I get many questions from people around SAFe SPC CERTIFICATION. Some of them are listed below but not limited to –
- I have good exposure to Agile. In order to boost my career should I go for SAFe SPC certification?
- It costs a lot and further $900 to be paid every year to renew it. Is it going to be worth?
- How am going to utilize if my company is not on SAFe?
- Is it easy?
- What’s the process to start teaching? How do I become a trainer?
- I am not at all technical and moreover don’t have much exposure to corporate world. What should I do?
Above all, the most important question is
Who is the best trainer? And where should I go and attend the training?
Let me start with the most important and most frequently asked question. You (or your company) re going to spend good amount of money hence you just want to ensure that you truly learn the concepts so that you can leverage. I have personally seen many SPCs struggling to teach because they did clear the exam but didn’t understand the concepts well. People pay the money to be on top in google search doesn’t always mean they are the best. Hence you should do though research before you go for your training. Trust me, the training what you are going to go through has higher weightage than anything else.
I have done good research and I can certainly suggest you the best trainers what I feel would make a difference in your learning based on your location. You can always send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will guide you multiple options.
The SAFe exam is not easy as well whilst there are two ways you can crack
- Be a smart candidate – Find the right trainer, understand the concepts well and further find a right mentor (Many a times your training org/trainer would play that role)
- Be a hardworking candidate – You can’t avoid hard work but not focusing no training and just doing everything by yourself. The disadvantage is you may pass but mostly wont score high. Another limitation is you may lose confidence while teaching people.
I always suggest people to pick the first choice. Your hard-work should be to make your future and not just to clear the exam.
If you are not technical at all and don’t know how corporate world works, then I would say go for Leading SAFe instead of picking SAFe SPC. Or probably you can read details over internet or talk to people those who are SPCs and connected to real world problems solved by SAFe. You may find many institutes would lure you with job success etc but without the basics, it won’t add lots of value.
The majority of companies are building their own SPCs hence don’t expect lots of training requests are coming outside of the market. Although in past two years, SAFe has got lots of traction and probably they are the best when you talk about scaling Agile. If you have good exposure to Agile and feel that you are a good trainer, you can attempt SAFe SPC. The SAFe first principle says “Take an economic view”. I think that’s something you should do it as well.
You should always remember, the principle of product management flow – “While you ignore the economics, it won’t ignore you”.
The exam isn’t easy. In fact, I have seen many people failing the exam despite they scored 80 plus marks in Pre Test. Hence do not take it lightly.
You can always refer my other blog which talks about tips and tricks to score high
How do you pass SAFe SPC Certification with high score (Implementing SAFE) – Download questions for free
In order to start teaching within your company, you should complete respective enablement certifications. For instance you want to teach “Leading SAFe”, you should clear the exam for Leading SAFe post SPC.
The Scale Agile is very good in responding any of the queries hence for any specific questions you can send a message to them and you can expect prompt response. I’m personally a big fan of SAFe since it’s not just processes but it does have lots of leadership, and technology.
Another important point to note is that, if you are a good at technology and at the same time you got a good passion towards Agile, you could be a good trainer. The technology knowledge helps significantly if you truly want to be a trainer. Precisely the chances of success and ROI for doing SPC are quite high.
If your company is not using SAFe and you cant do training outside due to the restriction from your company, you should join SAFe forum and start learning more. With my experience I have seen many SPCs were out of SAFe in this situation due to limited exposure and further who would pay $800 renewal every year.
To be honest, this is just high level. The decision depends on many factors. You can feel free to drop an email along with your number. I would try to help you as much as I can. I am usually available for a call over weekend.
Thanks for reading the blog. Wish you happy and SAFe journey.