Lean and Agile Leadership for Managers by Innovel

Reinvent yourself and your organization with practical Lean and Agile Leadership skills.

Lean Agile Leadership Manager Workshop Innovel


Agile and Scrum are great for teams, but how do managers succeed?


The Key Role of Leadership.
Toyota, the inventor of Lean, had a lengthy apprenticeship program for new managers to become Lean managers, and also had the highest quality in the industry. Due to rapid growth Toyota executives stopped the apprenticeship program for managers and focused on growth. Toyota quality fell steeply and recalls grew into the millions of vehicles.1
1. M. E. May, “The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation”

Becoming a Lean and Agile organization isn’t a destination, it is a continual journey. Leaders and managers play a pivotal role in this journey, and there is much to do.

Key challenges for a leader and manager transitioning to Lean and Agile:

  • R&D is pretty good at Scrum however Sales and Support are overwhelmed by the pace of delivery.
  • The current organizational design, work process and practices combine to create ongoing challenges to Agility.
  • The traditional management mindset regarding workers (theory X) is at odds with a Lean and Agile mindset (theory Y).
  • Many current human resources practices run counter to Lean and Agile principles.
  • Management often focuses on goals, stretch goals and incentives, without understanding the work system required. There is little flexibility in the objectives should the environment change.
  • Commercial contracts structure customer vendor relationships that are at odds with key Agile principles (for example fixed scope fixed cost).

These challenges large non trivial issues. They are the tip of the iceberg of the work ahead of Lean and Agile leadership. To become a Lean and Agile Leader there’s a new set of skills to master and a new way to see your organization.

Our Lean and Agile Leadership class is unique in that we focus concrete, actionable techniques and tools you can use right after the training.

Value Stream Mapping an Enterprise R&D Process

Value Stream Mapping an Enterprise R&D Process

  • New thinking tools and techniques that are complimentary to Scrum
  • Tools to find and make major improvements across the organization.
  • How to use Lean, Theory of Constraints and Systems Thinking to see and improve your whole organization.
  • Applying Lean and Agile in marketing, support, and operations
  • Value stream mapping, Kanban, and visualizing the flow of work.
  • Reinertsen’s cost of delay.
  • Risk reduction and the Lean Startup framework
  • Creating and managing ongoing organizational improvement work
  • Deciding who should decide. Maximizing fault tolerance, responsiveness to customers and market sensing with a distributed response framework.
  • Alternative business organization design patterns: W.L. Gore, Zappos, Holacracy, Sociocracy
  • Large scale development organization design patterns: Large Scale Scrum, Spotify, others.
  • From human resources to people operations. People policies that fit a Lean and Agile organization
  • The coaching stance. Growing people over controlling outcomes.
  • Comparing Management schools of thought: Sloan versus Lean


We guarantee our Lean and Agile Leadership for Managers workshop will be an engaging experience that will give you the knowledge and confidence to start improving your organizational Agility.


Contact us for a quote for onsite Lean and Agile Leadership for Managers course for your organization.


Innovel Lean and Agile Leadership for Managers Workshop Includes:

  • 1 to 3 day workshop depending on client needs
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages
  • Booklet of the course materials
  • Soft copy of the course materials
  • Photographs of workshop and created materials
  • Static post-it notes
  • Recommended reading list
  • PDFs, videos, and links for further learning
Lean and Agile Leadership for Managers manual

Lean and Agile Leadership for Managers manual


Your instructor Robin Dymond CST is an in demand international consultant and a leading Scrum Trainer with 26 years in the software industry and 14 years of experience using Scrum. He has founded and run software startups, raised Venture Capital, and also worked with large companies looking for better results. He has trained over 4000 people in Europe, Canada, Brazil and USA. He has given numerous presentations on implementing Scrum in large complex organizations at Agile conferences in the USA and Europe since 2006.
Dymond pioneered Lean and Agile Leadership for Managers training in 2009 based on the work of many brilliant systems thinkers. This course based on or influenced by the following authors and thought leaders: Craig Larman, Bas Vodde, Don Reinertsen, James Womack, Daniel Jones, Jeffery Liker, Eli Goldratt, John Shook, Eric Ries, Steve Blank, Alistair Cockburn, Kent Beck, Jeff Sutherland, Gerald Weinberg, Matthew May and many others.
Robin Dymond lecturing

Robin Dymond CST

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