The course provides detailed understanding of how to deliver value with a team of agile teams, called an agile release train, who are working collaboratively. It covers how ideas progress from the portfolio level through to becoming user stories for the agile teams to work on. Delegates learn about continuous exploration, continuous integration and continuous deployment. Release on demand and the DevOps culture is also covered.
This Scaled Agile Framework® certified class prepares the delegates to take the associated exam and become a SAFe® 4 Product Owner / Product Manager (POPM). At the end of the course, the delegates will be sent the materials necessary to take the online exam; including copies of the slides, a study guide and access to the practice exam.
This course is designed so that delegates will be able to:
- Apply SAFe® values and principles to their product owner or product manager roles.
- Work effectively with the lean portfolio management function.
- Explore and deliver continuous value to the organisation.
- Fully understand and be able to articulate their role within the Scaled Agile Framework®.
- Create a plan of action for their role.
Audience, pre-requisites and assumed knowledge
There are no specific pre-requisites for this course. Those intending on taking the SAFe® 4 Product Owner / Product Manager exam will benefit from having attended the Leading SAFe® course, from working in an organisation that uses SAFe®, or working with teams that use lean and agile approaches. Typical attendees include:
- Product Managers, Product Owners and Solution Managers
- Portfolio Managers, Programme Managers and Business Owners
- Business Analysts, PMO personnel, and Process Leads
- Enterprise, Solution, and System Architects
When delivered as a private class, the course may be adjusted to spend more time on the topics most relevant to the organisation, whilst still covering the overall syllabus.
We are a friendly team of practitioners and we like to provide a personal level of support, before, during and after the class:
- Pre-course reading designed to expose questions so that they can be explored in class.
- Contact details allowing delegates to ask questions to the trainer before and after the class.
- Access to a comprehensive set of guidance after the course so that delegates can apply what has been learnt.
- Digital course effectiveness surveys with results sent out to delegates and sponsors straight after the class.
In this course there are eight lessons.
Applying SAFe® in the Lean Enterprise
This lesson covers the five core competencies of the lean enterprise and introduces the SAFe® core values. It also introduces the four configurations of SAFe®.
Relating the Lean-Agile Mindset to the PO/PM role
This lesson explores differences between the product manager and product owner role, and how each of these collaborate with other roles in the Scaled Agile Framework®. It also looks at a traditional, predictive approaches verses an empirical agile approach. This lesson then covers the lean mindset, the agile manifesto, and the SAFe® values. It goes on to steps through each of the nine SAFe® principles with activities and discussions to make the materials interesting and interactive.
Collaborating with Lean Portfolio Management
In this lesson delegates learn about the lean portfolio management function, including lean governance, strategy and Investment funding, and agile portfolio operations. The lesson then covers the process for taking ideas through to production of a lean business case. The last section in this lesson looks at the lean startup cycle and how it can be applied to these ideas within an organisation that uses SAFe®.
Continuously Explore Customer Needs
This lesson looks at using lean UX to explore customer needs. It looks at the inputs used to create a vision and a roadmap of features. It then covers prioritisation techniques, estimating and forecasting.
Execute the Programme Increment
This lesson discusses the purpose and benefits of programme increment (PI) planning, including the main session that take place during this event. It also covers how features are broken down into user stories before, during and after the PI planning event.
The lesson then discusses the regular team and programme level events, such as iteration planning, iteration review and system demos, that follow on from PI planning. The lesson moves on to look at the activities that take place at the end of each programme increment.
Defining PO/PM Roles and Responsibilities
This lesson discussed the main attributes and responsibilities of a product owner in an organisation using SAFe® and the background of possible candidates for this role. This is followed by looking at the main attributes and responsibilities of a product manager, and the background of possible candidates for this role.
It also covers other roles an organisation using SAFe®, with whom the PO or PM will need to collaborate effectively.
Creating your PO/PM Action Plan
This lesson asks the delegates to create their own action plan for applying what they have learnt and to commit to this.
About the Exam
The final lesson covers the SAFe® community platform, how it is accessed and how to prepare for the SAFe® 4 Product Owner / Product Manager examination.
SAFe® Product Owner / Product Manager Course Outcomes
Delegates will leave with a comprehensive understanding of their role in delivering value to the organisation. They will understand the different teams that they will interact with and how to work collaboratively with them to maximise the value delivered. They will also become eligible to sit the SAFe® 4 Product Owner / Product Manager examination.