Business Agility Essentials - Developing Agile Leadership

[ Attain Business Agility with Okaloa simulations ]


Self-organizing teams are a cornerstone of the Agile organization. Likewise, self-management is considered crucial to enterprise agility. In general, business agility requires autonomy at the individual, team and organizational level just as much as it requires acts of leadership at all levels. It requires individuals in teams or larger organizational units that can make decisions on their own while staying aligned with each other. It requires teams and organizational units that develop their own capabilities for collaboration and learning. In sum, a business is Agile to the extent that it autonomously develops and improves its own (autonomous) capabilities.

Autonomy is a main driver for motivation and engagement. Take away autonomy, and people will become disengaged or even actively resistant. Herein also lies the challenge. Autonomy cannot be imposed (lest risking to put people in a stress-full double bind). It requires people, teams and organizational units to reorganize their own experience and develop their own thinking rather than projecting our own experiences and imposing our own models onto them. It requires, what David Marquet describes as a leader-leader model.

In this workshop participants will get introduced to a number of powerful instruments to develop (grow) rather than impose autonomy. What you learn in this workshop will make you more effective at developing autonomous teams in your, or your customer’s, organization. It will also make you more effective as a coach and a trainer. The workshop exposes the participants to a unique teaching style where experience precedes theory. Rather than imposing a method or practices on the participants, they are offered a chance to challenge their Agile thinking and are given the opportunity to experience how work works – in a safe to fail environment – and develop their own thinking models that fit with their practices and frameworks. The workshop shows the different ways of developing autonomy by actually experimenting and immediately experience the results of it. As a result, the workshop reinforces, rather than replaces, any Agile frameworks or methods that the participants are already familiar with. It also introduces the participants to a set of Okaloa simulations that they can use in their own work or coaching.


  • Introduction to the workshop
    • Creating a shared model of understanding
    • Developing team capabilities to build great teams
    • Using simulation to create a safe team exercise environment (the "team gym")
  • Initial simulation
    • Experience "doing Agile"
    • Understanding and analyzing friction
  • From blaming to understanding
    • The learning loop (OODA+PDCA)
    • Understanding the system of work – Flow, Collaboration and Learning
    • Developing a team experiment
  • Experiment simulation
    • Experience "being Agile"
    • Understanding and analyzing outcomes
  • From practices to capabilities
    • Practices produce outcomes in a context
    • The role of enabling constraints to develop practices
    • Developing autonomous capabilities
  • What happens next?
    • Organizational autonomy model
    • Clean language, Integrative thinking and Stigmergy
    • Developing autonomy in your (or your client’s) organization

Learning Objectives

  • Using simulation to allow participants to develop their own (Agile) thinking
  • Understand autonomy and the pitfall of the double bind
  • Boost agility by developing Agile thinking that leverages existing practices
  • Learn how to develop a “team gym” in which teams can exercise their team capabilities
  • Learn how to develop autonomous teams and agile leadership
  • Understand the organizational autonomy model.


  • Agile coaches and Practitioners

Course Deliverables

  • Attendees will receive the Certificate of Participation on 'Business Agility Essentials - Developing Agile Leadership'
  • In person 1-day training full of learning and fun
  • Takeaway guide.


January 20, 2019

Participant Profile

Beginner and Intermediate


Experience before theory (Classroom Training)


Patrick Steyaert



Registration Fee

INR 30,000 + 18% GST (Inclusive of Agile Gurugram 2019 Conference pass).