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Introduction to Agile Working

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In a Nutshell

What is it? Agile working means swiftness and flexibility. These are increasingly important competitive factors throughout the economy and are particularly in demand in innovation processes. The process is not linear, as in the waterfall model, but follows a loop: a team derives concepts from customer needs and develops prototypes that are tested before investing much time. This enables customer-oriented decisions to be made faster, be more cost-effective and in line with market needs and/or requirements.

Duration? 1–2 days sessions or book an agile keynote

Remote? Yes! Online trainings, workshops and Scrum events can be carried out by professional digital facilitation online using virtual whiteboard tools.

For how many? up to 20 participants; in the workshop/keynote there can be more.

Why and what is the goal? You will get to know the most important agile working methods and backgrounds and you will be introduced to a variety of tools like Scrum and Kanban, which will help you to work efficiently.

Inspiring and helpful

“Great workshop! Karla Schlaepfer has made our challenges in a digitalized working world (tangible) in a very short time. Especially inspiring and helpful were the suggestions for agile working! She was able to actively inspire everyone in equal measure.”

– Ms. Bibiana Kemner, Vice President for Economic and Personnel Administration, Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences

Give it a tryIntroduction to Agile Working


In my workshops and seminars you will get the maximum effect in the shortest possible time. Based on my many years of professional experience, academic knowledge and coaching know-how, I have picked out the most effective methods to give you the greatest added value from agility in your professional life. You benefit from valuable input in small portions and a lot of interaction.

Learning By Doing is my motto.

1-2 days in-house workshop, depending on content and wishes

The workshop is an introduction to competence building in the field of agility and covers a selection of the following topics and methods:

  • What does agility mean? What is VUCA? When does agility make sense?
  • Why is agility important for you and in what way can it improve efficiency in your company?
  • Overview of the most important agile methods, agile mindset and tools, for example:
    • Customer Journeys. Better understand customer touch points.
    • Personas: Who is my customer? Focus on the human aspect.
    • Prototyping and MVPs (Lean Start-up). Making business ideas tangible and testable.
    • Scrum Framework. Roles, artifacts, events and process.
    • Kanban: Visualized working. Collaboration planning the flow.
    • Agile Business Project Canvas. Tool for agile project planning.
    • Agile mindfulness, Agile games and more like Liberating Structures

In this workshop you will learn everything you need to know about the VUCA world like where the agility movement originated and about the agile manifesto.. The interactive training thrives on the engagement of the participants. In addition to working on practical exercises, the workshop includes a mixture of lecture, discussion and individual reflection as well as group work.

Examples from the participants can be included.

Have we been able to arouse your interest, or are you looking for an introductory workshop? Do you have any questions?

Let’s talk!

One last thingUseful background to the Systemic Approach

Traditional development strategies are not suited to the fast-paced digital world. On the other hand, agile mindsets and agile methods, like Kanban, Scrum, Agile Coaching, can make important contributions to successfully adapt to these new challenges.

The scrutiny or even the suspension of tradition practices places high demands on management and employees. After all, such new change processes run parallel to ongoing work processes, quasi a form of “open-heart surgery”.

Why are systemic concepts and competencies so important, especially when introducing agile working and agile organizational structures?

Systemic thinking and systemic models provide a helpful framework to better understand the thinking and acting of people in change situations. Systemic tools, such as systemic solution-oriented questioning techniques, is one technique, to better approach and understanding the individual “realities” of all those involved and the resistance to change.

Entire organizations, with their differentiated structures, processes, and mindsets can be better analyzed and understood from the systemic perspective. Using a systemic perspective as a starting point can be instrumental in finding starting points and success factors for (agile) change processes.

This is all the more true as providing support to people in organizations within the framework of (agile) change processes is a very demanding task for which there are no patent remedies – only models. The human factor is always at the center of our considerations. And only if we succeed in meeting people “eye to eye” can sustainable changes and transformations be initiated on a personal, team, departmental, and company level.

Can I tell you more about the systemic approach and the introduction to agility? Let’s talk about it in a complimentary call.

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