Agile Lean Leadership guides organizations to become resilient and create sustainable value for all stakeholders – through times of change; by being fast, reliable and innovative with a consistency of purpose.
Agile practices and in particular Scrum have become generally accepted. Organizations now face challenges in reaping the same benefits at the organizational level as they have done at the project and team level.
In Agile teams we see transparency, ability to react quickly to change and the spirit of constant improvement, resulting in resiliency and deliverance of sustainable value.
There is a need to get these benefits out through the whole organization. As complexity in organizations grows and changes accelerate, the need only gets bigger and bigger.
We, a trio of Scandinavian Scrum Trainers and Coaches, have consolidated the Agile and Lean patterns and designed an educational and implementation program helping leaders to apply this: Agile Lean Leadership (ALL).
Agile Lean Leadership, the Solution
We offer training courses, support and mentoring together with tools. The training provides a thorough walk-through of why these patterns work at the organizational level, practices to follow and a road map for implementing them.
We are providing leaders with the patterns and building blocks so they can design their organizations, not a checklist to follow. Leaders must have deep domain knowledge of the areas they operate in and take responsibility for the organizations.
The challenge is to bind the organization together with common values and purpose – plus enough structure to operate well and predictably. There has to be enough structure and constraints so that everybody knows what is expected of them, and enough freedom to experiment, learn and use empirical process control. This creates a learning organization and opens the door to high performance, not only at the team level, but throughout the organization.
ALL, the Content
What’s in it for me? Why should leaders be concerned about Agile and Lean in the whole organization? What benefits does it bring? Is it worth the effort?
- The role of leadership in Agile and Lean – Understand the value of clear purpose and value; learn how to communicate these. Understand how to create safety and transparency, work with intrinsic motivation, push responsibility as far as someone is capable of carrying it. Remove impediments.
- Preconditions for the Agile and Lean organization – First make it safe, then transparency must be in place. Everybody should willingly tell the truth and show the facts. All must be at work to discover threats and opportunities – a human sensor network. Mandate must be granted to people so they can adapt. Everybody should know what is expected of them.
- The dual leadership principle – Exemplified by the Product Owner and Scrum Master in Scrum. One with focus on the strategy; looking out, what should we do; and one with focus on how we work together, looking in.
- Generalizing Teams – into Circles, used throughout the organization to get jobs done sustainably and resiliently.
- The organizational toolbox – A set of patterns, tools and templates to facilitate development of good organization structures. Analyze dependencies, response times and functional requirements of circles. Come up with structures that have high internal coherence and low external coupling.
- The history of Agile Lean Leadership – Tracing the history and development. There is a long and sound heritage.
- Value based prioritization – Learn to build Story Maps with milestones, perform Kano analysis and impact estimation to engage stakeholders in prioritizing strategically.
- A road-map – A set of practical steps that can be taken to start the process. How to achieve critical mass. Focus on the value creation; let other concerns be secondary.
“Leaders must establish common purpose and build trust within an organization.” – Stanley A. McChrystal