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Deep dive: about the Agile Leadership Academy Program

Executives have long struggled with their roles in agile organizations, and while understanding how things work at the team level is critical, it is far from sufficient.  To fill this gap, the Agile Leadership Academy® is a hands-on, interactive workshop focused on dealing with real problems faced by the participants, rather than a unidirectional training session.  With peer learning, practical templates for agile transformation and evolution activities, site visits, receptions, mentoring calls and more, the sessions are meant to be deeply practical and immediately actionable events that make the best possible use of executives’ scarce time.

The Agile Leadership Academy is organized into four quarterly, one-day workshops, each preceded by an optional day with arranged site visits to various lean and agile organizations, pre-event networking receptions and more.  The sessions are not necessarily sequential, as the topics largely stand alone.  Past site visits include fantastic trips to: Capital One Innovation Labs, Walmart Technology, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, The Motley Fool and more.

Full-program participants also get free access to our Lean+Agile DC and Agile Executive Summit conferences, earn the Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Leadership CAL 1 credential after the first workshop, and earn ALA Certified Graduate credentials after the first four workshops.  Scrum Alliance CAL program participants may also receive credit for the CAL II Advanced Education and Validated Practice in Agile Leadership Academy workshops.

The workshops include:

  • Foundations of Lean & Agile Leadership, focusing on what an agile organization entails and how leaders can build, guide, tune and support them. Earn Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Leadership CAL 1 in this workshop.
  • Scaling with Agility, helping leaders broaden and deepen agile principles, practices and behaviors at an organizational level.
  • Lean Product Management and Design, exploring the application of principles from the Lean Startup and Lean UX communities, as well as aspects of design thinking and innovation ecosystem creation.
  • Business Agility: Holistic Agile Organization, guiding the integration of non-technology functions such as sales, finance, marketing and operations into a comprehensively agile whole.

While numerous organizations offer targeted orientations and workshops for leaders around the basic concepts of Lean and Agile methods, no others offer the same combination of long-term integrated focus, a cohort of executive peers, and practical planning tools.  The ALA also has backing from industry leaders like Jeff Sutherland, and critically, classes taught by actual executives who have led their own organizations through these challenges. It is tuned to address the needs of both seasoned and prospective agile executives.  Finally, the site visits, evening reception, mentoring calls and general high standard of the event should make it a varied and entertaining experience.

Visit agileleadershipacademy.com to view our roster of program supporters, called Agile Leadership Academy Ambassadors, who are fellow agile experts, thought leaders and executives that have agreed to help promote the academy and tune its content, exercises and other aspects over time.  Having experienced practitioners around the world contributing to the program and sharing perspectives from different clients, industries and geographies will help to ensure that the content is as relevant as possible to the broad range of agile deployments we’re seeing today.

Now well into in its second year, the program continues to evolve. We’ll be listening to our executives and ambassadors to help guide our next steps.  We do plan to launch additional sessions on further topics over time, starting with another quadrant of classes to keep our original cohorts entertained.

 

Join Agile Leadership Academy: Scaling with Agility on Dec 11-12 in Herndon, VA.

Is it right for you or your executives?  Let’s set up a call: info@agileleadershipacademy.com

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