Agile Culture essentials

We offer: Agile Culture Essentials for Coaches and Leaders

What is it ?

ACE is a workshop and engagement series focused on building a culture that helps organizations get more out of Agile. Focus is also on implementing 4 of the 12 principles of Agile that have a huge dependency on work culture. Concepts and practical tips are covered in interactive sessions with case studies and role plays. Contents are anchored around the Semco Style Framework that is derived from successful implementation of self-managed Agile teams.

Who is it for?

It’s for Agile Coaches who are looking to enhance their portfolio of practices and tools with specific focus on building an Agile culture as well as for Senior Managers who are looking to build high performance Agile teams / improve the velocity of existing teams. We expect the participants to have a basic knowledge of Agile and its implementation frameworks such as SCRUM or SAFe.

About ACE

Let’s for a moment, cut back to the origins of agile – the original authors of the Agile Manifesto envisaged it as an entirely different organizational operating system. But, over the years, it’s been narrowed down into merely prescriptive methodologies for software development like Scrum, Kanban or DevOps. Without a holistic understanding of agile, managers often act in conventional ways that are in contrast with the principles of agile and unwittingly undermine their agile teams. In fact, one of the key tenets of Agile is to put people over process – but ironically, Agile itself has been interpreted as a process and is being imposed on people. In short, one set of development processes have merely been replaced by another.  

Sohow can organizations restore the balance and move away from commandand-control ways of working?

How can they build a culture where agile teams can set their own pace, and manage themselves? And, finally how can they use the very principles in the Agile Manifesto to guide their transition into a truly agile culture?

The Semco Style Framework and Roadmap provide the answers to these questions. Born out of years of practices successfully deployed at Semco and formulated into a theoretical framework by renowned Dutch Leadership Institute, De Baak, the framework provides a growing library of practices to build an Agile Culture. Agile Culture Essentials (ACE) makes this framework and roadmap available for use by aspiring organizations that are looking to build a truly agile workplace through a bouquet of trainings and consulting engagements tailored to the needs of Agile.

what we offer

Launching - ACE for Human Capital


Agile is the new world order in how modern organizations function in the VUCA world. Agile Culture Essentials for Human Capital is a first-of-its-kind training program specially designed for HR leaders.

Experience and Lead Agile Culture
– A 16 Hour Workshop for Agile Coaches and leaders

Any sustainable culture change needs to start at the top. And what better way to make it happen than have the top “feel” the change! This workshop enables leaders to experience what it is like to be in an Agile culture through an immersive simulation exercise. They gain a firsthand experience of the behaviors that should be avoided and adopted.

After the exercise, the workshop maps the insights from the experience to the principles of Agile. This enables participants to internalize the building blocks needed to build a culture that will help leaders get more out of Agile.

Spread over 4 x 4 sessions, the workshop equips participants with the practices needed to build effective, self-organized, Agile teams. The focus is on daily actions and behaviors needed to build an Agile Culture. Learn how to adopt them while implementing standard Agile practices such as stand-ups and retrospectives as well as giving effective decision-making power to the teams

Implement ACE

This workshop + coaching engagement is aimed at organizations that have implemented Agile but still are experiencing sub-optimal results. After mapping the current state of the teams culture using a scientific survey, the team is exposed to essential elements of self-organization through a series of interactive workshops.

This is followed by implementation assistance – on the ground observations and coaching – to teams to enhance the velocity.

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Webinar: Agile Culture Essentials for Human Capital

Get more out of Agile with Semco Style

Being Agile today is no longer a luxury – it’s an imperative to stay competitive by getting the best out of an organizations’ most strategic asset – it’s human capital. It is time for HR leaders to recognize how such tectonic shifts impact the way their companies function and how to embrace modern Agile friendly HR practices.

In this webinar on Agile Culture Essentials for Human Capital, we delve into how HR leaders can influence senior leadership and shape the HR practices to truly become Agile. We have presenters who have seen through Agile HR transformations in their own organizations to talk about how the SemcoStyle framework can be a ready reference of tried and tested practices for 30 years.

That speaks to you? Watch for our announcement of our next webinar and Sign-up!


Article: How To Use Agile Principles To Build An Agile Culture

Agile – the very word has a lilt to it, doesn’t it? It makes you think of something that’s light, nimble and unfettered. Like the little flower in the grass, the dandelion’s fluffy white sphere, which takes off with the lightest breeze to proliferate everywhere, agile methodologies have become ubiquitous in the world of business. What started as a radically different approach to software development has now made inroads into a wide range of industries like manufacturing, entertainment, logistics and energy to name a few. For, today’s businesses operate in hyper-dynamic environments that need to be innovative not just about what they sell, but also about how they function in tandem with the latest technology.

In fact, agile has become synonymous with greatly improved success rates, higher quality, faster production and increased productivity. But, is it too good to be true? Read our full article to learn more!

The Three R’s of Change

If an organization wants to reap the full benefits of Agile, it needs to implement the three Rs of change. An organization cannot hope to become truly agile if the way it operates, at every level, is rooted firmly in conventional hierarchies. For, the hierarchical set-up is highly conducive to the cascade or waterfall methodology of working where the top brass decides what needs to be done and issues orders for the teams to execute.


Shaping the future of work is what we aim for. One of the ways we do this is by offering free content in the form of e-books and blog articles. A selection of our free content that will get you started:

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