Twin Cities Quality Assurance Association

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Upcoming events

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 1 Meridian Crossing, 1st Floor Training Room, Richfield, MN 55423
    • 30

    TCQAA is pleased to present a 2 day training event for members as well as guests:  Scaled Agile Framework - for Teams!

    Build the skills needed to become a high-performing team member of an Agile Release Train (ART)—and learn how to collaborate effectively with other teams—by becoming a SAFe® 4 Practitioner (SP).

    Invite the whole team to join you - for a group training that will transform the way you work together!

    During this two-day course, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the ART, how it delivers value, and what they can do to effectively perform their role using Scrum, Kanban, and XP.

    They will also learn how to write stories and break down features, plan and execute iterations, and plan Program Increments. Finally, they’ll learn about the continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture, how to effectively integrate with other teams in the program, and what it takes to continuously improve the train.

    The following individuals will benefit from this course:

    • Team members who apply Lean and Agile at scale
    • All members of an Agile Release Train preparing for launch

    Learning Goals

    To perform the role of a SAFe® Practitioner, attendees should be able to:

    • Apply SAFe to scale Lean and Agile development in their enterprise
    • Know their team and its role on the Agile Release Train
    • Know all other teams on the train, their roles, and the dependencies between the teams
    • Plan Iterations
    • Execute Iterations and demonstrate value
    • Plan Program Increments
    • Integrate and work with other teams on the train

    Topics Covered

    • Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
    • Building an Agile Team
    • Planning the Iteration
    • Executing the Iteration
    • Executing the Program Increment

    What Attendees Get

    The class registration includes:

    • Attendee workbook
    • Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe® 4 Practitioner (SP) exam
    • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
    • Course certificate of completion. Attendees must attend both days of the course in order to qualify for the exam.


    All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® Practitioner (SP) certification exam:

    • Familiarity with Agile concepts and principles
    • Awareness of Scrum, Kanban, and XP
    • Working knowledge of software and hardware development processes

    SAFe Certification Kit

    Attendees who pass the certification exam will receive:

    • SAFe Practitioner certificate
    • A SAFe 4 Practitioner digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
    • A one-year certified membership as a SAFe Practitioner, which includes access to the SP Community of Practice
    • A SAFe Practitioner certification usage guide with SP certification marks
    • Access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during their SAFe journey

    Daily Schedule

    • 7:30 to 8:00 (Breakfast and Networking)
    • 8:00 to 12:00 (Morning session with one break in between)
    • 12:00 to 1:00 (Lunch)
    • 1:00 to 5:00 (Afternoon session with one break in between)

    Click here for a link to additional course details and the official SAFe course website ->

    About the Instructor

    Siva Jasthi, Ph.D.

    SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)

    Trainer, Faculty Member, Consultant, Mentor and Author

    Siva Jasthi has 25 years of experience in multiple disciplines of research, software development, mentoring, training, managing teams, auditing, agile processes, teaching and volunteering for non profits. He has over 25 years of experience in PLM industry in managing the software development and delivery in several technical and managerial roles. He is currently serving as Consultant at Siemens PLM Software Inc. He is a certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) from Scaled Agile Inc . and delivers SAFe training. He is serving as Release Train Engineer (RTE) for one of the Agile Release Trains in the organization. He is also one of the members of Lean Agile Center of Excellence (LACE) which is primarily responsible for the adoption, implementation, and evolution of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe ). He is a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) from American Society of Quality (ASQ) and performs internal audits in the organization as Lead Auditor. He also teaches at Metropolitan State University as Community Faculty teaching courses in Data Structures, Object Oriented Programming and Design, Software Design Models, Internet Application Development, and Software Engineering.

    Specialties: PLM, Requirements Management, Managing globally distributed teams, teaching, mentoring, non-profit management, project management, software metrics, object oriented design and development, building productive teams, building global software, organizational training and course development, Agile processes (Scrum, Kanban), Scaled Agile Framework ( SAFe ), ISO and CMMI auditing.

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11 Apr 2019 Thinking Like a Hacker: How to Become Unconquerable
14 Mar 2019 Is Your Functional & Regression Testing Worth It?
21 Feb 2019 Your Test Cases - Only Better!
10 Jan 2019 The Changing Landscape of the QA Profession
13 Dec 2018 Esther Derby Presents: Claiming Your Seat at the Retrospective Table
12 Dec 2018 Non-TCQAA webinar: Scaling Agility – A Practitioner’s Framework
08 Nov 2018 BDD Automation
11 Oct 2018 Best Practices for Desktop and Mobile Open Source Automation
04 Oct 2018 Non-TCQAA event: Scrum Day MN
14 Sep 2018 Writing Agile User Story and Acceptance Test Requirements (1-day Intensive Seminar Workshop)
13 Sep 2018 Testable User Stories & Acceptance Criteria
02 Aug 2018 Annual Summer Social!
14 Jun 2018 New Options in Test Data Management
21 May 2018 QUEST 2018 - Quality Engineered Software and Testing Conference & Expo
10 May 2018 Walking the Agile Testing Tightrope
12 Apr 2018 What are Digital Winners doing to ensure Quality & Velocity in a Mobile-First Economy?
11 Apr 2018 Micro Focus Data Privacy Briefing
08 Mar 2018 Implementing a Test Automation Framework in a DevOps World
08 Feb 2018 Targeting Change: How to Test Less & Improve Risk Coverage
14 Dec 2017 Best Practices for Testing with Agility
09 Nov 2017 DevOps & The Future of Testing
12 Oct 2017 Kanban for Quality Management
15 Sep 2017 1-Day Security Testing Awareness
14 Sep 2017 Agile QA - Bridging the Gap Between Dev & QA
10 Aug 2017 Annual TCQAA Member Happy Hour!
08 Jun 2017 Removing Data Constraints in Testing
11 May 2017 Strategies for Effective Security Unit Testing
13 Apr 2017 QA for the Internet of Things
09 Mar 2017 Strategic Software Testing: Keys to Higher Impact and Less Effort
09 Feb 2017 Agile Testing Challenges
12 Jan 2017 Mobile Untethered: Lessons Learned without the Wires
08 Dec 2016 Behavior-Driven Development
31 Oct 2016 Data Security Testing Standards
30 Sep 2016 September demo
14 Jul 2016 TCQAA July meeting

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