This course shows the ambitious leader how Agile Lean Leadership (ALL) can transform an organization. THe questions is how to scale the Agile and Lean principles for a single Team out in the whole organization but also up to large projects and down to single Team that handle multiple streams of work.

All the necessary details, the Why, Who, What and When of such a transition are shown, including highlighting the difference to Neo-Taylorist management.

This ALL Foundation course assumes prior knowledge of Agile and Lean thinking. It is for people who have a Scrum Master or Product Owner certification or have taken ALL course #1 Introduction.

Read the full description of the course here..

The Challenge

Change in an organization is always hard. For decades the Neo-Taylorist, reductionist way of seeing an organization as a giant machine that can be programmed by the appropriate expert has been worshipped; most people regard the idea an undisputed fact. Alongside this idea the imperial leader emerged, either of the bureaucratic or the heroic type. The worst consequence of this is the resulting separation of thinking and doing; people’s pride of workmanship is gone, so is their sense of autonomy and sometimes also their sense of purpose.

Facing complex challenges, the organization has to reverse this tide and re-learn how to organize, adapt and survive with only fragmented knowledge and operate in uncharted territory.

Luckily the cure does not require rocket-science. The challenge can be met by unlearning the plan-driven thinking and returning to the trust and respect for skill and craftsmanship that existed before. The conservative bias is still there though to be fought.

The Agile Lean Leadership Foundation course will teach the participants the foundation of building an organization that:

  • Is fast
    • Delivers value fast
    • Learns fast
    • Changes fast and inexpensively when needed
  • Has a consistency of purpose
    • Focused on the long term and 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 employees
    • Explore and experiment
    • Can handle complex challenges
  • Has balanced empathy
    • With the customer
    • With the employee
    • With other stakeholders and society at large

The following principles and models are used

  • Cynefin for complexity and sense-making
  • Systems Thinking
  • Design Thinking
  • Beyond Budgeting
  • Dual Leadership
  • Lean thinking, Scrum and Kanban
  • The Learning organization

Target group

Ambitious managers/leaders at middle and top level, who want to capitalize on the benefits of Agile Lean Leadership.

Learning Objectives

Agile Lean Leadership Context

Understanding the history of leadership and management. Understanding how complexity has to change our ways of working, including the antithesis to the prevailing Neo-Taylorist, plan and numbers-driven management paradigm. Understanding intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation.

ALL Values and Principles

A deep understanding of the ALL pattern: Teams, Circles in different levels, manifests and relationships and why these patterns work. A deep understanding of the 4 values and 16 principles, and ability to apply them in context.

A Model Agile Lean Leadership 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.

2 ALL – Foundation, Content

  • Circle Relationship Map

    What’s in it for me? Reality check, the challenges and benefits of ALL, why is it a plausible way forward?

  • Complexity – Theory, Cynefin in detail. How to use this in daily life and choose the right approaches in actual contexts.
  • The history of leadership – How did we get here? The rise of Neo-Taylorism, the consequences. Where did all things Agile and Lean come from? Lean thinking, Scrum and Kanban, Systems Thinking, Beyond Budgeting, The Learning organization.
  • Intrinsic Motivation – with checks and balances. People want to have a certain purpose, autonomy and mastery.
  • 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 goals and values, not rules and regulations. Focus on sustainability and resilience, keeping everything working through time and changes. Building psychological safety and leading for learning.
  • The ALL organizational pattern – How to generalize Teams into Circles with Relationships in a network. Primary focus on serving the customers, decision making and escalation, cross-cutting concerns.
    • The power of a hierarchy of Circles (Level 2 Circles or Teams of Teams) for Escalation and Resolution.
    • The power of guilds (Secondary Circles). Dealing with skill-based, cross-cutting concerns.
    • The power of manifests for Circles and Relationships.
    • The Organizational Relationship Map (ORM) showing Circles and Relationships.
    • The dual leadership pattern, inherited from Scrum.
  • Application of the pattern to the special cases of Scaling Up (several Teams and one backlog) and Scaling Down (One Team and several Backlogs)
  • A Model ALL organization is built – A model ORM is built. Canvases are developed for the business case and the roadmap of introducing Agile Lean Leadership.

Deep Questions and Answers

Some understanding of fundamental Agile and Scrum will be required, for example through a Certified Scrum Master or Product Owner course or our Agile Lean Leadership – Introduction.

“The temptation to lead as a chess master … must give way to that of a gardner” – Stanley McChrystal

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, 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 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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