Leading Agile Organizations course with Pete Behrens: 11-12 of April


While Teams implement Scrum, leaders enable them. This workshop is focused on the leader to foster agility across their organization. This workshop is the foundation for leadership to understand and foster the values required to enable high-performing Scrum teams. It focuses both on the leader’s own mindset and behaviors, and in guiding an agile organization.
Leading Agile Organizations is an interactive leadership-focused workshop building skills and competencies to effectively guide and grow agile leaders, coaches and their organizations. This workshop is focused in two parts: personally on the agile leader in their self-agility and leading others, and externally on the leader’s capacity to drive organizational delivery and agility.
The workshop is rooted through decades of research in neuroscience and human development, embedded in established leadership and organizational frameworks, and validated through years of practice across dozens of organizations. This workshop demonstrates effective application of theory and provides concrete models, tools and techniques for leaders to employ directly in their organizations.


Day 1: Self-Leadership Agility & Catalyst Conversations

«The wise will mend their ways»

Taiichi Ohno (Toyota Production System)

The workshop kicks off with a historical perspective of human development and leadership from the nomadic, agricultural, industrial and current creative societies. We explore leadership mindset and behaviors through these historical lenses and the impact that size, complexity and the rapid pace of change has had on leadership and organizations. We introduce the Leadership Agility Maturity Model of expert, achiever and catalyst leadership to foster self-awareness of our own leadership maturity and to discover more agile thinking and behaviors. We explore the mindset and behaviors of leaders at these varying maturity levels to self-reflect on leadership traits in ourselves and others who lead us. And we discover how our brains are wired to respond to the threats of everyday work life and the cognitive response strategies required to improve decisions and outcomes. Finally, we practice a simple 5-step catalyst conversation technique to positively impact every aspect of our work (and personal) life. Through this technique, the leader will learn to turn destructive threats into constructive rewards in coaching others through self-responsibility, leading teams through self-organization, and guiding effective and sustainable organizational change. These techniques guide leaders in BEING agile over DOING Agile.

Day 2: Guiding and Growing Organizational Agility

«When people have the decision-making power and the resources to work toward a meaningful purpose, they don’t need pep talks or stretch targets.” — Fredrick Laloux (Reinventing Organizations)
This day re-orients the leader towards the organization and the focus of their work. Expanding upon the mindset and behaviors of the agile leader from day 1, we explore the organizational contexts of culture, structures and change to foster organizational delivery and agility. Two key focal points for the leader include improving the value delivery capability and improving the organizational learning capability.
We seek to understand organizational cultures and explore structural patterns inhibiting and/or enabling team development, self-organization, change, growth and value delivery. Some of these patterns underlying the scaling frameworks of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Large Scale Scrum (Less). Organizational culture, the shadow of leadership, is often a hidden but pervasive influence within organizations. Organizational structures emerging from the culture influence leadership and team behaviors. Both impact deliver and agility, and need to be part of the agile leader’s lexicon.
We evaluate case studies of real organizations of different cultures applying agile structures of different patterns to drive effective and sustaining change with positive results. We reflect and share our own organizational cultures and structures in comparison to these case studies and other participant models.

Finally, we practice a simple 5-step V2MOM organizational change model to guide the change we need in our organizations. We learn how organizational change works, why it often fails, and we explore a model to guide effective change. A V2MOM change model creates a shared Vision, aligns the organizational Values, plans the Methods of change, identify the Obstacles to change, and guides the Measures of success.

Extending the Workshop…

Extending the two-day workshop are options to further develop your own personal leadership agility and guide your organization’s agility through assessment and coaching.

  • The Leadership Agility 360 Assessment and Coaching provides a simple framework to evaluate your current leadership maturity, identify your key gaps, create a development plan and have the opportunity for a 6-month one-on-one coaching program to further develop your self-awareness and self-leadership agility.
  • The Organizational Agility 360 Assessment and Coaching provides a simple engagement to expose your organization’s culture, structures and processes that align to, and/or inhibit, your organizational agility. This one-time engagement includes pre-assessment data gathering, on-site interviews and observations, and post-assessment report and follow-up. It is an excellent opportunity for newly agile and already agile organizations to navigate their journey toward improved delivery and agility.

Who should attend

This workshop is designed for both senior-level leaders working within organizations and experienced enterprise agile coaches who engage with agile organizations.

  • Organizational leaders seeking to transition into or improve your company’s agility
  • Enterprise Agile coaches working across one or multiple teams and seeking to impact the broader organization
  • HR or OD professionals seeking to leverage agility in your leadership review & training programs

Why this workshop?

While there has been tremendous growth in scaling frameworks, there continues to be a need for strong agile leaders with an ability to catalyze organizational maturity and drive healthy organizational change. Scaling frameworks are excellent for particular organizational cultures — this workshop goes behind the frameworks and explores core leadership competencies and organizational patterns that can assist with the implementation of an existing framework, or creation of your own framework, for agile maturity and growth.

The rates for the class

*Includes: two days of class attendance for one person, handouts, meals.

*Does not include main conference program (April/8-9).

  • If you are a conference attendee your rate is 600 EUR
  • If you are not attending conference your rate is 700 EUR 


This is an advanced class. Prior experience is required.

We reserve the right to decline your application if no evidence of relevant experience is provided. In that case, we will get back in touch with you for clarification.

If you have any agile certifications above basic level (like CSP), please, list those as well, it may help your application.