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Agile Kata Pro (AKP) Certification

May 3 @ 9:00 am -

May 4 @ 1:00 pm

Agile Kata Pro (AKP) Certification

Course Summary

The current track record of agile transformations is not very promising. 75% of all agile transformations fail to achieve their goals and therefore missing out on the huge positive impact it has on employee engagement, customer satisfaction, operational performance and time-to-market (McKinsey 2022). Is it because companies see Agile as a business process update and not as a cultural shift?

Is Business Agility a huge buzzword in your organization, which is difficult to break down into digestible pieces? Or, are your existing agile teams looking for new ways of triggering organizational change or looking for a new way of working? The list of challenges can be long.

The Agile Kata is versatile and can provide answers to these common questions and challenges. It combines a proven practice, which has been applied for decades in lean manufacturing, with a clear alignment to agile values and principles. See how scientific thinking and practical hands-on application work well together in this 1-day course. Walk away with an understanding that the Agile Kata is not an off-the-shelf process product, but a pattern that helps you create your own process, specific to your organizational needs and goals.

Course Outline

  • The “Core” of the Agile Kata
  • Agile “Shell” of the Agile Kata
  • Agile Kata for Agile Transformations
  • Agile Kata for Agile Teams
  • Business Agility with the Agile Kata
  • Differences between Agile Kata and Existing Agile Processes (Scrum, Kanban, etc.)

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and practice the basic pattern of the Agile Kata.
  • Learn techniques that inject agility into the Agile Kata.
  • Recognize how the Agile Kata can be a power-tool for agile transformations.
  • Apply the Agile Kata in common agile transformation scenarios.
  • Learn how existing Agile/Scrum teams can benefit from the Agile Kata.
  • Perform the Agile Kata for product and process improvements using a case study.
  • Understand the role of an Agile Coach in the Agile Kata.
  • Define a first step to increase business agility in your organization using the Agile Kata.

Who Should Attend

This introductory course is ideal for agile coaches, leaders and change agents that work or lead agile teams or organizations to more agility.


Upon completion of the course, you will receive an assessment code (included in the course fee) by e-mail to complete your online assessment, verify your knowledge and to become an Agile Kata Pro Level 1.


Jochen (Joe) Krebs is a certified Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum. org , an authorized trainer for ICAgile, and an Agile Coach with Incrementor. Joe has delivered Scrum courses and workshops for over 15 years to thousands of participants world-wide. He is the author of the book Agile Portfolio Management creator of the Agile Kata. He had hundreds of guests on his podcast Agile.FM over the past years . As a coach, Joe has led several large organizations and start-up’s alike through a successful agile transformation. Incrementor has offices in New York City and Amsterdam.

What others are saying….

“If I did return to Tesla, I would recommend Agile Kata” – Joe Justice (Agile@Tesla Transformation Lead)

“Agile Kata – More Agile than Agile!” – Chris Lennon (Spark Telecom)

“Agile Kata is very clear, very crisp, very practicable and very easy to share” – Joe Justice (Wikispeed and Scrum Author)

“What I have seen is that organizations declare they want to be agile, start a significant (and often expensive) transformation effort, and it typically fails to take hold and the only result is a new vocabulary for the same old processes. There is no substantive change in behavior. What is needed is a different mindset and behaviors. The Agile Kata approach of deliberate practice is truly the only way to get there.” – Richard Sheridan (CEO Menlo and Author of Joy Inc.)

” I’m looking forward to experimenting with the Agile Kata myself” – Lyssa Adkins Agility and Leadership Coach, Author of “Coaching Agile Teams”