CAL Essentials for Organization Leaders

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The Grow-Lean Certified Agile Leadership Essentials (CAL-E) / Organization (CAL-O) combines two classes into one comprehensive session.

  • You start with the CAL-E, and understand the core principles and values underlying agile methods, as well as your role in supporting and promoting them.
  • In the second half, the CAL-O, you learn how to be effective in supporting agile programs and portfolios and craft a template for organizational transformation and change management with minimum risk and maximum impact.


Your trainer Arlen Bankston has a lengthy career starting prior to the Agile Manifesto. He was a founding executive in one of the earliest agile consultancies, starting with agile in the late 1990's. He has filled multiple roles over his training and coaching career, and worked with leaders at all types of organizations.

As as result you’ll enjoy a consistently fresh and open-minded approach to agility in your CAL-EO that leans on real experience and anecdotes. Arlen uses tools like Mural and Mentimeter in completely unique ways that many students have commented is interesting in its own respect and keeps them fully engaged from beginning to end. Arlen goes to great lengths to help students share with one another, a benefit unique to a class like this with leadership talent.

Find out more about the CAL Essentials for Organization Leaders training.

"Blend empiricism, a growth mindset, along with self-awareness and empathy to become an agile leader, moving from command and control, to encourage and enable."

Arlen - Your Grow-Lean Trainer

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Understanding the CAL-E, CAL-O and the CAL-EO

The Scrum Alliance’s Certified Agile Leadership program consists of three initial one-day workshops (CAL-E, CAL-T and CAL-O) followed by a validated experience certification (CAL-II). The workshops can be taken separately or in various combinations. This is a combined session, the CAL-E+O, that includes the CAL-E + CAL-O.

Grow-Lean’s CAL Essentials for Organization Leaders (CAL-E+O) program is perfect for leaders looking to launch or enhance agility at both the team and organizational level. It is taught by an experienced executive who has worked with companies across the private and public sectors since the genesis of the agile movement. No question will remain unanswered or given vague treatment in this class; with 20 years of real-world transformation experience we will discuss and address your real-world problems.

Certified Agile Leadership Essentials (CAL-E) teaches how agile leaders ought to think, focus, and behave. It covers why agile methods are necessary in today’s complex and ever-changing environment, what some of the leading methods are, how to drive change in an iterative and incremental fashion, and the leader’s role in driving agility throughout an organization.

Certified Agile Leadership for Organizations (CAL-O) shows C-suite leaders and directors the knowledge, skills, and techniques that will help them to work toward sustainable agility for their organizations. It will illustrate how to measure the impact of agility, how to shape and scale adaptive organizations, how to design successful change management strategies and how to develop personally to become a more agile executive.

Session Schedule

CAL Essentials for Organization Leaders (CAL-EO)

Two Days - Live Online Classroom
Trainer: Arlen Bankston
Thu
16
Feb
Fri
17
Feb
USD 1,595
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,195
Two Days Live Online
valid till 3 Feb
Arlen Bankston
$100 a month or less
9:00 AM (EST)
5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,595 USD 1,195
valid till 3 Feb
Two Days - Live Online Classroom
Trainer: Arlen Bankston
Thu
9
Mar
Fri
10
Mar
USD 1,595
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,195
Two Days Live Online
valid till 3 Feb
Arlen Bankston
$100 a month or less
9:00 AM (EST)
5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,595 USD 1,195
valid till 3 Feb
Two Days - Live Online Classroom
Trainer: Arlen Bankston
Thu
6
Apr
Fri
7
Apr
USD 1,595
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,195
Two Days Live Online
valid till 18 Feb
Arlen Bankston
$100 a month or less
9:00 AM (EST)
5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,595 USD 1,195
valid till 18 Feb
Two Days - Live Online Classroom
Trainer: Arlen Bankston
Mon
17
Apr
Tue
18
Apr
USD 1,595
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (EST)
USD 1,195
Two Days Live Online
valid till 18 Feb
Arlen Bankston
$100 a month or less
11:00 AM (EST)
7:00 PM (EST)
USD 1,595 USD 1,195
valid till 18 Feb
Two Days - Live Online Classroom
Trainer: Arlen Bankston
Mon
8
May
Tue
9
May
USD 1,595
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,195
Two Days Live Online
valid till 18 Feb
Arlen Bankston
$100 a month or less
9:00 AM (EST)
5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,595 USD 1,195
valid till 18 Feb
Two Days - Live Online Classroom
Trainer: Arlen Bankston
Thu
22
Jun
Fri
23
Jun
USD 1,595
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,195
Two Days Live Online
valid till 18 Feb
Arlen Bankston
$100 a month or less
9:00 AM (EST)
5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,595 USD 1,195
valid till 18 Feb
Two Days - Live Online Classroom
Trainer: Arlen Bankston
Mon
19
Feb
Tue
20
Feb
USD 1,595
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,195
Two Days Live Online
valid till 18 Feb
Arlen Bankston
$100 a month or less
9:00 AM (EST)
5:30 PM (EST)
USD 1,595 USD 1,195
valid till 18 Feb

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CAL-E Learning Objectives

Understand core principles and values underlying agile methods, as well as your role in supporting and promoting them, so you can think and act different.

The Growth of Agile

The markets you and your company execute in are increasingly volatile, unpredictable, complex, and ambiguous (known as VUCA). Agile methods create short feedback loops to maximize learning. The learning provides an opportunity for intelligent adaptation as events unfold; assuming you are able to control your emotions and make decisions based on logic, fact and data.

Why Agile Leadership

Agile methods were created to deal with VUCA in software development, but delivering great products and services requires end-to-end flow that extends across technology and organizational silos. Agile leaders increase flow and collaboration across organizational silos and eventually eliminate those silos.

What Agile Leadership Entails

Agile leadership requires different approaches to planning, tracking, and managing work, Agile leaders understand the value of empiricism and a growth mindset in driving agility at scale.

Becoming an Agile Leader

The best leaders blend strong self-awareness, empathy for their employees, along with a nuanced understanding of the business and customer environment. This allows them to apply situational leadership where the leaders styles depends on context. They driving lasting change by commanding less and supporting more.

CAL-O Learning Objectives

Be effective in supporting agile programs and portfolios by crafting a template for organizational transformation and by applying organization change management to reduce risk and increase the potential positive impact.

How Leaders Enable Agility

Creating an agile culture is an iterative and incremental process like that seen in agile methods themselves. Leaders play a fundamental role in modeling agile behaviors and creating a system in which experimentation and learning can be facilitated without undue risk to the business.

Agile Organizational Design Strategies

Basic agile teams are cross-functional, encapsulating dependencies to support strong ownership. speed, quality, and adaptability. Agile organizations effectively connect dependent business units in a way that optimizes the flow of value from planning through delivery and into operations.

Driving Agility as a Leader

Empirical approaches such as Scrum rely on rapidly delivering capabilities in a way that allows for quick learning and adaptation. Leaders play a critical part in enabling this through focused portfolio management, modular planning, and adaptive governance.

What You Get

You get more than great learning, you get a free retake, alumni benefits, two year Scrum Alliance membership and more.

Your Certification

Become a CAL Essentials for Organization Leader

This workshop will confer the CAL-E and CAL-O certifications, as well as make you eligible to apply for the CAL II validated experience certification. You will leave with the basic skills necessary to start or expand agile delivery at your organization.

  • No additional charge to become certified.
  • No exam required at present.
  • Must attend a minimum of fourteen hours class time to become certified.
  • Two years Scrum Alliance Membership included.

Grow with Us

We offer advanced training options for leaders

In addition to the CAL-E,CAL-O (Organization) and CAL-T (Team).

Grow-Lean is an approved Scrum Alliance Path to Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) Provider offering a range of classes that can grow your career, in the Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Agile Leader Pathways.

Grow-Lean is an approved Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider (REP), meaning that we can list and deliver continuing education classes that earn you Scrum Education Units® (SEUs).

Pre-Class Reading and Videos

Maximize your learning with preparation

Pre-reading for the your Scrum Alliance CAL Essentials for Organization Leaders training.
If you have time prior to the session, you can benefit by by clicking here to check free reading material and videos.
  • Start with a short read, the Agile Manifesto and the principles behind it.
  • Spend a bit more time reading the Scrum Guide. It is thirteen light pages.
  • Have some more time, watch the Scrum Alliance videos.
  • Even more time, check the CAL Essentials for Organization Leaders specific material (also specified on the same page).

Immersive Classroom Experience

A mix of technologies and interactive approaches

For both virtual an in person events, we keep the training interactive.

  • Virtual: We use Zoom as the core virtual technology and we use Mural as virtual space where we run exercises, and play educational games, resulting in an interactive session.
  • In Person: We use a number of exercise in person events. We also use additional technologies such as Mural, Miro or Google Docs as a virtual white board to keep the session interactive.

Why Choose Grow-Lean

Longest tenured trainers, smaller classes and higher quality

  • Small group of elite, experienced, longest tenured, agile trainers.
  • Fair pricing, high quality.
  • Caring customer support before and after training.
  • Delivery focused get what you pay for.
  • Everything is included. Don't get surprised by hidden fees!
  • Trainers are actual practitioners. Don't trust talking heads!
  • Training material and approaches vetted by experts.
  • High quality, real, interactive training.