Professional Agile Leadership Essentials is a two-day training workshop leading to the PAL-I certification, for managers wanting to maximise their effectiveness in leading teams in the digital age.

Organisational leadership is a real game-changer that can either reduce or increase the effectiveness of product owners, scrum masters, and the development teams they lead. This class is a leadership development experience allowing you to hone your leadership style, align actions with objectives, and begin continuously improving performance toward measurable strategic goals.

This class includes up to two free attempts at the PAL-I assessment. Delegates take a multiple choice assessment after the class, leading to a permanent qualification with no renewal fees.

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials Logo 2022

This Professional Agile Leadership – Essentials training course is designed to leave delegates more confident in five key areas:

    1. Why agile matters to organisations
    2. How to develop people
    3. Measuring the performance and competitive advantage of agility
    4. The role leaders play in growing agility
    5. How to overcome the challenges faced by agile leaders
Course Content

Why Agile Matters
Agile is not the only way to manage work – traditional, plan-driven approaches have long-established practices and benefits. As a leader, you need to convince yourself of the best approach for your context. In this section you will have the opportunity to identify and develop some key themes and challenges faced by your organisation, decide whether agile techniques can help, and then lead others to buy-in to it.

Developing People
Learn how to create an environment where people can thrive, and develop confidence in your decision-making in an agile environment. Specific topics in this section include:

  • Understanding levels of team maturity, and how to adapt your leadership style to the situation
  • Levels of delegation and how they should change as a team matures
  • Leading people in a way that they take ownership
  • Case studies and pit-falls to watch out for
  • How to respond to requests or disagreements from scrum masters and product owners on how decisions should be made
  • The impact that leadership style has on long-term team maturity

Measuring Agility
Measurement is a powerful tool: if you measure something, it is likely to improve, especially if it is done so prominently or in a way that is incentivised. It’s critical therefore to measure the right things and to use the information in the right way. In this section, we’ll review the evidence-based management approach as a way of focusing the mind on the real competitive advantage you want to achieve for your organisation.

Leaders Grow Agility
This section takes a comprehensive look at the potential of agile leaders to cause long-lasting change in their departments and organisations. This will include:

  • Servant leadership in practice
  • Knowing how and when to intervene
  • Hiring effectively to build high-performing teams
  • The leaders role in the scrum principles and values
  • Causing organisational impediments to be removed

Challenges of an Agile Leader
An agile leader relies heavily on the roles within the scrum team – the developers, product owners and scrum masters that make things happen. There are many challenges the leader might face in creating an environment to enable them to succeed and reach high performance. This final section allows delegates to explore real examples arising from the shift from traditional to agile; fears of losing control of risk and rigour; how people respond to change; and more.

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials – Outcomes

By the end of the class, agile leaders will have new insights into their current challenges, and an actionable set of tools and techniques to put into practice. Participating in the exercises is intended to stimulate attendees to develop their own leadership style based on organisational objectives. Once these objectives are established, leaders will come to realised that the most effective way to deliver them is by establishing happy, motivated, high-performing teams.

    This Agility in Mind course can be delivered virtually or on-site for private training and can be tailored to your specific requirements. For details contact

    The Professional Agile Leadership – Essentials training course is intended for senior leaders, department heads, senior managers, and anyone in a leadership role supporting agile teams. Knowledge of the Scrum framework and experience in an IT delivery environment are beneficial.

    When delivered as a private class, the course may be pitched at an appropriate level. For example, experienced teams can quickly re-establish the basics and then spend more time considering the detail of their approach.

    We are a friendly team of practitioners and we like to provide a personal level of support, before, during and after the class:

    • Pre-course reading designed to expose questions so that they can be explored in class.
    • Contact details allowing delegates to ask questions to the trainer before and after the class.
    • Access to a comprehensive set of guidance after the course so that delegates apply what has been learnt.
    • Digital course effectiveness surveys with results sent out to delegates and sponsors straight after the class.

    Live Virtual Classroom Logo

    We can offer Professional Agile Leadership Essentials as a private Live Virtual Classroom for distributed teams. For more information on what we can do for you and your organisation, please enquire.

    £1140 per person
    (£950 + VAT)

    Location: Online

    Duration: 2 days

    Course Level: Advanced


    Materials Included:

    • Access to Agility in Mind Academy
    • Pre Course reading
    • Post course reading
    • Practise questions
    • Trainers contact information


    Even though it covered some basics – just taking the time as a team to work through things together was very helpful. Rather than dealing with work issues, we got to know some of the challenges people are facing and their motivations


    Whole team participation, discussions relatively good and amped up as we went through. Good examples and detailed responses with Ed and thought provoking work/case studies etc from Duncan


    it covered some concerns i had as a leader and got me thinking about what to change


    Public Training Courses

    Building confidence in new ways of working and inspiring change


    Sign up to our Newsletter

    Be the first to find out about our latest news, thought provoking insights, and much more!