SAFe stands for Scaled Agile Framework®, which is a set of organizational patterns to facilitate an agile workflow at an enterprise scale. The framework is a body of knowledge that offers guidance on roles, responsibilities, work planning and management, as well as values to respect.
The SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) is a change agent who combines his or her willingness and devotion to improve the company’s software and development processes with technical understanding of the SAFe principles.
The SAFe roles
The Scaled Agile Framework has multiple different roles:
- A SAFe Agilist, who is responsible for the Lean Agile mindset within the organisation
- A Release Train Engineer, who keeps on track with the Agile Trains of an organisation
- A SAFe Scrum Master, who plans and executes the Program Increment (PI)
- A SAFe Product Owner, who writes Epics, Features and Stories, plans and executes Iterations together with Program Increments
- A SAFe Advanced Scrum Master, who also interacts with critical stakeholders in the larger program and enterprise contexts
- A SAFe Program consultant, who is the leading agent that implements the SAFe framework in the organisation
Role and responsibilities of the SAFe Program Consultant
A SAFe implementation will be successful if there is someone that takes the lead in this. This person will be the SAFe Program Consultant. His or her role is to engage people that are involved and are prepared to work together according to the SAFe principles.
As a SPC, you are responsible for building the new organisation and leading this change. You train teams in the SAFe framework and help colleagues to understand the seven core competencies of SAFe. It is your task to get the organisation moving and to steer everyone in the right direction.
The SAFe Program Consultant is a leader who envisions what is changing and shows the way to remove possible impediments. This can be in the role of a manager or a change agent, but it needs to be someone who can implement specific process changes. He or she will have the required organizational credibility to be taken seriously, together with expertise to make fast, intelligent decisions.
The responsibilities of the SPC within the organisation could be to:
- Align all parties
- Build and Execute an implementation plan
- Configure the SAFe Framework
- Launch and support Agile Release Trains (ART)
- Pass the official SAFe 5 Program Consultant (SPC) exam
- Perform value analysis
- Train managers and executives in Leading SAFe
Who can become a SAFe Program Consultant
When you are enrolling for a SAFe SPC program, you should arrive to class with an excellent grasp of Agile. It is an accelerated course when you are interested in earning your SAFe SCP Certification, and a possible step after completing the initial Leading SAFe®5 course. The initial Leading SAFe 5 course will allow you to implement the framework which is structured around 10 principles, roles and templates, and will prepare you for the official SAFe® Agilist (SA) certification.
After this, you can further diversify and deepen your understanding of the SAFe SPC Framework by taking the Implementing SAFe®5 course, which will prepare you to get the SAFe Programme Consultant certification. As touched upon briefly above, the Implementing SAFe5 course could be suitable for managers within an organisation. In general, leaders or consultants should become SAFe SPCs, when they are responsible for implementing Agile programs as part of an enterprise Lean-Agile change initiative.
SPCs can come from numerous internal or external roles and could include the following professionals:
- Change Agents
- Program and Project Managers
- Agile Coaches
- Scrum Masters
- Anyone helping lead the SAFe implementation
The necessary skills for being a SAFe Program Consultant
- Ability to teach an Agile class for beginners
- Ability to communicate with all levels of an organisation
- Ability to connect business and IT
- Emotional intelligence
- Facilitation skills
- Fluent in Agile processes and workflows
- Time management skills
Why should you become a SAFe Program Consultant
Why should you become a SAFe Program Consultant? Is it worth it? The answer is quite simple: if you are working in the field of Lean or Agile on a daily basis, this course brings a more thorough understanding of these principles and practices. The certification will be your formal recognition to support professional development as a Lean Agile coach, enabling you to train others. SAFe is becoming more known and recognized to adopt Agile practices. For some professions, think of consultants, the international SPC certification is a prerequisite to qualify for certain assignments.
Do you want to deepen your understanding of these concepts and learn how to combine strategy with execution? QRP International organises the Leading SAFe 5 course. Visit the website or write to us for more information!
Source: Scaled Agile Framework