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SAFe Agilist Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your SAFe Agilist interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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In your opinion, what are some of the biggest challenges to implementing SAFe within an enterprise?

"One of the biggest challenges I have experienced with the adoption of SAFe is that the creative freedom that teams grew to love in various agile methodologies is significantly affected. In a traditional scrum model product owners and development teams were mostly autonomous and responsible for their own processes and improvements. Under SAFe, there is a hierarchy that drives their work assignments and tracks metrics on their output. Creative types sometimes feel like they are just a piece of the process instead of driving change. I feel it is important to remind teams that one of the main principles of SAFe is decentralized decision-making and that they have freedom in many areas. I find it helps to realign the team around the positive aspects that add perceived value to their experience.

The other main challenge I have witnessed when adopting SAFe is that it takes a long time to see real benefits. SAFe implementations require the adoption of new roles and new types of thinking that take time to establish. Even when employees are trained, it then takes time to gain the experience and wisdom necessary to be truly effective. In my experience, this is where an experienced SAFe agilist adds tremendous value. Enterprises who hire seasoned and positive coaches who know how to facilitate the process properly help the others come up to speed more quickly than they would otherwise."

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30 SAFe Agilist Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Discovery

    1. In your opinion, what are some of the biggest challenges to implementing SAFe within an enterprise?

  • Discovery

    2. Describe your experience working on SAFe government initiatives.

  • Discovery

    3. What process management tools do you have experience using in a SAFe environment?

  • Discovery

    4. What types of leadership work best for a Release Train Engineer?

  • Discovery

    5. Describe an Agile Release Train you were a member of. What was your role, and how did it fit within the whole?

  • Discovery

    6. What experience do you have working with Kanban boards?

  • Discovery

    7. What experience do you have incorporating user experience best practices into the features your team(s) develop?

  • General

    8. What is the purpose and value of an iteration review meeting in SAFe?

  • General

    9. What is a Portfolio within SAFe and what roles manage it?

  • General

    10. What are the core values of SAFe?

  • General

    11. What are the four levels of SAFe an organization can implement and how are they measured?

  • General

    12. What are the elements of a successful user story within a product backlog?

  • General

    13. What is an enabler story?

  • General

    14. How does the concept of Release on Demand work in SAFe?

  • General

    15. What is reviewed during an Inspect and Adapt meeting?

  • General

    16. What is the difference between 'Full SAFe' and 'Essential SAFe'?

  • General

    17. What are the four components of the 'Continuous Delivery Pipeline'?

  • General

    18. What is a Program Increment and how is it applied in a SAFE environment?

  • General

    19. What is SAFe, and why was it created?

  • General

    20. What is a lean guardrail and how does it add value to the SAFe budgetary process?

  • General

    21. What are the main responsibilities of a SAFe Release Train Engineer?

  • General

    22. What are the main responsibilities of a product manager and product owner in SAFe?

  • General

    23. What is the 'Weighted Shortest Job First' concept?

  • General

    24. What are the critical roles within an Agile Release Train?

  • General

    25. What is an Agile Release Train (ART)?

  • General

    26. What is meant by the SAFe principle of 'Decentralize Decision Making'?

  • General

    27. What is meant by the SAFe principle of 'Apply Systems Thinking'?

  • Operational

    28. How is Cost of Delay calculated in SAFe?

  • Situational

    29. Please describe how you would facilitate the process of estimating the size of a user story in SAFe.

  • Situational

    30. Imagine that you are asked to convince the executives of your company to invest in the adoption of SAFe. What are the key points they need to consider?