This course is a fast track for leaders and executives providing the necessary context, the basic background and useful patterns of Agile Lean Leadership (ALL); the values and principles are also thoroughly laid out. An archetype ALL organization and a roadmap is presented, reviewed and discussed.

Organizations face a number of challenges in the present economy. Everything is changing with accelerating pace due to technological developments, global competition and consolidation. In addition, there is a much higher content of complex knowledge work in organizations than before.

The changes mean higher demands on employees and leadership. Planning is much harder with only fragmented knowledge. Everybody needs to be able to change and learn all the time, often in teams; sometimes in transient teams. One specialty skill is often not enough any more.

The course gives a quick background of Agile and Lean Thinking, providing an understanding of the mindset. Participants learn different ways to move the organization in the direction of trust, taking ownership, constant improvement, pride of workmanship, intrinsic motivation and organization for complexity. Participants learn about transparency from different perspectives, estimation, risk assessment and basic prioritization techniques.

Read the full description of the course here…

A basic familiarity with Scrum and Agile is recommended for example through reading our “Scrum a Bird’s eye view” here…

ALL builds an organization that:

  • Is fast
    • Delivers real value fast and frequently
    • Learns fast
    • Maneuvers and changes fast and inexpensively when needed
  • Has a consistency of purpose
    • Focused on the long term and the sustainable
  • Is reliable and resilient
    • keeps promises and commitments
    • Has high quality standards in all aspects
    • Is able to react quickly and sensibly to the unexpected
  • Is innovative
    • Has motivated, energetic and fulfilled employees
    • Explore, experiment and learn
    • Can handle complex challenges and find solutions
  • Has balanced empathy and focus
    • With the customer
    • With the employee
    • With other stakeholders and society at large

Learning Objectives

Setting the stage

  • Understanding the top level goals and challenges of present day organizations
  • Understanding the history and primary contributors to the Agile Lean Leadership pattern

Agile Lean Leadership context

  • Understanding the needs and challenges that stakeholders, leadership and employees have currently.
  • Understanding the background from complexity thinking
  • Understanding feedback loops and constant improvement
  • Understanding top level human motivation, drivers and problem areas
  • Understanding the challenges with the prevailing management paradigm.

Agile Lean basic patterns

A quick introduction to the fundamental patterns exemplified by Scrum. Enabling constraints in the complex domain: Sprints, quality, roles, events and artifacts.

ALL values and principles

The 4 values and 16 principles, understanding and applying.

A model ALL organization

Principles and practices of organizational design. Starting from the periphery, where the real clients are and working towards needed service teams in the center. How to handle and escalate opportunities and issues.

3 ALL – Executive, Content

  • Circle Relationship Map

    Setting the stage – What’s in it for us? Why should leaders be concerned about Agile and Lean in the whole organization?

    • Warming up building a backlog
    • What benefits does it bring? Is it worth the effort?
    • The current situation, what characterizes it?
    • What values or impacts are desirable
  • Agile Lean context – What makes people perform well and enjoy their work? Why is this important? Intrinsic motivation, pride of workmanship.
    • A tactile exercise to get a handle on complexity.
    • Complexity theory, Cynefin.
    • Constant Improvement, constant learning. The Deming PDSA Cycle. Empirical process control.
    • What makes people perform well and enjoy their work? Why is this important? Intrinsic motivation, pride of workmanship.
    • Neo-Taylorism in contrast to Agile Lean Leadership.
  • Scrum, Agile and Lean basic patterns – The heart of Agile and Lean. An overview of the fundamental Agile and Scrum pattern.
    • The classic Agile roles, taking care of the strategic, tactical and operational areas.
    • Retrospectives and constant learning. Kaizen and Kaikaku, small steps and giant leaps.
    • Predictability, how to get close and deal with the inevitable lack of it sometimes.
  • Agile Lean Leadership, the 4 values and 16 principles – Clarity of purpose, a clear vision. A clear line of sight to the customer, be clear on who is served and why. Leadership in complex domains, the organization as a complex organism. Binding people together with common goal and values, not rules and regulations. Focus on sustainability and resilience, keeping everything working through time and changes. Building psychological safety and capability of learning.
  • A model Agile Lean organization – The concept of circles, relations and manifests. Build the Relationship Map.
    • The dual leadership pattern, inherited from Scrum.
    • Primary focus on serving the customers, decision making and escalation, cross-cutting concerns.
    • Canvases for the business case and the roadmap of introducing Agile Lean Leadership.

ALL Prices and Conditions

  • Each course is offered at an Early-Bird price of EUR 640, NOK/SEK 5,900 or DKK 4,750 when registering more than a month before the course date after that the prices are: EUR 720, NOK/SEK 6,600 or DKK 5,250.
  • Courses include meals, course material, certificate of participation, access to on-line resources and free participation in follow-up events for 2 years.
  • Participants can choose to pass an examination after each course. This consists of handing in a written assignment for review and assessment by the instructor and one independent instructor. The students will receive comments and a passed/failed note, grades are not given. The examination costs EUR 160, NOK/SEK 1.500 or DKK 1,200.
  • Registration via email at info@agileleanleadership.com, invoices are sent out from the organization arranging the training course. Payment has to be received before start of the course.
  • Cancellation policy: Registration can be cancelled up until 1 month before start of the course without any fees. Cancellation between 1 month and 2 weeks before course start is charged with 50% of the course fee. Cancellation the last 2 weeks before course start will be charged fully. Transfer to a later course can be negotiated, in case unforeseen circumstances appear.
  • For free events we kindly ask participants to register via email at info@agileleanleadership.com. Registration can be cancelled up to 24 hours before the event FOC. After that, a no-show fee of EUR 55, NOK/SEK 500 or DKK 400 will be invoiced.
  • The courses are also offered as internal, on-site courses for organizations and companies. Normally a minimum of 10 participants are required. If it has your interest please contact us for further discussion, via email here… or find the right contact person here…
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