Agile Culture essentials

We offer: Agile Culture Essentials for Coaches and Leaders

What is it ?

ACE is a workshop and engagement series focused on building a culture that helps organizations get more out of Agile. Focus is also on implementing 4 of the 12 principles of Agile that have a huge dependency on work culture. Concepts and practical tips are covered in interactive sessions with case studies and role plays. Contents are anchored around the Semco Style Framework that is derived from successful implementation of self-managed Agile teams.

Who is it for?

It’s for Agile Coaches who are looking to enhance their portfolio of practices and tools with specific focus on building an Agile culture as well as for Senior Managers who are looking to build high performance Agile teams / improve the velocity of existing teams. We expect the participants to have a basic knowledge of Agile and its implementation frameworks such as SCRUM or SAFe.

About ACE

Let’s, for a moment, cut back to the origins of agile – the original authors of the Agile Manifesto envisaged it as an entirely different organizational operating system. But,over the years, it’s been narrowed down into merely prescriptive methodologies for software development like Scrum, Kanban or DevOps. Without a holistic understanding of agile, managers often act in conventional ways that are in contrast with the principles of agile and unwittingly undermine their agile teams. In fact, one of the key tenets of Agile is to put people over process – but ironically, Agile itself has been interpreted as a process and is being imposed on people. In short, one set of development processes have merely been replaced by another.  

Sohow can organizations restore the balance and move away from
commandand-control ways of working?

How can they build a culture where agile teams can set their own pace, and manage themselves? And, finally how can they use the very principles in the Agile Manifesto to guide their transition into a truly agile culture?

The Semco Style Framework and Roadmap provide the answers to these questions. Born out of years of practices successfully deployed at Semco and formulated into a theoretical framework by renowned Dutch Leadership Institute , De Baak, the Framework provides a growing library of practices to build an Agile Culture. Agile Culture Essentials (ACE) makes this Framework and Roadmap available for use by aspiring organizations that are looking to build a truly Agile workplace through a bouquet of trainings and consulting engagements tailored to the needs of Agile.

what we offer

The “Experience and Lead Agile Culture” training program

This certified Agile Culture Essentials program enables leaders and coaches to experience what an actual Agile culture looks like through immersive simulation exercises and by gaining a firsthand experience of the behaviors that should be avoided and adopted. During the sessions, we will focus on the basic principles of Agile and how they can bring a lasting change to your workplace. Combining them with contents around the Semco Style Framework, this program condenses the knowledge you need to implement practices that build effective, self-organized and Agile teams.

The ‘Experience and Lead Agile Culture’ is a 4 x 4 hours online training program using facilitation, case studies, experiential role-plays and hands-on exercises. The whole program will be supported by MIRO for live and interactive discussions and co-creation. It will capture all learnings of the participants and will be exported and shared with you afterwards!

But that’s not all: the program will be rounded up with a certification ceremony, where all participants have the opportunity to share personal learnings and insights within the group.

Session 1

Experience and Lead Agile Culture

In this workshop we focus on equipping leaders with an awareness of the cultural requirements of Agile.

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Experience the difference between traditional and Agile cultures.
  • Understand the changed role of leaders in Agile organizations.
  • Appreciate the building blocks of self-organized Agile teams.
  • Get visibility into newer ways of working.
  • Get inspired by possibilities of organizing your teams in a more Agile way.

Thursday, January 27 13:00 – 16:00 CET (UTC +1)

Session 3

Experience and Lead Agile Culture

In this session we focus on key skills any self-organized team needs to be good at. 

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to transfer decision making to the teams

  • Get a deep understanding of boundary conditions, why they are needed and how to define them




Thursday, February 10 13:00 – 16:00 CET (UTC +1)

Session 2

Experience and Lead Agile Culture

On day two of the training program we take a closer look at Step Back Management and how the leader’s role changes.

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Get a better understanding when it comes to Step Back Management

  • Learn how a manager intervenes when problems occur

  • As the team takes increasing ownership, learn to participate in recruiting 

  • Learn what is required when it comes to identifying and rewarding performers


Thursday, February 3 13:00 – 16:00 CET (UTC +1)

Session 4

Experience and Lead Agile Culture

On day four of the training program we focus on what is needed for a team to keep improving its performance.

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to run effective retrospectives and why they are crucial for a teams development

  • Get a deep understanding of psychological safety

  • Together we explore the various stages in the Ownership Maturity Model

  • Create a personal action plan to start with right away


Thursday, February 17 13:00 – 16:00 CET (UTC +1)

Five good reasons

To start your Agile journey with Semco Style Institute

Level up your Agile Expertise

Learn how to combine both, Semco Style and the Agile Manifesto, to create a culture shift that is rooted in trust and autonomy and enables for true Agile teams.


Proof of what you have achieved! After 4 sessions of indepth learning, we are happy to hand over your official Agile Culture Essentials certificate.

Hands-on tools and practices

This program is more than blanc theory: after equipping you with hands-on practices and tools, you know exactly how to tackle your Agile journey.

Join our community

Meet like-minded Agile champions from around the globe and share experiences and insights with them, during the program and beyond!

Cases from international Agile Experts

At SSI it’s all about “from practice to theory” – that’s why we invite Agile pioneers from around the globe to share real life experiences of successfull Agile implementations.


Article: How To Use Agile Principles To Build An Agile Culture

Agile – the very word has a lilt to it, doesn’t it? It makes you think of something that’s light, nimble and unfettered. Like the little flower in the grass, the dandelion’s fluffy white sphere, which takes off with the lightest breeze to proliferate everywhere, agile methodologies have become ubiquitous in the world of business. What started as a radically different approach to software development has now made inroads into a wide range of industries like manufacturing, entertainment, logistics and energy to name a few. For, today’s businesses operate in hyper-dynamic environments that need to be innovative not just about what they sell, but also about how they function in tandem with the latest technology.

In fact, agile has become synonymous with greatly improved success rates, higher quality, faster production and increased productivity. But, is it too good to be true? Read our full article to learn more!

Free Webinar

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Upcoming Webinar: Agile Culture Essentials

Create Optimal Agile Organizations

Agile is not only about implementing a new project management tool – it begins with teaching the Agile philosophy and starting to transform the work culture. In this webinar, we will focus on the basic principles of Agile and how they can bring a lasting change to your workplace. Combining them with contents around the Semco Style Framework, it’s possible to create truly self-managed agile teams. That speaks to you? Sign up for our next webinar!


Wednesday, November 3 at 13:00 CEST (UTC+2)


Shaping the future of work is what we aim for. One of the ways we do this is by offering free content in the form of e-books and blog articles. A selection of our free content that will get you started:
Interview: A Journey Towards Self-Organization

Interview: A Journey Towards Self-Organization

The Journey Towards Self-Organization with the Semco Style Expert Certification Program An interview with Jean-Claude Pierre and Barbara Atlas from France   The purpose of our Semco Style Expert Certification Program is to equip new pioneers-to-be with all the...

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Living room conversation SSI

Living room conversation SSI

Living Room ConversationAll Things Semco Style   The living room is where we share, support and reminisce together and that’s exactly what the co-founders of Semco Style Institute did in a recent episode of Living Room Conversations. These...

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Hybrid Or Remote, SSI Prioritizes Community And Compassion

Hybrid Or Remote, SSI Prioritizes Community And Compassion

Personal blog article written by SSI colleague Eveline Hadewegg SchefferBack in February 2020, I responded with great enthusiasm to a vacancy at Semco Style Institute (SSI) for the role of a consultant. Having already followed the ‘Semco Expert’ program, I knew that I...

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The Three R’s of Change

If an organization wants to reap the full benefits of Agile, it needs to implement the three Rs of change. An organization cannot hope to become truly agile if the way it operates, at every level, is rooted firmly in conventional hierarchies. For, the hierarchical set-up is highly conducive to the cascade or waterfall methodology of working where the top brass decides what needs to be done and issues orders for the teams to execute.

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