This course is the entry point for understanding Agile Lean Leadership (ALL) or Agile Lean Organization (ALO). It is not necessary to have a prior Agile or Scrum education. The fundamental patterns and worldview in Scrum, Agile and Lean Thinking are comprehensively discussed, including the benefits. This also includes highlighting the difference to traditional management, especially the Neo-Taylorist approach.

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Learning Objectives

Agile Lean Leadership Context

Understanding why the plandriven approach doesn’t work, another paradigm is needed for complex work. Seeing the background in complexity thinking and constant improvement. Challenges with the prevailing management paradigm.

Scrum and Agile Patterns

A thorough introduction to all the fundamental Agile and Lean patterns exemplified by Scrum. Understanding enabling constraints in the complex domain: Sprints, quality, roles, events and artifacts. Other types of work apart from projects and product development are addressed. Kanban is explained.


Complex work is by nature hard to predict, nevertheless there are ways to systematically develop an ability to estimate based on fragmented knowledge. Methods are shown.

1 ALL – Introduction, Content

  • The Scrum Flow

    What makes people tick? Why do some perform well and enjoy their work-life? A tactile exercise to get a handle on constant improvement, self-organization and flow.

  • Constant Improvement – Empirical process control, The Deming PDSA Circle.
  • History of Agile and Lean – Discussion of the Agile Manifesto, the Toyota Production System, Lean Thinking, the creation of Scrum, the Learning Organization, Lean Startup.
  • Complexity theory – Cynefin and other models. Why much work in the modern world falls in the complex domain. Why traditional planning is insufficient to solve complex problems effectively. The failure of Neo-Taylorism, top-down control.
  • The Heart of Scrum and Agile – The enabling constraints: Iterations (Sprints and cadences), clear definition of done. Clear roles, clear processes, radical transparency and disciplined reflection. Servant Leadership.
  • The Classic Agile Roles – Clear responsibility and mandate:
    • The CO/PO: Team Captain, Product Owner, Commanding Officer or CEO; strategic responsibility, prioritization.
    • The XO/SM: Team Master, coach, Executive Officer or COO; operational responsibility, servant leader.
    • The Team or staff members; responsibility for tactical, skilled execution and self organizing.
  • Retrospectives and constant learning – Kaizen and Kaikaku, small steps and giant leaps. Disciplined reflection.
  • In Real Life – Handling of unplanned, periodic and event- driven activities. Coordination with and delegation to other Teams, departments and suppliers. Escalation.
    • Kanban, workflow, limit WIP, visibility
    • Crisis handling, crews
  • Predictability – its importance. Different Estimation methods, pros and cons, uncertainty. Building reliable and predictable sprints or cadences. An exercise in estimation.

“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” – W. Edwards Deming

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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