PRE-conference workshop

ICAgile Certified Professional
Agile Talent (ICP-TAL)

Regardless if you are an agile coach, a line manager or an HR professional, you need to understand how people strategy and people operations need to change when working in a company embracing the agile value structure. How do performance management, recruitment, learning and development, compensation and benefits and the way we perform employee engagement surveys change? What are the specific skills that we need to use to run an agile transformation from a people perspective? And is there still a need to do succession planning in the future? This training leads to a Certification in Agile Talent by ICAgile.

The target audience for this certification includes people working within HR organizations in companies transforming to more Agile ways of working. Their current responsibilities may include aspects such as people development, recruitment, performance management, compensation and employee

engagement/motivation. Organizational development consultants, hiring managers and Agile transformation leads exploring the people and structural aspects of transformations will also find this curriculum compelling.

During the training we cover:

  • Introduction to the agile approach and how it is related to Lean and systems thinking. Why work with agility?
  • What characterizes the agile mindset and how to change the traditional HR processes when we are working with agile values?
  • How should HR adapt work to create maximum value in an agile organization? How should recruitment, performance evaluations and salary discussions look like?
  • What concrete examples are there? How have others done? What works?
  • How can you use agile techniques like Scrum and Kanban for HR?

HR’s role in an Agile organization – Learning Outcomes

  • How HR can support an agile organizational transformation: Assess the current organizational structure and design a new structure that enables business agility, maximizes communication and collaboration within and among teams and enables the flow of value.
  • Goal setting and performance management in a new way: Appraise current performance management practices and identify ways of bringing Agile thinking to enhance performance, accountability and growth.
  • Salaries and benefits for an agile organization: Describe and contrast traditional incentive structures with Agile-friendly structures, discuss the pros and cons of each approach and explain how they could apply them to their own environment.
  • Job Roles – are they needed in the future? Develop an organizational action plan for role modeling an agile mindset and to build new skills that will enable cross-functional teams.
  • Employee engagement in an agile manner: Recommend different motivational tools to be applied in a context and describe how the traditional employee engagement survey is changing.
  • Talent acquisition and the candidate experience: Design a sourcing strategy that can be used to find and acquire the “right” people to support the strategic growth of the organization taking values, culture, diversity and collaboration into the hiring decision.
  • Agile learning: Suggest ways to enable and support a learning mindset in a team, supporting the shift from a focus on deficiencies to a focus on the development of new skills and capabilities.
  • Onboarding practices for agile companies: Design an onboarding experience that enables new employees to become a part of the organization rapidly and smoothly.
  • Why the agile mindset is HRs responsibility: Design the talent/people elements needed to help support an Agile transition in an organization and explain how different contexts can influence the approach to be taken.
  • The needed changes in the HR core function: Relate how the need for business agility affects the HR function and organization and how it impacts HR team members’ roles and behaviors.
  • Practical tools, templates and exercises for HR and managers: How an HR department can work with agile tools and methods, for example with Kanban, Sprints, Scrum and Retrospectives.

The training places great emphasis on practical examples and we will present a series of tools that you will be able to use when getting started on your own agile HR initiative. We take you through an agile HR case from setting goals and developing user stories for HR to implementing sprint planning and monitoring the sprint using Kanban.

Target audience

Agile coaches, consultants, HR managers, HR Business Partners, HR professionals, line managers, operational & business managers and consulting managers in both the private and public sectors.

your facilitators

Björn Sandberg

“We are right now in an extraordinary technological revolution that is changing our world and work at a pace never seen before. It has the potential to fundamentally change the way we lead and organize ourselves.” Says Björn Sandberg and further that “the key to future is to continuously learn and on a daily basis apply that knowledge – many call it to have an agile approach.”

Björn is burning for what can be achieved with next generation HR, learning and leadership in a fast-changing and complex world. He is well familiar with large global organizations as well as the challenges small medium-sized businesses encounter. For the past 18 years, he has worked in various positions within Human Resources and has been deeply involved in small and major transformations and changes, inspired by Lean & Agile.
He has also been a psychology teacher, assistant principal and vice president. Björn also has more than 15 years of experience as an officer in the infantry, logistics and intelligence units.

Kari kelly

Kari’s passion is helping leaders cultivate adaptable, bold, and courageous teams that come together to create work environments that inspire people to do great things.

She has extensive experience in partnering with organizations as a Learning and Development trainer, consultant, and coach. Kari’s experience includes culture transformation projects and change management. She is an emerging active member of the Agile community and shares her insights and knowledge through workshops and an active LinkedIn presence.

Kari has worked in the nonprofit sector as well as biopharma and technology, the most notable being Apple. Before pursuing a career in adult learning and performance, she was a physicist at Imperial College London where she fell in love with the learning process and switched careers. Kari is currently writing a book called Agile Tribes which will be published in late 2020. The publisher is New Degree Press.


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