Ready to get more out of Agile with Semco Style?

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. But 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 often has been interpreted as a process and is being imposed on people. Born out of years of experience, the Semco Style Framework and Roadmap provide 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. Are you ready create truly self-managed agile teams?

This workshop series is tailor made for leaders and coaches that are starting or looking to accelerate their transition to Agile. It gives you a better understanding of the ground, daily actions and behaviors needed to build an Agile Culture. We will focus on where to begin and how to combine both, Semco Style and the Agile Manifesto, to create a culture shift that is rooted in trust and autonomy and how to create truly Agile leaders.

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.

The program condenses the knowledge you need to implement practices that build effective, self-organized and Agile teams. Ready to start a lasting agile transformation within your organization?

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Are you ready to start a lasting agile transformation within your organization? Our “Agile Culture Essentials” program condenses the knowledge you need to implement practices that build effective, self-organized and Agile teams. Please download our program brochure for more detailed information about content, pricing, schedules and our program faculty!

program information

Duration and Roadmap

The Agile Culture Essentials program exists of 5 online training sessions with a duration of 3 hours each. For people that are new to Agile, we offer an optional session before the official start of the program.

Optional: ‘All about Agile’ session

Optional pre-workshop Agile basics session for participants that are new to Agile.

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding of the origin of Agile and its relevance nowadays
  • Overview of the basic tenets and principles of Agile.
  • Awareness of common Agile terminologies and what they mean.

Thursday, January 20 13:00 – 14:30 CET (UTC +1)

Session 1: A new view on Agile

In this session you will increase your overview and awareness of Agile Culture and how to enhance it.

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Experience the difference between traditional and Agile cultures.
  • Understand the changed role of leaders in Agile organizations.
  • Get visibility into newer ways of working. Feel the challenge of Agile in a simulation game.

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

Session 2: Developing Agile leadership

On day two of the training program we take a closer look at the role of leaders that is most supportive for Agile environments.

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the difference between traditional and self-organized teams.
  • Appreciate the new role of manager in Agile teams.
  • Experience the practice of ‘Step Back Management’ through an experiential activity; the Agile Titanic Simulation game.
  • Understand the ‘Mini U model’ and learn the method of gradual intervention.

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

Session 3: Agile team skills: beyond the surface

In this session we focus on key skills any Agile self-organized team needs to masterin order to move beyond superficial application of practices such as Kanban boards and stand-ups.

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.
  • Learn to create the conditions necessary for more team-based decision making. Understand roles and responsibilities in self-organized teams.

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

Session 4: Agile team performance

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.
  • Create a personal action plan with hands-on practices to start with right away.

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

Session 5: Learn and share

The final session is all about implementing the learnings. We focus on the roadmap for transitioning to Agile.

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the steps needed to prepare the organization for a transition.
  • Awareness of the sequence of actions needed.
  • Learn how to use Agile to implementAgile. Develop Personal Action Plans to implement learnings.

Thursday, February 24 13:00 – 16:00 CET (UTC +1)

Summary of your takeaways

  •  Techniques and tools to build trust in teams. This will help you apply whatever Agile framework you chose with better outcomes.
  • How to create psychologically safe spaces for self-organized teams to operate.
  • Understand the role of managers in Agile teams
  • Understand how retrospectives can be made truly meaningful and not plain rituals.
  • Receive a compact toolbook that helps you applying the discussed practices in day-to-day business


€ 990,- for the full program

Program Faculty

Luuk Willems

Co-founder SSI & main trainer of this program

Luuk is co-founder of Semco Style Institute and intrigued by the question how working can work better for every-one involved. He started his career at Deloitte, worked as a trainer on personal entrepreneurship and still works as consultant with Semco Style partner teams. He leads large corporate transformations and is responsible for training, methodology and content such as toolkits.

Rajesh Navaneetham

Partner SSI India & main trainer of this program

Rajesh Navaneetham is certified Semco Style consultant and partner at Semco Style Institute India for three years. Rajesh has an extensive background in organizational transformations. He worked as Director at Dell Services in Bangalore, India and as an Agile Coach he led agile transformations of teams in larger companies.

Rhea Joy Ong Yiu

Agile expert and Partner SSI DACH region

Rhea is a steward of the LIVEforward Institute of LIVEsciences AG, and partner of Semco Style Institute in the DACH Region. Rhea is a leading voice in agility, transformation and the future of work. She is working very closely with leaders and teams in industries that are facing complex transformation challenges, bringing fresh perspectives and ideas that are very relevant to the changing virtual and hybrid landscapes.

Jorge Silva

Co-founder 10Pines and Agile expert 

Jorge Silva is co-founder of 10Pines, a self-managing software development company in Argentina. After training with several initiators and signers of the Agile Manifesto and working with Agile methodologies since 2004, Jorge is one of the early Agile adopters in LATAM and a sought-after keynote speaker. Combined with his Semco Style inspired approach and human-centric methods Jorge really brings Agile to the next level.


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.



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