Certified Agile Leadership and Scaling Workshop

  • 3 day(s)Duration
  • MDP876Course Code
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Course description

Today’s workplace is a fast-paced “race” on a complex and uncertain global field. Traditional leadership thinking and practices are failing to meet today’s challenges. Leaders must more effectively engage employees, foster creativity, speed delivery, and mitigate risk to outpace the competition. Innovation is the only competitive barrier left.

At completion of this course participants will receive a Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) designation and a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance.

This Certified Agile Leadership Workshop is an interactive leadership-focused workshop building skills and competencies to effectively guide and grow agile leaders, coaches, and their organizations to perform more effectively in this fast-paced, complex, and uncertain environment.

Leaders substantially influence an organization’s agility and effectiveness. This workshop focuses on the leaders’ own awareness and capacity to effectively guide and grow their organization’s capacity. It is the first step — the AHA! — in the leader’s journey toward improved performance and outcomes.

Participants walk through a comprehensive view of Agile Leadership — first from the leader’s personal perspective in how agility impacts their thinking and behavior, then from an organizational perspective in how they can effectively align, guide, and scale their organization’s agility.

The Agile Leadership Compass provides guidance for participants to explore the leadership dimensions during the workshop and as an aid in their practice following the workshop.

Who should attend

This workshop is designed for organizational leaders, including senior executives, vice presidents, directors, and process- and program-level leaders, who are responsible for people designing, developing, and delivering products and services for their customers.

Regardless of your focus — product strategy, business development, research, marketing, design, development, quality, project management, technical operations, or deployment — this workshop builds effectiveness in guiding teams towards delighting customers in a fast-paced, complex, and uncertain environment.

What you will achieve

Agile Context Learning
  • Describe the economic and market factors that have led to the rise of agile approaches.
  • Understand complexity and uncertainty of work and how that drives the need for an agile approach.
  • Describe historical management trends and their fit with the business environments of their time.
  • Increase employee engagement and their focus on customers to improve satisfaction and outcomes.
Agile Leadership Learning
  • Describe the leadership maturity and mindset shifts required to effectively lead in an agile context.
  • Define the Neuroscience Leadership development framework and how it is aligned with agile thinking and driving effectiveness.
  • Seek and incorporate feedback that improves your ability to inspect and adapt your own behavior.
  • Follow the Catalyst Coaching approach, which integrates alternative perspectives, engages others, and improves outcomes.
Agile Organization Learning
  • Understand the organizational challenges faced when undertaking agile more broadly.
  • Increase safety, trust, and collaboration between and across teams.
  • Recognize organizational cultures, structures, and governance and how they relate impede or enhance agility.
  • Analyze case studies of organizations that effectively use agile to run their business.
Agile Change Management Learning
  • See organizations as complex adaptive systems where change is always present and dynamic leadership is required.
  • Define organizational metrics that align to agile thinking, or impede it, and how they impact behaviors and results.
  • Describe change management approaches aligned with ongoing change and organizational agility.
  • Identify and reduce bottlenecks, impediments, and overall friction in an organization.
Scaled Agile Learning
  • Understand agile scaling patterns of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Large Scale Scrum (LeSS), and Scrum @ Scale.
  • Understand the principles and practices to effectively grow agile values across an organization.
  • Share and analyze participant agile scaling approaches, challenges, and successes.

What you will learn

Course Outline
Day One: Personal Agile Leadership
  • Share in a historical perspective of organizational development and leadership providing a current global context that is driving the need for agility.
  • Learn a Leadership Agility Maturity Model that fosters self-awareness of their own leadership maturity and discovers more agile thinking and behaviors.
  • Explore agile leadership mindset and behaviors of leaders at varying maturity levels to reflect on leadership traits in our own leadership and in others.
  • Practice a five-step catalyst conversation technique to positively impact every aspect of our work (and personal) life — engaging others without micromanaging them.
Day Two: Leading Organizational Agility and Change
  • Explore organizational culture and structures and how they impact organizational agility, speed, innovation, and collaboration.
  • Evaluate multiple case studies of real organizations with different cultures applying different structures to drive effective and sustaining change with positive results.
  • Reflect and share participant organizational cultures and structures in comparison to these case studies and other participant models.
  • Practice a five-step organizational change approach (V2MOM) to guide effective and sustained change.
Day Three: Scaling and Applying Agile Across the Organization
  • Explore the agile scaling patterns rooted in the most prevalent scaling approaches of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Large Scale Scrum (LeSS), and Scrum @ Scale.
  • Learn the foundations, background and alignment of each scaling approach, along with the patterns they are built upon, in order to more effectively apply them, and grow agile values within their organizations.
  • Share and analyze participant organizational scaling approaches, challenges, and successes and seek opportunities for improvement.