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SAFe Certification Trainings

Leading SAFe Agilist (SA)

 During this two-day course, attendees will gain the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), and its underlying principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, Agile development, product development flow, and DevOps. They will discuss the five competencies needed to become a Lean Enterprise. They will also learn and practice the skills for supporting and executing PI Planning events, and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs). Attendees will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset, why it’s so effective in today’s adapt-or-die marketplace, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation. They’ll also learn how to build and support Agile teams and programs, empower a Lean Portfolio, build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps culture, and coordinate large solutions. They will develop a skillset that’s in demand worldwide—and empower their enterprises to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when they become a Certified SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA). 

SAFe Scrum Master (SSM)

 In this two-day course, attendees will gain an understanding of the role of a Scrum Master in a SAFe enterprise. Unlike traditional Scrum Master training that focuses on the fundamentals of team-level Scrum, the SAFe Scrum Master course explores the role of the Scrum Master in the context of the entire enterprise, and prepares attendees to successfully plan and execute the Program Increment (PI), the primary enabler of alignment throughout all levels of a SAFe organization. This includes learning the key components of Agile at scale development, how Scrum is facilitated throughout the enterprise, and how to execute Iteration Planning. Attendees will also discover how to build high performing Agile teams by becoming a servant leader and coach, and how to coach those teams to deliver the maximum business value at scale. SAFe 4 Scrum Master (SSM) certification signifies that people are prepared to perform the role of Scrum Master in a SAFe environment, increasing their value to teams and organizations that are implementing SAFe. 

SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (SASM)

 This two-day course prepares current Scrum Masters for their leadership role in facilitating Agile team, program, and enterprise success in a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) implementation. The course covers facilitation of cross-team interactions in support of program execution and relentless improvement. It enhances the Scrum paradigm with an introduction to scalable engineering and DevOps practices; the application of Kanban to facilitate the flow of value; and supporting interactions with architects, product management, and other critical stakeholders in the larger program and enterprise contexts. The course offers actionable tools for building high-performing teams and explores practical ways of addressing Agile and Scrum anti-patterns in the enterprise. 

SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM)

 Develop the skillsets needed to guide the delivery of value in a Lean enterprise—and learn about the activities, tools, and mechanics used to manage backlogs and programs—by becoming a SAFe® 4 Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM). During this two-day course, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the Agile Release Train (ART), how it delivers value, and what they can do to effectively perform their role. They will also learn how to apply Lean thinking to write Epics, break them down into Features and Stories, plan and execute Iterations, and plan Program Increments. Finally, attendees learn about the Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps culture, how to effectively integrate as Product Owners and Product Managers, and what it takes to relentlessly improve the ART. 

SAFe DevOps Practitioner (SDP)

 This two-day course provides a comprehensive overview for understanding the DevOps skills needed to accelerate time-to-market by improving the flow of value through the Continuous Delivery Pipeline. Attendees will map the current value stream through their delivery pipeline from idea to cash, and identify practices that will eliminate bottlenecks to flow. The course will build an understanding of the complete flow of value from Continuous Exploration to Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, and Release on Demand. Attendees will explore SAFe’s CALMR (Culture, Automation, Lean, Measure, Recover) approach to DevOps, which helps create a culture of shared responsibility for the full spectrum of Solution delivery. It helps align people, processes, and technology throughout the organization to achieve faster time-tomarket. 

SAFe Agile Software Engineering (ASE)

 The discipline of software engineering has evolved over the past decade with the introduction of Lean-Agile and DevOps principles and practices. New skills and approaches to software engineering help organizations deliver software-centric solutions faster, more predictably, and with higher quality. During this three-day, workshop-oriented course, attendees learn the foundational principles and practices that make up the Agile Software Engineering discipline. Attendees will learn how Lean-Agile principles are driving these changes including continuous flow of value delivery, fast feedback on decisions, and building quality in. They will connect these principles to modern developing practices including XP technical practices, Behavioral-Driven Development (BDD), Test-Driven Development (TDD), and applying the Agile Testing Quadrant. Attendees will learn the best practices to model, design, implement, verify, validate, deploy, and release stories in a SAFe Continuous Delivery Pipeline. Attendees will also understand how Software Engineering fits into the larger solution context and their role in collaborating on emergent architecture and intention design. 

About Us





Ashley Vance is an Agile Trainer, Lean Agile Transformation Lead, Senior Enterprise Agile Coach, and experienced Release Train Engineer. She has 20+ years of Portfolio, Program, Product Management, Software Development, and Quality Assurance automation testing hands-on experience. Ashley found a passion in strategic management and coaching/training others in global markets. She has stood up over 200 teams and facilitated well over 300 classes for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Ashley has led five end to end large-scale successful global transformations for companies operating in 35 countries with over $6.0 billion in revenue quarterly. She has earned ten business certifications to include Corporate/Business Law Paralegal, Business Process Improvement, Lean Portfolio Management, and Global Enterprise Scaling methodologies. Her experience in various roles within Agile enhances her ability to provide authentic examples and legitimate recommendations on how to address certain areas of concern in an organization. 

Ashley is an active member in the community, a change catalyst and public speaker who coaches, lectures and practices, Driving Agility, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  She is also co-founder of “Scaled Agile Carolinas Community of Practice” Charlotte Chapter - an organized group of people who have a common interest in learning & sharing “agile experiences” to improve knowledge base with a focus of Engage / Elevate / Enhance / Experience. 

Ashley has been very immersed in the Agile methodology community and has found tremendous pleasure in training and guiding teams to achieve high performance resulting in greater profitability for companies. She has been recognized and valued for building relationships that support business goals and lead to long term business success. Ashley is passionate about Agile innovation and helping teams take their companies to the next level of competitiveness. Her vision is to teach others how to grow and mature teams, improve transparency, and assist businesses in achieving their operational goals. 



* Enterprise, Portfolio, Program, Large Solution End to End Transformations

* SAFe and PMI Certification Training, Coaching, and Consulting

* Agile Budgeting, Agile Metrics, and Agile Release Planning

* Agile Health Checks/Maturity Assessments

* Scrum/Kanban/Behavior Driven Development/Test Driven Development/Test Automation/Automated Deploy

* Business Process Improvement/Continuous Integration and Continuous Improvement

* Digital Banking, Capital Markets, Authentication, Big Data

* Digital Strategy, Data Analysis, DevOps, Certified Product Owner (CSPO) 

*Media/Telecommunications/Software/Insurance and Financial Services/Outsourcing/Manufacturing/Electronics/Medical Technology/Healthcare Retail and Distribution/Customer Care and Billing/Pharmaceuticals


MBA, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2019

Bar Admissions: North Carolina Paralegal, 2007

NCCP, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2007

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995

SAFe Program Consultant 4.5 (SPC 4.5)

SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE)

Project Management Professional (PMP) 

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM), (CSP-PO)

Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Certified Product Owner (CSPO)

Professional Scrum Master (PSM I)

North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal (NCCP)

About Us



We are Agile2Advance located in Charlotte, NC.  Our experts have over 10 years of global consulting and coaching to assist companies in achieving better results through Agile Transformation.  We believe in leading the industry in efficiency and transparency.  At Agile2Advance, we specialize in providing Agile certification trainings, consulting, and coaching to assist businesses in achieving their operational goals.  Our experts are passionate about Agile innovation and helping teams take their companies to the next level of competitiveness.



We are building business relationships across the US and globally that support Agile methodology and Scaling by offering consulting, boot camps, webinars, blogs, and local Agile meet-ups. 



 After participating in numerous collaboration groups in the Agile community and hearing some of the same concerns across the industry, we felt the need to start a company that would bridge the gaps and help alleviate pain points across companies.  Reach out to us at or for more information on the services we offer.

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Agile2Advance LLC

371 Havenbrook Way NW, Concord, NC 28027

(704) 795-8505 FAX (704) 960-4495

Charlotte Meet-up Dates

April 18th   6:00PM - 7:30PM

   May 30th  6:00PM - 7:30PM  

The Greens, 435 South Tryon Street 

Charlotte, NC 28202