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Agile for Leadership

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There’s an ever growing chasm between those who can quickly respond to change, innovate at scale and leverage software as a competitive differentiator, and those that cannot. Successfully making the leap is a challenge, requiring an organization to transform its culture, technology and skills. In such a transformation, leadership is critical. Traditional leadership practices from the past must be radically changed. Leaders need to evolve along with their teams and exhibit the behavior as they go about changing the way they work. During this course, participants will learn about the obstacles, challenges and pitfalls that lay ahead. They will learn about strategies and techniques to overcome these challenges. They will get a view into the interactions between senior leadership, mid-level leaders and the product teams and the behaviors that support value-based delivery of products. And, in completing the course, participants will become better leaders of thought and action in driving organizational change and enabling their teams to thrive.

This course is designed for leaders about to begin or currently invested in an agile transformation and promoting their teams to high agile maturity.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Exemplify a mindset focused on innovation, agility, experimentation, collaboration, and learning
  • Identify behaviors and beliefs that jeopardize organizational success, limit scalability and stifle innovation
  • Apply strategies to avoid and overcome these issues:
    • List shortcomings and failings of traditional, legacy approaches such as predict and plan, command and control
    • Contrast these shortcomings and failings to Empirical, Learning, and Adaptive processes and principles
  • Develop a roadmap to move your organization from the current state to the desired agile state
    • List and define supporting values, principles and practices
      • Describe the foundational principles and practices of Agile, Lean and DevOps and how these approaches are interrelated
  • Demonstrate leadership approaches to delivering business outcomes
    • Differentiate between managers and leaders
    • Describe the role of the Senior, Mid-level and Product Team leader
  • List, describe, and select techniques and tools to inspect, guide and adapt the organizational transformation and institutionalize the necessary cultural shift
  • Distinguish between Project and Product based planning and execution

Why Agile?
Reasons for adopting Agile

Agile Transformation
Agile Transformation Equals Change

Agile in the Organization
Organizational Agility
Business Agility

Agile Concepts
What is Agile
Review the Agile Manifesto
Adaptive vs Predictive Process
The Triple Constraint
Iterative and Incremental

Agile Frameworks
The Agile umbrella
Lean Development
Agile Portfolio management
Scrum Overview

Agile Planning
Level of Agile Planning
Product Vision
Product Roadmap

Products and Value Streams
Product versus Project
Agile and DevOps
Value Stream Mapping

Moving Toward the Vision
Vision vs. Current Reality
Potential Obstacles

Leadership Paradigm Shift
Confronting Current Reality
Leadership Compass
Complex vs. Complicated – The Cynefin framework
Leadership vs. Management
Levels of Leadership
10 Things Agile Executives Should do Differently

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