this course will be in English.


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?


  • 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?

Learning Objectives

  • 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 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 an HR’s 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 project from setting goals and developing user stories for HR to implementing sprint planning and monitoring the sprint using Kanban.

Target Audience

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

Level and Pre-requisites

The course level is intermediate to advanced. Some professional experience in HR is recommended. An understanding of the Agile principles is useful but not strictly necessary.

Your Course Leader

Your course leader and facilitator is Pia-Maria Thorén, who has 25 years of consultant experience from large Swedish and international companies within HR and leadership. She is the founder of GreenBullet and the author of the book “Agile People – A Radical Approach for HR and Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees)”.


Pia-Maria has previously trained participants from SKF, SE-banken, Marginalen Bank, Nordea, Volvo, TetraPak, Tele2, IFS, If, Svevia, Helsingborg, Uppsala, Manpower, Evry, TV4, Vitrolife, Rebtel, magine, Toca Boca, Dynabyte, Södertörn University, DEK Technologies, Vasakronan, IKEA, Blue Garden, Nordic Morning, Findwise and many other companies and organizations.

Registration and Training Materials

Your registration fee gives you:

  • A two-day great training experience with Pia-Maria
  • IC Agile’s “Agile Talent” Professional Certificate (ICP-TAL)
  • Pia-Maria’s book “Agile People
  • Course materials
  • Coffee breaks and lunch (two days)
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    The ticket is individual and non-refundable, but it can be transferred to another person upon prompt notification to the organizers (if the ticket was bought taking advantage of the “Early Bird ABD Attendee” offer, the new person has to be a conference attendee as well).

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    Department of Management
    Venice University “Ca’ Foscari”

    (a 5-minute walk from the Venice Santa Lucia train station)

    Dates and Hours

    September 13-14 2018


    Check-in: on the first day, check-in starts at 8:30


    This course will be in in



    Venice is a very popular tourist destination and there is no shortage of lodging solutions, from small B&Bs to luxury hotels, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your accommodation of choice.

    However, please note that in high season availability can be limited and prices can be higher than usual, so we recommend that you book your room well in advance.

    As an alternative to the Venice island, you might want to stay at one of hotels near the Venezia Mestre train station. Trains from Mestre to Venezia Santa Lucia, especially in the morning, are frequent and the train ride is about 10 minutes. From Venezia Santa Lucia, the workshop location is at a 5-10 minute walk.

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