Certified Agile Leadership I - Leading an Agile Transformation

This two-day training, part of the Agile Leadership Academy Program, focuses on the role, responsibilities and reasons for being an agile leader. In an agile organization, leaders must shift from directive approaches to ones that enable autonomy, mastery and purpose within the ranks of their employees.

Participants assess the current state of agility within their organizations and discuss the unique requirements of the agile leader’s role to grow, nurture and scale agile methods.

During the training, agile leaders review different scaling frameworks and learn to break down barriers to enterprise agility and develop short-term plans to drive better application of the agile mindset and techniques. To this end, the training studies three key leadership factors: people operations, self-management and personal presence.  

Dive into case studies in an intense enterprise-focused exploration of lean & agile methods. Craft your agile leadership strategy alongside other executives to deliver faster results, higher quality, and unparalleled innovation throughout your company.

Q: Is the Certified Agile Leadership I: Leading an Agile Transformation training 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

Q: What will I achieve by completing this training?

You will learn:

  • The case for and current state of agility
  • Leadership in an agile context 
  • Components of the agile organization
  • Change management in an agile environment
  • Facets of agile leadership competency and maturity 
  • The case for and against scaling agile teams and organizations
  • Key factors in choosing a scaling method
  • How to drive the environment and infrastructure necessary to support agility at scale
  • Your role as a leader when scaling
  • How to measure and report on agile programs and portfolios
  • How to budget and fund properly in an agile environment

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Identifying opportunities and gaps in your current agile adoption
  • Clearly defining your role as a leader in an agile organization
  • Developing a plan to “steer from the edges” and enable team self-organization
  • Creating concrete steps to improve your personal and organizational agility over the next quarter
  • Designing an agile portfolio board 
  • Building dynamic agile teams supported by a collaborative climate
  • Forecasting and budgeting for agile projects
  • Choosing a scaling framework or custom approach for your organization based on self-assessment 

You will develop the skills to: 

  • Operate effectively amid uncertainty, complexity and rapid change
  • Find creative solutions through increased self-awareness, a growth mindset and team engagement
  • Develop short-term plans to drive better application of the agile mindset and techniques
  • Confidently launch a plan to scale agile methods within your organization
  • Build highly engaged teams across distributed environments
  • Launch an agile PMO which can map dependencies across silos

Additional benefits:

  • Develop a practical agile leadership toolkit that makes complex situations manageable
  • Cutting edge guidance on the application of agility across all facets of a business, not just software development
  • Learn from expert mentors with decades of direct agile experience
  • Participate in in-depth discussion of current trends such as DevOps, agile in business silos such as marketing and sales, and scaling methods 
  • Gain practical insights from successful (and failed) agile transformations in case studies of other organizations like yours

Q: Certification

Certified Agile Leadership CAL 1 Certification:

  • The Certified Agile Leadership I (CAL 1) certification is included in the training
  • Upon successful completion of the program and required contact hours, you will be qualified to earn the Scrum Alliance CAL 1 Credential

Read more about the partnership with Scrum Alliance here.

Q: What else should I know?

Time: 

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

Agenda: 

Certified Agile Leadership I - Leading an Agile Transformation

  • Why lean & agile?
    • A survey of lean & agile methods
    • State of the industry
    • Where agile fits best
    • Real-world challenges & benefits
    • Defining the agility gap
  • An agile leader’s role
    • Differences from legacy leadership
    • Appropriate delegation & empowerment
    • Personal leadership transformer
  • Growing an agile organization
    • Patterns of the agile organization
    • A survey of scaling patterns
    • Crossfunctional organizational design
    • Agile governance structures
    • Agile cultural transformer
  • Scaling projects & teams
    • How to build an agile team
    • Projects vs. continuous flow
    • Agile in distributed, offshore & outsourced environments
    • Agile environments & work spaces
    • Agile team construction set
  • Managing portfolios & programs
    • Agile portfolio management explained
    • Meaningful metrics & reporting
    • Agile portfolio board designer
  • Budgeting & funding
    • Agile budgeting & financial management
    • Agile estimation & forecasting
    • Agile financial transformer

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