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You know that the European SAFe® Summit will be a hothouse of innovative ideas, networking, and 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?

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European SAFe Summit, The Hague – Proposal

To: <Manager’s Name>
Re: 2020 European SAFe Summit, 10 – 11 June, The Hague, Netherlands

I’m writing to ask for approval to attend the European SAFe Summit taking place 10 – 11 June in The Hague, Netherlands. It’s a once-a-year event dedicated to providing knowledge, best practices, and insights around SAFe implementations in the region. Here’s why I think it’s essential that we attend:

Gain access to SAFe insiders

The European SAFe Summit is the best place to gain access to top SAFe experts, including the creator of SAFe, Dean Leffingwell, the entire team of SAFe Methodologists, SAFe Fellows, and SAFe Contributors from the community. They will present a range of topics aimed at helping us get the best possible business results from our practice of 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, presentations, and interactive sessions with Scaled Agile thought leaders and enterprise adopters, I’ll gain actionable insights into the latest resources, tools and strategies for maximizing the value of our investment in SAFe. This will help us overcome roadblocks and make smart decisions that can lead to unlocking better business results. What’s more, I’ll hear about SAFe transformations directly from enterprises that will share their SAFe journeys, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid.

Get in-depth training

There will also be a workshop day where I can learn from a more in-depth session on various topics.

Make connections we can use to support our business

There’s no better place for me to connect with the SAFe community than at the European SAFe Summit. I’ll be able to meet other people working through real-world implementations, identify opportunities to establish working relationships, and evaluate transformation or platform support companies that could help us with our SAFe practice.

Influence the future of SAFe

Lastly, the European SAFe Summit is an opportunity for our voice to be heard. Scaled Agile leaders will take what they learn from feedback sessions to inform critical decisions they’ll be making about the future of SAFe and new 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 as soon as possible as there are only 900 tickets available, and both the European SAFe Summit and Global SAFe Summit in the U.S. sold out last year. The conference fee includes both food and event fees.

I’ll be sure to submit a post-conference retrospective 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.
<Your Name>