For Gladwell Academy trainer Sathyanarayana HR, spreading the awareness and adoption of SAFe has been his bread and butter for many years. Last month of October, he dived one important level deeper, becoming the second Indian person to join the select community of SAFe Program Consultant Trainers.
“The SPCTs are a small worldwide community of SAFe Agilists that work together with Scaled Agile and Dean Leffingwell to improve the Scaled Agile Framework. They contribute to new iterations of SAFe, they add their experience and insights the Framework. And they are also the only trainers that may train SAFe Program Consultants, of course. It would be an honor and a privilege to join, and last month was a big leap towards that goal.”
Gladwell Academy: five SPCTs
Boulder Immersion week
First event in Sathya’s journey to become an SPCT was the so-called ‘Boulder Immersion week’, at Scaled Agile headquarters in Boulder, Colorado in the United States.
“It was special, to say the least. They warmly welcomed the four of us candidates, really taking time to show us what they’re doing and speaking at length about what drives them to keep building SAFe. They also invited us to show them what we’re made of, and naturally I did my utmost to make a good impression.”
Innovative Indian business
“I was asked to explain what I’d do with my SPCT title. I explained how I’d use it to build the innovative competence at Indian businesses which enable them to develop product and solution to solve complex user and society needs. Also, my focus would be imparting quality training to create good change agents who can help organizations to transform to SAFe and deliver business results.
Comparing notes with the greats
I was also asked to train in a simulated setting with several experienced SPCTs there watching. I trust my experience and my knowledge so I could take the added pressure well, but it was impressive, nonetheless. The original author of SAFe, Dean Leffingwell himself was there after all…!
“As a group, we were constantly comparing notes: how we’d approach a variety of contextual situations, what to advise when encountering this, what to do when that happens… Fascinating to go so deeply into the matter with so many experienced Agile minds present!”
Pairing with Gerald Cadden
To become an SPCT, Sathya finally taught a four-day Implementing SAFe with Gerald Cadden, who is a seasoned SPCT himself. “I was most excited about it,” Sathya says. “Having a chance to work with Gerald was a great experience. We divided the lessons between each other beforehand, he was very supportive and provided great ideas and suggestions before and during the 4 days of training which helped to impart quality training. Together we launched a new batch of powerful change agents.”