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May
9
Tue
Certified Agile Leader (CAL 1) @ Micro Tek - Keystone Crossing
May 9 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Scrum Alliance

This Workshop meets the awareness & discovery credential certified by the Scrum Alliance for Agile Leadership.

Why Agile Leadership?

The rise in complexity, uncertainty and rapid change have triggered a change in the landscape of work. Leaders expecting to leverage their past patterns of success will fall short both in terms of fully capitalizing on their people and in terms of underperforming in the marketplace.

Agile Scaling Models are prevalent, but none of them adequately address the crucial role of the leader in modeling agile values and aligning the organization to engage and empower teams to delivery value and delight customers.

Leadership Agility is the the ability to recognize your leadership patterns and biases, step out of your routing ways of thinking and responding, role model agile values and grow others and the organization.

Focus of Learning

Participants will be taken through a comprehensive view of Agile Leadership – first from the leader’s personal perspective in how agility impacts their thinking and behavior, then from an organizational perspective in how they can effectively align, guide and scale their organization’s agility.

The Agile Leadership Compass will provide guidance for participants both during the workshop and as an aid in their practice following the workshop. See the full list of Learning Objectives of the Agile Leadership Workshop.

Agile Leadership Compass

DAY 1: PERSONAL AGILE LEADERSHIP (9AM – 5PM)

Explore the historical context of human development and leadership as well as the current economics driving the need for agility. Introduce the Leadership Agility Maturity Model to increase self-awareness and discover more agile thinking, decisions and behaviors.

Discover the mindset and behaviors of expert, achiever and catalyst leaders and how those impact organizational effectiveness. Practice a 5-step catalyst approach to positively impact every aspect of our work (and personal) life.

AGILE CONTEXT-FOCUSED LEARNING

  • Economic and market factors that have led to the rise of Agile approaches.
  • Complexity and uncertainty of work and how that drives the need for an agile approach.
  • Historical management trends and their fit with the business environments of their time.
  • Increasing employee engagement and focus on customers to improve satisfaction and outcomes.

LEADERSHIP-FOCUSED LEARNING

  • Leadership self-awareness & mindset required to effectively lead in an agile context.
  • Neuroscience-based leadership aligned with agile thinking and improving leadership effectiveness.
  • Seeking and incorporating feedback that improves the leader’s ability to adapt their own behavior.
  • Catalyst coaching to integrate alternative perspectives, engage others, and improve outcomes.

DAY 2: LEADING AN AGILE ORGANIZATION (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)

Re-focus the leader towards the organization and its effectiveness of delivery customer value. Explore organizational culture, structures and processes to foster value delivery and agility. Understand a leaders’ focus and influence on the health and culture of an organization and its impact on their long-term performance.

Evaluate case studies of real organizations of different organizational cultures applying agile structures and patterns to drive effective and sustaining change with positive results. Reflect and share leader’s organizational cultures and structures in comparison to these case studies. Practice a 5-step organizational change model to guide healthy, engaged and sustained change needed in our organizations.

ORGANIZATIONAL-FOCUSED LEARNING

  • Organizational challenges faced when undertaking Agile more broadly beyond a single team.
  • Increasing safety, trust and collaboration between and across teams to improve outcomes.
  • Organizational cultures, structures and governance and how they impede or enhance agility.
  • Case studies of organizations that effectively use Agile to be agile and improve their outcomes.

CHANGE-FOCUSED LEARNING

  • Organizations as complex adaptive systems where uncertainty reigns and change is always present.
  • Organizational metrics aligned to, and impeding, agile thinking and how they impact outcomes.
  • Identifying & reducing bottlenecks, impediments, and friction in an organization to improve results.
  • Leading change in an adaptive, engaged, and healthy way to foster a growth mindset culture.

Workshop Participation

The workshop is designed for mixing experienced leaders and experienced coaches in a way that draws upon each strength and caters to each of their needs for growth. By combining both in a single workshop, participants engage with each other to learn the strengths of the others – growing both leaders and coaches.

Workshop Experience

As described by participants of this workshop…

“This wasn’t training, it was an experience. We were never taught at, we were engaged in a learning experience in which we both participated and contributed. I have never been so engaged for two and a half days.”

Participant Profile

Agile leadership is required across a diversity of business contexts including new product design and development, service development and delivery, business development, IT operations and security, team-oriented service and support, multi-faceted marketing and communications, and more.

Agile leadership is needed at all levels within the organization from the executive suite to the front-line managers. Whether leading projects, programs, initiatives, people, teams, departments, divisions or businesses, agile leadership can improve the leader’s ability and more effectively draw upon every employee.

Agile Leaders…

  • Communicate a clear vision, align employees to that vision, and allow for adaptation in execution toward that vision – recognizing that most discovery and learning occur during execution
  • Employ a growth-mindset enabling them to value diversity, be open to other ideas, seek feedback, and improve their own capabilities – rather than relying on what has worked for them in the past.
  • Are self-aware of their own biases and triggers to remain in a constructive and creative mindset fostering a healthy, collaborative, trust-oriented, and productive organizational culture.
  • Improve decision making, team collaboration and business results when operating in highly complex, uncertain, inter-dependent and rapidly changing environments by integrating the value stream.
  • Engage employees without over-influencing or micromanaging them through inquiring before advising, active listening to align their thinking, and exploring alternatives to foster creative possibilities.
  • Increase employee satisfaction, engagement and creativity through empowerment and other catalyst behaviors – reducing employee turnover and developing employee ownership, collaboration and productivity.
  • Diversify risk through identifying and testing assumptions, experimenting with new approaches, collaborating with customers, delivering incremental value, and seeking feedback earlier and more often.
  • Foster organizational adaptivity enabling them to more effectively break down traditional silos, collaborate to solve difficult problems and better align toward corporate goals and customer needs.
  • Improve outcomes through balancing short-term business results with long-term organizational health to enable early and frequent value delivery combined with sustained growth.
  • Catalyze change, experiment with new ideas, and a foster a growth-mindset within their organizations to adapt to the changing economy, technology and the market.

Instructors: Pete Behrens & Aaron Kopel

Organizer of Certified Agile Leadership – Indianapolis, IN

Pete Behrens is a leadership and organizational agility coach guiding enterprise agile transformations for over 15 years. Through his unique “inside-out” approach to agile transformation, Pete guides organizational leaders in assessing, integrating and transforming their organizations through agile leadership maturity, cultural alignment and organizational agility. His work has been instrumental in some of the most successful agile transformations including Salesforce.com, GE Healthcare and McKinsey & Company IT.

In addition to leading client agility, Pete has been actively engaged in developing the agile community through certification programs for coaches and leaders, and as a board of directors for the Scrum Alliance.

  • Pete led the formation of the Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaching (CEC) program and the International Consortium of Agile (ICAgile) Enterprise Agile Coaching program.
  • Pete led the formation of the Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) Program of the Scrum Alliance.
  • Pete is on the board of directors of the Scrum Alliance guiding strategy and direction.

Aaron Kopel

Aaron Kopel is CEO of Project Brilliant, LLC and an experienced Agile coach and trainer focused on Agile transformation for large enterprises.

As a two-time tech startup founder, he provides a unique perspective to established organizations by challenging them to refocus on effectiveness, innovation, and customer value delivery through organizational agility. His training and coaching has guided companies such as Capital One, Bloomberg, Lincoln Financial, Salesforce (Marketing Cloud), and many more.

Aaron is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and is certified in The Leadership Circle Profile 360. He is the Chairman of AgileIndy, and founder of Indy Leaders, and lives with his wife and their two young children in Carmel, IN.

May
24
Wed
Certified Scrum Master (CSM) – Indianapolis @ Parkwood Conference Center
May 24 @ 8:00 am – May 25 @ 5:00 pm

During this interactive, dynamic two-day course, your trainers will share proven, real-world experiences and techniques for implementing Scrum and show you how you can be successful with Scrum. Through short, focused lectures that examine each piece of the Scrum framework, the class will engage in several small group activities to reinforce each topic and maximize your understanding and retention of Scrum.

You will learn from their experiences, and the experiences of other attendees, and how to get off on the right foot with Scrum. Further, you will have a blast learning through exercises and interaction since there is absolutely NO PowerPoint in this class.

The learning objectives for this course are:

  • Apply the values of Scrum.
  • Describe each piece of the Scrum framework, its’ purpose and interaction with the other pieces of the framework.
  • Explain the rights, responsibilities and interactions of each role in Scrum: Team Member, Product Owner and ScrumMaster.
  • Describe how Stakeholders interact with the Scrum Team.
  • Identify the main obstacles to using Scrum and the challenges for sustaining Scrum in your organization.
  • Practice applying ScrumMaster skills and thinking to solve day-to-day issues and challenges.
  • Watch Scrum in action as the framework of Scrum will be used to deliver the course material.
  • Draw a diagram describing the Scrum framework, highlighting all meetings, roles and artifacts.
  • Explain how Innovation Games® can help your team and business achieve better results with Scrum.

What you will receive from this course:

  • A detailed student workbook full of custom exercises, activities and course summaries that capture the essential points you need to learn and comprehend to pass the Certified ScrumMaster assessment.
  • Documented Scrum case studies explaining how Scrum was used to create successful outcomes and improved teams.
  • A reading list of great books to jump start your continuing education on topics such as how to do Scrum better, scaling Scrum, distributed Scrum, estimating and planning, Lean Thinking, facilitation, collaboration, communication and other essential topics.
  • Thought-provoking articles related to the role of ScrumMaster, the challenges associated with doing Scrum, identifying waste in your business, the Agile Manifesto, how Scrum was used to rescue a troubled project and facilitating change.
  • Two-year membership with the Scrum Alliance providing access to additional articles, case studies and templates authored by other Scrum practioners like yourself along with discounts to Scrum events and conferences.

Who should attend:

Any person who is interested in learning more about Scrum or wants to make Scrum work better for their Team or organization is encouraged to attend.  While the focus of the class is for people who want to learn how to leverage the Scrum framework to bring about change, any member of the Team or the organization who is interested in how to use Scrum would find this class useful.  Typical attendees in the past have been functional managers, Team leads, analysts, architects, engineers, software developers, directors, testers and other roles that support product development.

Scrum Alliance CSP (Certified Scrum Professional) credit

This course also allows students to claim 16 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) toward the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) designation.

Certified ScrumMaster® Test

You will become a Certified ScrumMaster® once you pass the CSM test. After you receive your welcome email, you have two opportunities within 90 days to pass the test at no cost.  After up to two attempts within 90 days, there’s a $25 charge for each additional attempt.

The questions on the CSM test are based on the CSM Content Outline Learning Objectives established for this course. You may also want to refer to the Scrum Guide, not only for the test but also as you apply Scrum every day.

You must answer 24 of the 35 multiple choice questions correctly to pass. Plan to spend about an hour on the test, although you don’t need to take it all at one time. You can stop and restart as many times as you need. You can also skip, go back, and bookmark questions to review later. If you have any unanswered questions, you’ll see a warning message when you click “submit.” Once you submit your answers, your test results will immediately appear on your screen.

It’s an open book, online test and needs to be completed within 30 days of completion of the class.

https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/certified-scrummaster-csm

Instructors

Aaron Kopel

Aaron Kopel

Aaron is the Founder and Managing Partner of Project Brilliant, LLC, a Management Consulting firm specializing in Agile Transformation, and is the only Agile consulting firm based in central Indiana.  Aaron has led or participated in several major Agile Transformation initiatives with companies ranging from early stage startups to Fortune 100 firms. He and his coaching teams have established more than 1,000 Agile delivery teams, trained more than 10,000 individuals, coached more than 500 managers, developed and mentored more than 120 internal Agile Coaches, and have been the trusted Agile consultant and advisor to more than 50 Senior Leaders and Executives in major companies.  His clients include Capital One, Bloomberg, Eli Lilly, Roche, Sallie Mae, CNO (fmr Conseco) Wolters Kluwer, and many more.

Prior to Project Brilliant, Aaron founded two Tech Startup companies. Between them raised more than $2M in startup funding and nearly $1M in grants from the National Science Foundation and State of Indiana.  Aaron brings a small company Lean and Agile mindset to his work as an Agile Coach to help them rethink their business in terms of value and customer focus.  This has also led him to introduce Enterprise Lean Startup in several client engagements with great success.

Aaron is the organizer of the Agile Indy meetup group (500+ users strong!), as well as a board member, and has been the conference chair, keynote speaker, and session presenter for the Agile Indy Conference.  He is a frequent presenter at regional user groups and conferences, and an inaugural participant in the Agile for Human’s Podcast series.

He holds a BA from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA) with a double major in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems, and a MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.  He also holds industry certifications such as CSM, CSPO, CSP, SAFe SPC, PMI-ACP, PMP, a candidate for CST and the only CEC (Certfied Entprise Coach) in Indiana.

Jason Tanner 

Jason joined Applied Frameworks (formerly Enthiosys) as a Senior Consultant in 2008 and has over 23 years of professional experience with software companies, a telecommunications company and the Marine Corps. His expertise spans Agile software product management, product marketing, business planning, partner management, project management and leadership.

As general manager in his most recent position, Jason held responsibility for all aspects of an IT chargeback product including product management, product marketing, pre/post-sales support and training. He worked with multiple clients ranging from Fortune 500 enterprises to government agencies to universities enabling their adoption of new technology and methods to optimize their IT organizations.

His prior position with a startup software company included experience migrating from waterfall to Agile development methods. Jason collaborated closely with engineering to integrate product management into the Agile workflow. He has presented a synopsis of this experience for a software marketing conference and via webinar.

Jason is an active member of the Agile User Group in Research Triangle Park the Triangle Product Management Association in Raleigh, NC and the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He frequently speaks for the Product Management View webinar series, at user group meetings and for the Atlanta Agile Project Leadership Network.

He holds a BS degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from Cornell University and a MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship from Duke University.

Jun
5
Mon
Leading SAFe 4.0 – Certified SAFe Agilist (SA) @ Parkwood Conference Center
Jun 5 @ 8:00 am – Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm

This two-day course teaches the Lean|Agile principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®). You’ll learn how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, how to build an Agile Portfolio, and how to lead a Lean/Agile transformation at enterprise scale. You will gain an understanding of the Lean|Agile mindset and how to apply the principles and practices of SAFe to support Agile teams, programs, program portfolio management, and to coordinate large Value Streams.

After this course, you will understand how to:

• Apply SAFe to scale Lean and Agile development in your enterprise
• Support the execution of Agile Release Trains
• Coordinate large Value Streams
• Manage a Lean-Agile Portfolio
• Align the organization to a common process model
• Configure the Framework for your context
• Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
• Support a Lean-Agile transformation in your enterprise

Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become a certified SAFe Agilist (SA). The SAFe Agilist certification program is for executives, managers and Agile change agents responsible for leading a Lean-Agile change initiative in a large software enterprise. It validates their knowledge in applying the Scaled Agile Framework, lean thinking, and product development flow principles in an enterprise context so they can lead the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework.

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