Agile Leadership

Leadership Essentials

Live Virtual Class, 20 Oct - 1 Dec, 2023

Course Details



Live virtual training

20th October 2023

1st December 2023

Immersive Learning Overview
7 weekly half-days

09:00-13:00 BST

Course Trainer(s)
Joanna Płaskonka, Ph.D.

Trainer, Agile Coach, Agile Consultant


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This Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-e) will be delivered as 7 sessions of 4h over 7 week(s).

Delivered as an Immersive class of 6 sessions of 4h over 7 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 7-week interactive activity-based course over 7 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
  • Session 4: Measuring Agility
    Date: 10th November 2023 0900-1300 UTC+1
    Debrief: Creating an Agile Organization

    Assignment: Metrics that help with goals
  • BREAK (17th November 2023)
  • 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 PAL-e I assessment.
    Plan for continuous learning and improvement


Find more Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-e) with Certification course dates or check the course schedule for other courses.

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.

Course Format

The Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-e) is broken into 1/2 day live virtual sessions delivered over Microsoft Team and Mural. These 1/2 day sessions may be offered in full-days or half-days over one or more weeks, depending on this class’s format, described below in the “Learning Experience” section.

Each 1/2 day live virtual session delivered by one of our lean-agile practitioner instructors is divided into learning blocks, each with presentations and lectures in the form of videos, reading material, and writing activities provided for self-study that complement the live session.

Learning Experience

All our courses prioritize valuable learning outcomes achieved through experiential learning in a classroom setting. These courses are typically delivered over multiple half-day sessions, ensuring a focused, immersive learning experience.

The Immersion Program offers an alternative format that goes beyond the confines of the classroom, allowing students to apply their newfound knowledge in real-world situations. This program takes experiential learning to the next level by incorporating retrospectives for continuous improvement, resulting in a highly effective and practical learning experience. What exactly is an Immersion Program? It is a learning method that actively engages students in the material and encourages them to apply their knowledge in real-world contexts over an extended period of time. The benefits of participating in an Immersion Program are manifold:

  1. Practical Experience: Students gain valuable practical experience by directly applying what they have learned to their real-world environments.
  2. Immediate Impact: Students have the opportunity to create positive changes in their immediate work settings right away.
  3. Enhanced Engagement: Real-world application of learning significantly increases student engagement, motivation, and personal investment, leading to more effective learning outcomes.
  4. Safe Practice Environment: Experiential classroom learning provides students with a safe space to practice and experiment before implementing their knowledge in their actual work contexts.
  5. Collaborative Learning: The Immersion Program fosters collaboration among students, creating a dynamic learning environment that exposes participants to diverse ideas and perspectives, deepening their understanding of the topics covered in class.
  6. Reflective Insights: Retrospectives enable students to reflect on their learning journey alongside their peers and the Professional Scrum Trainer, facilitating improvements and providing deeper insights.

When you enroll in an Immersion Program, you can expect:

  • Eight interactive group class sessions, each lasting half a day, guided by a knowledgeable Professional Scrum Trainer (PST).
  • The opportunity to attempt a Professional Scrum assessment, validating your understanding and skills.
  • Assignments designed to apply your learning in your real working environment, with the support of your peers and the guidance of your Professional Scrum Trainer.

The Immersion Program is designed for individuals who have the opportunity to work with a real team on an actual product while participating in the program. If this opportunity is not available to you, you can either find a partner to collaborate with or consider attending a traditional class. It is important to note that Immersion Programs are not intended to replace our existing course offerings but rather to provide an extension and additional options. We understand that learners have different preferences and unique circumstances, and we aim to cater to these diverse needs by offering a wider variety of course delivery methods. To help you determine the learning method that best suits you, consider the following characteristics of learners:

  • Immersion Program learners are committed to applying their learning and are willing to conduct small experiments at work throughout the program. They find it easier to accommodate a half-day classroom session each week in their schedule and are comfortable independently focusing on intersession assignments. These learners thrive on hands-on experience, preferring to gain knowledge, practice in a safe environment, and then apply their learnings in real-world situations, inspecting and adapting along the way.
  • Traditional and Flipped course learners, on the other hand, are fully dedicated to taking ownership of their learning experience, which requires full and active participation over a shorter time frame. They find it more feasible to fully immerse themselves in the class and focus on learning intensively for two consecutive days. These learners excel in engaging in discussions and conversations with their peers and instructor, aiming to gain a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter, using it as a foundation for further independent learning.

We believe that by offering various learning methods, we can cater to the diverse needs and preferences of our learners, empowering them to make the most of their educational journey.

More infor on Immersive Learning Overview

Venue Details

Join us for a virtual experience via Microsoft Teams and Mural!

Virtual Classroom Details

  • Each session lasts between 60-75 minutes with short breaks of 5-10 minutes.
  • We've chosen not to record the workshop to foster an open environment.
  • We cap our workshop at 12 participants for a more intimate experience.
  • Tools you'll be using: Microsoft Teams, Mural, and Mighty Networks.
  • Online learning is almost on par with in-person sessions. Just remember, collaborating online might take a tad longer.

Golden Rules

  • Keep those cameras and mics on.
  • Punctuality is key.
  • No multitasking with meetings, calls, or emails during sessions.
  • Stay aware and let others have their moment.
  • Stick to the agenda. If you need extra guidance, there's a free coaching session for each participant.

Inclusive Features

  • Live captions are available in any language supported by Microsoft Teams for our hearing-impaired friends and those who need a little extra help.
  • After the class, join the "naked Agility with Martin Hinshelwood Community" to connect with like-minded individuals.

Payment & Cancellation

  • Payment is upfront, with no exceptions.
  • UK clients, please note there's an additional VAT.
  • We're not liable for any costs from cancellations or rescheduling.
  • We need a certain number of participants to run the class.
  • Rarely, courses might be cancelled due to insufficient participants. We're not responsible for any related costs.
  • You can cancel up to the online ticketing deadline. Refunds might have some deductions.
  • Postponing? Give us at least three business days' notice. Otherwise, it's considered a cancellation with no refund.
  • Electronic manuals and assessment fees are covered. Physical manuals? Not so much.

Setting Up Your Virtual Space

Participating in virtual classes requires some prep. Here's what we recommend:

  • Equipment: A computer that can run Mural and a device for Microsoft Teams. Multiple monitors are a plus but not a must.
  • MS Teams: Install it from here. It's best to use the app on Mac, Windows, or mobile rather than the web interface.
  • Appearance: We've seen it all - shadows, half-faces, up-nose, and more. Being visible and present is crucial. Think of how you'd present yourself in a physical meeting.
  • Camera: A good quality one is essential. The Elgato Facecam comes highly recommended.
  • Lighting: Ensure you're well-lit. Consider getting a face light, especially if you're in darker environments.
  • Microphone: Laptop mics aren't the best. Consider investing in a quality one, like the Elgato Wave or Yeti Blue Microphone. Use Krisp Noise Canceling to prevent background noise.
  • Background: A wall behind you works best if you're using a virtual background. Curious about my background? Just ask!
  • Attire: Wear what makes you comfortable. Whether it's formal wear, casuals, or even jammies, as long as it's appropriate, you're good to go.

Remember, the key is to be present and engaged. Let's make the most of this virtual experience together!