Course Summary

Agile methods and tools are growing in popularity – Computer Economics estimated in 2014 that 83% of businesses have future plans to implement Agile.  The purpose of this course is to provide managers, project managers, and other leaders an understanding of agile methods, what an agile culture means, and how to support an organization contemplating a transformation from traditional development to agile development. 

Whether you are an agile novice or experienced agile practitioner, this course will provide you with a basic understanding of the differences between Agile Adoption, Successful Transition from Waterfall to Scrum, and Agile Transformation in organizations.  Participants will use several culture assessment tools to assess the cultural fit for Agile, and success patterns that other organizations have used to introduce and sustain Agile practices in their organizations.  Participants will learn the 8-stage model of leading change based on the work of John P. Kotter. Finally, participants will develop their own custom transformation roadmap based on patterns that others have found useful.


Who Should Attend

This course is designed to support and empower those who are leading or supporting Agile Adoption or an Agile Transformation. 


Course Outline
  • Introduction to Agile
  • Benefits of Agile and Why Organizations Transition to Agile
  • Tools that Change Agents have found Useful
  • Assessing the Culture and Risk of Agile in Your Organization
  • Patterns for Successful Agile Introduction and Transformation
  • Creating Your Custom Transformation Roadmap 


Key Learning Outcomes
Following this training, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the three leading Agile frameworks and where they are most useful— including Scrum, Kanban, and eXtreme Programming
  • Determine the culture of an organization using the Schneider Culture Model, and use the assessment to determine the receptiveness to agile methods
  • Describe agile adoption patterns, and why agile adoptions have failed
  • Learn to apply the 8-step change model for leading change in organizations
  • Create a transformation roadmap tailored to their own organization


  • Courses are hosted at Northwestern University
  • This 2-Day course includes numerous hands-on exercises and workshops

"I recommend journeying with Anthony through the Supporting an Agile Transformation Training Course. Anthony draws upon his agile transformation experience, know-how, skills, and emotional intelligence. He elicits one resonating theme in particular that emotional labor is a crucial factor in organizational change. To enable agile transformation over agile adoption, the leaders' mindset values need to shift from agile practices and process to agile culture." 

— Brad W. (July 2017)