instructor led, interactive workshop.
100% live with no pre-recorded content.
Fees 895 USD 695 USD until 9 Jun
Trainer Don Patti
Agile Coach & Trainer
Notes Live-Online, instructor led, with minimal or no pre-recorded material used.

SAFe® is a framework for agile at scale. It wraps principles from Scrum, Kanban, XP and provides additional ceremonies, roles and artifacts. SAFe® has a release-planning event, known as Program Increment (PI) Planning, that is often done quarterly. PI planning brings together teams of teams (think 50 to 200 people) in one physical location to plan the work for a release.

This two-day course will prepare you to apply PI Planning and the SAFe® framework in general, to synchronize alignment, collaboration, allowing you to align people and value streams to establish a program-level cadence for releases. After the class you will free access to the certification exam. Upon passing the exam you will become a SAFe® Agilist (SA Cert from Scaled Agile Inc.).

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Wide selection of discounts

There are discounts for registering early, alumni, groups, unemployed, students and veterans. Alumni Discounts combine with everything. For unemployed / hardship a current state unemployment statement or separation letter is required.

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Refund Policies

What happens if you can't attend

We try to avoid cancellations and expect you to be similarly respectful; so there are fees associated with cancellations to cover a portion of costs we incur, including credit card processing.

Grow-Lean has established policies around situations where you as an attendee, or Grow-Lean as a host, must cancel or reschedule. Grow-Lean's policies are significantly more consumer-friendly than most other training providers. We do this because we realize that unforeseen things happen, but we ask that you be thoughtful about canceling late so we can continue to put our customers first.

By registering yourself or others for the session, or by being a registrant, you agree to the policies below. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Cancellation requests received at least sixteen (16) days prior to the event will receive a 100% refund minus a 5% credit card processing fee.

Cancellation requests received fifteen (15) to eight (8) days prior to the event will receive a 100% refund minus a 5% credit card processing fee and a $125 late cancellation fee.

Cancellation requests received seven (7) or less days prior to the event will receive a credit equal to 50% of the amount paid that can be applied to any future event that the registrant will take in the next twelve months.

Reschedule Requests

Reschedule requests received at least sixteen (16) days prior to the event will have no fees for the first request. Additional reschedule requests will be subject to a $125 transfer fee.

Reschedule requests received less than sixteen (16) days prior to the event will be subject to a $125 transfer fee.

Grow-Lean Reschedule Events

We try to avoid rescheduling. If Grow-Lean needs to reschedule, all registrants will promptly receive a 100% refund. Registrants may decide to be transferred into the rescheduled event, or another upcoming event, instead of the refund if they desire.

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Don Patti

CST | SAFe Program Consultant (SPC6) | Registered Scrum@Scale Trainer | BSP | PMI-PMP | LSSBB

Donald Patti is an experienced agile trainer, coach and consultant. He is known for his strong business and software development acumen. Don has implemented agile across a variety of industries, teams and organizations. Don has successfully founded and grown two entrepreneurial businesses during his career and consulted to well-respected organizations. He has deep experience with lean (on which agile is based) so he understand the intrinsic meaning of what he teaches.

The best teachers are also doers - as is the case with Don. An experienced agile coach who has served on over a dozen agile transformations across a variety of industries, teams and organizations, and who continues to do so.

Don’s service to government, private sector and non-profit clients has included a dozen federal agencies, eleven non-profits and more than 90 private sector entities throughout his career. Prominent clients Don has served include Amazon Web Services, HP, Daimler Benz, JPMorgan Chase, CheckFree, NASA, GSA, DHS and the National Cancer Institute.

In the classroom, Don’s fifteen years teaching and training make his agile courses both informative and engaging. Don has been delivering live online training for the entirety of his 15 year teaching career so he is prepared to make your class enjoyable and productive.

Of Don’s last 1,000 agile students, he is averaging above 4.8 out of 5 on his course surveys and earning a net promoter score above 90%.

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Options for your circumstances

Are you a student, active military, a military veteran, unemployed, an alumni, paying out of pocket, registering a group, or any combination thereof? Request your Grow-Lean discount, or stacked discounts, now!

As alumni, you can log in first, or use your account email, and receive an automatic discount. If you are alumni and also qualify for another discount, request it, and as long as your email matches we know you are an alumni.

In addition to discounts you can pay in installments by choosing Splitit at checkout.

After entering your request you may email us at Grow-Lean-Training@Grow-Lean.Com or call us +1.609.975.9294 for questions.

If you have a Visa or Mastercard credit card you can pay in up to 12 monthly installments. There are no fees or interest if you pay on time! Your available credit must be enough to cover the full cost and there is a hold on your credit card for the amount that you have not paid.

For example, if your final fee is $1,000 and you chose 10 installments:

  • You would pay $100 today and have a $900 hold placed on your credit card.
  • The following month your credit card would be charged another $100 and the hold would be reduced to $800.
  • Each month you pay $100 and each month the hold is reduced by $100.

If you are not familiar with the term "hold" this is similar to what hotels do when you check in, to cover extra expenses you may incur including the mini bar.

The benefit to you is that you do not pay any interest or fees if all payments are on time.

Early Bird

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Combines With: Alumni, Group, Hardship, Out of Pocket, Student, Veterans

If you qualify for another discount, like out of pocket, request it to get combined savings. If not, just register.

Out of Pocket

Won't be reimbursed?

Combines With: Alumni, Early Bird

Request an out of pocket (self-pay) discount. If you're a Grow-Lean Alumni, mention that in your description.


Multiple participants?

Combines With: Early Bird

The larger the group the larger the discount. Once you receive the discount link you can register all attendees or share the link with them.


Grow-Lean student?

Combines With: Early Bird, Hardship, Out of Pocket, Student, Veterans

Get 5% off for each public session you took with us (with a cost of over $500), up to 25% off. Automatically combines with Early Bird just register.


Suffering a hardship?

Combines With: Early Bird, Alumni

Provide an unemployment notice or separation agreement. If you're a Grow-Lean Alumni, mention that in your description.


Full-time student or educator?

Combines With: Early Bird, Alumni

Use your .edu email address to take advantage of a student / educator discount.


Active military or veteran?

Combines With: Early Bird, Alumni

Request a veteran discount and specify if you are paying on your own.

Preparation for Session

Maximize learning by preparing your technology for the session

We use common tools for our virtual sessions. Please read on to confirm what you need for the Leading SAFe session.

  • Internet connected Computer / Tablet: Many students use a single device for the session, others use two devices, perhaps their work laptop for the webcam and a separate device for sharing.
  • Working Webcam: Virtually all laptop have integrated webcams. If you don't have that, we will assist you in setting up your phone as a webcam.
  • Working headset or speaker plus microphone: Depending on your laptop, the built-in microphone and speaker may be sufficient. Many use earphones.
  • Access to Zoom: If you haven't used Zoom, test it at: https://zoom.us/test. Click "Join", and follow the prompts. If you have problems, check the Zoom article at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-Joining-a-Zoom-test-meeting
  • A location from which to participate: .
    • Ideally this location will:
      • Have good lighting
      • Be relatively quiet
      • Ensure that you have minimal interruptions
    • But, no worries if you don't have a perfect spot. It is expected that kids, dogs, cats, spouses, siblings, roommates, parents, or someone else makes some noise, or appears on camera.
  • Practice with Miro: Miro is a virtual white board.
    • If you are not experienced with Miro, please join us on Zoom a half-hour early on day one of class for a brief orientation.
    • Because there are sometimes browser configurations that restrict use, please consider downloading the Miro client for your device at: https://miro.com/apps/.
    • Here are videos to get you started with Miro:
    • After the class we provide you an electronic copy of the completed Mural Board which captures your classroom experience.
  • Access to Google Drive: The sign-in is a Google Sheet. If you are using a work computer you may be able to enter, but not modify the Google Sheet. If this is the case you can use another device to enter your information. If you can't, no worries, the Google Sheet is not a key to the class.
  • Getting into the Session: The Zoom information will be provided no later than 48 hours prior to the session. You will be able to join the session up to 30 minutes early to check your technology.

Don Patti

CST | SAFe Program Consultant (SPC6) | Registered Scrum@Scale Trainer | BSP | PMI-PMP | LSSBB

Donald Patti is an experienced agile trainer, coach and consultant. He is known for his strong business and software development acumen. Don has implemented agile across a variety of industries, teams and organizations. Don has successfully founded and grown two entrepreneurial businesses during his career and consulted to well-respected organizations. He has deep experience with lean (on which agile is based) so he understand the intrinsic meaning of what he teaches.

Don also has a long career in education, including many years delivering online training as an adjunct professor, as well as an agile trainer. Don's background with lean, agile, education, and delivering online enables him to convey information in an easy to understand manner.

Don is spending much of his time coaching a large Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) initiative, while also providing targeted coaching to several clients. Don brings his vast, real world, experience to the class room, where he delivers practical, reality based, agile training.

Companies that Don has consulted to include HP, Daimler Benz, JPMorgan Chase, CheckFree and the US Federal Government.  Don was the Director of Applications at the Association of American Medical Colleges for three years. Don's strengths lay in his ability to tailor Agile and Lean techniques to the unique needs of each client and situation, along with his ability to explain this tailoring.  

Certifications and Education:

In addition to Don's significant real world experienced, Don also has a strong educational background and he has many certifications, across a range of areas.

  • Scrum Alliance: Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
  • Scaled Agile Academy: SAFe Program Consultant (SPC5), SAFe Agilist (SA)
  • RH Smith School of Business: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Information Systems and Entrepreneurship
  • Balanced Scorecard Institute: Balanced Scorecard Professional (BSP)
  • Morestream University: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSBB)
  • American Society for Quality: Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)
  • EXIN: ITIL v3/IT Service Management
  • Project Management Institute: Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Microsoft: Microsoft Certified Professional –Architecture and Requirements Gathering (MCP)
  • IBM: Certified Solutions Expert/WebSphere
  • IBM: Certified Solutions Advisor 

Sample Recommendations

  • "Great training. Very easy to follow." Joe Badalamenti
  • "Very good overview, details and explanation." Hemlata Rawal
  • "He [Don Patti] was very enthusiastic and answered all of our questions. He was helpful for understanding the nuances between the levels.", Anonymous
  • "He [Don Patti[ made the class interesting and tried to inspire us. I very much appreciated the PI session enactment.", Anonymous
  • "Don Patti was able to explain concepts clearly, answer questions in a way that was easy to understand.",Anonymous
  • "The course was a great learning experience. Not only did Don offer points of focus for important topics, but the immersion exercises helped me to really understand how to apply SAFe in real-world context.", Anonymous
  • "Great knowledge from both work and coaching experience", Anonymous
  • "Good execution of course. proper time allocation of areas that mattered; found time to answer questions and cater to the needs of the attendees", Anonymous
  • "Engaging Instructor!", Anonymous
  • "I especially enjoyed the class and the PI exercise, which was helpful". John Summers
  • "The training was delivered in a very meaningful way with good examples. 5 stars to Don and Grow-Lean." Gireesh Babu
  • "Expertise of trainer was very high and appreciated." Anonymous
  • "Don made the class engaging. I learned a lot and felt prepared for the exam." Tristan
  • "The practical examples, videos, trainer and his life experience [are what I liked best]". Brahbakhar
  • "Don is very knowledgeable and patient answering all types of questions. I highly recommend him and his classes." Ram Sekar
  • "Trainer [Don Patti] provided a great opportunity to learn how other workplaces are adopting and implementing SAFe 4.5", Seema Jha
  • "The PI Planning group activity was great!", Anonymous
  • "We were able to draw upon the trainer’s [Don Patti] real-world experience," Marlene Tripplin

Leading SAFe

The most popular course for the most popular agile scaling model

Leading SAFe Logo

Want to do SAFe® effectively? Take the Leading SAFe® with Grow-Lean.

Build upon Scrum, add in XP, Kanban and scaling principles, and get things done across a large number of teams. There are hundreds of Leading SAFe® classes each month but be wise and choose an experienced agilist and trainer.

  • Our session is practical and hands-on with custom-tailored content that is interactive, fun, and educational.
  • You’ll learn how teams (Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Developers) interact with each other, with the business and with enterprise leadership in a variety of different scaling situations.
  • You will leave ready to pass the certifying exam upon completion of the course.
  • Upon passing the exam you become a SAFe® Agilist.


Reality Based Leading SAFe®

Take this two-day course to become a SAFe® Agilist (SA) 6.0, positioning you to be part of an enterprise leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® 6.0 (SAFe®). After class get free access to the exam. Pass, and you are a Certified SAFe® Agilist (by Scaled Agile Inc.). The exam is difficult, so take the course with a experienced provider like Grow-Lean, that will prepare you to pass.

The SAFe® 6.0 framework wraps principles from Scrum, Kanban, XP, Product Development Flow, Kanban,and DevOps, and adds ceremonies, roles and artifacts to provide a context for agile at Scale. Prepare yourself to apply PI Planning (which brings together multiple teams to structure upcoming work) and the SAFe® framework, to create collaboration and align people and value streams, establishing a program-level cadence for planning and deployment. This session is appropriate for individuals who want to lead, or participate in, a SAFe® implementation.

You will...

  • Experience a blend of exercises, real-world case studies, engaging games, short videos and more.
  • Oscillate between concepts and application to illustrate the divide between what is possible with true agile scaling as compared to the mechanistic models being used by teams today.
  • Learn how to apply SAFe® concepts with other scaling frameworks like Scrum@Scale®
  • Leave ready to take your organization to the next level through pragmatic tips from the instructor’s years of experience, as well as learning from often equally experienced fellow students.

What You Learn?

You will learn how to ...

  • Interpret the basic constructs of SAFe 6.0 and the steps of the Implementation Road-map
  • Apply the values and principles of a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • Apply Lean and Agile principles in concert with SAFe® roles and practices
  • Create high-performing teams by establishing mission and purpose
  • Use transformational leadership to drive change, develop people, and encourage innovation
  • Support PI Planning and the events associated with successful program execution
  • Drive continuous value delivery through the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
  • Establish alignment and execution with Strategic Themes and Lean Portfolio Management
  • Coordinate multiple Agile Release Trains and suppliers with a Solution Train
  • Maximize value delivered holistically across a large portfolio
Leading SAFe People Attending

Who Should Attend?

Leading SAFe is the core session for those looking to apply the Scaled Agile Framework making it applicable to a variety of individuals.

  • Executives, Leaders, Directors
  • Managers, Leads
  • CIOs, SVPs, VPs, AVPs
  • Development Team Members (BA, QA, Coder)
  • QA, Infrastructure Management
  • Enterprise, System and Solution Architects
  • Product and Product Line Management
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Portfolio Managers, PMO, Process Leads
Leading SAFe People Attending

Exam Information

The exam itself is considered difficult but attending our session will help you pass.

  • No additional charge to take the exam.
  • Must attend the course prior to taking the exam.
  • Exam is taken off site, from any Internet connected location, but is closed book.
  • You will likely require additional study to prior to taking exam.

  • Exam name: SAFe® 6.0 Agilist Exam
  • Exam format: Multiple choice
  • Exam delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Exam access: You access the exam in the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the Leading SAFe® course
  • Exam duration: Once the exam begins, you have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions: 45
  • Passing score: 34 out of 45 (76% passing score)
  • Language: English
  • Exam cost: Your first attempt is included as part of your course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50.
  • Retake policy: Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait. Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait.

Immersive Classroom Experience

A mix of technologies and interactive approaches

We use Zoom as the core virtual technology and we use Miro as virtual space where we run exercises, and play educational games, resulting in an interactive session.



Fair price, exceptional training, best value.


Concepts are reviewed in a meaningful way by an expert with actual experience.


Take again for free (within 120 days).


A variety of discounts depending on situation.


Small class size so that your voice is heard.


Interactive class experience.


Custom created training material and approach.


Everything you need to be certified is included. No hidden fees!


Top notch support seven days a week.

Session Schedule

Leading SAFe (SA)

Leading SAFe

Thu, 6 Jul to Fri, 7 Jul
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Online - 2 days
Don Patti

895 USD 695 USD <br/>until 9 Jun

Date & Time Trainer / Logistics Price / Discount Details / Register
Thu, 6 Jul
9:00 AM (EDT)
 -  Fri, 7 Jul
5:30 PM (EDT)
Don Patti
Online : 2 days
895 USD 695 USD until 9 Jun