SAFe® for Architects

Architecting for continuous value flow with SAFe®

With SAFe® 4 Architect Certification
Based on version 4.6 of SAFe

Course Overview

Attendees can improve collaboration and alignment in a SAFe® Lean-Agile enterprise when they become a SAFe 4 Architect. The SAFe® for Architects course prepares System, Solution, and Enterprise Architects to engage across the organization as effective leaders and change agents who collaboratively deliver architectural solutions. During this three-day course, attendees will explore the roles, responsibilities, and mindset of Agile Architects, and appreciate how to align architecture with business value and drive continuous flow to large systems-of-systems while supporting SAFe program execution.

This course is for senior technical contributors who need to understand the role of System, Solution, and Enterprise Architects in Lean-Agile enterprises. The course is also appropriate for individuals desiring a deeper view into how architecture enables continuous value flow and how architects engage in, and contribute to, a Lean-Agile enterprise.

Attending the class prepares individuals to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® 4 Architect (ARCH)

Benefits

To perform the role of a SAFe®Architect attendees will be able to:

  • Architect using SAFe principles
  • Align architecture with business value
  • Develop and communicate architecture vision and intent
  • Plan architectural runway to enable delivery success
  • Architect for continuous delivery and Release on Demand
  • Lead and coach architects and team members during Program Increment (PI) Planning and execution
  • Provide leadership during a Lean-Agile transformation
  • Understand how to interact and collaborate with strategy, design, innovation and business functions.

Topics Covered

  • Exemplifying Lean-Agile architecture
  • Architecting for DevOps and Release on Demand
  • Aligning architecture with business value
  • Balancing emergent design with intentional architecture
  • Developing and managing the architecture runway
  • Developing Solution Vision, Solution Intent, and Roadmaps
  • Preparing architecture for Program Increment (PI) Planning
  • Coordinating architecture throughout PI Planning
  • Supporting Continuous Delivery during PI execution
  • Supporting new Strategic Themes and Value Streams
  • Leading as an architect during a Lean-Agile transformation

Who Should Attend?

  • System, Solution, and Enterprise architects
  • Architects in supporting technical disciplines
  • Experienced software developers
  • Technical managers making architectural decisions
  • Product leaders collaborating with architects

What Attendees Get

  • Attendee workbooks
  • Eligibility to take the SAFe® 4 Architect (ARCH) exam
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion

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Prerequisites

Those who attend this course should be familiar with Agile and architecture principles and practices and should ideally have attended at least one SAFe course prior to attending this one.

Duration

3 Days

Delivery method

Classroom

Certification

  • Exam name:SAFe® 4 Architect Exam
  • Exam format:Multiple choice; Multiple select
  • Exam delivery:Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Exam access: Candidates can access the exam within the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the SAFe® for Architects course
  • Exam duration: Once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2.0 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions– 60
  • Passing score– 45 out of 60 (75%)
  • Language– English
  • Exam cost– First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50.
  • Retake policy – Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait. Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait.

Exam study materials:

  • The exam is designed to measure knowledge and skill related to the job role. We highly recommend candidates use a variety of resources to prepare for this exam including:
  • Course materials– The course materials are an essential artifact from the course and can be downloaded from the SAFe Community Platform. These materials can be used to reference back to the content that was specifically presented during the class.
  • Study guide– This comprehensive guide details the job role and all resources related to the exam, including a detailed reading list. Access is available through the Learning Plan in the SAFe Community Platform upon course completion.
  • Practice test– The practice test is designed to be predictive of success on the certification exam* and it has the same number of questions, level of difficulty, and time duration. It is part of the Learning Plan in the SAFe Community Platform and can be taken an unlimited number of times at no cost.
    *This is not the actual exam and passing it does not guarantee success on the certification exam.

SAFe Certification Kit

Attendees who pass the certification exam will receive:

  • SAFe® 4 Architect certificate
  • A SAFe® 4 Architect digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • A one-year certified membership as a SAFe® 4 Architect, which includes access to the ARCH Community of Practice
  • Access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during their SAFe journey

Attendees may be eligible to apply for 15 PDUs (PMI Professional Development Units) toward their continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications.

Annual Renewal

Certifications expire one year from the date the certification is earned.

Renewal fee is $295. Initial certification free is included as part of the training fee