Why do You Need SAFe?

Why do You Need SAFe?

The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) was recently named the most widely used method for Scaling Agile from a team level to a Program and then Enterprise level, making the value of holding a SAFe Certification greater now more than ever before. With over 70% of the US Fortune 100 companies and government agencies like the DOD using SAFe; the demand for SAFe certified professionals is growing at an exponential rate. Many employers are seeking professional candidates who bring credentials that demonstrate their ability to work within a SAFe environment, as displayed and verified through a SAFe Certification.

Since there are no prerequisites or experience to take any of the courses and get certified, you can experiment with different areas this fast-growing Project Management framework and decide what career track suits your skills, experience, and interests!

Debra Hildebrand, Founder, and CEO of LurnAgile, a boutique Scaled Agile coaching and training firm, will walk you through the evolution of SAFe and how it can boost your career – even if you have been working in traditional project management up to this point.

What Business Are You Starting This Year?

What Business Are You Starting This Year?

2020 indeed has been a year of challenge, it has also been a year of opportunity. With so many entrepreneurs finally having the time to pursue their ideas and connect with other professionals who can help them bring those ideas to fruition, it is safe to say that 2021 will be a big one for entrepreneurs of all backgrounds.

We asked six CEOs the simple question, “What business are you starting in 2021?” For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, you won’t want to miss the ideas these CEOs are sharing with us.

Business Course

I’m very excited about this course because it will give lash artists the tools they need to be their own boss and gain all the insight I have gathered after being in the industry for 12 years. I am passionate about this course and its ability to change the trajectory of so many artists’ careers!

Vanessa Molica, The Lash Professional


I’m very excited about this course because it will give lash artists the tools they need to be their own boss and gain all the insight I Terkel, a platform that connects brands with expert voices. Brands need content, but have limited resources. People are experts, but have limited opportunities to build their credibility online. Terkel is a platform that converts expert insights into high quality content for brands.

Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

Radio Show and Training Program

I am starting a couple of things. The first is through my radio show, The Lurnist Show, I will be creating an internship/training program for young women who want a career in Agile.  We will be looking for young women (high school and college age) with ambition and drive to work in the agile industry.

The second big initiative I am starting through LurnAgile is an Enterprise Agile Coach training program. We will accept 15 students into the 6-9 month intensive training program for aspiring Agile coaches. The program merges best practices in technical skills with soft skills such as facilitation, coaching, mentoring, and servant leadership.

Debra Hildebrand, LurnAgile

Startup Coaching

I recently joined in a new joint venture that involves my specialty, startup coaching, but for a service that is totally new to me. I am looking for an additional opportunity like this where my many years of experience can offer immediate benefit to my partner as well as benefit my company at the same time.

Jeff Williams, Bizstarters

4-Step Coaching Model

My new business focus is in supporting leaders who are facing cringe moment decisions or conversations. Imagine emerging from these situations with respect, grace and a path forward. I have created a 4-step model to support and guide these challenging events in our lives.

Rachel Schaming, Executive Coach


I have a small consulting business that I’m looking to expand. I’d like to offer some new service lines and increase my client base. Research into what my clients truly need and want will be key to growing our service offerings!

Colleen McManus, Senior HR Executive and Consultant

10 Ways To Better Balance Work Life and Personal Life

10 Ways To Better Balance Work Life and Personal Life

Maintaining a work-life balance is about separating your personal and professional lives without allowing one to encroach upon the other. Both are important, neither should be neglected.

But now, with the line between work life and home life becoming increasingly blurry amidst a global pandemic, how are people supposed to find a balance between work and personal life? And if you’re struggling to achieve work-life balance, you’re not alone.

Here are ten best balancing tips to create a better work-life balance from a community of small business owners:

Play to Your Strengths

Don’t try to be all things to all people. By focusing on your strengths, you don’t need to waste time working on weaknesses. Instead, your time can be spent on life activities that allows you to recharge, and come back to work fresh and ready to perform.

Henry Babichenko, DD, European Denture Center

Have a Conversation With Your Manager

Understand that both work flow and the flow of personal life come in waves. When work ebbs, don’t be afraid to make an investment in personal life. It’s in everyone’s best interest for you to be a star employee for the long term and not to burn out. Talk to your manager and get a sense for whether you need to balance efforts over a week, a month, a quarter or a year. 

Amy Feind Reeves, JobCoachAmy

Don’t Let Business Hours Bleed Into Personal Time

The best way to achieve a better work-life balance is to resist the urge to answer work-related emails, texts, or calls outside of business hours.

Noah Downs, American Pipeline Solutions

Set Physical Boundaries

I have achieved the best work-life balance when I set physical boundaries between work and my personal life.

Kayla Centeno, Markitors

Set Time Boundaries

Set boundaries when it comes to your time. In the midst of COVID-19, it may be hard to “leave everything at the office” when your office is your home, but having set work hours helps with this.

Chris Dunkin, Portable Air

Quality Time With Family

Balance is difficult, especially now when your office is also your home. After many years of being terrible at this, I have created some rules for myself. I have learned that consistent, quality time with Family makes all the difference in my performance and attitude at work.

Debra Hildebrand, LurnAgile

Stop Living Two Mindsets

The best way to achieve a greater sense of balance between your work life and your personal life first starts with a mindset change. The underlying notion of living two separate lives immediately creates tension between the two. Instead, think of living just one life, not two.

Brian Mohr, anthym

Category Days

Create, what I call “category days”, to concentrate your business efforts on specific days (e.g. Marketing Mondays, Wrap-up Wednesday, Finance Friday, etc.). That way, you focus each day, and feel complete at the end of the day knowing you had a specific focus.

Mark Jamnik, Enjoy Life Daily

Be Present in Your Focus

Want peace of mind? Place your focus where it most needs to be at the moment. Then sit with both the benefits and consequences of your decisions. Chasing balance is what topples even the most rooted of people.

Tim Toterhi, Plotline Leadership

Prioritize Mental Health

Mental health is a very important aspect of our lives and should be on the radar of everyone who works in the HR and business fields. I took up meditation and mindfulness about five years ago (unsurprisingly around the time I started my business) and have been singing its praises ever since.

Phil Strazzulla, SelectSoftware Reviews

SAFe Scrum Master

SAFe Scrum Master

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Applying the Scrum Master role within a SAFe® enterprise

With SAFe®5 Scrum Master Certification


Build your skills as a high-performing team member of an Agile Release Train (ART)—and prepare to support the facilitation of team and program events— when you become a SAFe® 5 Scrum Master (SSM).

In this two-day course, you’ll gain an understanding of the role of Scrum Master in a SAFe enterprise. Unlike traditional Scrum Master training that focuses on the fundamentals of teamlevel Scrum, the SAFe Scrum Master course explores the role of the Scrum Master in the context of the entire enterprise, and prepares you to successfully plan and execute the Program Increment (PI), the primary enabler of alignment throughout all levels of a SAFe organization.

Who Will Benefit?

Intended for people new to the role of Scrum Master, or people wanting to better understand the role and how it fits in a SAFe enterprise, attendees typically include:

  • New or existing Scrum Masters
  • Team Leads
  • Release Train Engineers

Topics Covered

  • Introducing Scrum in SAFe
  • Characterizing the role of the Scrum Master
  • Experiencing Program Increment planning
  • Facilitating Iteration execution
  • Finishing the Program Increment
  • Coaching the Agile team

What you’ll learn

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

  • Describe Scrum in a SAFe enterprise
  • Facilitate Scrum events
  • Facilitate effective Iteration execution
  • Support effective Program Increment execution
  • Support relentless improvement
  • Coach Agile teams for maximum business results
  • Support DevOps implementation


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® Scrum Master (SSM) certification exam:

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

What You Get

Class registration includes:

  • Printed workbook
  • Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe® 5 Scrum Master (SSM) exam
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Certification of completion

Attendees must attend both days of the course in order to qualify for the exam.

Annual Renewal

Certifications expire one year from the date of certification is earned.

  • Renewal fee: $100/year

Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Scrum Education Units (SEUs)

  • You may be eligible to apply for 15 PDUs toward your continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications
  • You may be eligible to apply for SEUs under Category C, toward earning or renewing your CSP through the Scrum Alliance
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9 Things For Which Business Owners Are Thankful

9 Things For Which Business Owners Are Thankful

2020 was a tough year for all of us, and there were lots small businesses that were closed due to the pandemic. And sadly there’s been more deaths from the coronavirus, and cases were increasing in other countries. 

And yet, through these hard times, there is still so much to be thankful for.

As Thanksgiving nears, Nine business owners talk about the one thing that they are thankful for in their life to give us the change of perspective needed for 2020. We summarized them for you.

Finding Meaning In the Meanwhile

Grateful and thankful for where I am today and the challenges that allowed me to get here.

Audrey Hutnick, Smallwave Marketing

Family Health

With everything going on in the world right now, I am most thankful for my family’s health!

Liz Riggleman, Arrow Lift

Safe Shelter

Experiences this year have made me extremely grateful to have a place where we can live, work, feel safe, and enjoy our family.

Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

New Position

With so many people dealing with unemployment, I am very thankful to have a job that I really love.

Noah Downs, American Pipeline Solutions

My Husband

Without their love and support, I would not be who I am today.

Debra Hildebrand, LurnAgile

Support From Family

Without my family and their support, I’m not sure how I would have made it through the year.

Jon Schneider, Recruiterie

Healthy Body and Peaceful Mind

At the end of the day we will all agree that health is truly wealth.

Parul Agrawal, Business Growth Strategist, Publisher and Publicist

Selfless Friends and Business Partners

We have all had to make adjustments this year and it has strengthened my resolve to feel connected rather than isolated.

Candace Cotton, HALO Branded Solutions

A Great Work Team

Until you have a good team around you, your business will never grow and prosper.

Robert Reder, Blythe Grace