Creating Agile Organizations Course

Creating agile organizations is hard work, requires patience, humour, and long-term commitment. It can take many years to simplify your organization and discover how to make agility work in your organization. But once you have been through all that, you ought to be able to react more effectively to changing market conditions

Course Overview

Creating Agile Organizations

In this 3-day course, participants explore how to guide an Agile transformation and how it affects the organization design, from product definition, team composition, roles and responsibilities to your appraisal system. In particular, we delve into:

  • The role of senior management.
  • How to do just enough preparation to successfully start your transformation.
  • How to successfully launch the product group and prepare to work in the new organization design.
  • How to work with teams in a large group.
  • How to guide the product ownership of a large product group.

The course, developed by Cesario Ramos and Ilia Pavlichenko, is based on their book: Creating Agile Organizations, and uses a combination of instructor-led and activity-based learning where participants work in small groups. Participants leave this course with an appreciation for the agile mindset and how to deal with common adoption mistakes. They gain the knowledge and understanding about how to make informed decisions about their transformation that will be most beneficial to their organization.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to work with senior management in the transformation process.
  • Understand how to design your organization for adaptability and highest value delivery.
  • Study the system’s dynamics to define the product and prepare the Product Group
  • Prepare and launch the Product Group into its first iteration.
  • Sustain the teams, product ownership and management.
  • Understand the impact on management, processes and structure of your organization.
  • Understand how you can help your organization take the next step.

Course Agenda

Day 1

Agile Organization Design

  • Designing for Adaptability.
  • The key structural unit of an Agile Organization: The Product Group
  • Impact on roles, structure and process.
  • Flow Efficiency v.s. Resource Efficiency.
  • Organization Structure: How to structure the product group and surrounding organizational units.
  • Processes & Integration: How to Coordinate and integrate across units
  • People Practices

Day 2

Preparing the Organization

  • Adoption Approach
  • Involving senior management
  • Understanding Current Reality and Creative Tension
  • Designing your Product Group

Launching a Product Group

  • Applying Systems Thinking to optimize for Adaptability
  • Leading the transformation
  • Prepare the initial Product Backlog
  • Team Lift offs
  • Preparing the first iteration

Day 3

Coaching the Change Guides

  • People Guides: How to deal with resistance, influence people, and make the change productive
  • Change management practices

Supporting the Teams, Product Ownership & Management

  • Systemic Coaching
  • Continual Improvement
  • Guiding Product Ownership
  • Group Facilitation

Certified Agile Organization Coach

All participants receive an Agile Organization Coach certificate and get a copy of the book: Creating Agile Organizations.

Who Should Attend

The Creating Agile Organization course is for people in manager roles, change leads, senior consultants, coaches and Scrum Masters that support a large-scale Agile transformation effort.

By Cesario Ramos 

Cesario Ramos works worldwide as a senior management consultant on large-scale Agile adoptions in the financial and high-tech industries. His international experience, strong background in technology, and passion for people make him an influential partner in organization design and in leading the adoption of Agile. Cesario has a MSc in mathematics and computing science from the University of Eindhoven and is also a Certified LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) Trainer and Professional Scrum Trainer from Scrum.org. Outside of his consulting work, Cesario has served as a Java/C# developer, lead software architect, CTO, and product manager. He is also the author of Create Agile OrganizationsA Scrum Book, and EMERGENT: Lean & Agile Adoption for an Innovative Workplace.

 


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What other people say

Certified LeSS Practictioner | Aldert Polman

“Cesario is a very experienced trainer with lots of real-world examples. Besides that he is a nice and warm person with a true heart for SCRUM, LeSS, Lean and Agile. This made the LeSS pratitioner course very inspiring and worthwile!”

Aldert Polman
Webcollective

Certified LeSS Practitioner | Brigitte Thie

Inspirational, eye opener. A course I can recommend to everybody working on the transition towards agile working or working within an agile environment.

Brigitte Thie – Delta Lloyd

Certified LeSS Practitioner | Diego Callizo

I am so happy I decided to participate in this training!. Cesario is a rare to find Agile Genius. I got tons of value by responding a lot of my old questions.  
I.e. What are the musts in order to facilitate a successful Agile adoption?   

I liked that the training is not based on prescribing roles and structures but mostly on changing the way we understand and think about complex systems. Some of the concepts explained like i.e. system thinking transform the way I understand big scale software development forever.

Diego Callizo

Certified LeSS Practitioner | Fabio Frascella

Great content and great teacher, the pace was just perfect and the interaction with the other attendees was priceless.

Fabio Frascella

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Thank you very much for the interesting course. I enjoyed it. It was engaging, fast paced (which I like!), and thought-provoking.

Peter Geiser – AXA Zurich

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