Agile Culture essentials

We offer inspirational content and training programs for coaches and leaders

What is it ?

ACE is short for ‘Agile Culture Essentials’. Under the name of ACE we offer articles, webinars, workshops and training programs focused on building a culture that helps organizations to get more out of Agile. An important role for us play 4 of the 12 principles of Agile that have a huge dependency on work culture. All of our concepts and practical tips are covered in interactive sessions with case studies and role plays. The contents are anchored around the Semco Style Framework that is derived from successful implementation of self-managed Agile teams.

Who is it for?

Our offerings are tailor made 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.

About ACE

Learn more about the background of our ACE approach

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 In short, one set of development processes have merely been replaced by another.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.


Our international Agile Culture Professional certification program

This Agile Culture Professional Certification 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 ‘Agile Culture Professional program’ is a 5 x 3 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: Agile Culture Essentials

Immerse yourself in the world of Semco Style and find out how it can strengthen Agile. We’ll move quickly from principles to practices, culture to behavior, and others. What behavior would you like to see in your workplace?  

Session 3: Agile team skills: beneath the surface 

In this session, we focus on key skills any Agile team needs to master to move beyond the superficial application of practices such as kanban boards and stand-ups to truly becoming Agile.  

Session 5: Creating a learning culture and bringing it all together

The final session is all about building a learning culture in the organization and closing with personal action plans for each participant. 

Session 2: Develop Agile leadership 

Learn to shape a leadership role that is most supportive of Agile environments. 

Session 4: Building the organizational muscle for Agile

Focus on what is needed at an organization level to enable Agile teams.  

The Three R’s of Change

Article: Build an Agile culture

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. Click on the buttons below to read more in our article!


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!


Article: The BIGS model for making decisions

At Semco Style Institute, we see that organizations from around the world are adopting the agile mindset. We see a number of them reaping the fruits of working with Scrum teams and projects being completed in a smoother and quicker fashion. What we also see is that there’s much more to gain from agile – across the board – because the implementation of some of the agile principles is not in sync with what’s considered good organizational culture. We realized that organizations need a comprehensive model for creating a team culture that promotes better autonomous decision-making

Improving organizational agility starts with pushing decision-making as close as possible to the edges of the organization. By edges of an organization, we mean the team members that are interacting firsthand with customers, suppliers, partners or with machines on the shop floor or code on the computer. It is the point where tangible value is sourced, created or delivered. Since they notice changes in user or supplier scenarios first, equipping them with the right tools to make decisions will enable the organization to respond fast to change. Enter, the BIGS model.

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