Lean-Agile at Mid-Scale: FLEX Essentials

Transformation at the Mid-Scale to maximize flow with Lean-Agile

Lean-Agile at Mid-Scale: FLEX Essentials introduces FLow for Enterprise Transformation (FLEX) applied to the mid-scale. By the end of the course, students will have learned collaboratively and  deeply the essential aspects of this principles-based approach to mid-scale transformations.

Getting to know FLEX

FLEX is not a packaged solution. Rather, it is a way of achieving transformation by looking at the dynamics in the organization, the challenges being faced, and the intentions to removing blockages. It offers a collection of practices that will assist with achieving those intentions. By looking at the patterns of challenge and success, you can create a step-wise, tailored approach for transformation in your organization. 

The goal of FLEX is business agility: the ability to realize value quickly, sustainably, predictably and with high value. It enables you to pivot efficiently based on what you are learning as well as what the marketplace is doing.

To get a sense of how FLEX helps achieve business agility, watch these three short videos.


About the course

There are 12 sessions, each focused on one aspect of FLEX. 

The course begins 22 January 2018 and runs through early April. 

New sessions begin on Mondays (except for a break during the holidays). There are a set of readings and videos that cover the topic. Then there is an assignment that helps students learn by doing something with their associates. Students discuss what they have learned with other students in the course and with Net Objectives consultants. 

By the end of the course, students will have learned collaboratively and deeply the essential aspects of this principles-based approach to mid-scale transformation. 

For more information, see the FLEX Essentials course description.

Course Curriculum

Understanding the Steps Required to Go From Concept to Realization
Creating Visibility With Backlogs of Work to be Done​
Understanding Who You Are Creating Value For
Managing WIP
Aligning Teams to the Work: Defining the Necessary Roles of Product Managers and Product Owners
Decomposing the Work to be Done with Acceptance Test-Driven Development
Shared Services and DevOps
Adapting FLEX to Other Approaches

What's included?

12 Texts
9 Disqus
Al Shalloway
Al Shalloway
CEO and Founder

About the instructor

Al  Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 40 years  of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product  portfolio management,  SAFe, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and  Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.  Al is a SAFe Program Consultant. He was the co-founder of Lean Kanban  University and the Lean Systems Society of which he is a former board  member. Al has developed training and coaching methods for Lean-Agile  that have helped Net Objectives' clients achieve long-term, sustainable  productivity gains. He is a popular speaker at prestigious conferences  worldwide.

Al is the primary author of Design Patterns Explained, Essential Skills for the Agile Developer, Lean-Agile Software Development, the Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams, and The Leanban Primer.

Al has worked in dozens of industries over his career. He has a  Masters in Computer Science from M.I.T. and a Masters in Mathematics  from Emory University.


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