AGL111 - Agile for Managers Workshop


Agile is not a particular software methodology with a prescriptive checklist of things-to-do, but a philosophical approach to working iteratively and collaboratively. Managers will get an overview of the benefits of working in an Agile environment, as well as the highlights of the most popular Agile software methodologies. Armed with knowledge of the principles, vocabulary, and ceremonies of an Agile Framework, managers are equipped to extend the concepts beyond software development and into their role as an Agile leader. Understanding these concepts will help teams speak a common language throughout the organization and give managers the ability to lead by example.

One of the biggest barriers to Agile Adoption can be a lack of buy-in from management and a misunderstanding of their role in the Agile transition. By understanding the importance of their role as an Agile champion and servant leader, Agile managers can help facilitate a smooth transition for their teams. Organizational change starts with ensuring that leadership has a clear understanding of their role and can be effective as change agents.

Agile Management techniques promote autonomy and respect on teams, leading to trusting, collaborative relationships resulting in continuous improvement, higher productivity, stronger loyalty and higher performance for team members. Using a servant leader approach rather than a traditional command and control approach, managers become the catalysts to guide empowered self-directed teams.

Course Details

This Agile Project Management training course is designed for anyone who will be managing agile teams and people, including:

  • Senior Managers
  • Product Owners
  • Development Managers
  • Development Leads


I. Introductions

Class Objectives

II. Making the Case for Change

Defining the Challenges of Software Development

  • What is the Problem Agile is Trying to Solve
  • What is Lean? What is Agile?
  • Agile versus Waterfall

III. The Agile Framework

  • Agile Framework and Methodologies
  • Agile Manifesto and Principles
    Team Exercise: Teams will discuss which principles would be easy to implement and which would be difficult and share reasoning with the group.
  • Terminology and Ceremonies
  • Prioritization
    Team Exercise: Teams discusses prioritization techniques and considerations for their industry and shares with the group.

IV. Organizational Culture and Leadership Styles

  • What is Organizational Culture?
  • Organizational Culture Models
  • Schneider's Culture Model
  • Mapping Agile Values into the Four Quadrants (Team Exercise) *
    Team Exercise: Map Agile Values into the Four Quadrants from Schneider's Culture Model
  • What's Your Organization's Culture (Team Exercise)
    Team Exercise: Map Agile Values into the Four Quadrants from Schneider's Culture Model
  • Agile and Lean Methodologies, including Scrum and Kanban
  • Matching Agile Practices to Organizational Culture (Team Exercise) Team Exercise: What are ways to help Agile Adoption taking into account Organizational Culture?

V. Agile Adoption and Change Acceptance

  • Barriers to Agile Adoption
  • Agile and Change
  • Kubler-Ross Model of Change
  • Change Acceptance
  • Characteristics of a Change Agent
  • Reasons Teams Have Difficulty With Agile Adoption
    Team Exercise: Teams do role playing with a difficult change with one member of team acting as change agent practicing techniques learned.

VI. Retrospective Day 1

I. Review of Day 1, Day 2 Objectives

II. Building and Supporting Agile Teams

  • Definition and Characteristics of an Agile Team
  • Supporting an Agile Team
    Team Exercise: Teams execute a self-organization exercise
  • Agile Teams aligned to an Organizational Hierarchy

III. Management 3.0 (Jurgen Appelo)

  • Energize People
  • Empower Teams
  • Align Constraints
  • Develop Competence
  • Grow structure
  • Improve Everything

IV. Continuous Improvement

  • Retrospectives
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Principles of Systems Thinking (Complex Adaptive, Chaos)
  • Continuous Improvement Processes
  • Self-Assessment
  • Tips for Successful Continuous Improvement
    Team Exercise: Teams start with a problem to solve and take baseline measurements. Then, after practicing continuous improvement techniques, try again and measure for improvement.

V. Becoming an Agile Leader

  • Mental Models
  • What is Agile Leadership?
  • Servant Leadership

IV. Retrospective Day 2


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Course Code: TNL-MF-AGL111
Course Duration: 2 Day
Price: $2995 (AUD) ex GST
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