CAL – Certified Agile Leadership I – Scrum Alliance

I took part in a three-day course with Bob Galen on Certified Agile Leadership Class. I received CALI designation from Scrum Alliance after the course presenting validated learning.


Leading agile teams might be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done. That is if you want to do it effectively and congruently. The agile methods have moved beyond hype and novelty to embed themselves in nearly every software company in the world. That’s sort of the good news. That these methods are here to stay and have the potential to be a game-changer.

The bad news is that it takes a leadership transformation to effectively make agility work. You see, you can’t just “go Agile” and not change your leadership style, habits, approaches, and posture. It also requires a culture shift. All of which point to you as a key guide to lead your teams through all of these changes. But there has been a lack of focus on leaders and the requisite leadership skills in agile contexts.

Well, the good news is that this course is intended to address exactly that challenge. And do it in a practical way. Sharing stories, practices, and real-world experience into the dynamics of effective agile leadership. If you are looking to become a skilled agile leader, then this class is a wonderful way to kick-off that journey.

Learning Outcome

  • What is the agile mindset, how to adopt it, and how to inspire it?
  • A walk thru Bill Joiner’s – Leadership Agility.
  • A quick overview of Scrum, XP, and Kanban thru the lens of the leader.
  • The importance of trust in any agile transformation: downward, upward, and outward trust.
  • The evolution of agility from a management and technology perspective – why agile?
  • We’ll spend ~20% of the workshop focused towards developing your coaching skills; practicing coaching conversations throughout.
  • We’ll also spend a considerable amount of time on communicating the vision, mission, WHY, behind agility. Exploring how
  • How to become a better storyteller as a leader and the impact that narrative can have in agile contexts.
  • How to create agile supportive organizational structures.
  • The dynamics of agile at-scale exploring: models, frameworks, networks, and simplicity.
  • What does high-performance agility “look like”?
  • Effective agile metrics – what, how, and from where.
  • How to approach “governance” within agile contexts.
  • Approaches for strategically guiding organizational change; including agile transformation.
  • Effectively structuring and leading distributed teams.

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