Agile Leadership

Leadership Essentials

(PAL-e) Online Learning Experience with Certification from naked Agility with Martin Hinshelwood

Helping Leaders Understand their Role in Enabling Agility

Professional Agile Leadership (PAL) Essentials is a 14h workshop, delivered over four half-days that provides a foundation of the role that leaders play in creating the conditions for a successful agile transformation.

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Expert Facilitation

The course is led by seasoned practitioners who bring their real-world experience and provide insights into practical applications of agile, lean, and DevOps.

Immersive Learning

This course employs a blend of lectures, case studies, group discussions, and interactive exercises to establish a dynamic learning environment.

Course Overview

Professional Agile Leadership (PAL-e) Essentials is a modular workshop, adaptable up to 2-days in length based on the needs of your organization. The workshop provides a foundation for the role that leaders play in creating the conditions for a successful agile transformation. 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 behavioural changes that organizations must make to reap the benefits of an agile product delivery approach.

This course can be delivered in various formats to support a better learning experience:

  • As an immersive experience consisting of 7 weekly 4-hour sessions – This format allows students to practice assignments in the intervening weeks and bring actionable and specific questions from their experiences to the debrief as part of the following session.
  • As a flipped learning experience consisting of 4 consecutive 4-hour sessions – These sessions are delivered consecutively within the same week and include additional self-paced reading and exercises.
  • As the traditional two full-day class.

The program also includes two complementary attempts at the globally recognized Professional Agile Leadership  I certification exam (PAL I). 

Becoming an agile organization is a profound transformation that requires senior leaders, middle managers, and agile team members to change how they organize their work, manage it, and measure the results of the work. Agile teams cannot do this independently; they need the entire organisation’s help. The changes for all involved are profound, but so are the results when everyone’s goals and ways of working are aligned.

To succeed in a changing world, organizations need to become more agile, more responsive to customer needs and market changes. This workshop will equip leaders and managers to help their organizations change by providing participants with:

  • An understanding of how agility can help you improve your organization’s performance
  • An understanding of how you, as a manager or leader, can help your organization achieve the benefits of agility
  • An understanding of how culture and values influence your organization’s ability to reap the benefits of agility
  • Practical skills for helping to guide and coach agile teams, and to help them remove impediments
  • An understanding of how to measure the benefits and impacts of agility in your organization

View the different Focus Areas covered within this class and others.

There are currently no public PAL-e classes scheduled! Check the course schedule for all available classes or contact us for private PAL-e classes.

Learning Experience Options

Our primary method of increasing agile leadership knowledge is a deliberate developmental experience divided into learning blocks, each with four hours of live virtual classroom training with a qualified trainer-practitioner complemented with presentations and lectures in the form of videos, reading material, and writing activities provided for self-study. Live sessions are delivered online using Microsoft Teams and Mural, with Mighty Networks provides the self-study portal.

Every participant on every option receives:

  • Two attempts at the industry-recognised Assessments.
  • A 30m learning review, generally delivered between assessment attempts.
  • A 60m one-on-one coaching session

At a minimum, we deliver the PAL-e over 4 ½ days (16 hours). We can provide this over four intensive consecutive days or four non-consecutive days over two weeks.


  • Session 1: Why Agile Matters
  • Session 2: Developing People
  • Session 3: Leaders Grow Agility & Measuring Agility
  • Session 4: Measuring Agility & Challenges of an Agile Leader & Closing
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Delivered as an Immersive class of 6 sessions of 4h over 6 weeks (s). Welcome to the Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PALE) course. This transformative learning journey is designed specifically for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and Managers eager to understand and incorporate Agile values and principles into their leadership repertoire. The Agile landscape is continuously evolving, and a command over Agile methodologies is no longer a luxury but a necessity for modern business leaders. Agile practices enable organizations to be more adaptable, responsive, and effective in changing market dynamics. Learning Objectives: This course aims to help participants:

  1. Understand the Agile Framework: Develop a thorough understanding of Agile methodologies, focusing on the Scrum framework. We will delve into the values, principles, and methods that underpin Agile and why they are so effective in the current business environment.
  2. Leadership in an Agile Context: Explore leadership in an Agile context, and understand how to create a supportive environment for teams transitioning to Agile. Learn to embody the servant leadership model and foster high-performing, self-organizing teams.
  3. Leverage Agile Values and Principles: Learn to incorporate Agile values and principles in decision-making processes, business strategies, and team management. Embrace the Agile mindset and bring agility to the very core of your leadership style.
  4. Drive Business Agility: Understand how to extend Agile practices beyond your team to drive business agility at the departmental and organizational levels. Learn strategies to instil an Agile culture throughout your organization and enable it to thrive amidst uncertainty and change.
  5. Embrace Change: Recognize the importance of continual adaptation, improvement, and growth in a rapidly evolving market. Learn how to use change as a catalyst for innovation and competitive advantage.

Course Features:

  • Expert Facilitation: The course is facilitated by experienced Agile practitioners who bring in their real-world experience and provide insights into practical applications of Agile methodologies
  •  Immersive Learning: This course uses a combination of lectures, case studies, group discussions, and interactive exercises to create a dynamic learning environment.
  • Certification: On completion of the course and passing the assessment, participants will receive the Professional Agile Leadership (PAL I) certificate from

This course is more than just an introduction to Agile; it’s a comprehensive exploration of Agile’s potential to transform your leadership style, team, and entire organization. It’s essential training for those wishing to leverage the power of Agile to enhance their effectiveness and adaptability in an increasingly complex business environment. Join the Professional Agile Leadership Essentials course and equip yourself with the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to lead in the Agile world.

To better connect the participants to the material on the PAL-e , we deliver the course as an immersive 6-week interactive activity-based course over 6 sessions of 4 hours. At the end of each session, participants are given assignments to practice and experience their day-to-day roles. With the instructor-practitioner, participants debrief assignments at the beginning of the group’s next session.


  • Session 1 : Why Agile Matters Date: 20th October 2023 0900-1300 UTC+1 Assignment: Why Agile matters to us
  • Session 2: Developing People Date: 27th October 2023 0900-1300 UTC+1 Debrief: Why Agile matters to us Assignment: Enabling Agile maturity
  • Session 3: Leaders Grow Agility Date: 3rd November 2023 0900-1300 UTC+1 Debrief: Enabling Agile maturity Assignment: Creating an Agile Organization
  • BREAK (10th November 2023)
  • Session 4: Measuring Agility Date: 17th November 2023 0900-1300 UTC+1 Debrief: Creating an Agile Organization Assignment: Metrics that help with goals
  • Session 5: Challenges of an Agile Leader Date: 24th November 2023 0900-1300 UTC+1 Debrief: Metrics that help with goals Assignment: Mindset shift of an Agile leader
  • Session 6: Closing Date: 1st December 2023 0900-1300 UTC+1 Debrief: Mindset shift of an Agile leader Assignment: Take the PSM I assessment. Plan for continuous learning and improvement
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  • Development of a common language
  • Understanding of core problems in Product Development
  • Professional introduction and establishment of Agile techniques
  • Role management plays in the Agile change of an organization

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 IT organization/division.

All participants completing the Professional Agile Leadership – Essentials course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) certification assessment. Over the 2 days, you will have learned the importance of inspection, adaptation, and fast feedback cycles. To reinforce those concepts, if you attempt the Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) certification assessment within 14 days and do not score at least 85%, you will be granted a 2nd attempt at no further cost.

PMI PDU Credits

Students of courses are able to claim Project Management Institute (PMI) PDU credit: 14 PDUs after attending a two-day Professional Agile Leadership (PAL) Essentials course. Please note that PMI PDUs are earned for course attendance and not for passing a assessment. Students can claim PDUs under PMI’s “Education courses provided by other third-party providers” category. You can claim your PDUs online at Find instructions here.

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Alumni Discount of 30%

Have you been through a class with us before? As an Alumni you get a 30% discount on all of our classes.

The Alimni discount for this class would bring it down to £715

Combine with our generous 20% Credit per Referral program.

Under / un-employed Program

Under / un-employed Program

Are you underemployed? Our Retraining Program provides favourable payment plans for those not currently working.
Pay a 30% deposit of £310 now, and the rest when you are working.

Unlimited Reruns for 70% discount

Unlimited Reruns for 70% discount

Reruns allow you to participate in a class that you have already taken for any reason at a low cost.

Have you participated in this class with us or an equivalent from another vendor? We are intent on enabling your continuous learning so we offer you a Rerun discount of 70% to take it again with our trainers.

The Rerun discount for this class would bring it down to £310. Contact us with proof of participation in a previous class to claim your discount.

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20% Credit per Referral

20% Credit per Referral

Our Advocates Program allows you to gain 20% for each referral* as a credit towards future classes! This is a cash equivelent so can be added to any other discount.

*up to £205, depending on purchase region, per referal

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Expected Outcomes After Attending the Workshop

You will understand where and how agility can help your organization improve, by addressing challenges you can solve in no other way. You will also understand how agile teams work and what you, as a manager or leader, can do to help them to improve. You will also be able to quantify the benefits of improving the agility of your organization through concrete measures. This class can be delivered on-site, in a specific organization, to help its leaders understand their important role in transforming their organization, or in a public class setting.

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Professional Agile Leadership (PAL) Essentials is a 14h workshop, delivered over four half-days that provides a foundation of the role that leaders play in creating the conditions for a successful agile transformation.


Why naked Agility with Martin Hinshelwood?

naked Agility Limited is a professional company, registered in Scotland, that offers training, coaching, mentoring, and facilitation to help people and teams evolve, integrate, and continuously improve.

We recognise the positive impact that a happy AND motivated workforce, that has purpose, has on client experience. We help change mindsets towards a people-first culture where everyone encourages others to learn and grow. The resulting divergent thinking leads to many different ideas and opportunities for the success of the organisation.

Our Core beliefs

Courage | Commitment | Focus | Respect | Openness

We believe that every organisation deserves usable software on a regular cadence that delivers the highest possible value. Organisations are complex systems. They evolve over time and the current ways of working are a result of this evolution. We help an entire organization focus on value delivery and agree to new norms.

By reducing bureaucracy and command and control management, we believe that everyone will take responsibility for achieving the organisation’s goals. Our tailored blend of training, coaching and mentoring, gives people the opportunity to learn and develop, making the organisation, and its clients, successful.

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What We Do

On an evolution towards agility and becoming a great organisation, it is your people that will determine your success. We help the entire organisation agree on methods, goals and cultural values that will enable you to adopt a product-first approach.

We have learned from the success and failure of different organisations and their experiences of introducing an agile mindset. We want to help you transition to a world within which you can delight your clients.