Certified Agile Leadership

Leaders in today’s conditions need to be able to operate effectively amid uncertainty, complexity and rapid change.  Certified Agile Leadership is a two-day workshop focused on the role, responsibilities and reasons for being an agile leader.  Create a personalized plan in this highly interactive program that can be put directly into action following the workshop.  You will gain experience to:

  • Find creative solutions through increased self-awareness, a growth mindset and team engagement
  • Develop short-term plans to drive better application of the agile mindset and techniques
  • Confidently launch a plan to scale Agile methods within the organization
  • Build highly engaged teams across distributed environments
  • Launch an Agile Value Management Office which can map dependencies across silos

Stay engaged and entertained through a rich combination of discussions with peers, lecture, movies, micro-exercises and more.  This course is taught by actual executives who have personally been at the forefront of numerous agile transformations, and are recognized thought leaders in the agile space for over fifteen years.  Personal experience in both public and commercial organizations with the full gamut of agile techniques including Scrum, Kanban, scaling methods and DevOps helps instructors connect with the real-world needs of participants, instead of just conveying theory. Learn what has and hasn’t worked in real world whole-company transformations, encompassing not just software development but also impacts to HR, finance, marketing and more.

The Scrum Alliance CAL program has changed as of June 2020.  If you take a CAL I 2-day training with LitheSpeed, you will earn the CAL-E and CAL-O certifications.

Your Guide

Author, Consultant, Entrepreneur and Trainer Sanjiv Augustine 

Industry-leading Agile and Lean expert Sanjiv Augustine has transformed organizations through enterprise Agile methods for 25 years.  Sanjiv has served as a trusted advisor to executives and management at leading firms including:  Capital One, The Capital Group, CNBC, Comcast, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Nationwide Insurance, Walmart and Samsung.  Sanjiv is the chair of the Agile Alliance Agile Executive Forum, is a regular keynote speaker, and has authored several publications including Transitioning to Agile Project Management: A Roadmap for the PerplexedThe Lean-Agile PMO: Using Lean Thinking to Accelerate Agile Project Delivery and the books Managing Agile Projects (Prentice Hall 2005) and Scaling Agile: A Lean JumpStartGet to know Sanjiv.

Program Overview

The Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) program includes introductory education to bring awareness of the focus and journey of the Agile leader as well as an advanced path of validated learning and practice for the leader to continue the learning journey.  An Agile leader is knowledgeable about agile values, approaches and practices. And they strive to find creative solutions through increased self-awareness, a growth mindset and team engagement.  In an Agile organization, leaders must shift from directive approaches to ones that enable autonomy, mastery and purpose within the ranks of their employees. In the Certified Agile Leadership workshop, you will assess the current state of agility within your organizations and discuss the unique requirements of the agile leader’s role. During the workshop, develop short-term plans to drive better application of the agile mindset and techniques. 

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In this workshop:

Over 2 days, review different scaling frameworks and learn to break down barriers to enterprise agility and develop short-term plans to drive better application of the agile mindset and techniques. Come ready to dive into case studies in an intense enterprise-focused exploration of Lean & Agile methods.  Craft your Agile leadership strategy alongside other leaders and executives to deliver faster results, higher quality, and unparalleled innovation throughout your company.  You will:

  • Explore foundations of Lean & Agile leadership, focusing on what an agile organization entails and how leaders can build, guide, tune and support one.
  • Understand patterns of scaling agility to broaden and deepen agile principles, practices and behaviors at an organizational level.
  • Get to know the Business Agility Sparks®: specific areas to build whole business agility.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Identifying opportunities and gaps in your current Agile adoption
  • Clearly defining your role as a leader in an Agile organization
  • Developing a plan to “steer from the edges” and enable team self-organization
  • Creating concrete steps to improve your personal and organizational agility over the next quarter
  • Building dynamic Agile teams supported by a collaborative climate
  • Forecasting and budgeting for Agile projects
  • Choosing a scaling framework or custom approach for your organization based on self-assessment

You will learn:

  • The Case for and Current State of Agility
  • Leadership in an Agile Context
  • Components of the Agile Organization
  • Change management in an Agile environment
  • The case for and against scaling agile teams and organizations
  • Key factors in choosing a scaling method
  • How to drive the environment and infrastructure necessary to support agility at scale
  • Your role as a leader when scaling
  • How to measure and report on agile programs and portfolios

The Online Experience

2 8-hour online training days are fun and exciting as you learn with fellow professionals from around the world.

Some answers to online training FAQs from our students:

  • We host our virtual training on Zoom with interactive components on Mural
  • We take breaks almost hourly
  • No special tech skills are required, though basic familiarity with computers is a must
  • We understand you may have family at home in this unique time; disruptions are expected and welcome
  • Our maximum student:instructor ratio for the best online experience is 25:1.  Most trainings are smaller than this, and in most trainings we have a second technical host supporting our students
  • Certification fees are included in the tuition

Sample Agenda

Role of the Agile Leader
The Context for Agile: Why Do You Need Lean & Agile Methods?
An Overview of Lean & Agile Methods
Scaling Framework Patterns
Leadership in an Agile Context

Lead with Focus: Modeling Awareness, Empathy & Systems Savvy
Change the System: Creating an Agile Environment
Steer from the Edges: Facilitating a Self-Managing Culture
The Agile Organization: Building a Lean Enterprise
Agile Approaches to Change


Any questions about this training? Contact our team.

Hear from the trainees:

It was great to do it with my core group. – This was a nice thought provoking two days. – Learnt new materials especially about agile leader role

This class was high energy and the instructor was amazing. Best training class ever.

The CAL course itself was a good opportunity to take away some good leadership nuggets as well as a crash course in scaled agile options.
The experience they share with rollouts that they have executed as partners is very valuable. I learn best with a story from an implementation or when applying the concepts to our company’s situation in class.
Instructor Augustine was amazing, engaging, and extremely personable. I never felt tired and he had my attention 100% of the time.