Agile Certification Training

Senior Leadership Workshop

Executive Leadership

Workshop Overview

Duration: 4 hours
Prerequisites: None

The Agile Senior Leadership Workshop prepares executives, managers and other senior leaders to guide an Agile Transformation in their organization.

A successful Agile Transformation can shorten the cycle time from business idea to production from a year or more to three months or less – if senior leadership plays a continuing role supporting Agile and changing how business is done within the organization.

This workshop provides an introduction to the principles and practices of Scrum, Kanban, XP (Extreme Programming) and other core Agile concepts. It also outlines the Agile Transformation process, how to scale Agile from individual teams to enterprise-wide programs, changes in how other business functions should work with development, and new roles and responsibilities of leaders in an Agile organization.


This workshop is intended for any of the senior leaders as listed below:

  • Executives
  • Executive Vice Presidents
  • Senior Vice Presidents
  • Vice Presidents
  • Directors
  • Senior Managers
  • Agile Transformation Leadership Team

It is recommended that the participants in each session be at a similar level. Participants should represent a cross-section of functional areas, such as software/IT, product management, project management, marketing, operations, release engineering, human resources, finance and sales.

Organizational Representation

For best results, the audience should be cross-functional. Attendees should include leaders from as many functional areas of the organization as possible including:

  • Software/IT
  • Product Management/Business/Marketing
  • Operations/Release Engineering
  • PMO
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Sales

Workshop Outline

Lean Value Stream Mapping

Lean Value Stream Mapping is a group activity that produces a full picture of how a business initiative moves from initial business idea through to revenue generation. The exercise uncoverstypical causes of bottlenecks and delays, and illustrates why a team effort isrequired to reduce cycle times.

Interactive Introduction to Agile

Enjoyable instructor-led exercises that provide an introduction to the mechanics of Agile from a senior leadership perspective. Topics include the principles and practices of Scrum, Kanban and XP. To gain a feel for Agile in practice, participants create a “product,” write Epics, create a backlog, and produce a release plan broken down into Minimum Viable Increments.

The Agile Maturity Matrix

Participants are introduced to Eliassen’s Agile Maturity Matrix Tool, a tool for assessing the current state of Agile at organizational and team levels and for setting Agile adoption goals.

Business Value Analysis

Using real information from an in-flight project, this instructor-led activity illustrates the economic benefits of achieving progressive levels of Agile maturity. This exercise helps to set expectations and determine the leadership’s Agile goals.

The Enterprise Agility Model

The Enterprise Agility Model is a lightweight model for coordinating the work of multiple Scrum, Kanban and XP teams, and for scaling Agile practices to the program, portfolio or enterprise level. The model addresses business, leadership and supporting infrastructure issues.

Changes The Relationship Between Software and Business Groups

A successful Agile Transformation not only affects the IT organization, it also influences interactions between development groups and marketing, product management, human resources and other business functions. Topics covered include:

  • Matching demand to the measured sustainable capacity of the development
  • Moving from infrequent, document-heavy interaction between business and IT groups to continual, incremental interactions
  • Embedding business people directly into Agile teams
  • Moving from a traditional process, with traditional portfolio prioritization and project management, to Agile process, prioritization, and project management
  • Switching from all-or-none funding of mega-projects to line-of-business capacity finding andfrequent re-prioritization of micro-projects
Agile Level Set

The Agile Level Set is a series of group activities that help participants from multiple business functions explore differences in their perspectives on Agile converge on agreed views about:

  • Definition
  • Benefits
  • Impact to the Organization
  • Next steps
  • Risks (for both status quo and taking next steps)
  • Impediments to taking the next steps
The New Roles and Responsibilities of Leadership

Participants explore how leadership changes in an Agile organization and the ongoing role of leaders in building an Agile ecosystem to sustain the Agile adoption.

Creating the Initial Agile Transformation Backlog

As the workshop progresses, participants identify tasks related to the Agile Transformation that must be performed by senior leaders. These tasks are used to create a backlog that serves as a list of next steps for the senior leadership

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