Foundation – root

This Agile Lean Leadership Foundation course is for those who want a thorough introduction to the Agile Lean Leadership concept and pattern.

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
    • Have high quality standards in all aspects
    • Is able to react quickly and sensibly to the unexpected
  • Is innovative
    • Have 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.

The agenda for the day is

Agile Lean context

  • ​Reality check, the challenges and benefits
  • The history of and trends in Agile Lean Leadership, contrast to neo-Taylorist management
  • Complexity and Cynefin
  • Intrinsic motivation and pride of workmanship

Agile Lean Leadership, a synthesis learned from:

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

Agile Lean Leadership, a couple of special additions

  • Dual Leadership
  • Escalation and quick response
  • Resilience and appropriate response to outlier events

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 you serve 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, keep everything working over time and through changes
  • Building psychological safety and leading for learning

Agile Lean Organization, characteristics and building blocks

  • Challenges in the organization
  • Creating trust, transparency and commitment
  • Decentralized mandate and decision making, design of teams, circles and roles
  • Disciplined reflection, learning and improvement
  • A prototype ALL organization , periphery, center, teams, circles etc.

Agile Lean Change, making the change, some practical patterns to follow

  • Making sense of the situation in the organization, the future backwards
  • Involving the organization in designing the organizational architecture
  • Dual Leadership in real life
  • Further reading and learning, recommendations

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 price is EUR 720, NOK/SEK 6,600 or DKK 5,250 excl. VAT, please register at