This course is a fast track for leaders and executives. It provides context, background and useful patterns of Agile Lean Leadership (ALL), thoroughly setting out its values and principles. An archetype Agile Lean 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.
Change puts greater demands on employees and leadership and planning is much harder when only fragmented knowledge is available. Everyone needs multiple skills and the ability to change and learn constantly. They are often required to work in teams – sometimes in transient teams.
The course provides a quick background of Agile and Lean Thinking, and an understanding of the mindset. Participants learn different ways to improve organizational performance by adopting the principles 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.
An Agile Lean Organization:
- Is fast
- Delivers real value fast and frequently
- Learns fast
- Maneuvers and changes quickly 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
- Is able to 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
- Is fast
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 of stakeholders, leadership and employees.
- Understanding the background to “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.
Values and Principles
- The four values and 16 principles of Agile Lean Leadership, understanding and applying.
A model Agile Lean Organization
- Principles and practices of organizational design. Starting from the periphery, where the real clients are and working towards service teams in the center. How to handle and escalate opportunities and issues.
Agenda - The one day course
- 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?
- Which 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 it 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 about 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 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.
- How to lead in an Agile Lean organization – The concepts of Servant Leadership, collegial, consultative decisions, intent based leadership and understanding the big picture and the systemic view of the organization.
When the one-day courses in the Agile Lean Leadership program are delivered online they follow a slightly different format due to the very different nature of online courses.
First of all, where a physical course lasts a full working day, the same online course consists of two 3-hour sessions, one delivered in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each session is in 3 sections with a 10 minute break in between. We try to go for sessions 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-15:30.
To compensate for the shorter exposure time, the participants are required to do some homework before the course. Each of the courses either has an accompanying “Birds’ Eye View” document that we ask the participant to read or a video to watch beforehand. We also ask participants to take a small survey that covers the content of this material to improve imprinting the learning. This is required for a successful outcome of the course. As additional preparation we ask each participant to bring 3-5 questions to the training regarding topics he or she would like to discuss.
Our online course content is compact and focused, but we always prioritize activities that focus on dialog and interaction as well. We assume the participant has read the Bird’s Eye View and has it available for reference. So, in John Wayne’s words “we ride hard and fast!”.
About a week after the training course we offer participants a one hour online retrospective for follow-up questions and clarifications. It is not mandatory, but it does provide a space for people to ask questions before taking the online test.
It is our experience that the format of 2 x 3 hours of course sessions for online courses represent the absolute maximum participants can benefit from in a day. It is therefore important that participants prioritize time for preparation as well to get maximum benefit from the course. In order to ensure sufficient interaction between the instructor and participants please note that we either limit the number of participants 10-12 people for a course, or we choose the option of adding an extra instructor for classes of more than that number.
Prices and Conditions for Courses
- Each public Agile Lean Leadership one-day course is offered at an Early-Bird price of EUR 640, USD 800, NOK/SEK 6,500 or DKK 4,800 when registering more than a month before the course date, after that the prices are: EUR 720, USD 900, NOK/SEK 7,200 or DKK 5,400.*
- Each public Agile Lean Leadership two-day Course (ALLSM or ALLPO) is offered at an Early-Bird price of EUR 1,230, USD 1,500, NOK/SEK 12,300 or DKK 9,000 when registering more than a month before the course date, after that the price is EUR 1,350, USD 1,650, NOK/SEK 13,500 or DKK 10,000.
- All Prices are excluding Danish VAT.
- Courses include meals, course materials, certificate of participation, access to online resources and free participation in follow-up events for two years.
- Participants can choose to sit 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, USD 190, NOK/SEK 1.600 or DKK 1,200.
- Registration via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, invoices are sent out from the organization arranging the training course. Payment has to be received before the start of the course.
- Cancellation policy: Registration can be cancelled up until one month before the start of the course without any fees. Cancellation between one month and two weeks before the course start is charged with 50% of the course fee. Cancellation the last two weeks before the 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 email@example.com. Registration can be cancelled up to 24 hours before the event FOC. After that, a no-show fee of EUR 55, USD 65, NOK/SEK 550 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 you are interested please contact us for further information, via email here… or find the right contact person here…
*Except for the Agile Lean Leadership Executive Course which is offered at an Early-Bird price of EUR 825, USD 1000, NOK/SEK 8,300 or DKK 6,100 when registering more than a month before the course date, after that the prices are: EUR 920, USD 1,100, NOK/SEK 9,300 or DKK 6,800.*