Active Agile Leadership Skills

Course Producer
Mattias Skarin & Jan Grape

Why it matters

Why it matters

A leader has to be skilled to adapt leadership style to multiple situations:

  • Leading change
  • Long term leadership - building the environment/system that delivers results
  • Leader as a coach
  • Self-leadership

In Agile environments, expect to lead people who have more detailed knowledge than you and people who are strong-headed in an environment which rapidly changes.

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

When growing rapidly, building competence at a faster pace than your headcount is critical to building a high trust culture.


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.