Agile Leadership Academy Program

Pave the way for disruption, agility and digital transformation and lead the next generation of agile with this Agile Leadership Academy (ALA) program designed specifically for senior management.

As agile methods evolve and agile adoptions mature, the need to grow leaders who nurture agile transformations and align with the corresponding cultural change has become critical. While the benefits of agile methods have sparked a wave of fulfillment and collaboration on teams worldwide, now senior managers and executives hold the key to spreading agile methods across silos and deep into the non-IT departments of their enterprises.

Q: What is the Agile Leadership Academy Program?

Executives have long struggled with their roles in agile organizations, and while understanding how things work at the team level is critical, it is far from sufficient. To fill this gap, the Agile Leadership Academy® is a hands-on, interactive training course focused on dealing with real problems faced by the participants, rather than a unidirectional training session. With peer learning, practical templates for agile transformation and evolution activities, receptions, mentoring calls and more, the sessions are meant to be deeply practical and immediately actionable events that make the best possible use of executives’ scarce time.

The Agile Leadership Academy (ALA) is a 6-month long, highly interactive, professional development program. Through a two-step series of two-day intensive experiential training courses, the ALA program provides all the training you need as a leader to take your organization  to the next level. It takes senior management on a journey of personal growth and learning, providing support and tools to take organizations to the next level of agility. The ALA®'s unique mix of personal and professional growth benefits both leaders and their organizations.

Q: Is the Agile Leadership Academy program right for me? 

  • Yes - if you are an executive, middle management, or other leader with organizational influence
  • Yes - if you are a leader who supports, leads, or interacts with agile teams
  • Yes - if you are a leader sponsoring, requesting, or involved with an agile adoption within your organization
  • Yes - if you are looking for an accessible way to learn about agile and gain the necessary skills to lead your organization to true agility
  • Yes - if you enjoy working and being challenged in a peer group of like-minded leaders
  • Yes - if you want to personally transform yourself into an agile leader while simultaneously transforming your organization

Leadership Program

Find out more about the individual training courses and their topics here.

Certified Agile Leadership I - Leading an Agile Transformation
September 6 + 7, 2018
December 10 + 11, 2018

Explore foundations of lean & agile leadership, focusing on what an agile organization entails and how leaders can build, guide, tune and support one.
Understand patterns of scaling agility to broaden and deepen agile principles, practices and behaviors at an organizational level.
Earn Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Leadership CAL I in this workshop.


  • Why Lean & Agile?
  • An Agile Leader's Role
  • Growing an Agile Organization
  • Scaling Projects & Teams
  • Managing Portfolios & Programs
  • Budgeting & Funding

Certified Agile Leadership II - Driving Business Agility through Agile
March 21 + 22, 2019

Dive into lean product management and design, exploring the application of principles from the Lean Startup and Lean UX communities, as well as aspects of design thinking and innovation ecosystem creation.
Understand business agility to guide the integration of non-technology functions such as sales, finance, marketing and operations into a comprehensively agile whole.
Earn Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Leadership CAL II through the completion of this workshop, related projects and mentor calls.


  • Why Lean Product Management?
  • Organizational & Team Structures
  • Creating a Culture of Innovation
  • Agility Outside of Technology
  • Agile Marketing & Sales
  • Agile Performance Management
  • Agile Engineering & Operations

Q: Certification

Completion of the ALA program provides the ALA Certified Graduate Credentials. The Certified Agile Leadership (CAL I and CAL II) certification is also included in the program.

Upon successful completion of the program and required contact hours, you will be qualified to earn the Scrum Alliance CAL 1 Certification after the first session and with additional required contact hours and experience reports the Scrum Alliance CAL 2 Certification after the second session. Read more about the partnership with Scrum Alliance here.

Q: What else should I know?


Day 1: 12:00 - 21:00h
Day 2: 09:00 - 17:00h

Partnership Agile Leadership Academy

While numerous organizations offer targeted orientations and workshops for leaders around the basic concepts of lean and agile methods, no others offer the same combination of long-term integrated focus, a cohort of executive peers, and practical planning tools. The ALA also has backing from industry leaders like Jeff Sutherland, and critically, classes taught by actual executives who have led their own organizations through these challenges. It is tuned to address the needs of both seasoned and prospective agile leaders. Finally, evening reception, mentoring calls and general high standard of the event make it a varied and entertaining experience.

Visit to view our roster of program supporters, called Agile Leadership Academy Ambassadors, who are fellow agile experts, thought leaders and executives that have agreed to help promote the academy and tune its content, exercises and other aspects over time. Having experienced practitioners around the world contributing to the program and sharing perspectives from different clients, industries and geographies will help to ensure that the content is as relevant as possible to the broad range of agile deployments we’re seeing today.

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