It seems like a lifetime since I took my SPC class and certification, but, looking back, it was less than a year ago! Now, I have been working in software engineering for a long time, including a period teaching it at a college in the UK. I think this entitles me to think that I do know a bit about the subject, and I read a lot to make sure that I stay on top of developments and innovations.
However, the SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) Course changed my whole perspective on the amount of change that can be achieved in an organization. Yes, the instructors are great – experienced, thoughtful professionals – but the real value comes from the other attendees and the rich discussions about how to make SAFe work in real situations.
The introduction of Agile, mainly scrum, has been a powerful force for change, but the benefits are constrained if it can’t be scaled so that large organizations can use it. Of course, there are other options for scaling scrum, but taking a class with Scaled Agile, Inc. opens a door to a community of hardworking, thoughtful SAFe professionals, with all the diverse experiences and expertise that you might expect. Ultimately, the SPC class equips you to be a change agent for the SAFe implementation.
One final thought – the SPC certification exam is not trivial. You will be exposed to a lot of material over four days. Of course, you don’t have to take the exam, but I found it was a good incentive to listen carefully, take notes, ask questions and study in the evenings! I think I came away with a deeper understanding of SAFe and more confidence to help our clients launch Agile release trains as a result.
So why am I telling you this? Because DCG is hosting an upcoming SPC class in the Valley Forge/Philadelphia area, and we'd love for you to join us. You can find the details here.
The class is May 12-15 and you can use our discount code (DCG_SPC_PHILI_100) for a $100 discount!
Questions about the class? Feel free to contact me directly.