The goal of this course is to create awareness about the changing dynamics in today’s world of work and equip leaders with the practices they need to effectively lead their teams. Agile teams require an alternative to the traditional leadership approaches of the past in order to achieve better outcomes and thrive in this VUCA world (as learned in the CAL-Essentials module).
This course will help participants understand how their natural dispositions might affect their team and how to influence the workplace empowering teams to thrive. Leaders will learn how to create a safe-to-fail environment while fostering a culture of transparency, inspection and adaptation to allow for experimentation and continuous learning within their teams.
The workshop focuses on three important dimensions WHY, HOW and WHAT which help pave the foundation for Agile Leadership.
WHY – Discovering new approaches to leading teams in an increasingly complex, unpredictable and volatile world.
- What are some challenges that traditional team leaders are facing in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous (VUCA) world and why a new leadership approach is needed to guide teams toward better outcomes?
- What are some advantages of cross-functional teams?
- How can our behaviours influence the way a team operates and organizes work?
- What is the importance of coherence between our values and behaviours?
- How does the culture of an organization impact team effectiveness?
- What can we do in real scenarios to help foster a culture that values transparency, inspection, and adaptation?
WHAT – Creating an engaging organizational culture is key to better business outcomes and through servant leadership, leaders can help influence and encourage their teams to work collaboratively and cross- functionally.
- What are some key characteristics of a high-performing team and how those related to an agile mindset?
- What are some key factors to increase the level of employee engagement, and how that relates to team performance?
- How can servant leadership and related key practices influence and enable teams?
- How can organization culture support shared accountability at the team level?
- What can you do to grow your teams and grow them individually as a member of the team?
How to help teams become high-performing
- What can we do to support members of their team grow professionally?
- What are some common challenges and barriers to becoming a high performing team and how can we help teams overcome those challenges?
- How can we help a team align their values and goals with those of the organization?
- What can we learn from a case study about a high performing team?
How to support collaboration across multiple teams
- What are some key challenges an organization might face when undertaking an agile approach beyond a single team?
- What are some different patterns that can help increase trust and collaboration among multiple teams?
- What are some team metrics to help evaluate alignment with an agile mindset and how can they impact behaviours and results across teams?
- What are some key takeaway messages from real life case study about multiple agile teams working together?
How to influence agile teams effectively as a leader
- What is the relationship between coaching and influencing vs. consulting and advising?
- How to balance your skills between coaching and influencing vs. consulting and advising for effective team growth?
- What are some coaching competencies and how can they be used to support growth?
- What are some key differences among Coaching, Consulting, Mentoring, Training, and Facilitation?
- How do you decide which stance is the most appropriate given a situation?
- What are some techniques that can help individuals recognize areas of weakness and create positive change for themselves?
- What are some key team coaching techniques that can help team grow towards high performing and self-organizing?
- How can we work with some approaches to influence upwards in your organization and how can this impact team performance?
Who should participate?
Anybody who wants to understand and grow agile leadership to better support teams. CAL participants vary by professional background and work experience. The common thread is their desire to enhance their workplaces (and their clients’ workplaces) with agile values, practices, and metrics. This program is for anyone leading or participating in an agile transformation.
- Coach / Consultant. Your challenge is to help clients navigate an agile transformation with a focus on the people and mindsets necessary to shift the culture. A CAL certification provides you the tools to help enact change, and distinguishes you in the field as someone who has acquired the defined knowledge of an agile leader.
- ScrumMaster. Your challenge is to work with teams and managers, and certified agile leadership (Essential, Teams and Organizatios) all help give different dimensions of insights for you to help you, your teams and your organizations navigate an agile transformation with a focus on the people and mindsets necessary to shift the culture, to truly facilitate your teams and organization’s continuous improvement journey.
- Product Owner. To build a fantastic product and continuously innovate on product and business models, one of your challenges may be working with organizational culture, structure. You want to actively engage teams and build great products with fully motivated and talented teams.
- Manager. One of your challenges may be overcoming internal resistance to organization-wide agility. Certified Agile Leadership gives you practical tools to bolster your shift from agile practitioner to agile leader, and helps you nurture yourself and senior management champions to solidify your efforts.
- Executive. Finding the time to nurture your own agility and discovering a meaningful role to play in an agile transformation is challenging. You desire to be more than just someone who authorizes hiring a consultant or coach. Certified Agile Leadership certification can quickly accelerate your learning curve and show you the active role you could play in a sustainable agile transformation. You’ll also discover a personal transformation as you learn about your own internal leadership development.
- The Leader in You… In All of Us. Finding out more about your personal leadership style can enlighten you and help you be more empathetic to everyone you encounter. This program can enhance both your career and your personal life.
CAL-Essential (CAL-E) is the pre-requisite to CAL-Teams.
Evelyn Tian is one of the few in the global Scrum community who holds high-level coaching and training qualifications. She is:
- Scrum Alliance Certified Team Coach (CTC) and Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC)
- Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)
- Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Leadership Educator
- Scrum Alliance Certified Path to CSP Educator
As a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Evelyn uses accelerated learning techniques like Training From The Back Of The Room to teach the course content in brain-friendly ways that help you maximize the learning experience and information retention.
As a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) with close to thirty years of product development experience, and solid hands-on experience, Evelyn brings in years of coaching experience to the class, which helps the session to be more beneficial and practical.
Her training is well known as „fantastic learning and great fun!“
Since 2009, Evelyn has been working as a full-time coach, helping different organizations to transform. What makes her workshop different is that she works on coaching organizations in the trenches, and takes hands-on learning and experience into training workshops. She has track records in coaching organizations and teams with agile and Scrum transformation, and she is an internationally known conference speaker and trainer on Scrum, leadership, and coaching.
In the past decade, she has provided training and coaching support to companies in the sectors of finance, insurance, telecom, automotive, marketing, etc.
Additionally, she is an advisory board member of IEEE Software, where she mainly focuses on agile, Scrum, scaling and DevOps.