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CAL-II-Advanced Education and Validated Practice

Our Next Public Cohort Starts in August 2023

Online registration is purposefully disabled. Upon selection of your candidature for this cohort, we will provide you with special instructions to register.

The cohort fees are USD 4500.00/participant.

Agile Leadership Development Program

The goal of CAL II is to guide leaders in deepening, applying, and sharing their agile leadership learning.

Evolve Agility’s Leadership development program is a cohort-based program. Typically a cohort stays together over 3-5 months for five working sessions.

His vision on how to proceed was clear and well communicated so that people at all levels in the company could understand it and move forward. Dhaval brought a wealth of experience to the table, and his well planned and interesting lessons coupled with his oft’ humorous delivery were quite effective. I hope to have the opportunity to work with Dhaval again.

Samantha de la Vega

Sr. Scrum Master

The training was very engaging, full of real-world examples and hands-on demo. Dhaval is an expert in the subject and knows how to convey the message through use his lecture, literature and white-boarding the ideas. The traning provided be a good foundation and has helped me guide and coach teams in the transformation to Agile/DevOps.

Mukesh Dhannawat

Software Engineering Leader

Important Note: Kindly review all the information below to find out how you can apply to join this cohort. Online registration is purposefully disabled. Upon selecting your candidature for this cohort, we will give you special instructions to register.

Dhaval Panchal

Dhaval Panchal

Course Instructor

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.

Proven expertise and Skill Development

Our CAL II program emphasis is on your agile leadership skill development. We employ Systems Thinking techniques to deepen your understanding so you can lead transformative change in your organization. This includes the application of Agile and Scrum outside of software development to engineering solutions and business functions.

This course explores human and systems dynamics so you can develop your agile leadership style. This workshop fosters an inclusive, safe-to-fail environment where you can discover the leader within.

Participation in this cohort-based program covers the following advanced education topics:


  1. Leadership in Agile Context
  2. The Agile Organization
  3. Agile approaches to change

Are you ready?

Unlike typical certification courses, this cohort-based program requires you

  1. Learn: Advance your understanding through monthly working sessions
  2. Do: Apply learnings in your organization
  3. Share: Document and share your experience with your peers in the final peer-review workshop. 

Structural Overview of the program

Learn together, grow together

  • Minimum 6 participants and Maximum 12 participants
  • 3 to 5-Month program (check specific dates for the duration)
  • 4 group learning sessions + 1 final-peer review workshop
  • Validated practice assignments
  • Real-time peer support and mentoring

In between working sessions, you will be provided validated practice assignments and expected to document your experience reports so we can discuss your application of advanced education topics in your world of work.

Our curriculum will enable you to

  • Authentically lead with integrity
  • Identifying opportunities and gaps in your agile organization
  • Use co-creating and catalytic leadership techniques to improve agile change adoption
  • Develop a personal plan for improvement in becoming an Agile leader
  • Design holistic change initiatives for agile teams
  • Design Agile strategies for change management at the organization level
  • Organization design elements to collaborate, inspect, and adapt at scale
  • Influence your organizational culture to improve agility
  • Design and implement transformation experiments at scale

Upcoming Cohort Dates

The next public cohort starts in August 2023.

Each cohort session is for 4 hours from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Central US Timezone)

Online registration is purposefully disabled. Upon selection of your candidature for this cohort, we will provide you with special instructions to register.

CAL-II Program Curriculum

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. 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 with the practical know-how you need to lead in the real world.

Featured Case Study

CAL II Program participants must apply advanced leadership techniques and document their experience. This case study from participant leader Stephen Manley details practices learned in our CAL II program and how they enabled Agile Approaches to change.

Working Session 1: Personal Agility

Raise personal awareness to understand challenges with organization agility, and how to lead with integrity.

  • Cohort Opening: Learn about cohort peers and form accountability pairs.
  • Leading Congruently: Share & reflect on your personal leadership journey so far.
  • Agile leadership outcomes: Establish a relationship with a team in your organization to collaboratively problem-solve.

Working Session 2: Agile Organizations

Raise personal awareness to understand challenges with organization agility, and how to lead with integrity.

  • Containers & Exchanges: Analytical technique to map a team of teams network
  • The flow of work: Backlog mapping
  • Trails & Trials: Designing and ranking improvement hypothesis

Working Session 3: Agile Approaches to Change (Part 1)

Learn the true behavior of organizational systems, design leadership interventions for organizational change, and adapt to overcome change resistance.

  • Influencing change: Personal, Structural, and Social Dimensions of improving motivation and ability
  • Team coaching canvas: Develop the whole team’s ability to improve collaboratively

Working Session 4: Agile Approaches to Change (Part 2)

Explore areas of puzzlement, design countermeasures, or plan the next steps in your organization’s continuous improvement journey.

  • ‘I wonder why?’: Modeling systems dynamics to hold dialogue
  • There is always a better way

Final Peer-review workshop

Present one experience report for analysis, and receive feedback from your cohort peers.

How do I apply to join Evolve Agility’s CAL II Program?

Evolve Agility’s CAL II program continues our CAL (E/T/O) Course.

Online registration for the CAL II program is accessible only after you qualify through the following filters.

  1. Qualification filter: We require that you have attended our CAL (E/T/O) course. If you have CAL (E+T) or CAL (E+O) accreditation from a different CAL -Educator, then we will require you to participate in our CAL (E/T/O) course before or during the cohort program. All accepted participants to the CAL II program will receive complimentary registration to our CAL (E/T/O) program so past attendees can refresh and new attendees can catch up.
  2. Sincerity filter: Share your motivation to join the CAL II program by submitting a 500-word (min) write-up or a 5 m video. You can send a word doc or link to your video by emailing us at [email protected]. This will help you align your needs and let us know your expectations from participating in our CAL II program.

*Please note: The ability to write/document is necessary for you to share your leadership experience report in the final-peer review workshop. Your final accreditation as CAL II depends on your ability to share your practical experience.

We intend to create an environment of learning, and participants must join for the right reasons.


Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Send an email to [email protected], with the subject “CAL II application” and attach your personal statement to join our CAL II program.
  2. Within one week we will notify you about your eligibility to join our CAL II cohort.
  3. We will provide a special promotion code so you can signup and purchase your registration online.

We are accepting applications throughout the year. Typically we host 2 cohort groups per year.

If you are interested, then send in your personal statement any time.

Installment Payment plan: We can offer 2 or 3 payment installment plan. Please inquire.

Bring this course in-house

Customize tailored cohort-sessions for your organization’s specific needs. References are provided upon request.

The Online Experience FAQ

Answers to some of the commonly asked questions about the CAL II program

  • 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
  • Working sessions will not be recorded
  • Participants must attend all five sessions

Public Course Registration Policies

Do you facilitate this cohort experience for private clients?

Yes, see Leadership Cohort services page for details.

Is this cohort-based program guaranteed to run?

No. We need a minimum of 6 participants to host this program. And we will open registration only when we have confirmed interest from qualified participants. We will not ask for payment until we have confirmed the minimum participation count for the cohort.

How soon will you confirm GO/NO-GO for this cohort-based program?

As soon as possible, and no later than 1 month before the first cohort working session.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

No. We intend to run only 1 or 2 cohorts per year and therefore we cannot transfer to a different cohort.

What is the refund policy?

Cancellations more than 4 weeks before the course start date receive a full refund. Cancellations within 4 weeks of the course date receive a 70% refund. Your fees will be forfeited in case of no-shows.