Course Overview

This three-day course provides the foundational principles and practices that make up the Agile Software Engineering discipline. Learn how continuous flow of value delivery and building quality in are enabled by modern practices including XP technical practices, Behavioral-Driven Development (BDD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).

Learn proven practices to detail, model, design, implement, verify, and validate stories in a SAFe Continuous Delivery Pipeline.

What skills do you need to deliver high-quality, software-centric solutions faster and more predictably? In the Agile Software Engineering course, you’ll learn how modern practices including XP, behavior-driven development (BDD), and test-driven development (TDD) enable continuous value flow and built-in quality. This interactive, three-day course also gives you guidance and tools to work effectively in remote environments with distributed teams.

The Agile Software Engineering course will give you and your team the knowledge and tools to apply and build a test-first, technical infrastructure. You’ll learn how to detail, model, design, implement, verify, and validate stories in a SAFe continuous delivery pipeline, and how to use automated testing. And you’ll develop a foundational understanding of Lean, Agile, and DevOps principles that you can apply in everyday practices.

Key Learning Areas

  • How to apply the test-first principle to align tests and requirements
  • How to detail, model, design, implement, verify, and validate stories in a SAFe Continuous Delivery Pipeline
  • Practices such as abstraction, encapsulation, and SOLID that build quality into code and design
  • Foundational Lean, Agile, and DevOps principles and practices
  • How to use the test infrastructure for automated testing
  • How to design from context for testability

Course Outline

Topics Covered:

  • How do I build a test-first, principle-based team environment and technical infrastructure?
  • How do Agile teams use BDD to create a shared understanding?
  • How do we build in quality throughout the Continuous Delivery Pipeline?

What You Will Receive:

  • Course materials
  • Remote learning via SAFe® Virtual Classrooms
  • Access to SAFe® Collaborate, a visual online workspace
  • One-year membership to the SAFe® Community Platform
  • Access to content, tools, and resources you need to practice SAFe every day
  • SAFe Agile Software Engineer certification exam

Associated Certification:

Certified SAFe® Software Engineering (ASE)

Exam Details:

  • Duration - 120 minutes
  • Number of questions - 60
  • Passing score - 42/60 (70%)
  • Intermediate difficulty; Proficient, capable; can perform tasks with some assistance
  • Question format - Multiple choice (one answer) or multiple select (2-3 answers)
  • Delivery - Web-based, closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Access - Community Platform upon completion of the course
  • Languages offered - English
  • Cost - First attempt included in the course registration fee if taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake or attempt past the 30-day window is $50

Exam Sections and Percentages 

  • Introducing the course (7%)
  • Connecting principles and practices to built-in quality (10%)
  • Accelerating flow (7%)
  • Applying intentional architecture (8%)
  • Thinking test-first (12%)
  • Discovering story details (7%)
  • Creating a shared understanding with behavior-driven development (13%)
  • Communicating with models (5%)
  • Building systems with code quality (8%)
  • Building systems with design quality (13%)
  • Implementing with quality (10%)

Professional Development Units (PDUs) & Scrum Education Units

  • Attendees may be eligible to apply for PDUs below toward their continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications
  • Attendees may be eligible to apply for SEUs under Category C, toward earning or renewing their CSP through the Scrum Alliance

Professional Development Units & Scrum Education Units

Activity Number   SAFeASE    Duration      3 days
PMI Certification   Technical  Leadership   Strategic    Total
PMP®      12.00       0.00       0.00    12.00
PgMP®      0.00       0.00       0.00    0.00
PMI_RMP®      0.00       0.00       0.00    0.00
PMI_SP®      0.00       0.00       0.00    0.00
PMI_ACP®     12.00       0.00       0.00   12.00
PfMP®      0.00       0.00       0.00    0.00
PMI_PBA®      4.00       0.00       0.00    4.00

Who Benefits

Includes current and aspiring:

  • Software Engineers; Software Developers
  • Technical Product Managers
  • Agile Coaches; Agile Project Managers
  • Consultants; Innovation Leaders
  • IT Managers
  • PMO Directors
  • Product Developers
  • Product Engineers
  • Program Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Scrum Masters


Software engineering/development work experience is preferred but not required.