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 14 sections, each focused on one aspect of FLEX.
New sections begin every seven days. 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.
How the university works
Net Objectives University uses a number of tools to facilitate learning. These include:
- Discussion forums. You can use these to
- Ask support questions about using the university
- Ask questions of Net Objectives consultants regarding content
- Share ideas and insights with fellow students
- Video lectures
- Articles and PDFs to read
- Quizzes to assess learning
- Links to the Net Objectives Portal (http://portal.netobjectives.com) which contains additional information relevant to the course.
In general, here is the structure of each section.
- There will be a reading/viewing assignment
- There will be a ‘homework’ assignment. These are designed for you take back to your associates. If you are a practitioner, it is suggested you do this with your teammates. If you are a consultant, do it either with other consultants from your company or with your clients.
- Learnings from the assignment are to be discussed on the discussion group.
Sections and lessons are self-paced so there are no lessons to miss.
- The Art of Action: Why there is resistance (Book Summary)
- Business Capabilities and Business Offerings: A business architecture perspective
- Alignment and Defining What to Invest In
- The Tactical Level: Dependency Mapping
- Helpful Roles for Alignment: The ADM and TDM
- Aligning Teams and Required Roles: Assignment (Homework and Discussion)
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 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.