Kanji – Team

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

Online courses

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.

The course is developed and tested by René 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 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 info@agileleanhouse.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 info@agileleanhouse.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.*

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