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Agile Leadership Academy CAL II

A groundbreaking experience, crafted exclusively for Agile Executives.

Visit the Agile Leadership Academy website for additional program details.

Scrum Alliance CAL II from the Agile Leadership Academy

Driving Business Agility through Agile

The Agile Leadership Academy’s 6-month, experiential set of workshops and projects takes senior management on a journey of personal growth and learning, providing support and tools to take organizations to the next level of agility.  The ALA’s unique mix of personal and professional growth benefits both leaders and their organizations.

To earn your Scrum Alliance CAL II credential, you must hold a current CAL I certification.  This 2-day session is followed by 3 months of mentor calls to guide your projects, and a peer workshop to discuss your outcomes.  Upon completing all components, you will earn the CAL II credential.

This two-day session focuses on building a culture of innovation and expanding the Agile mindset and methods to all teams and departments.  Learn about new organizational models and apply agile to business operations while discovering ways to enable faster feedback and customer engagement.

  • Ensure the organization is able to solve the right customer problems, build the right products and offer the right services.
  • Discover an agile leader’s role in modern management, exploring arenas like people operations and new feedback methods. 

This highly interactive session is aimed at helping participants create personalized plans that can be put directly into action following the workshop.  A rich combination of discussions with peers, lecture, movies, micro-exercises and more ensure that participants are both engaged and entertained.  Leaders assess the current state of agility within their organizations and discuss the unique requirements of the agile leader’s role.  During the workshop, agile leaders develop short-term plans to drive better application of the agile mindset and techniques.

Discuss Design Thinking, Lean Startup® and the leader’s impact on enterprise innovation.  During the workshop, develop short-term plans to drive better application of the agile mindset and techniques to product management and design practices.  

In the Business Agility workshop, participants discuss self-management, Frederic LaLoux’s “Teal” organization, Design Thinking, Lean Startup® and the leader’s impact on enterprise innovation.  Participants explore organizational agility, agile methods’ applications outside of technology, what it means to have agile HR, and the role that deep technical capabilities like DevOps play in an agile organization.

Dive into case studies and intense enterprise-focused Lean & Agile methods. Learning alongside other executives, craft your Agile leadership strategy to deliver faster results, higher quality, and unparalleled innovation.  Learn what has and hasn’t worked in real world whole-company transformations, encompassing not just software development but also changes to HR, finance, marketing and more.

Who should attend?

You will benefit from Agile Leadership Academy training if you are:

  • An executive, middle management, or other leader with organizational influence;
  • A leader who supports, leads, or interacts with Agile teams;
  • A leader sponsoring, requesting, or involved with an Agile adoption within your organization. 
  • Looking for an accessible way to learn about Agile and lead your organization to true agility.
  • Seeking to be challenged with a peer group of like-minded leaders
  • Looking to personally transform yourself into an Agile leader as you change your organization

What you'll learn:

  • What organizational agility means and requires
  • How your organization measures up, and where the best opportunities lie
  • Cases of agile ideas and techniques applied to functional areas like HR, finance, sales and marketing
  • How to create a strong flow of value by expanding agile principles to your entire organization
  • What it takes to introduce a full-fledged DevOps capability to your company
  • The reasons why lean product management works
  • How agile product organizations look in practice, and how to build your own
  • Structural patterns for aligning departments and organizations to deliver optimal value
  • How design thinking, Lean UX and related techniques apply at all levels
  • What it takes to create a culture of steady innovation

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Assessing your organization’s Agile maturity beyond the IT function
  • Mapping a next-level management structure based on Frederic Laloux’s Reinventing Organizations
  • Developing Agile marketing strategies for rapid experimentation
  • Using the whole team to drive product design
  • Prototyping and testing ideas before funding them
  • Getting feedback through real-life usage and empirical data

You will have the experience to:

  • Introduce Agile methods to business functions beyond IT
  • Create a plan for Agile performance management plan founded in hiring, growing and developing Agile teams
  • Understand the basics of DevOps and plan an infrastructure supporting Agile engineering and CI/CD
  • Organize around products vs projects to focus on value delivery
  • Break common barriers to enterprise innovation
  • Implement customer-centric modern design methods like Lean UX, Lean Startup and Design Thinking