Having both a client that is currently in their Agile Transformation, implementing Portfolio SAFe, and hearing of the increased number of other organizations doing the same, I was motivated to go through this course and training to not only have a better understanding of SAFe princples, but also position myself as an individual who can offer support and guidance, coupled with my current skills and experiences, to organizations going through their internal change.
I signed up and completed a two-day class. The class was comprised of myself and eleven other professionals of whom were there for the same reasons. It was a great mix of backgrounds, organizations, and cultural diversity. I met some really great individuals and look to continue our relationships even now the class has completed.
We were all provided course workbooks, going through the slides with intermittent group activities and videos to help add further context to the principles described in the text. The trainer provided good professional insight and experiences, keeping the class engaged throughout.
The exam was fair, taken through a web browser, consisting of 45 questions in a 90-minute timebox needing 34 correct answers to pass. I was able to take and pass the exam after completing the course, though to be fair, I had already spent time studying, navigating through the SAFe site, reading up on the different aspects of the roadmap, and reading through a colleagues training materials from a different course prior to the class, I had an advantage going in. There is a practice test (only 10 questions) on the Scaled Agile Framework site, and Without that, I probably would have spent a couple days reviewing prior to sitting the exam.
To take the exam, it is required to attend a relevant SAFe course