This course covers advanced aspects of building real Teams in organizations. Teaming requires trust and commitment beyond what most people are used to. Working in a Team provides huge rewards but sometimes requires disciplined effort to change behavior.

This Agile Lean Leadership course teaches leaders and team members the fundamentals of teamwork. Why is it not only beneficial, but necessary, when working in the complex domain? What can each person do, how can everybody participate in building and cultivating teams. Who are the best candidates for a Team?
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Learning objectives

Agile Lean Leadership context

Understand the foundational nature of Teams, to the success of ALL and working in the complex domain.


Understand the dynamics of teams and how to set enabling constraints. Understand the necessity of constantly nurturing and tending to the team like a gardener rather than a chess master.

The Toolbox

A collection of contextual patterns, tools, practices and templates that can be used in teamwork. Understand the applicability of each.

Real Life

Understand the events that make it necessary to deviate from a semi-static Team structure to transient Teams based on “crews”. How to adapt to imperfect conditions and still find potential to develop and grow.


The concept of a Team in a Circle
  • Why have Teams at all? What values does the application of Teams bring to the organization? Where does the idea of Teams versus groups come from? The special place of Teams in the complex domain.
  • What is a real Team? Teams are not just groups of experts. A Team has a common purpose and shares a commitment, responsibility and mandate to reach its goals. Team members take responsibility for each other.
  • Concrete benefits and ways of teamwork – Benefits in detail are discussed. Practices that Team members and leaders need to understand in order to foster true teamwork: First, make it safe. No one is punished for admitting a mistake, asking for help or suggesting better ways of doing things. Leaders must become gardeners not chess masters. Develop the idea of the Team as a unit, always say “we,” never “they.” Retrospectives, post-action-reviews etc. How to allow time and space for reflection? Best man on the job is boss. Everyone is a leader.
  • Organizational tools and templates – How to put a Team together? Concrete artifacts can help focus and visualize the present. Circle and relationship manifests make teamwork much more transparent, different examples are worked on. Maintaining a competency matrix is a simple way of sharing an understanding of the Team’s situation. Visualize work and keep track of commitments and expectations.
  • The different types of Circles and Teams – The Primary Circle and its Team. Level two Circles. Secondary Circles. Transient Circles and Teams. Sometimes new Teams have to form very quickly due to sudden moments of chaos, crisis or opportunity. Transient Teaming is special, people are often trained as “crews” typically a few very experienced people, who can be trusted to take charge. Inter-organizational Circles.
  • Non-ideal Team conditions – Many have to work in less than ideal conditions. A lot of different things can prevent or diminish teamwork. The Team is not left to do its job, too much interference from the outside. Event-driven work is not properly shielded from the work the Team has to plan. Dependency on external resources, human or otherwise. Too few, too immature or demotivated Team members.

“You will be most effective when members can complement each other without embarrassment and disagree without fear.” – Peter R. Scholtes

The course is developed and tested by René Jon Figgé and Kurt Nielsen


Prices and Conditions for Courses

  • Each public Agile Lean Leadership one-day course is offered at an Early-Bird price of EUR 680, NOK/SEK 7,100, or DKK 5,100 when registering more than a month before the course date, after that the prices are EUR 760, NOK/SEK 7,900 or DKK 5,700.
  • Each public Agile Lean Leadership two-day Course (ALLSM or ALLPO) is offered at an Early-Bird price of EUR 1,300, NOK/SEK  14,300, or DKK 9,700 when registering more than a month before the course date, after that the price is EUR 1,460, NOK/SEK 15,900 or DKK 10,800.
  • All Prices are excl. VAT.
  • Courses are delivered in Danish in Denmark and Norwegian in Norway unless there are participants that require English, then we will switch to English, which is the default language in all other territories.
  • Courses include meals, course materials, a certificate of participation, access to online resources, a free online Retrospective 2-3 weeks after the course and free participation in follow-up events for two years.
  • Participants can choose to sit an extra examination after each course. This consists of handing in a written assignment for review and assessment by the instructor and an independent instructor. The students will receive comments and a passed/failed note, grades are not given. The examination costs EUR 180, NOK/SEK 1.900 or DKK 1,350.
  • Registration is via email at and 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 canceled up until one month before the start of the course without any fees. Cancellation between one month and two weeks before the course starts is charged with 50% of the course fee. Cancellation within the last two weeks before the course starts 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 canceled up to 24 hours before the event FOC. After that, a no-show fee of EUR 60, NOK/SEK 650 or DKK 450 will be invoiced.
  • The courses are also offered as internal, on-site courses for organizations and companies. A minimum of 10 participants are normally required. If you are interested, please contact us for further information, via email here… or find the right contact person here…

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