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Adaptive Leadership Journey

This is a powerful four-part journey that takes your executives and leaders on a journey from the traditional command and control leadership style to a new Adaptive Leadership style, better suited for leading High Performing Agile teams.

Included within this journey are four sessions, which take place over two days per quarter, and a 360 assessment that gives your leaders visibility into how they perceive themselves as leaders, how they are perceived by others as leaders, and the difference between the two. Each leader receives a 1:1 coaching session to review their assessment results and build a growth plan to help them reach the next level of maturity to truly become an Adaptive Leader.

Here are the workshops and assessments included in this journey. You may customize the learning roadmap based on the level of leaders (executive level, management, team leaders).

 Measuring Leadership Maturity

We offer two assessments. Servant Leadership Health digs deeper into the character and behaviors of a leader.  Agile Leadership Health covers a wider range of competencies for leading teams and impacting the organization as a leader. Both can be customized.

 Agile / Servant Leadership | 2  Days
Through this course, leaders will learn and practice practical methods from transitioning from a directive style of leading into one that enables autonomous empowered teams. We’ll dig deeper into the role of Managers and how it shifts into a more strategic role that enables the growth of teams/individuals and learn practical skills for making this transition. Watch this Presentation
Learning Outcomes:

Day 1: Grow and Enable High Performing Teams 

  • Clarity on what healthy vs. unhealthy teams look like and what causes both.
  • Deeper dive into the role of Agile Managers, what is expected of you now and how this role is impacted by Agile.
  • Assessing the health of your teams, measuring the right metrics and developing growth plans. Leverage systems thinking.
  • Identify and remove organizational obstacles and performance constraints.
  • Effective team design, allocation and stability.
  • Agile Roles – Assessing skill gaps and building growth plans. Building and supporting Communities of Practice.
  • Change management and growing leaders.
  • Working with Scrum Masters, POs and Stakeholders. How to work with non-agile roles.

Day 2: Grow YOUR Agile Leadership Skills 

  • Clarity on what healthy vs. unhealthy leadership behaviors look like and how they impact the culture and performance of your teams.
  • Learn the roots of Command and Control and what triggers this behavior in you.
  • Learn to self-reflect, receive feedback (gift giving) and complete your leadership assessment. Start your growth plan.
  • Shift to empowerment and enabling team autonomy by leveraging practical tools every day.
  • Defining the team’s purpose/vision, norms and decision making.
  • Leading through dysfunctional behavior and team conflicts. Learn the 6 cell model and the drama triangle.
  • Team motivation – autonomy, mastery, purpose.
  • Understanding team dynamics, thinking preferences and how to design ‘We’ teams.
  • (Optional) Learn new ways for Agile talent management. This includes new methods to consider for managing performance, hiring, rewarding, career paths and feedback channels.

 Leading High-Performing Agile Teams | 2 Days
This course aims to help leaders gain the key skills needed for setting up their teams for success, assessing their health and removing organizational obstacles that impede their performance.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Clarity on what healthy vs. unhealthy teams look like and the impact leadership has on team performance.
  • Explore the team maturity steps and what leaders can do to support and accelerate team growth.
  • Practice assessing the health of a specific team in terms of their Clarity, Performance, Leadership, Culture and Foundation. Develop a growth plan for maturing them.
  • Learn how to stand up teams through the forming stage and  how to setup teams for success with clarity on their purpose, roles and expectations, decision making, ceremonies and a strong foundation.
  • Deeper dive into ‘stabilizing‘  teams through storming stage and learn more advanced skills related to conflict management, managing dysfunctional behavior, technical agility and removing organizational impediments.
  • Explore teams that are norming and how to optimize their performance, improve metrics, speed to market and business outcome delivery.
  • How to ‘enable‘ teams that are performing through creating space for innovation, growing change agents and enabling knowledge sharing across the enterprise.

 Tactical to Strategic Leadership | 2 Days
Leaders will learn how to step out of the day to day tactical world of managing tasks and putting out fires and shift to more of a strategic focus that enables team and organizational growth.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Clarity on tactical vs. strategic thinking and finding the right balance.
  • Learn key skills needed for dot-connecting and creating a shared vision that energizes and connects with all stakeholders.
  • Align with the strategic direction and current priorities. Define clear business value outcomes.
  • Develop a strategy and roadmap for the vision. Perform force-field analysis to identify risks and mitigation plan.
  • Engage or design the right execution team. Leverage Agile practices to lead the execution of the roadmap.
  • Inspire towards the vision, manage change and resistance.
  • Remove organizational obstacles, leverage Agile as a management practice not just for teams.
  • Learn to engage as a leader at the right level and frequency. Bring clarity to desired business outcomes/value, measures for success and boundaries.
  • Measure results, celebrate success and reward/recognize team results.

 Effective Facilitation & Collaboration Skills | 2 Days
How you show up as a facilitator or participant in group sessions is a direct reflection of your ability to lead and collaborate with others. Learning to maximize the use of time, help team members reach their desired outcomes and manage difficult group dynamics and dysfunctions will have a direct impact on your value and effectiveness as a leader. This is one of our most popular and highly rated workshop in terms of value and ROI!
Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the value of collaborative decision-making and how to set the right foundation for teams to deliver value through working sessions.
  • Practice designing, preparing and facilitating collaborative group sessions. Setup norms and working agreements and practice listening and questioning skills.
  • Learn practical techniques for facilitating (and participating) in group session that have the common dysfunctions: Dominators, naysayers, topic jumpers, power/position, anger and emotion and dis-engaged participants.
  • Practice using advanced facilitation activities using the activity cards and learn to cut down meeting time by 1/3!

 

Enterprise Business Agility Strategy

This workshop is intended for senior leaders and change agents who are actively transforming their organization to learn about the key pillars needed for successful business agility transformations.

You will walk away with concrete solutions and participate in activities tailored to your specific transformation challenges. Transformation leaders will learn how to enable enterprise level business agility transformations including business areas and beyond the technology groups. We will spend time exploring each of the seven pillars within the Enterprise Business Agility Model in detail, developing the skills necessary to lead a transformation within each pillar.

You will receive both of these certifications: Enterprise Business Agility Strategist (EBAS) and ICAgile Certified Professional – Business Agility Foundations (ICP-BAF). | WATCH EBA Overview Video

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand current challenges with market strategy, execution and across your organization and why change is imperative
  • Learn about the 7 pillars of an Enterprise Business Agility transformation
  • Complete a baseline Business Agility health assessment to understand your current state
  • Learn to facilitate/lead a Transformation Strategy and Roadmap session for your organization 
  • Deep dive into the Customer Seat at the Table pillar and how to mature design thinking, lean product development within your areas
  • Deep dive into Lean Portfolio Mgmt, breaking work into quarterly outcomes, visualizing demand and capacity and modern funding models
  • Explore the Org Structure and Team Design pillar and analyze different approaches for team design and alignment to end to end value delivery  
  • Design a maturity roadmap for teams (business or technology) and to help them crawl, walk, run, fly with an Agile/Lean Mindset
  • Design a Leadership & Culture Transformation strategy that enables your teams transformation
  • Develop a plan to Make it Stick and sustaining the transformation 
  • Explore the Technology Transformation required to enable the business agility transformation  

Who Should Attend:

  • Transformation Executives and Enterprise Agile Coaches
  • Change Agents and Organizational Leaders leading the Business Agility Transformation

This will be a fun and highly engaging/hands-on workshop. Please invite the right executives, stakeholders and change agents (cross-functionally) needed to make this transformation a success.

Related Videos to Watch

Scaling Agile Adoption to Multiple Teams

Scaling Agile Adoption to Multiple Teams

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Re-Thinking Portfolio and Capacity Planning

Success Factors When Transforming to Agile

Success Factors When Transforming to Agile

 

 

Certified Product Owner

Every two to four weeks a Scrum team selects features to develop from the top of a list of features called the product backlog. The backlog is prioritized by a person called the product owner in Scrum. The product owner determines the order of features developed on the basis of their value to the customer, cost and risk and uses powerful agile planning tools to guide a product towards a targeted release date, scope or budget.

Point your Scrum teams in the right direction as an effective Product Owner.

You’ve invested time and money training your IT/Development staff to use Scrum to make products right way. Now learn how to make sure they are making the right product the right way. Learn the tools and skills to become an effective product owner from a trainer with 25 years of product development experience and over seven years of Scrum experience.

Details

Building a product with a new process can be a daunting prospect. Being asked to serve as the team’ s Product Owner can be downright intimidating.

This 2-day course teaches you the requires knowledge to become an effective product owner and guide the emergence of the product your customers need in the most direct way possible. It employs hands-on exercises as well as interactive instruction to give you the best possible foundation for succeeding in the Product Owner role.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to launch a Scrum project
  • The role and responsibilities of the Product Owner
  • How to establish and support a vision for your product with the entire team
  • Create and maintain a good product backlog
  • How to plan, estimate and track releases
  • How to help teams plan, execute and review sprints
  • Better business value engineering
  • How to use the empirical tools of Scrum to manage scope, budget or schedule constraints
  • How to work with agile teams and stakeholders
  • How to use other tools such as:
  • Muscow analysis and Kano planning
    • Planning poker
    • Collaborative Innovation Games ®

 

About the Instructor

Lonnie Weaver-Johnson obtained a degree in Communications and then went on to a 20 year career implementing IT projects or leading people through change. She enjoys transforming people and organizations through coaching, conflict resolution, performance management, or simply imparting knowledge. Helping Scrum teams learn and grow together until they reach a high performing stage is Lonnie’s passion. Her candid and patient coaching style helps people understand how to make the necessary behavioral changes to make Scrum work for their teams.

 

Leading High-Performing Agile Teams

This is a deep dive course that takes you into some more advanced topics for Agile leaders. Participants start by brainstorming many of the real world daily challenges they face as leaders and then we discuss practical ways to address the challenges. The course aims to help the Leadership Triangle (ScrumMasters, Product Owners, Technical/Solution Leads) AND Managers  gain a deep understanding of their roles and how to lead high-performing, self-organizing teams. We will cover the key Servant Leadership, Facilitation, and Soft Skills necessary for each role to be successful.   This is a must have course for team leaders interested in taking their Agile teams to the next level!

DETAILED OUTLINE

What You’ll Learn

  • The Agile Values and Principles Refresher
  • The Agile Lifecycle End to End
  • Comparing Agile Roles to Traditional Roles
  • Deep Dive into each Leadership Triangle Role
  • The Role of Agile Managers
  • What are Self-Organizing Teams
  • Top Challenges Leading Self-Organizing Teams
  • Servant Leadership – Letting Go of Command and Control
  • Assessing the Team Structure and Roles
  • Creating a Collaborative Environment
  • Assessing and Coaching on Team Dynamics
  • Protecting the Team from Outside Disturbances
  • Coaching on Basic Agile Practices and Principles
  • Assessing the Backlog and Coaching on Effective Requirements
  • Assessing and Coaching on Agile Engineering Practices
  • Listening for Impediments
  • Effective Tracking and Reporting
  • Running Effective Retrospectives
  • Practical ‘We Should Try’ ‘We Should Stop’ Action Items

Why This Course?

  • Unique course designed to address real world challenges with leading Agile teams. Provides practical solutions as action items.
  • This course is designed with 60% interactive group workshops!
  • Engage in several workshops that simulate real world team issues!
  • Practice leading a dysfunctional team and receive feedback!
  • For private courses, we can discuss YOUR company projects and develop practical action items for improvements.
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources and cheat sheets including our Agile Coaching cheatsheet that will support you on your projects.

 14 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Your Learning Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Healthy vs. Unhealthy Teams
  • Workshop 3 – The Multi-Tasking Game
  • Workshop 4 – Traditional vs. Agile Roles
  • Workshop 5 – Role Change Management Plan
  • Workshop 6 – New Team Member On-boarding
  • Workshop 7 – Team Vision
  • Workshop 8 – Define Your Team Norms
  • Workshop 9 – What are We Known For?
  • Workshop 10 – What are You Known For?
  • Workshop 11 – Practice 1:1 Conflict Resolution/ Coaching Session
  • Workshop 12 – Ball Point Game
  • Workshop 13 – Try Doing… Stop Doing…
  • Workshop 14 – Build the Growth Backlog

Transformation Strategy & Stable Teams Design

This is a unique session designed to help an Executive/Leadership team develop your organization’s transformation strategy and roadmap through this intensive one – two day working session.

Key Learning Outcomes & Deliverables:

  • Understand the critical elements for successful transformations
  • Review the Business Agility Health radar (see image) as an overall roadmap for the transformation (Culture, Process, Org Structure & Design, Technical) 
  • Begin to design your organization’s Stable Teams Conceptual Model (Teams, Programs, Product Lines and Portfolios)
  • Identify resources and skill gaps
  • Plan for making the transformation ‘Measurable‘ and ‘Sustainable‘ | short look at AgilityHealth as the measurement and growth tool
  • Develop your own transformation vision, objectives, measures and a concrete actionable quarterly roadmap

This will be a fun and highly engaging/hands-on workshop. Please invite the right executives, stakeholders and change agents (cross-functionally) needed to make this transformation a success. 

BUSINESS_AGILITY_Health_Radar
Business Agility Health Radar

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Prerequisite Videos to Watch:

Agenda

    • Workshop – Current organizational challenges and drivers for change. Prioritize top drivers.
    • Business Agility Transformation big picture. Understand the core elements needed and common path. (Business Agility Health Radar)
    • Capacity Management | Overview of Enterprise Stable Teams. What teams, programs, product lines and portfolio teams could look like and common practices for success or Agile organization design.
    • Gain a unified understanding of the Agile  Lifecycle Processes, Roles, Measurement, Culture, Challenges and Expected Results
    • Workshop – Design your Stable Team’s Conceptual Model.
    • Workshop – Identify role and skill gaps for forming ‘Whole’ teams.
    • Learn about common Agile Scaling models and rollout strategy for standing up, stabilizing and optimizing Agile high performing teams.
    • Workshop – Design YOUR desired rollout strategy OR stabilization/optimization plan for current Agile Teams.
    • Workshop – Develop YOUR transformation Vision, Objectives and Measures for Success.
    • Workshop – Build your quarterly transformation roadmap with key deliverables. Identify and design the Transformation Team.
    • Consensus and Action Plan.

Duration: 1.5 Days (ask for custom delivery options)

Transforming from Tactical to Strategic Leadership

This is a unique workshop designed for leaders who want to learn how to transform to a strategic mindset and learn the most critical skills for taking a strategy to execution. Many leaders struggle with managing tactical daily work, firefighting and solving problems and find they have no time to take a look at the bigger picture or strategically plan for process improvements or cultural changes needed by the team and organization.

Through this workshop, you will be challenged to think of a few key strategic change initiatives you would like to implement for your teams, and then walk through a series of group and individual activities to define a Vision, Strategy and Execution plan. Come prepared to do some self-reflection and share real world challenges and successes you’ve had relating to translating strategy to execution.

DETAILED OUTLINE

What You’ll Learn

  • Comparing Tactical to Strategic Thinking
  • Why Shift?
  • Vision – Strategy – Execution
  • Emergenetics and Strategic Thinking
  • Top 10 Strategic Leadership Skills
  • Big Picture Dot Connector
  • Visionary
  • Vision Tool: Lean Canvas
  • Strategy Planner
  • Strategy Tool: Force Field Analysis
  • Strategy Tool: Road mapping
  • Value Focus
  • Value Tool: Value Analysis
  • Effective Initiative Owner
  • Using Agile as an Execution Strategy
  • Effective Facilitator
  • Top 10 Facilitation Skills
  • Influential Change Leader
  • Change Management Models
  • Inspiring Others
  • Designing Rewards and Recognitions
  • Transforming the ‘Culture’
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • 6 Step Coaching Process
  • Servant Leadership
  • Understanding the Roots of Command and Control
  • Shifting to Servant Leadership

Why This Course?

  • This course is 70% highly interactive workshops!
  • You will learn the top 10 Real World skills needed for being a strategic leader.
  • You will use YOUR own strategic challenges throughout the course.
  • At the end of this course you will have developed a full strategy for your specific opportunity.
  • You will learn using our very effective Explain-Live Demo-Practice method of teaching.
  • You will receive valuable cheat sheets and handouts for reinforcements post training.
  • Taught by our dynamic, high energy practicing facilitator.

20 Group Workshops Included!

  •  Workshop 1 – Your Learning Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Traits and Cultural Impact of Tactical vs. Strategic Leaders
  • Workshop 3 – Your Profile
  • Workshop 4 – Your Strategic Challenges/ Opportunities
  • Workshop 5 – Practice Strategic vs. Tactical Thinking
  • Workshop 6 – Where do You Spend Your Time?
  • Workshop 7 – Speed Dating
  • Workshop 8 – Practice Visioning
  • Workshop 9 – Practice Strategy Planning
  • Workshop 10 – Practice Value Justification
  • Workshop 11 – Roadmap Your Deliverables
  • Workshop 12 – Focus/ Concentration Game
  • Workshop 13 – Apply Agile to Your Work
  • Workshop 14 – Let’s Reflect
  • Workshop 15 – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
  • Workshop 16 – What Motivates YOU?
  • Workshop 17 – Coaching Strengths and Challenges
  • Workshop 18 – Practice Coaching
  • Workshop 19 – Self-Assessment
  • Workshop 20 – Reflection & Growth Plan