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Certified Agile Leadership (CAL 1) Education

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Advanced education for leaders, executives and change agents creating Agile environments. Graduates will receive the Certified Agile Leadership (CAL 1) designation from Scrum Alliance®.

  • 16 PDUs | 16 SEUs
  • 2-year membership with Scrum Alliance®
  • Agile Advice ebook, estimation cards, and more
  • Registered Education Provider with Scrum Alliance® and PMI
Upcoming Courses About Your Instructor
CAL Overview Poster
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Praise for Our Certified Agile Leadership Education

“Loved how Michael was open and vulnerable to being coached and how he kept us on track by reflecting back our own issues that we were not aware of.”
— Clinic Director - March 2017

“Insightful, engaging, practical.”
— Community Organizer - March 2017

“Game changing...”
— Technology Delivery - March 2017

“Provides another perspective to leadership journey. Topics were informative, insight into providing ‘invitations.’”
—Exec. Director Software Development - March 2017

“Inspirational, mind/soul-searching.”
— Senior Manager - March 2017

"I liked the fluid, agile structure/execution of the course, adapting to the needs of the audience at hand."
—Agile Coach - January 2017

"Enlightening, amazing, refreshing."
—Director - January 2017

"I enjoyed how Michael facilitated the training in a way where everyone had an equal voice in a safe, comfortable yet thought-provoking environment."
—Agile and Governance CoE Lead - January 2017

"Enlightening, enabling, inspiring."
—Senior Project Manager - January 2017

"It helped me recognize how connected everything is in my organization...tailored information to the group's needs."
—Program Manager - January 2017

"...deep, compassionate, freeing."
—Agile Coach - January 2017

"Declaring the info and insights were optional helped to create openness."
—Team Developer - January 2017

"Amazing, life changing, mind opening..."
—Director Agile COE - November 2016

"Be ready to let go of the idea of finding 'one answer.'"
—Manager - November 2016

"Inspiring - revealing - growing."
—Agilist - November 2016

"Powerfully awakening and inspirational for my personal journey."
—Agile Lead - November 2016

"Michael genuinely takes you on a journey into self to explore truthful ways of understanding organizational culture and leadership!"
— Analyst and Scrum Master - September 2016

"Pure magic!"
— Agile Coach - September 2016

"Enlightening, inspiring, energizing."
— CTO & Co-Founder - September 2016

"I gained the value of wholeness, safety and trust in an organization."
— CTO- September 2016

"Effective, Relevant, Informative. I learned how to initiate transformation to move towards high performance. In particular, the VAST model (Vulnerability, Authentic Connection, Safety and Trust) was valuable."
— Director

"Thought-provoking, Clarifying, Motivational. I gained deep insights into my desire for change vs. my organization’s. I now have a clearer view of the role of the leadership team, the negative organizational impact of well-intentioned efforts and on the role of Agile."
— D.B., CIO

"Insightful. Collaborative. Engaging. Different models exist for culture which work for different companies. We can choose what aspect of each that will work for us.
— QA Manager

"Educational. Insightful. Interesting. It was engaging and cooperative. I now understand non-traditional org structures."
— Sr. Manager UI Dev

"Active, Engaging, Open. The culture of our firm is a key driver. There are opportunities of change for the good. I liked the interaction, open discussions and mix of activities."
— Associate

"Engaging, Enlightening, A-HA moments. We went beneath the surface to get the true culture change. Employee engagement is the secret sauce."
— Culture Enthusiast (Yes, that's her official title)

"I think that the training session will cause a fundamental shift in our company, which has been long overdue, and that it will ultimately result in a much healthier organization (or organism depending on how deeply you want to think about it). I believe that it will cause us all (leads) to make space for others so that there is room for each person to grow and flourish."
— VP Business Systems

"Inspiring, Humbling, Overdue. I found the following valuable: VAST (vulnerability, Authentic connection, safety, trust) model, communications, and focus. Excellent facilitator, fearless, makes it look easy, practices what he preaches."


About Your Instructor

Michael Sahota's Portrait

Michael Sahota

"I am a guide: I help leaders be awesome by inviting awesomeness around them. I love culture, leadership, consciousness, Agile."

Michael helps people discover passion and purpose. Joy and meaning. Creativity, safety, trust and belonging. These are the ingredients of astounding results. Michael helps leaders foster work environments where people can grow and evolve to unleash their best every day, to invite a more conscious way of being and relating, to evolve organizational structures and practices that cultivate healthy cultures.

Michael, of Agilitrix, and BERTEIG partnered to deliver one of the world's best-known CAL1 curriculum. Since 2001, Agilitrix has been helping organizations evolve their organizational culture to create places where Agile may flourish. As a Certified Enterprise Coach® (CEC), Michael helps leaders bridge the world between Agile and organizational reality.

Agenda (Training Details)

We create a highly interactive, dynamic training environment. Each of you are unique - and so is each training. Although the essentials will be covered in every class, you will be involved in shaping the depth and focus of our time together. Each learning module is treated as a User Story and we will co-create a unique learning journey that supports everyone's needs.

Organizational Culture

"If you do not manage culture, it manages you, and you may not even be aware of the extent to which this is happening." – Edgar Schein

Your success as a leader in an Agile organization requires looking beyond Agile itself. It requires a deep understanding of your organization and your own leadership path. To equip you for this journey, you will gain a strong foundation in understanding organizational culture. From there, you will learn key organization and leadership models that will allow you to understand how your organizational culture really works.

Why Culture? Clarify why culture is critical for Organizational Success.

Laloux Culture Model: Discuss the Laloux culture model that will help us clarify current state and how to understand other organizations/models.

Agile Culture: Explore how Agile can be seen as a Culture System.

Agile Adoption & Transformation: Highlight differences between Agile Adoption and Transformation.

Dimensions of Culture: Look at key aspects of culture from "Reinventing Organizations". Where are we and where might we go?

Organizational Design: Explore how leading companies use innovative options to drive cultural operating systems.

Learning Objectives

Now you are ready to start the journey! You will learn about organizational growth - how you may foster lasting change in your organization. Key is understanding how it invite change in a complex system. You will also learn about leadership - how you may show up more effectively. And how to help others.

Leadership & Organizational Models

  • Theory X - Theory Y: Models of human behaviour that are implicit in various types of management systems.
  • Management Paradigms: Contrast of Traditional "Modern" Management practices with Knowledge worker paradigm.
  • The Virtuous Cycle: Key drivers of success emergent across different high-performance organizational systems.
  • Engagement (Gallup): Gallup has 12 proven questions linked to employee engagement. How can we move the needle?
  • Advice Process: More effective decision-making using Advice Process. Build leaders. Practice with advice cards.
  • Teal Organizations: Explore what Teal Organizations are like.

Leadership Development

Leading Through Culture: How to lead through culture so that innovation and engagement can emerge.

VAST - Showing up as Leaders: VAST (Vulnerability, Authentic connection, Safety, & Trust) guides us in showing up as more effective leaders.

Temenos Trust Workshop: Build trust and charter your learning journey. Intro version of 2 day retreat.

Compassion Workshop: How to Use Compassion to Transform your Effectiveness.

Transformational Leadership: See how we may "be the change we want to see" in our organizations.

Leading Through Context: How to lead through context so that innovation and engagement can emerge.

Leadership in Hierarchy: Hierarchy impedes innovation. Listening and language tips to improve your leadership.

Organizational Growth

  • Working With Culture: Given a Culture Gap. What moves can we make? Work with Culture or Transformation.
  • Complex Systems Thinking: Effective change is possible when we use a Complex Systems model.
  • Cynefin. Attractors. Emergent Change.
  • Healthy "Agile" Initiatives: How to get to a healthy initiative. How to focus on the real goals of Agile and clarify WHY.
  • People-Centric Change: The methods we use to change must be aligned with the culture we hope to foster. How we may change in a way that values people.
  • Transformation Case Study: Walkthrough of how a transformation unfolded with a 100 person internal IT group.

Additional Benefits

Planning Cards

All attendees receive as many decks of Estimation Cards as they want! You're guaranteed at least 1 deck but the instructor often brings extra. Each deck includes four sets, therefore most Scrum teams need 2 or 3 decks. Feel free to ask for as many decks as you need.

Agile Advice book cover

All attendees receive a free electronic copy of Mishkin Berteig's book "Agile Advice". We offer free books because we encourage continuous learning!

Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider Project Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider

As Registered Education Provider with Scrum Alliance®, BERTEIG instructors regularly facilitate Certified Scrum training seminars. BERTEIG is a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute: our Certified ScrumMaster® and Certified Scrum Product Owner® courses have been approved by the PMI for Category A PDUs: details at CCRS.PMI.org; our Certified Scrum Developer® is valid for Category B PDUs.

There are two main audiences that are addressed by this training: organizational leaders and organizational coaches. The principles and practices of organizational culture and leadership are the same regardless of your role. Organizational leaders include executives, vice presidents, directors, managers and program leads. Organizational coaches include Agile coaches, HR professionals, management consultants and internal change leaders. “The only thing of real substance that leaders do is to create and manage culture.” – Edgar Schein
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