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Certified Agile Leadership (CAL)

The Scrum Alliance created the Certified Agile Leadership CAL series of 1-day workshops in response to the need to raise the leadership level in agile contexts. They found that changing the world of work via an agile mindset, strategies, and tactics can not be achieved by only focusing on the team. The more important factor is shifting the mindset of the leaders, and the CAL is focused squarely on that goal.

Course Summary

How may we foster an Agile mindset to create a nimble flexible organization powered by engaged, innovative people? The focus of CAL1 is cultural, with an outlook towards Being Agile. We look at topics such as leadership, organizational structure, culture, and organizational growth. Our focus is long-term sustainable growth from a holistic and integrated perspective.

Course Outline

  • Quick Overview of Scrum, XP, and Kanban
  • Effective Leadership Mindset
  • How to become a better storyteller as a leader and its impact in agile contexts
  • The importance of trust in any Agile Transformation
  • How to create agile supportive organizational structures
  • Conscious Communication Tools
  • High-Performance Culture Redefined
  • Effective agile metrics – what, how, and from where
  • How to create agile supportive organizational structures

Key Learning Outcomes

In the CAL1 course, you will learn to:

  • Overcome key Agile challenges
  • See causes of resistance and mitigate them
  • Develop leadership behaviors necessary to influence organizational culture
  • Work more effectively as a manager and with managers
  • Evolve culture at all levels of the organization
  • Have key conversations to clarify what is desired
  • Enhance your own leadership skills

Who Should Attend

  • This is not for you if you are looking for another tool or tactic that will get you marginal growth in your organization.
  • This is for you if you want a breakthrough experience that turns you into the leader you want to be.
  • You will be equipped with the right frameworks and mindset to go back into your organization and create real organizational change.
  • This CAL is Advanced education for leaders, executives and change agents creating Agile environments.
Course Logistics

Your Course Facilitators

Bob Galen has held senior leadership roles within software development organizations since the early 1990s. Always a student of leadership, he’s been at the forefront as management and leadership techniques have moved toward “the team.” An early adopter of agile methods, Bob has had in-the-trenches experience building three successful agile technical organizations that have served as models of “agile done right.”

Currently, he is president of RGCG, a boutique agile coaching firm.

Bob has broad and deep experience leveraging Extreme Programming, Scrum, and Kanban, having been a practitioner since the late 1990s. In 2013, Bob became one of ~90 CEC-level coaches with the Scrum Alliance. He coaches cross-organizationally around the world in helping clients achieve improved performance.

Often called a “Coach of Agile Coaches,” Bob has included his deep and pragmatic leadership and agile experiences in this class. You’ll leave with the skills, knowledge, ideas, and tactics to accelerate your agile leadership journey.

Peter Fischbach is an executive Scrum coach located in Berlin, Germany. He has been working in agile environments for 20 years. With Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland, Peter teaches teams and executives in Germany. 2019 Jeff nominated him as one of 12 Licensed Scrum Fellows, who are responsible for spreading his knowledge worldwide. Since 2015 he has worked with Jeff on Scrum@Scale, which is how agile organizations can be scaled.

Peter works with managers and executives in Scrum transitions in various industries, among others in software, banking, mobility, logistics, and science.

Peter is co-chairing the German Scrum Day, Germany’s oldest and largest Scrum conference within the Scrum Events network. Scrum Events established eduScrum Germany in 2016, where Peter is an active team member.

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