What is the Scaled Agile Partner Program?
The Scaled Agile Partner Network
Scaled Agile Partners are uniquely qualified to support large enterprises and government agencies through every phase of a Lean-Agile transformation. They provide:
- Training and coaching for all SAFe roles
- Implementation and consulting services across industries and disciplines
- Platforms for SAFe automation, visibility, and flow
The Scaled Agile Partner Network is comprised of organizations from one-person consulting shops to large business enterprises across the globe. Minimally, a prospective partner needs one or more persons on staff who is a Certified SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC) and has experience to lead the adoption of the Framework and launch Agile Release Trains. However, good partners look beyond the SPC certification and seek to build a business around SAFe, becoming fully engaged with the SAFe community.
Successful partners are committed to:
- Supporting the whole enterprise in its Lean-Agile transformation
- Spreading the principles and practice of SAFe throughout the enterprise, beyond just the development teams
- Teaching an extensive, rigorous, role-based curriculum that addresses all key positions in a SAFe implementation to enable their success
- Achieving business results for their customers through the full application of SAFe principles
Becoming a Scaled Agile Partner
Begin the journey to becoming a Scaled Agile Partner
An honest self-evaluation is the first step. Although the process for becoming a Scaled Agile Partner is relatively simple, achieving true success requires prospective partners to carefully assess why they want to become one and what resources they are willing to commit to the effort.
Successful partners believe in agility at scale and the power of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to effectively transform organizations. Companies who are motivated solely by adding another certification badge to their portfolio are unlikely to achieve the full value from a partnership. Once committed, partners can evaluate three levels of partnership as they seek to lead customer transformations.
Different partner types
The Scaled Agile Partner Program is built on two types of partners— transformation and platform—to help enterprises achieve Agile at scale. Each partner type brings a different perspective and plays a different role in supporting enterprises looking to adopt SAFe.
Training, coaching, and consulting services
Transformation Partners are dedicated to achieving successful customer outcomes. Scaled Agile provides flexible pairing models to give partners the support they need, anywhere along the SAFe Implementation Roadmap. Transformation Partners also have special access to SAFe intellectual property, toolkits, enablement, and downloads to assist with their implementations.
Transformation Partners leverage authorized courseware to expand upon or build an existing training business, and are equipped to help their customers achieve better alignment, cadence, synchronization, and collaboration across the organization.
Get started with a Bronze partnership
This partnership provides a basic listing in the Partner Directory of the Scaled Agile website along with a hyperlink to the partner’s website. Bronze Partners are licensed to co-brand their web page and marketing collateral with the Scaled Agile Bronze Partner logo. Bronze Partners gain access to the Scaled Agile Partner Portal, which provides exclusive resources and co-brandable SAFe collateral to help promote their SAFe practice.
Raise a professional profile with a Silver partnership
In addition to the benefits included in a Bronze partnership, Silver Partners enjoy an expanded directory listing where they can more actively market their business by calling out areas of expertise and certification levels, and highlighting organizational strengths. Silver Partners can add SAFe classes and SAFe-specific events to the online training calendar.
Master Lean-Agile transformation with a Gold partnership
Gold Partners receive all the above listed benefits as well as a fully customizable page of content on their directory page, priority access to Scaled Agile thought leaders for consulting and speaking engagements, and advanced notice of changes to the Framework. This level provides access to the Certified SAFe® Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) program, the highest level of certification provided by Scaled Agile.
SAFe automation, visibility, and flow
Platform Partners work to integrate the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) into their platform or application lifecycle management (ALM) solution to help users visualize, manage, and execute Lean-Agile work. These SAFe-based platforms support enterprise-wide collaboration, quality management, and business intelligence. SAFe Platform Partners gain early access to the latest developments in the Scaled Agile Framework, which provides essential input for platform and tool development.
Begin with a Platform partnership
The Platform partnership is the basic level for solutions or applications that integrate with SAFe. Platform Partners receive a listing in the Partner Directory of the Scaled Agile website along with a hyperlink to the partner’s website. They also gain access to the Scaled Agile Partner Portal, which provides exclusive resources and co-brandable SAFe collateral to help promote their SAFe practice. Platform Partners also have priority access to exhibit at SAFe Summits.
Provide a trusted solution with a Platform Plus partnership
The Platform Plus partnership is the highest level for solutions or applications that integrate with SAFe. Platform Plus partners receive more benefits, such as priority access to Scaled Agile thought leaders for consulting and speaking engagements, detailed reviews by a Scaled Agile SAFe Fellow to ensure alignment with the Framework, additional access to SAFe Fellows for webinar support, and an extra seat in an Implementing SAFe class lead by a Scaled Agile instructor* (*excludes Dean Leffingwell).
Onsite guidance, provided by Scaled Agile
Scaled Agile’s Partner Enablement Program Providing Enterprise Resources (PEPPER) helps partners quickly build out a referenceable customer base by pairing a SAFe Fellow with a SPC from a Scaled Agile Partner for new or existing customer engagements. As Partners learn from experienced SAFe experts, they see firsthand how to deliver positive outcomes that can be turned into success stories and case studies.
Partners can pair with Scaled Agile SAFe Fellows for as many days as needed for activities such as:
- Executive Workshops
- Leading SAFe Training
- Value Stream Workshops
- Program Increment Planning
- Launching Agile Release Trains
- Facilitating Inspect and Adapts
- Lean Portfolio Management Workshop
- Other SAFe trainings
- Additional coaching