Agile Leadership Overview

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Organizations need to be "Agile;" it is no longer an option. They must be able to deliver new or enhanced products and systems as dictated by customers, competition, and business pressures. As the environment they operate within changes, they need to be flexible while adhering to their purpose. As they flex, they need to be both predictable and efficient, while controlling risk. Agile’s purpose is to reduce rework by balancing flexibility with control, which leads to a more efficacious product for your customers.

This Overview focuses on the mindset of agile, agile frameworks for implementing the mindset, and leadership’s role in agile transformations. It provides and end-to-end overview of concepts, values, principles and practices that teams need to understand the agile mindset.

Intended Audience

​Those new to agile who must understand the reasons for agile and leadership’s role in helping the organization move to agility.

At Completion

  • Understand the objectives of agile
  • Understand the agile mindset
  • Understand the basics of the scrum framework
  • Know the advantages and importance of a self organizing, cross functional, high performance teams
  • Know a leader’s job for interacting with teams using an agile approach.


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Course Outline

​Section 1: Agile Foundation and Theory

Software development is more of an art than a science. Creating products and delivering value through software is a creative endeavor that cannot easily be predicted and planned at a detailed level. We will discuss how a mind shift to empirical development through agile software development can help to streamline your projects and deliver value faster. Questions such as Why the Agile methodology provides greater opportunity for delivering business value will be discussed.

  • Foundation of agility
  • Levels of complexity and empiricism
  • Dependencies of empiricism
  • Agile approaches and frameworks

Section 2: Scrum Basics

During this section the specific mechanics for the Scrum process will be explained.

  • Defining Scrum
  • Scrum roles
  • Scrum artifacts
  • Scrum activities
  • Scrum and the empirical process

Section 3: Adoption Patterns and Leadership Involvement

This section will describe ways to begin agile transitions. We will discuss the risks and mitigation strategies for transitions and ways to see if the transition is successful. Questions such as how business can interact with IS to get the most value and build the strongest partnership and what I can do as a leader to support and ensure success of an agile adoption will be discussed.

  • Managing risks through agile
  • Leadership changes with an empirical approach 
  • Organizational agile planning and deferring details
  • Adoption patterns



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