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Professional Agile Leadership - Essentials

Agile Leadership Training certified by scrum.org

Helping Leaders Understand their Role in Enabling Agility.

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.

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

PAL-E Course Overview

Being an agile organization requires senior leaders, middle managers, and agile team members to change the way that they organize their work, manage that work, and measure the results of the work.

Agile teams cannot do this on their own; they need help from the entire organization. Changes in the way that people think and work are required driving improved results by having everyone’s goals and ways of working aligned.

In this two-day class* attendees develop a deep understanding of the role that leaders play in creating the conditions for a successful agile environment.

Leaders and managers are critical enablers in helping their organizations be successful, yet the role of leaders and managers in an agile organization can be quite different from what they are used to. This workshop uses a combination of instruction and team- based exercises to help participants learn how to form and support agile teams to achieve better results, and how to lead the cultural and behavioral changes that organizations must make to reap the benefits of an agile product delivery approach.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Understand how agility can help you improve your organization’s performance
  • Learn the challenges teams face during an Agile transformation and how to remove impediments
  • Discover the shift in management style that a leader must make when going from traditional to agile ways of working
  • Understand the leader’s role in “self-managing” teams
  • Learn how to assess and foster the team’s agile maturity
  • Discover how to connect values (personal, team and Scrum values) and clear goals to develop high performing teams
  • Identify how to measure the benefits and impacts of agility in your organization


Note that this course is not an introduction to the Scrum Framework or to using Scrum.

Attendees will get the most from this course if they have been previously introduced to Scrum.

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 organization.

  • Leaders sponsoring an Agile transformation or involved in the adoption of Agility in their organizations
  • Managers or leaders responsible for developing people on Scrum teams
  • Leaders of one or more Scrum Teams including Scrum Masters, Product Owners and other leaders on Scrum Teams

PAL-E Certification

All participants completing the Professional Agile Leadership – Essentials course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) assessment. The industry-recognized PAL I certification requires a minimum passing score of 85%. 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 second attempt at no additional cost.

Testimonials

International Training Clients

Erin Donaghy Professional Agile Leadership

John is an incredibly helpful instructor. I completed the Agile Leadership course with his assistance, and his explanations were always very clear and emphasized the big picture thinking of Agile. The work in the class was very dynamic, looking at scenarios and working in small groups or pairs to discuss our ideas. I also appreciated his real world examples from his extensive work experience and knowledge base. John also has a wonderful sense of humor, an ideal trait in a teacher. Thank you!

Simone Cusimano Professional Agile Leadership

Well-structured and balanced course between theory and practice. Course full of exercises to put into practice what you are learning. You take home with you useful techniques that you can immediately apply in your work the day after. Many thanks to John Coleman for what he shared with me during the course and the follow-ups!

John Brookmyre Professional Scrum Master 1

Inspirational, insightful and engaging John thank you for your support guiding over 100 of our Agile Leaders through PSM1. The feedback from the groups was phenomenal with people sharing how much they liked your depth of knowledge, facilitation and support - Thank you! Could not recommend John highly enough - fabulous experience.

Chungan Ke Professional Kanban

John is an excellent trainer and an extremely knowledgeable mentor. I was able to gain so much from his teaching during the 16 hours of Professional Kanban training course. If anyone is looking for a Kanban trainer who not only can deliver the course material, but also share so much from his personal journey as an Agile practitioner, look no further, John is your guy.