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Influential Agile Leader


Influential Agile Leader

Influential Agile Leader

Unique event for Agile managers, directors, project and program managers, technical leads and ScrumMasters:

The Influential Agile Leader:
Make the Agile Promise Happen

Grow your influence and coaching skills, inspire and lead culture change, and bring Agile sanity to challenging situations.

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This event will earn you 14 Category B PDUs / SEUs

Gil BrozaJohanna Rothman


From: Gil Broza and Johanna Rothman

Dear committed Agile leader,

Does the following describe your situation?

  • You consider yourself sensible and pragmatic, but you're oh-so frustrated.
  • People go through the Agile motions. And, it doesn't seem like Agile to you. It sure looks like business as usual and the same old, same old.
  • You know what it would take to improve things, but your team or bosses aren't receptive to anything you've tried.
  • The team or management doesn’t quite have an Agile culture.
  • You want to bring sanity — Agile sanity — to your organization.

If so, our intensive, two-day event the Influential Agile Leader is exactly for you. This event runs only once (maybe twice!) a year in North America. Each time, a small group of committed leaders join us to develop two critical skills: influence and coaching. They immerse themselves in the necessary attitudes of Agile leaders. And they lay the foundation for sustainable Agility in their organizations.

As personal as a workshop, deeper than a class, and smaller than a conference, this is a unique, transformative event.

You'll spend two packed, focused days with us and with your peers — all of whom are in similar situations. You'll grow personally and professionally as you:

  • Understand how and when to influence others and effect culture change
  • Learn how and when to coach others — your team members, peers, and superiors
  • Tackle the system's challenges with renewed confidence and see its dynamics with new eyes
  • Stay congruent, present, and centered as a leader in confusing, changing times
  • Gain strategies, tools, and insights relevant to the challenges and needs of an Agile leader when not everybody is moving in the same direction
  • Stop being alone, and connect with others who are rowing upstream against similar currents.
  • Learn to manage the frustration of leading change

We'll cover the most important needs of an Agile leader in an organization where not everyone has the Agile or growth mind-set.

We will co-lead the following three plenary sessions:

Mapping the dynamics of your organization

You know that your Agile leadership challenges can exist across the organization. It's not clear where you should start coaching or influencing people for maximum leverage. One of our favorite tools is organizational mapping, which helps us see culture, forces, and intergroup dynamics.

On day 1, you’ll determine a desirable outcome for your organization, learn the mapping technique, and use it to map the part of your organization that's related to the outcome. On day 2, you’ll use the tools and skills learned so far to analyze the map again and determine an action plan.


Too few people have a solid reference experience for coaching, let alone a correct understanding of it. It's not mentoring, teaching, nor leading, and yet it's one the most powerful forces of positive change we know. Both of us coach all the time as part of our consulting practices. You'll learn how to get through to people and open their minds to receive your coaching. You'll observe us coach and understand how we get results. The Coaching session will occupy a good chunk of our time, so you'll have many opportunities to practice and integrate the skills.


Dozens of people have told us, first hand, that one of their most prominent problems was the matter of influence, and how to do that effectively and with integrity. They want to lead sensible and meaningful change, but how?

We'll spend all of the second morning on the matter of influence. You'll learn how to bring your best self, and help the other people bring themselves to the problem, without blaming, without placating, while staying relevant to the problem. It's not easy, but it's possible. Part of this segment will involve prerequisites and general practice, and the rest will be specific to you and your specific need and application of influence.

We will lead the following eight sessions, “the Gil track” and “the Johanna track”, in four parallel 50- or 60-minute slots. Pick a Johanna session or a Gil session, and if you like, move to the other one mid-session.

Being Agile: Having the mind-set that delivers

[with Gil] We’ll paint and contrast two pictures, “Doing Agile” (going through the motions) and “Being Agile” (having the mind-set). The former does not yield the promised Agile benefits; rather, it often yields unwanted consequences. We’ll discuss what pulls people toward merely doing Agile and keeps them from ever being Agile. Participants will learn to distinguish process-driven Agile from mindset-driven Agile, and how to have resistance-free and emotionally neutral conversations with folks who don’t understand Agile yet.

Scaling Agile strategically

[with Johanna] The buzzword these days around Agile is “scaling.” That means many things to people. Let's unpack that to multiple projects with one business objective, which is a program. Another possible meaning is manage the project portfolio, which is when you decide to do which project, first, second, third, or never. If you have teams busy with more than one thing at a time, or if you have managers around teams trying to “optimize” their work, this session is for you. Especially if you have big projects that are programs. We will do a simulation about multitasking that you can take back to work.

Reinventing yourself

[with Gil] How would you characterize your growth as a leader? Is it consistent progress through learning and practice, or is it more like fits and starts? If the latter, do you sometimes wish to go to the next level, but it's eluding you? You might need some reinvention: see yourself, and be yourself, a little differently. We'll share a powerful mental model for personal change, and demonstrate by coaching some of the participants!

The geographically distributed Agile team

[with Johanna] Do you have people working in more than one location, but trying to be one team? If you have team members separated by space and time, you can still do Agile. It's not simple and there are many pitfalls. We'll discuss what works and what doesn't. We'll keep in mind the one element that does make it work. No, not technology... the human element.

Making Agile teamwork possible

[with Gil] In too many organizations, the understanding of Agile teams is backwards. Thinking that Agile is a process and a set of best practices, they put together cross-functional groups of “resources” to use them. But to bring Agile to life, they need teams of motivated, engaged individuals who communicate, collaborate, and respond effectively. We'll explore what needs to happen for such a team to emerge, overcome common challenges, and remain great over time.

Partnering across the organization

[with Johanna] Reluctant managers? Busy stakeholders? Where's that feature I asked for?! Explore how to manage the non-agile parts of the organization — including such non-obvious participants as Finance and HR.

Managing the frustration of leading change

[with Gil] Being a change agent is engaging and exhilarating, and sometimes it can be frustrating. We'll share a useful model and perspective for identifying, coping with, and ultimately overcoming the frustration.

“Just one more thing, if you don't mind”

[with Johanna] You are already committed to more work than you have time to do. Now, someone is asking you to do one more thing. What can you do? What should you do? What will you do?

Multi-tasking is a huge drain on all work. Multi-tasking can prevent an otherwise reasonably planned and executed project from completing. But in the face of too few people and not enough time, what can you do? You can say “no,” in a politically correct way. You can say “yes, and...” We will experience ways to say no, ways to say yes, how to show your managers what you are doing, and when you can commit to more work.


Upon registration, you will receive access to Gil's self-study course, Individuals and Interactions: How to Put People Before Process for Outstanding Results. This course comprises 10 interviews that Gil conducted with world-renowned experts, all of whom have been successfully implementing the most elusive statement from the Agile Manifesto. The lineup includes Johanna, Christopher Avery, Ellen Gottesdiener, and Rick Ross, among others. For each interview, both mp3 recording and transcript are provided. You'll be able to claim 9 PDUs from this course.


9-10 May 2017


Toronto, ON, Canada


Toronto, ON, Canada M6A 2T9


$1597.00 (Group discounts available)


Discounted seats available. Contact Gil Broza for more information.


Special Prices 

  • US$1,197 per person for super early birds until January 31, 2017 — limited to first 8 people
  • People have derived great value from attending with one or more peers. The tickets for the 3rd and 4th attendees in your group are at a 30% discount.

What to expect from the event?

We'll work experientially, so you learn and practice. No slides, thick shelfware, or bullet-point methodology. You'll develop new skills and attitudes, and gain new perspectives on familiar ones. You'll practice them in a safe environment, with us. You'll practice with your peers, and learn how to apply what we we teach, so you can use it when you return to your organization.

The event is set up so you can network with peers in similar situations: learn from them, bounce ideas around, collaborate with them, stay in touch with them for extra support. (We don't just get anyone to attend, we attract attendees who fit a certain profile!)

Working on your PMP/PMI-ACP certification renewal? You'll earn 14 Category B PDUs from this event.

Working on your CSP certification renewal? You'll earn 14 Category B SEUs from this event.

Day 1

Mapping the dynamics of your organization 1.5 hrs
Coaching 2.5 hrs
Gil: Being Agile - having the mindset that delivers Johanna: Scaling Agile strategically 1 hr
Gil: Reinventing yourself Johanna: The geographically distributed Agile team 1 hr


Day 2

Influence 2 hrs
Put your organizational map to work 1 hr
Helping hand (practice all previous topics with peers) 0.75 hrs
Gil: Making Agile teamwork possible Johanna: Partnering across the organization 1 hr
Gil: Managing the frustration of leading change Johanna: “Just one more thing, if you don't mind” 1 hr
Closing 0.5 hr


This course is for anyone in a leadership position at a company that follows Agile practices or is involved in transitioning to an Agile model. Typical attendees include managers, directors, project and program managers, Agile practice leads, and enterprise coaches.