AGILE CULTURE ESSENTIALS

What is it?

Agile Culture Essentials, or ACE, offers articles, webinars, workshops and training programs focused on building a culture that helps organizations to get more out of Agile. An essential role for us plays 4 of the 12 principles of Agile that have a huge dependency on work culture. 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 derived from a successful implementation of self-managed Agile teams.

Who is it for?

Our offerings are tailor-made for Agile Coaches looking to enhance their portfolio of practices and tools with a specific focus on building an Agile culture, as well as for Senior Managers looking to build high-performance Agile teams/improve the velocity of existing teams.

About ACE

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 In short, one set of development processes has merely been replaced by another.

Agile Culture Essentials (ACE) makes Semco Style 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.  

PROGRAM BROCHURE

How can organizations restore the balance and move away from
command–and–control ways of working? How can they build a culture where agile teams can set their own pace and manage themselves?  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.

Are you ready to start a lasting agile transformation within your organization? 

WHAT WE OFFER

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 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 the learnings to be exported and shared with you!

You may contact us via email at hello@semcostyle.com to learn more about the program.

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?

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Look beneath the surface of superficial Agile rituals
  • Observable workplace behaviors that are fundamental to Agile
  • Experience the difference between Agile and traditional culture through a simulation

Session 2

Develop Agile Leadership

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

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Appreciate the style of leadership essential for Agile organizations
  • Learn to work with models and tools that help leaders work on step-back management, problem-solving ownership, and gradual interventions

 

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?

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Look beneath the surface of superficial Agile rituals
  • Observable workplace behaviors that are fundamental to Agile
  • Experience the difference between Agile and traditional culture through a simulation

Session 2

Develop Agile Leadership

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

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Appreciate the style of leadership essential for Agile organizations
  • Learn to work with models and tools that help leaders work on step-back management, problem-solving ownership, and gradual interventions

 

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.  

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Understand differences between traditional teams and self-organized teams
  • Learn how to transfer decision-making to the teams
  • Get a deep understanding of boundary conditions, why they are 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

Session 4

Building the organizational muscle for Agile

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

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Understand how to organize around customers instead of functions
  • Learn how to move from individual to team-based Performance Management Practices
  • Reimagining support functions as enablers of agility

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.  

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Understand differences between traditional teams and self-organized teams
  • Learn how to transfer decision-making to the teams
  • Get a deep understanding of boundary conditions, why they are 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

Session 4

Building the organizational muscle for Agile

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

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Understand how to organize around customers instead of functions
  • Learn how to move from individual to team-based Performance Management Practices
  • Reimagining support functions as enablers of agility

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.  

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Leadership behaviors and team practices to build Psychological Safety
  • Principles, Practices, and Tools to run effective retrospectives
  • Personal Action Plan for change

Agile Culture Professional Program

Takeaways Summary

  • Techniques and tools to build trust in teams. This will help you apply whatever Agile framework you choose 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 apply the discussed practices in day-to-day business

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.  

Your Key Takeaways:

  • Leadership behaviors and team practices to build Psychological Safety
  • Principles, Practices, and Tools to run effective retrospectives
  • Personal Action Plan for change

Agile Culture Professional Program

Takeaways Summary

  • Techniques and tools to build trust in teams. This will help you apply whatever Agile framework you choose 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 apply the discussed practices in day-to-day business

FIVE GOOD REASONS

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.

Certification

Proof of what you have achieved! After 4 sessions of in-depth 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 Semco Style Institute, 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 successful Agile implementations.

The earner of the Agile Culture Essentials (ACE) badge focuses on building a culture that helps organizations to get more out of Agile. They have an in-depth understanding of 4 of the 12 principles of Agile that makes a huge impact on the work culture and have explored the link to the Semco Style Framework that is derived from a successful implementation of self-managed Agile teams.

Information

Our Country Partners offer this program locally.

We are currently working hard to create online and blended-learning programs to offer on a global scale.

For the time being, you can contact us for more info on our open enrollment and in-company training programs.

All our programs can be adapted to existing company training and adjusted to client needs.

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