Active Agile Leadership Skills

Course Producer
Mattias Skarin & Jan Grape

Why it matters


Avoid the growth trap

When growing rapidly, building competence at a faster pace than your headcount is critical to building a high trust culture.  A key ingredient is Leaders as Trainers.

Lead through others

Expect to lead people who have more detailed knowledge than you, who are strong headed in an environment which rapidly changes.

Time is the most expensive currency

Fast decision cycles are essential to stay ahead of the curve,

A leader should be skilled to lead in multiple scenarios

This includes leading change, building the environment/system that delivers results, leader as a coach and leading by example through self-leadership.

Skills modules

Active Agile Leadership Skills Modules

Active Agile Leader Certification

To get the Active Agile Leader certification through this program, three conditions need to be fulfilled:

  • You take the course with our Certified Trainers (we care deeply about having truly awesome trainers and their commitment to our mindset).
  • You validate your knowledge of the skills (you take a test)
  • You make things happen – you have practiced and improved something in your company (this is validated by the trainer).

 


Topics

1. Leadership Roles and Situations

  • Leading change
  • Building the environment/system that delivers results
  • Coaching leadership
  • Self-leadership

2. Building high performance teams

  • Recognizing a high performance team
  • A leader’s role in creating the conditions where high performance teams come about
  • How to act as leader through the different phases of a team’s journey

3. Facilitating groups to make decisions

  • How to facilitate a group of strong headed people to explore relevant options and to make decisions which they hold each other accountable for

4. Flow and Systems thinking

  • Resource vs Flow optimization
  • Lean & Agile principles
  • A3 problem solving
  • How to improve flow
  • Resolving bottlenecks
  • Challenge: Improve flow through your unit

5. Training effectively

  • How to train effectively
  • Challenge: Train peers on a topic of your own

6. Decision making under uncertainty

  • How to keep up the decision pace during high uncertainty
  • Avoiding the two traps: waiting for perfect information (too slow) or relying on gut-based decision.
  • How our brain makes decisions
  • The influences of biases
  • Techniques to improve decision making in different scenarios
  • Finding hidden opportunities

7. Communicating effectively

  • Keys to effective communication
  • Brief/brief back pattern
  • How-to give and receive feedback

Practice – Drive change and improvement

Setup

On Site Trainings

A group of 5 to 10 people follow the program as one unit. The intent is that the team members can continue and peer-coach each other after the program.

The group self-selects and commits to, driving changes (improvements) during the program.

Members commit to reserving one day every 2 week. (A total of 5 days over 10 weeks).

Minimum attendance is 4 out of 5 sessions.


Remote Trainings

A group of 5 to 10 people follow the program as one unit. The intent is that the team members can continue and peer-coach each other after the program.
The group self-selects and commits to driving changes (improvements) during the program.

Members commit to reserving half a day every week for nine weeks.  (A total of 9 half days over 10 weeks) .

Minimum attendance is 7 out of 9 sessions.


Who is the course for?

Leaders at all levels. This course aims to build everyday essential skills to lead free thinking people.


Prerequisites

Basic Agile knowledge similar to CSM, Kanban or Leading SAFe.