Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach Course


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The Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach Course is a three-day, full-immersion experience for consultants, coaches and leaders whose responsibility is to guide their enterprise through the adoption of Lean and Agile. The course will teach you the practical techniques required to grow the right mindset and culture and to build organizational habits – sustainable practices that match organizational context and continuously evolve to drive maximum enterprise value.

(NEW! Certified Org Mindset Enterprise Coaches are entitled to teach “Lean-Agile Mindset and Culture: A Course for Organizational Leaders”. See course description.)

Course topics:

  • Complex Adaptive Systems
    • Organization as a sociotechnical system
    • Process as a system of enabling constraints
    • Adaptation of practices and dynamic organizational change
    • The problem of ‘waterfalling’ the adoption of Agile
    • The biggest impediments to adopting Lean and Agile in the enterprise
  • Mindset and culture
    • Diagnosing legacy mindsets in leadership and engineering
    • Identifying and removing factors that encourage legacy mindsets
    • Aligning and refining enterprise and team mental models
    • Factors that form culture
    • Growing the right culture
    • Anti-patterns in growing mindset and organizational culture
  • Organizational design
    • Organizing around value in complex cases
    • Understanding value networks
    • Organizational implications of Conway’s Law
    • Fixed vs. fluid team structure
    • Building a high-performing team-of-teams
    • Anti-patterns in organizational design
  • Building organizational habits
    • Making practice a habit
    • Impediments to building sustainable practices
    • Coaching the right mindset for a practice
    • Understanding how practices evolve over time
    • Anti-patterns in practice adoption
  • Building a learning organization
    • Implementing validated learning in your organization
    • Open and closed-loop systems
    • Identifying and addressing blind spots in mental models
    • Process evolution in the organization: experiment, scale, repeat
    • Anti-patterns in validated learning
  • Adaptive enterprise economics
    • Exploring and defining business value in an organizational context
    • Operating with leading and lagging economic indicators
    • Optimization within existing funding constraints
    • Evolving towards Leaner funding models
  • Enterprise coaching techniques
    • Coaching in ‘Gemba’
    • Problem-solving tools
    • Building the rollout roadmap
    • Coaching vs. training
    • Coaching at different levels of the enterprise
    • Coaching anti-patterns
  • Adoption patterns for practices in:
    • DevOps
    • Architecture
    • Quality
    • Planning – Synchronization – Demo – Inspect & Adapt
    • Exploration and learning
    • Metrics and Measures

The course is built around numerous individual and group exercises and simulations designed to effectively explore and internalize specific coaching and change management practices, critical for an enterprise coach.

Prerequisites: This course is for experienced Lean-Agile leaders, coaches and consultants only. This assumes a couple of years of operating in one of the capacities listed above.

The course includes Org Mindset Enterprise Coach (OMEC) certification. Course participants will have the opportunity to take the exam.

See Course Schedule for more detail on the upcoming public classes.

What Customers Say:

“Alex Yakyma’s Organizational Mindset course takes lean agile concepts to the next level by taking you on a journey to create an organizational mindset using both theory and practice. I have been able to use the exercises and practices used in this course for a magnitude of Enterprise Agile transformations. Thanks Alex for such a practical set of lean agile tools that can be used to drive enterprise agile transformations.”

– Dr. Gail Ferreira, OMEC, Lean Agile Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP, @leanagilist


The Org Mindset Enterprise Coach class changed my thinking about what it means to coach Agile transformation at the enterprise level. Previously I had been inclined to regard the chief duty of my job as an enterprise Agile coach to be choosing the right set of changes to recommend given the particular issues manifest in the organization — and behold my handy coach’s toolbox full of useful Lean and Agile frameworks, methods, and practices to help them on their way! Now I see that for any Agile transformation, there is a deeper, more primordial issue to address: how to coach leadership and teams to embrace uncertainty, address divergent mental models, and instill the right feedback loops necessary to ensure our impact as coaches sustains.

– Andrew Long, OMEC, Managing Agile Consultant, LitheSpeed.


After the Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach Course with Alex Yakyma I immediately began practicing what I learned. The topics and tools covered offer the means to lead real, sustainable change in complex environments. It was one of the most valuable classes I’ve attended.

– Ti Mougne, OMEC, Agile Coach, Charles Schwab.


This was probably the most useful two days of training within the Enterprise Agile Coaching domain.   It was eye opening to share information with Alex about why organizations have a mental block in adopting agile values and succeeding  with lean practices.  The group activities with a class full of seasoned coaches was actually fun and enlightening. We understood better how a Complex Adaptive System behaves and areas that need focus and attention to really ‘Be Agile’

Overall, this experience was a model for effective expert training, and I personally look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with Alex again in the future.

– Somnath Ghosh, OMEC, Tata Consultancy Services, Global Practice Partner – Strategic Agile DevOps Transformations.


As an OMEC certified alumni of this course, I highly recommend it to all agile and lean coaches and strategic stakeholders . The material was solid and provocative , instructor was very engaging, and the class collaboration and exercises were excellent. What’s more, I was able to immediately use most of what I learned in this outstanding course. Alex is a true thought leader and does an amazing job of applying scientific rigor and a deeply pragmatic toolbox to the arena of organizational culture.

– Joe Palm, OMEC, Organizational Coach