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Certified Agile Leadership (CAL E+O) Essentials + Organization

April 24 @ 8:00 am -

April 27 @ 11:30 am

Certified Agile Leadership (CAL E+O) Essentials + Organization

Course Summary

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.

There are three one-day in-person classes in the CAL series:

CAL – Essentials, is the foundational class.
CAL – Teams, is focused more on team leads and line managers.
CAL – Organization, is focused more on senior leadership in at-scale or enterprise-level contexts.

If delivered in a virtual format, the class will be delivered in 3.5-hour “chunks” over four days, either in morning or afternoon sessions. We’ve found that splitting it up this way allows for a more immersive and less exhausting experience. In person, it will be a jam-packed 2-days.

At the end of this class, attendees will receive the CAL-E and CAL-O certifications.

What makes our classes different?

Many Scrum Alliance CSTs and CECs have far too limited real-world leadership experience. While they’ve studied leadership academically and try to empathize with the challenges, in a word, they really can’t. They lack the seasoning and experience to truly understand agile leadership development.

What sets Bob Galen and our CAL classes apart is the depth and breadth of our real-world experience:

  • Bob has been leading software teams for over 25 years and agile teams for nearly that long.
  • Bob has held roles in software development, software testing, architecture, operations, and project management.
  • Bob has had senior-level leadership roles at the Director, VP, and C-level in various organizations.
  • Bob has worked in small, start-up companies to large, enterprise-level companies. So, he viscerally understands the challenges of scale.
  • Bob has worked with distributed teams for over 15 years – both nearshore and offshore models from various cultures.
  • Bob has been coaching both at the team, management, and leadership level for over 15 years.
  • Bob has an incredible understanding of, respect for, and empathy for the craft of leadership—agile included.
  • And all of this experience is woven into the materials of our CAL-E, CAL-T, and CAL-O class stories, examples, breakouts, and the focus.

Who Should Attend

The CAL series is designed to transform your leadership—

  • Style
  • Tactics
  • Approaches
  • Behaviors
  • Models

In the same way that your organization must shift and change during a successful agile/digital transformation.

Does attending the class automatically do that for you? Of course not. But you’ll leave with the KEYs to begin, navigate, and advance that journey on your own.

The CAL-T class is focused on team-level and focused leadership and management. Line managers and up will gain value from the class. As would senior Scrum Masters and agile coaches. In addition, senior product managers or product owners would also gain value.

The CAL-O class is focused on the organizational side of leadership and management. The sweet spot for the class is a company’s entire cross-functional leadership team engaged in an agile transformation. Often, the broader the organizational representation, the better. Senior leaders (C-level, VP, Director, and Sr, Managers) will strongly benefit from this path as well.

Course Outline

CAL-E focus points

  • We’ll explore two personal tools: Leadership Agility and CliftonStrengths.
  • Developing a detailed Agile Leadership Journey personal MindMap.
  • Exploring the dynamics of an Inside/out agile mindset.
  • Refine and practice the power of your storytelling.
  • Huge focus on providing effective feedback leveraging Crucial Conversations & Radical Candor; and practice in Dojos

CAL-O focus points

  • The leader’s role in culture-shaping is a KEY component of the discussions.
  • Leadership Circle Profile or Collective Leadership Assessment is THE assessment tool for this module!
  • Explore a deeper dive assessment of scaling patterns without solely focusing on a specific framework.
  • Organization-centric Metrics
  • iContact case study will wrap up quite a few ideas.

Key Learning Outcomes

These are the high-level learning objectives the Scrum Alliance has established for the CAL-E.

  • Understanding Why New Thinking and Approaches Are Required for An Increasingly Complex, Unpredictable, and Volatile World.
  • Exploring a Different Type of Leadership.
  • Growing your Self, Situational and Social Awareness.
  • Establishing a Growth Mindset.
  • Increasing your Respectful Engagement.

These are the high-level learning objectives the Scrum Alliance has established for the CAL-O.

  • The Importance of Leadership and Culture in Enabling Agility
  • Organizational Design, Constraints, and Enablers
  • Organizational Change


  • This virtual class is 4-days in length. 2-days for delivering CAL-E and 2-days for CAL-O. We’ll meet Monday through Thursday from 1pm – 4:30pm EST. We’ll take a break every hour to keep things fresh.
  • Please note: there will be ~3-hours of prework before the class and a bit of homework after each daily session. You’ll be sent connection information and prework upon registration.
  • You will receive access to a Dropbox with ALL the materials we will be using/referencing in the class

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.