Justify Your Attendance

custom_letter You know that the SAFE Summit will be a hothouse of innovative ideas, networking, proven implementation strategies, and will give you the rare opportunity to deepen your knowledge of SAFe with the people who created the Framework. So how do you communicate that to those responsible for approving your professional development requests?

We’ve created a customizable letter just for you! There’s a preview of this letter below, and you can also download it here.


SAFe Summit Proposal

To: <Manager’s Name>
Re: SAFe Summit Oct. 2-6, San Antonio, Texas
I’m writing to ask for approval to attend the SAFe Summit taking place October 2-6 in San Antonio, Texas. It’s a once-a-year event dedicated to providing knowledge, best practices, and insights around SAFe implementations. Here’s why I think it’s essential that we attend:

Gain access to SAFe insiders

The SAFe Summit is a place to gain access to top SAFe experts, including the creator of SAFe, Dean Leffingwell, and the entire team of SAFe Fellows and senior Principal Consultants. They will be presenting a wide range of SAFe-related topics aimed at helping us leverage the best possible business results with SAFe. I’ll be able to ask questions face-to-face, and get answers that are specific to our unique needs and objectives.

Learn best practices from SAFe experts and real world implementations

Through keynotes and interactive sessions with Scaled Agile thought leaders and enterprise adopters, I’ll gain actionable insight into the latest tools and strategies to maximizing the value of SAFe, and will be able to overcome roadblocks, and unlock business results. What’s more, I will hear about SAFe transformations directly from enterprises, who will share their SAFe journeys, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid.

Get in-depth training

There will also be dedicated training.  Pre-conference training will take place on Oct. 2-3 and post-conference training will take place on Oct. 6, which allows me to attend one of seven trainings. <Insert which training day you would like to attend>

Make connections that can be leveraged to support our business

There is no better place for me to connect with the actual community behind SAFe transformations than at the SAFe Summit. I’ll be able to meet other people working on their transformations, identify opportunities for leveraging working relationships, and evaluate service or tooling companies that could support our business.

Influence the future of SAFe

Lastly, the SAFe Summit is an opportunity for our voice to be heard. Scaled Agile leadership will take what they learn from the open space and input sessions to inform critical decisions they will be making about the future of SAFe and its training offerings. It’s in our best interest to contribute to these important discussions.

Here’s an approximate breakdown of conference costs:
Transportation (between home and conference): $ XX
Meals and Registration Fee: $ XX
Hotel: $ XX
Total: $ X,XXX

I’d like to register before July 31 as there is early bird discounting. The conference fee is inclusive of food and event fee.

I’ll be sure to submit a post-conference report that will include an executive summary, major takeaways, tips, and a set of recommendations to maximize the return on our current investments in SAFe.

Thank you for considering this request. I look forward to your reply.
Regards,
<Your Name>