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Certified Agile Leadership Level I class (CAL-1)

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Certified Agile Leadership Level I class (CAL-1)
April 12, 2019
April 14, 2019
Fri 9:00 AM - Sun 12:00 PM CST

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This workshop provides a Certified Agile Leadership, Level 1 (CAL-1) certification with the Scrum Alliance.

Leading agile teams might be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done. That is if you want to do it effectively and congruently. The agile methods have moved beyond hype and novelty to embed themselves in nearly every software company in the world. That’s sort of the good news. That these methods are here to stay and have the potential to be a game changer.

The bad news is that it takes a leadership transformation to effectively make agility work. You see, you can’t just “go Agile” and not change your leadership style, habits, approaches, and posture. It also requires a culture shift. All of which point to you as a key guide to lead your teams through all of these changes. But there has been a lack of focus on leaders and the requisite leadership skills in agile contexts.

Well, the good news is that this course is intended to address exactly that challenge. And do it in a practical way. Sharing stories, practices, and real-world experience into the dynamics of effective agile leadership. If you are looking to become a skilled agile leader, then this class is a wonderful way to kick-off that journey.

Key Learnings

  1. What is the agile mindset, how to adopt it, and how to inspire it?
  2. A walk thru Bill Joiner’s - Leadership Agility.
  3. A quick overview of Scrum, XP, and Kanban thru the lens of the leader.
  4. The importance of trust in any agile transformation: downward, upward, and outward trust.
  5. The evolution of agility from a management and technology perspective – why agile
  6. We’ll spend ~20% of the workshop focused towards developing your coaching skills; practicing coaching conversations throughout.
  7. We’ll also spend a considerable amount of time on communicating the vision, mission, WHY, behind agility. 
  8. How to become a better storyteller as a leader and the impact that narrative can have in agile contexts.
  9. How to create agile supportive organizational structures.
  10. The dynamics of agile at-scale exploring: models, frameworks, networks, and simplicity.
  11. What does high-performance agility “look like”?
  12. Effective agile metrics – what, how, and from where.
  13. How to approach “governance” within agile contexts.
  14. Approaches for strategically guiding organizational change; including agile transformation.
  15. Effectively structuring and leading distributed teams.

Find more detailed CAL learning objectives on the Scrum Alliance website.


The class is 2 ½ days in length. We’ve structured it that way to thoroughly cover the 17 contact hours required for the CAL certification. Classes will run from 9am – 5pm each day, with a full hour for lunch. On the third day, the class will end at 12noon.

Day 1

The WHY Behind Agile
Agile Methods History
Leadership in an Agile Context

Day 2

Leadership in an Agile Context (cont.)
Creating the Agile Organization
Leading thru Change

Day 3

Leading thru Change (cont.)
Workshop Close
There are about 1-2 hours of class prerequisites that will be emailed to you 2-3 weeks before the start of the class.

There will also be an opportunity for two post-class follow-up sessions. One will be a Q&A session related to any class items that we weren’t able to cover adequately in class. The other will be a 1-hour, 1:1 coaching session related to your ongoing agile leadership journey. Both are “optional” and not directly related to certification.


You will receive a workbook of course materials and a journal for capturing your class experiences. You will also receive a copy of Bob’s book – Agile Reflections, which contains many stories and examples of agile leadership and agile teams in action.

Target Audience:

The CAL is focused on leaders and managers. Line managers and up will gain value from the class. As would senior Scrum Masters, agile coaches, senior product managers, or product owners. The sweet spot for the class is a company’s entire cross-functional leadership team engaged in an agile transformation. The broader the representation, the better.

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