Introduction

This Agile Lean Leadership Introduction course is the entry level for everybody, wanting to get to grips with the fundamental patterns and worldview in Scrum, Agile and Lean Thinking. This includes highlighting the difference to traditional management, especially the Neo-Taylorist approach.

The agenda for the day is:

Agile Lean context

  • What makes people perform well and enjoy their work-life?
    • Why is this important?
  • A tactile exercise to get a handle on constant improvement, self-organization and flow
  • Constant Improvement
    • The Deming PDSA Circle
    • Empirical process control
  • History of Agile and Lean
    • Agile Manifesto
    • Toyota Production System
    • Lean Thinking
    • The creation of Scrum
    • The Learning Organization
    • Lean Startup
  • Complexity theory
    • Cynefin and other models
    • Why much work in the modern world fall in the complex domain
  • Why the traditional ways of Big Upfront Planning (BUP) are insufficient to solve complex problem effectively
    • Neo-Taylorism, top-down control

Agile and Lean basic patterns

  • The heart of Agile and Lean
    • A fairy tale supplying an overview
  • Scrum and Kanban
    • Sprint based work or constant flow, pros and cons
  • The classic Agile roles, taking care of the strategic, tactical and operational areas
    • The CO/PO: Team Captain, Product Owner, Commanding Officer or CEO
    • The XO/SM: Team Master, coach, Executive Officer or COO
    • The Team or staff members
  • Retrospectives and constant learning
    • Kaizen and Kaikaku, small steps and giant leaps
  • Other aspects
    • Handling of unplanned activities
    • Handling of periodic activities

Agile predictability

  • Predictability and its importance
    • Estimation, different methods, pros and cons
    • Building reliable and predictable sprints or cadences
  • An exercise in estimation