This course is the entry point for understanding Agile Lean Leadership (ALL). 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. Read a PDF description of the course here…
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Agile Lean Leadership context
Much work today falls into the Complex Domain, where there are no prior examples to reference and where solutions may have to be deduced by experiment. In such circumstances, traditional plan-driven approaches don’t work, requiring a paradigm shift in the way organizations operate and how work is done. This module describes the limitations of traditional planning and introduces organizational concepts for effectively managing complex work. 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.
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.
- What makes people tick? Why do some perform well and enjoy their work-life, while others seem mediocre and get little satisfaction from work? 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 PO: Team Captain, Product Owner, Commanding Officer or CEO; strategic responsibility, prioritization.
- The 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
- Warming up, "tuning in", the plan and backlog for the course
- An exercise in constant improvement and empirical process control
- Why Agile, Lean, and Scrum, adapting to complexity
- The Scrum pattern told as a fairy tale, the big picture
- Scrum Roles and responsibility
- Scrum Activities and Artifacts
- A bit about Kanban
- Raising common understanding, planning, and estimation
- An exercise in estimation
- Questions & Answers, Finalizing
When 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 represents the absolute maximum participants can benefit from in a day. It is therefore important that participants prioritize time for preparation as well to get the maximum benefit from the course. To ensure sufficient interaction between the instructor and participants please note that we either limit the number of participants to 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 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 15,900 or DKK 10,000.
- All Prices are excl. 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.*