Course Category: Agile Leadership

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials™

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials™ (PAL-E) is a hands-on, activity based class in which managers and leaders of agile teams gain a strong understanding of how to best support, guide, and coach their teams to create the conditions for great agility.

The course also includes a free attempt at the globally recognized Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) certification exam.

What you will learn

To succeed in a changing world, organizations need to become more agile, more responsive to customer needs and market changes. This workshop will equip leaders and managers to help their organizations change by providing participants with:

  • An overview of what “Agile” is, why organizations need it to survive and thrive in a changing world, how it works, and how to quantify its benefits from a business perspective
  • The means to identify the potential opportunities and impacts of Agile in terms of business value
  • An understanding of how Agile addresses the root causes of business uncertainty and IT project failure and/or dissatisfied customers
  • The ability to compare and contrast Agile practices with alternative business practices and discuss how Agile fosters a culture of innovation and enhances financial performance
  • An understanding of how to help form and support agile teams using an empirical approach to product delivery
  • An understanding of typical challenges that agile teams face and how to support them by removing impediments

Expected Outcomes After Attending the Workshop

You will have leaders who understand how being agile adds value to their business, and why leadership understanding, sponsorship, and support of Agile practices are essential to successfully becoming more agile as an organization. Leaders will be prepared to support and enable successful teams by providing guidance and removing impediments that are beyond the team’s ability to address.

This class can be delivered on-site, in a specific organization, to help its leaders understand their important role in transforming their organization or in a public class setting.

Course objectives

  • Development of a common language
  • Understanding of core problems in IT Product and Software Development
  • Professional introduction and establishment of Agile techniques
  • Role management plays in the Agile change of an organization

Course topics

  • Theory and Principles
  • Improving Value Delivery
  • Value – The “What”
  • Culture – The “Who”
  • Professionalism – The “How”

Who should attend

The Professional Agile Leadership Essentials course is designed for managers and those in leadership roles who are responsible for the introduction and establishment of Agile methods and techniques in an IT organization/division.

Whats included

  • Expert tuition from Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainers with years of real-world experience
  • 2 attempts at the Scrum.org PAL-E I Assessment
  • Free pre and post course coaching to support continued learning towards assessments
  • Scrum.org courseware and further useful resources and links
  • Once obtained, certifications never expire

Certification and assessments

All participants completing the Professional Agile Leadership – Essentials course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) certification assessment. PAL-E class participants who attempt the PAL I assessment within 14 days of receiving their free password and do not score at least 85% will be granted a 2nd attempt at no additional cost.

What our Students say..

No Renewal Costs

Professional Scrum certifications are yours for life with no renewal costs to retain them. Once you pass the assessment, you will retain that certification, you will be listed on the Scrum.org website and remain there forever with no additional future costs.

Group discounts are available.

Group booking discount for 3 or more will be automatically applied. If you have a group of 6 or more then a private booking might be more cost-effective. Please contact us or email us at info@bagile.co.uk

Professional Agile Leadership™ – Evidence-Based Management

Evidence-Based Management

In the Professional Agile Leadership™ – Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM) one-day* course, participants learn what EBM is and how to apply it through hands-on, activity-based learning. Through a series of exercises, participants learn techniques that support a more agile mindset: 

  • Use empiricism to set and achieve strategic goals, managing the unknown and complexity through experimentation and by adapting goals along the way 
  • Create a cultural environment using clear goals, appropriate measures, and trust to enable self-management and autonomy 
  • Shift the conversation away from measuring progress purely through team performance metrics, toward a focus on customer-centricity and improving customer outcomes 
  • Drive operational improvements by using four Key Value Areas (Unrealized Value, Current Value, Time-to-Market, and the Ability to Innovate) as lenses for evidence-based decision-making

 * When offered in-person, this course is generally delivered in one day. When offered as a Live Virtual Class, the course may be broken up into more, shorter days. 

A Professional Scrum training course created by Ken Schwaber and Scrum.org

 With markets and customer needs constantly changing, organizations need information and evidence that helps them adapt quickly to new challenges and opportunities so that they can deliver greater value and achieve true business agility. Yet often organizations that use Agile product development techniques use traditional management approaches, expecting leaders to set firm long-term goals and manage progress toward them with dashboards of static metrics. 

That is why Scrum.org created the Evidence-Based Management™ (EBM) framework which is an Agile approach to help leaders guide their teams toward continuously improving customer outcomes, organizational capabilities, and business results. EBM focuses on customer value and intentional experimentation to systematically improve an organization’s performance and achieve its strategic goals. 

Course Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the essential aspects of goals and measures and how they influence behaviors and an organization’s culture and values 
  • Help organizations embrace empiricism as a leadership approach. Using experimentation to incrementally steer toward the organization’s goals 
  • An appreciation for how goals and trust act together to enable autonomy, transparency, and value delivery 
  • Correlate market leadership and sustainability to curiosity, adaptation, and empiricism 
  • Understand how to use EBM and its KVAs to focus measurements on improving market value and operational capabilities 

Who Should Attend

PAL-EBM is for professionals in leadership roles (including executives, managers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, coaches, and consultants) who: 

  • Are responsible for the success of their product delivery programs or Agile transformations and are seeking a means to measure and demonstrate that success 
  • Are looking for a framework that identifies improvement areas that increase their business agility, including their time to pivot to meet new challenges and deliver customer value 
  • Want to help their organization embrace empiricism and experimentation to find solutions for complex problems (where more is unknown than known or the situation changes rapidly) 
  • Want to articulate goals and measures in a way that fosters self-management and empower their teams to understand the connection between their work and the value their organization is providing and customer is receiving 
  • Want to be more effective in how they measure success by using Agile measures rather than traditional measurement models (including the use of velocity) 

Attendees should have read the Evidence-Based Management Guide, have an understanding of Agile practices, and a desire to move away from traditional, (plan-driven,) ways of working and measurement models, however they do not need specific experience with Scrum. Our Professional Agile Leadership- Essentials course helps leaders understand how to best support their Agile teams and is ideal preparation for PAL-EBM, but is not a prerequisite. Our Professional Scrum Product Owner and Professional Scrum Product Owner – Advanced courses teach Product Owners how to deliver value and can be a great complement to the PAL-EBM course. 

Assessment Certification

All participants completing this course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Agile Leadership – Evidence Based Management (PAL-EBM) assessment. The industry-recognized PAL-EBM certification requires a minimum passing score of 85%. PAL-EBM class participants who attempt the PAL-EBM assessment within 14 days of receiving their free password and do not score at least 85% will be granted a 2nd attempt at no additional cost. 

Why Scrum.org

Scrum.org training provides a hands-on, activity-based learning experience using a consistent set of materials around the world no matter which of our Professional Scrum Trainers (PSTs) is teaching the course. Each course explores real-world challenges to help students apply what they learn in their roles once back at work. 

Each Scrum.org course is assigned 2 stewards who work with the PST community to crowdsource the maintenance of the courseware. The stewards are ultimately responsible for collecting input on the course materials, both those that exist and potentially additions to be made and provide updates as required. 

On their path to becoming a PST, they must have several years of Scrum experience. Once PST candidates apply, they then go through an extensive process that includes: interviews, validation of knowledge, training, peer reviews and more. 

PSTs bring their own style and experiences with a consistent delivery of Scrum. org training around the world, so you know each course we teach is aligned with Professional Scrum, and all of your teammates are learning from the same course materials. 

What our Students say..

No Renewal Costs

Professional Scrum certifications are yours for life with no renewal costs to retain them. Once you pass the assessment, you will retain that certification, you will be listed on the Scrum.org website and remain there forever with no additional future costs.

Group discounts are available.

Group booking discount for 3 or more will be automatically applied. If you have a group of 6 or more then a private booking might be more cost-effective. Please contact us or email us at info@bagile.co.uk