PAL (Professional Agile Leadership)

The Professional Agile Leadership (PAL) is a hands-on workshop that uses a combination of instruction and hands-on exercises to help managers and other leaders who work directly with agile teams understand how to best support, guide, and coach their teams to improve their agile capabilities. The workshop provides a foundation for the role that leaders play in creating the conditions for a successful agile transformation. Leaders and managers are critical enablers in helping their organizations be successful, yet the role of leaders and managers in an agile organization can be quite different from what they are used to.  This workshop uses a  combination of instruction and team-based exercises to help participants learn how to form and support agile teams to achieve better results, and how to lead the cultural and behavioral changes that organizations must make to reap the benefits of an agile product delivery approach.

Learning Objectives

  • Development of a common language

  • Understanding of core problems in IT Product and Software Development

  • Professional introduction and establishment of Agile techniques

  • Role management plays in the Agile change of an organization

Who should attend

This course is for those who have acquired knowledge of Agile principles either through their work or through various Agile certifications and want to develop leadership competencies and be a change agent. It is particularly beneficial for those people within an organization accountable for maximizing the value of work done by the Development team, including the Product Owner, Product Manager, and Leadership Team.

Prerequisites

For the effectiveness of the learning experience, you should-

  • Have studied the Scrum Guide (required)

  • Have taken the Scrum Open (free online assessment)

  • Have taken the Professional Scrum Foundations course, or have experience on or exposure to a Scrum Team

  • Possess a general understanding of requirements and requirements decomposition

  • Have been on or closely involved with a project that builds or enhances a product

  • Want to know more about how Scrum works, how to use it, and how to implement it in an organization

Format and Material

To assimilate the vast amount of information needed to pass the PAL exam, there is a mixture of lecture, discussion, exercises, and several practice exams in the course.  Be prepared to answer practice tests to simulate the exam, with discussions about why answers were correct or incorrect.  Many students find this one of the most helpful parts of the class.

Each participant will receive:

  • Personal copy of the couse material

  • The scrum guide from Scrum.org

  • In-class practice tests

Duration: 2 full days

Course Contents

  • Theory and Principles

  • Improving Value Delivery

  • Value - The "What"

  • Culture - The "Who"

  • Professionalism - The "How"

  • Scaling

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To succeed in a changing world, organizations need to become more agile, more responsive to customer needs and market changes. This workshop will equip leaders and managers to help their organizations change by providing participants with:

  • An understanding of how agility can help you improve your organization's performance

  • An understanding of how you, as a manager or leader, can help your organization achieve the benefits of agility

  • An understanding of how culture and values influence your organization's ability to reap the benefits of agility

  • Practical skills for helping to guide and coach agile teams, and to help them remove impediments

  • An understanding of how to measure the benefits and impacts of agility in your organization

Exam & Certification

All participants completing the Professional Agile Leadership - Essentials course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) certification assessment. PAL-E class participants who attempt the PAL I assessment within 14 days of receiving their free password and do not score at least 85% will be granted a 2nd attempt at no additional cost.

PDU Credits

Students of Scrum.org courses are able to claim Project Management Institute (PMI) PDU credit: 14 PDUs after attending a two-day Professional Agile Leadership (PAL) Essentials course. Please note that PMI PDUs are earned for course attendance and not for passing a Scrum.org assessment. Students can claim PDUs under PMI's "Education courses provided by other third party providers” category. You can claim your PDUs online at https://ccrs.pmi.org.