Certified Agile Leader® 1 (CAL 1™)

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Certified Agile Leadership 1

The Complete Agile Leadership Course

This one-of-a-kind learning experience instills confidence through an emphasis on skills development. You will uncover new pathways to engage with teams and executives on complex organizational challenges constructively. This includes the application of Agile and Scrum outside of software development to engineering solutions and business functions.

Upcoming CAL 1 Courses

What you’ll learn in CAL 1

This is the only course that integrated Systems Thinking techniques to grow your skills in navigating organizational complexities.

  • Identifying opportunities and gaps in your agile organization
  • Design Agile strategies for change management at the organization level
  • Develop an understanding of post-heroic levels of leadership agility
  • Develop a personal plan for improvement in becoming an Agile leader
  • Design holistic change initiatives for agile
  • Lead groups to become high-performing teams
  • Develop a deeper understanding of your organization’s culture
  • Learn what you can do to change the culture.

It was very engaging and full of insights. His experience spoke volumes. I learned a lot, including how to be better at my current role. The class was organized and well-split up with lecture, media, interactive, and light homework. I highly recommend it.

Nikita Gadhia

Digital Product Manager

Dhaval Panchal

Dhaval Panchal


Experienced executive, Organization Design consultant, and Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Coach and Trainer (CEC, CTC, and CST), since 2008. He has been practicing agile since 2003 and helped build multiple agile organizations from the ground up.

He has led large-scale transformations at Fortune 500 companies, and mid-size Product Companies. Dhaval has first-hand experience with transformation challenges in Oil & Gas, Banking, Insurance, Gaming, and Medical domains.

He is also a member elected Scrum Alliance Board of Director for 2024-2026 term.

Systems Thinking

This is the only leadership course that integrates the Systems thinking toolset in its curriculum. Interactive activities and systems thinking techniques allow you to incorporate your organization’s challenges in the workshop. So that you can work through some of the most difficult topics, get expert-level guidance, and own your insights.

Are you adaptive?

Our range of curriculum is designed to enhance your understanding progressively. And more importantly, build your confidence to lead through uncertainty. This course explores human and systems dynamics so you can develop your agile leadership style. This workshop fosters an inclusive, safe environment where you can discover the leader within.

Learn together, grow together

We recommend leadership teams join this course together so you can explore your organization dynamics using the systems thinking techniques and strategize on the way forward.

Affable and engaging, Dhaval is a wise sage of Scrum and Agile principles. He’s also readily able to cite real-world examples of how it works in business.

William L Gray

Vice President of Product Management

CAL 1 Course Curriculum

11 Leadership Characteristics

This amazing infographic provides summary of eleven Servant Leadership characteristics. A helpful reminder as we serve to transform our world of work.

Certified Agile Leader 1 (CAL 1)

Learn how agile leaders think, focus, and behave to apply the practices and principles of agility in Enterprises. Understand the impact of organizational culture on transformation efforts and business strategy. Learn how to lead teams and the practices you need to create high-performing teams.

  • Forces of change: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity (VUCA)
  • Agility: Unfair strategic advantage
  • Systems thinking for learning organizations
  • Leadership styles and personal assessment
  • Real teams & Self-Managing team canvas
  • Multi-team collaborations in scaled settings
  • Creating a culture of safety and learning
  • Typology of organization culture: Organizational culture assessment
  • Leadership agility

    Pre-Work Assignments

    You are expected to complete pre-workshop assignments that require you to reflect on your personal leadership style and motivation. The assignments take approximately 2-3 hours and prepare you to make the most out of your participation in the class.

    Who Should Attend?

    For leaders who value ongoing personal growth. Participant leaders will develop Agile leadership competency, and increase effectiveness to lead in complex and rapidly changing business environments.

    Leadership is required at all levels within the organization. This workshop is designed for managers, and people who want to guide team and organizational development toward becoming learning systems. Participants come from diverse backgrounds in industry, and life experiences. Typically,

    • Executives, Directors, and Senior management
    • Product, Technical, and Functional managers
    • Team leader, Agile Coach, and Scrum Master
    • Practice leaders

    Does it matter where you learn from?

    Absolutely does.

    ScrumAlliance accredited courses are uniquely designed by each Guide level educator against a common framework of course learning objectives. This means that no two CAL courses offered by Guide level instructors are the same.

    Designed for accelerated adult learning, our course makes challenging topics easy to grasp. Our instructors are active practitioners who have the practical know-how that you need to lead in the real world.

    Bring this course in-house

    Customize focused learning sessions designed for your organization’s specific needs. References are provided upon request.

    The Online Experience FAQ

    Answers to some of the commonly asked questions from our students

    • We host our virtual training on Zoom. Please install the Zoom client on your computer.
    • For online collaboration, we use Mural. Participants are provided with a free guest account for the course days. Please confirm that you can access the website from your network.
    • We take breaks almost hourly, with a more extended lunch break
    • Certification fees are included
    • A color pdf of the workbook will be provided
    • Invitation to private Slack group where past and current participants network
    • Complimentary 1:1 personal coaching session with your instructor

    Public Course Registration Policies


    You can transfer to a different date for the same course at no extra charge.


    • Cancellations more than two weeks before the course date receive a full refund.
    • Cancellations within two weeks of the course date receive a 70% refund.

    No show policy

    Your fees will be forfeited in case of a no-show.