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Finally, after more than ten years being an Agile advocate - delivering projects and defining just a few commercial models related to agile … I’ve now updated my skillsets and am Certified SAFe Agilist.

Key Points to consider when preparing for the exam

My personal experience, like learning lots of things is to approach it like school or university work - its rote learning and a knowledge test. However here are some tips

  1. Initially I booked this course, after I arrived in Australia but found I kept defering it - Don’t Delay, block the time for the two day course.

  2. Set aside time just after the course to baseline where you are - do it the next day after the course.

  3. Research on Google for SAFe Agilist flashcard quizzes - and start doing them.

  4. Set aside time every day for 3 weeks - Make a plan to prepare for the exam and commit to it daily

  5. The longer you delay, the harder it will be study and less you’lll have retained in your memory from the course. SAFe believe it’s best to do the exam within 30 days of the course (which is why it’s free).

  6. There are some tough questions in the exam, on topics you probably never considered - When you score 98% on the mock, you’re about 60% ready for the exam - this is where the flashcard quizzes and other things help you to identify gaps in your knowledge.

  7. Make your own flashcards if needed

  8. Put posters on your wall in your study area - Core Values, Implementation Roadmap, Agile-Manifesto principles - learn these inside out

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Damien Saunders
An experienced management consultant and business leader interested in digital transformation, product centred design and scaled agile. If I'm not writing about living with UCTD (an autoimmune disease), I'm probably listening to music, reading a book or learning more about wine.