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Professional Agile Leadership Essentials Training

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Becoming an agile organization is a profound transformation that requires senior leaders, middle managers, and agile team members to change the way that they organize their work, manage that work, and measure the results of the work. Agile teams cannot do this on their own; they need help from the entire organization. The changes for all involved are profound, but so are the results when everyone’s goals and ways of working are aligned.

Professional Agile Leadership™ (PAL) Essentials is a modular workshop, adaptable up to 2-days in length based on the needs of your organization.  The workshop provides a foundation for the role that leaders play in creating the conditions for a successful agile transformation. Leaders and managers are critical enablers in helping their organizations be successful, yet the role of leaders and managers in an agile organization can be quite different from what they are used to.  This workshop uses a  combination of instruction and team-based exercises to help participants learn how to form and support agile teams to achieve better results, and how to lead the cultural and behavioral changes that organizations must make to reap the benefits of an agile product delivery approach.  

What you will learn:

  • An overview of what “Agile” is and why organizations need it to thrive in a changing
  • The means to identify the potential opportunities, challenges and impacts of Agile in terms of business value and why this is so important to the next generation organization.
  • An understanding of techniques to support teams to sustain long-term agility including the role that leaders play, shifts in thinking, and the relationship between complexity and empiricism.
  • Ways to continue the development of the people to help them grow and prosper in an agile way of working.
  • Guidance on how to measure and guide agile product delivery.
  • Discuss ways to scale agility across several teams within the organization while keeping
    them working together to deliver on a common vision.

 Professional Agile Leadership Certification

All participants completing the Professional Agile Leadership – Essentials course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) certification assessment. If you attempt the PAL I assessment within 14 days and do not score at least 85%, you will be granted a 2nd attempt at no additional cost.



Day 1

  • Introduction to the class
  • Why Agile Matters
    • Empiricism and complexity
    • Organizational needs
    • Leading in a hybrid world
  • Challenges of an agile leader
    • Agile in a hybrid world
    • Organizational challenges
    • Challenges with “What” “How” and “Who”
    • Leadership focus for challenges
  • Value, the What
    • Defining value
    • Project versus product
    • Effective product ownership
    • Prioritization when everything is important
    • Business Model Canvas
    • Understanding feedback
    • Measuring business value
    • KPIs for value measurement

Day 2

  • Culture, the How
    • Growing culture
    • Cultural change
    • Models of culture
    • Environments where agile thrives
    • Self-organization
    • Leadership stances to change culture
  • Developing people, the Who
    • Roll maturity
    • Delegation maturity
    • Scrum values
    • Motivational science
    • Large teams
    • Leadership mindset for servant leadership
  • Leaders grow agility
    • Agile values and responsibilities
    • Controlling to enabling
    • Scrum “and”
  • Professional Scaling
    • Scaling reasons
    • Scaling risks
    • Scaling with various models
    • Scaling and dependencies
  • Closing






The Professional Agile Leadership Essentials course is designed for managers and those in leadership roles including Product Owners and Scrum Masters who want to grow their organization’s ability to respond to market opportunities, competitive pressures, or opportunities for innovation.



2 Days Course

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