The Secret, yet Obvious, Ingredient to Achieving Sustainable Organizational Agility

location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 26th 05:00 - 06:00 PM place Grand Ballroom

Education is a critical component in a sustainable agile transformation. Sustainable agile is realized when people have truly change the way they think – that needs education. If we truly understand that we need to change the mindset of everyone in the organization, including its leaders, then we need a combination of education, coaching and mentoring to successfully equip people with the knowledge and skills they need to develop and execute agile habits. If we think of agile as a process, not a mindset, then we default to training instead of education.

Training is about the mechanics of how practices are done, such as a template for writing a user story, education will focus on changing the thought process to focus on value and enable the educated to think and decide what works for them and for their team in a given context. That is true agility.

While we acknowledge our bias towards the learning roadmap published by the International Consortium of Agile (, we truly believe that it is the most comprehensive roadmap in the agile community that focuses on a common education roadmap for agile and agility and not training on a particular agile methodology. ICAgile has gathered experts from around the world and they have collaborated to define an education roadmap for every discipline needed to change how the organization as a whole works, and provides education as a foundation for sustainable organizational agility. (Focus on people not process, education not training)

Certifications are a way to give people confidence in the learning and competency of others. Agile certifications should be no different. ICAgile has developed a set of competency based certifications to ensure we keep the focus on Education. 


Outline/Structure of the Keynote

Many agile teams have gone through Scrum training, or even better, Agile training. While we believe there is value in these trainings, what we are illustrating here is way beyond that. Most of these training discuss the practices and ceremonies of the practices like how to do release planning, how to write users or how to facilitate a daily stand-up. While this training is needed, this is not education. Education will focus beyond the practices and into the day-to-day, minute-by-minute thought process of people. Education will help people BE agile not just DO agile. Education illuminates their hearts and minds and let them realize how an agilist acts and thinks in-between and beyond the daily meetings and work-sessions. It changes their beliefs, values and habits. That is truly when agility becomes sustainable – when it is embodied in the DNA of the people running the organization (at both leadership and staff levels).

Sustainable agile starts with education, it is about having an agile mindset, rather than just doing practices. There is a clear difference between education and training - education is about the changing of the way people think about their day to day work. How to govern an agile project, while keeping flexibility, how to build code while reducing the cost of change, to undertake analysis by focusing on vertical slices of business value..
We believe that ICAgile provides a set of learning objectives that creates a clear learning roadmap for what people need to learn within each discipline (Development, Testing, Leadership, Coaching…etc.) to become knowledgeable and capable to work in a way that enables, promotes and manifests the organizational agility towards which the organization is transforming.

Course designers (whether they be in training companies, internal to organizations, or even within academic institutes) design classes to align with the ICAgile roadmap and accredit these classes and modules against the learning objectives across the disciplines. Once a course is accredited it guarantees to the organization that the participants going through the course are actually learning what the experts have outlined in the learning objectives and are being assessed accordingly. 

ICAgile provides an agile education transcript for every professional going through their educational journey. That transcript shows all the learning objectives (defined by the experts) that they need to complete and their progress towards the realization of competency in their chosen disciplines.

Learning Outcome

  • The difference between Agile as a mindset and agile as a process.
  • To Learn about the ICAgile Education Roadmap and how organizations have used it as career development roadmaps
  • Learn how ICAgile is based on competency based assessments
  • How Agile Education is the key to changing the way people think about work and achieving sustainable agility
  • The difference between education and training and why we should focus on education not training
  • How universities and corperations  can benefit from the ICAgile program and integrate Agile into their curriculums and accredit them. 

Target Audience

All people on the agile journey - especially coaches



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