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Training Format

The program takes place over three weeks, with live, synchronous classes every Tuesday and Thursday (between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM ET, including a 15-minute break and a 30-minute break), and small group discussions for learning and networking in the early mornings. Class sessions will take place via the Zoom platform. You will also have ample opportunity for interaction with faculty and peers inside and outside the class sessions.


What You Will Learn


Through faculty presentations, case studies, interactive exercises, small-group discussions, and guest speakers including some case protagonists, you will explore the importance of organizational agility and how to implement structures and processes that create a more agile organization over the short and long term. As you become conversant with the frameworks, tools, and terminology of agile methods, you will be better able to strike the right balance between managing day-to-day business and remaining responsive to change and opportunity.

Collaborative learning is an integral part of the experience. To maximize the benefit for everyone, you are expected to attend every session, complete all assignments, and contribute effectively in the class and in small groups. We advise setting aside a total of 3-5 hours per week for case preparation in addition to the synchronous class sessions.

Participants should expect to spend at least 9-12 hours on self-paced case preparation prior to attending the program. Case materials will be made available approximately 10 days prior to program start.

Key Topics

Understanding the agility imperative

  • Recognizing the demand for agility

  • Examining the relationship between agility and ability to scale

  • Moving from strategic imperative to organizational responses

Creating an agile governance model
  • Finding the right measures to drive agility

  • Employing Objectives and Key Results (OKR) as a performance management tool

  • Using performance data to drive results

  • Implementing governance structures for flexible resource allocation

  • Evolving more agile risk management

Implementing agility
  • Applying agile elements: roles, ceremonies, and artifacts in the Scrum framework

  • Creating an agile workforce

  • Exploring "hacks" for quickly implementing agility best practices

  • Providing space for experimentation (including digital experimentation), creativity, and iterative problem solving

  • Bringing agility to entrepreneurial initiatives within your company

  • Incorporating design thinking into an agile mindset

  • Enabling an outside-in innovation approach that leverages deep customer insight

Teaming for agility
  • Leading agile teams

  • Establishing team norms, goals, and processes

  • Creating effective cross-functional teams

  • Creating psychological safety and helping team members feel comfortable with change

Organizing for agility
  • Establishing "freedom within a framework"

  • Shifting from a rules-based to a principles-based organizational culture

  • Fostering transparency and trust

  • Removing organizational barriers and silos

  • Applying a design perspective to internal processes and systems

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