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Helping leaders understand their role in enabling Agile transformation

The Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-E) is a 2-day hands-on workshop that uses a combination of instruction and hands-on exercises to help managers and other leaders who work directly with agile teams understand how to best support, guide, and coach their teams to improve their agile capabilities. The workshop provides a foundation for the role that leaders play in creating the conditions for a successful agile transformation. Leaders and managers are critical enablers in helping their organizations be successful, yet the role of leaders and managers in an agile organization can be quite different from what they are used to. This workshop uses a  combination of instruction and team-based exercises to help participants learn how to form and support agile teams to  achieve better results, and how to lead the cultural and behavioral changes that organizations must make to reap the benefits of an agile product delivery approach.


Becoming an agile organization is a profound transformation that requires senior leaders, middle managers, and agile team members to change the way that they organize their work, manage that work, and measure the results of the work. Agile teams cannot do this on their own; they need help from the entire organization. The changes for all involved are profound, but so are the results when everyone’s goals and ways of working are aligned.

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What you will learn during the PAL-E training course

To succeed in a changing world, organizations need to become more agile, more responsive to customer needs and market changes. This workshop will equip leaders and managers to help their organizations change by providing participants with:

  • An understanding of how agility can help you improve your organization’s performance
  • An understanding of how you, as a manager or leader, can help your organization achieve the benefits of agility
  • An understanding of how culture and values influence your organization’s ability to reap the benefits of agility
  • Practical skills for helping to guide and coach agile teams, and to help them remove impediments
  • An understanding of how to measure the benefits and impacts of agility in your organization

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Expected outcomes after attending the PAL-E training course

You will understand where and how agility can help your organization improve, by addressing challenges you can solve in no other way. You will also understand how agile teams work and what you, as a manager or leader, can do to help them to improve. You will also be able to quantify the benefits of improving the agility of your organization through concrete measures. 

This class is ideal to be delivered on-site, in your organization, to help its leaders understand their important role in transforming your organization.

PAL-E Course topics

  • Theory and Principles
  • Improving Value Delivery
  • Value – The “What”
  • Culture – The “Who”
  • Professionalism – The “How”
  • Scaling

Who should attend

The Professional Agile Leadership Essentials course is designed for managers and those in leadership roles who are responsible for the introduction and establishment of Agile methods and techniques in an IT organization/division. 

Professional Agile Leadership certification

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All participants completing the PAL-E course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) certification assessment. But do you attempt the PAL I assessment within 14 days after the course and you score less than 85%? Then you get a 2nd attempt for free.

Since this assessment will be in English, participating in my English training course will help you prepare for the assessment in the best way possible.

Your PAL-E trainer

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Thomas Schissler

My roots are in software development. I have been working more than a decade as a software developer with Microsoft technologies. After that, I worked several years as a project manager with classic waterfall methodologies until I discovered agile as my new favourite approach.

I ran my first agile project in 2005 and started using Scrum in 2008. In 2010 I joined and became a PSD Trainer. Since then, I’ve helped numerous individuals and companies with introducing or improving Scrum. Next to providing training I work with teams to help them improve their agile skills. This is not limited to understanding and adopting scrum. It includes getting the best out of agile practices like continuous delivery, test automation, self-organizing teams, build-measure-learn and many others. From my broad background and experience I’m able to teach developers to use these practices. My current passion is DevOps which brings great benefits for organizations by gaining the ability to deliver software in shorter release cycles. Additionally, I’m very passionate about agile architecture to allow teams to create testable and maintainable code to balance sustainability with optimum value creation.

I worked practically my whole career with Microsoft technologies. With a focus on Microsoft Visual Studio and Azure DevOps. Since 2007 I have been continuously awarded with the Microsoft MVP award. I’m a community player, running a local user group and speaking regularly on German and international conferences. I’m also open to other agile methodologies besides Scrum like Kanban. It enables me to combine the best of both worlds, for the specific scenarios of my customers.

As one of two Course Stewards of the PSD training course, I keep the curriculum up to date for and the community of Professional Scrum Trainers. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST)
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