Business Agility Foundations Training (ICP-BAF Certification)

Course 3647

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Exam Voucher: Yes
  • Language: English
  • 14 PMI PDUs
  • Level: Intermediate

This ICAgile accredited Business Agility Foundations training program offers an intense, strategic appreciation for top management to understand the ingredients to create an Agile organization that is responsive to value creation in a disruptive environment. This practical workshop is designed to help you to speed your business up, focus on what’s important, reduce waste and red tape and, most importantly, deliver value to your business and your customers. Business Agility Accelerator is essential for leaders to jumpstart learning how to thrive in uncertainty and create organizational success.

Train your whole team by bringing this course to your facility.

  • Team training is available online and in-person.

Business Agility Foundations Training Information

In this ICP-BAF Certification course, you will learn how to:

  • Leverage the mindset and culture that business agility instills.
  • Use a change model based on current management thinking and human dynamics.
  • Examine and improve your work practices.
  • Define your customer(s) and how you add value to them.
  • Treat everything as an experiment, with empirical data and a value test and hypothesis that is either validated or disproved.
  • Use value stream maps, Kanban values, principles, practices, A3s, and lean thinking to eliminate waste and create space for innovation.

ICP-BAF Certification Training Prerequisites

A willingness to challenge traditional thinking and a desire to deliver outcomes for the organization.

ICP-BAF Certification Information

ICAgile accredited course: The ICP-BAF Certification from ICAgile is granted on successfully completing the end-of-course exam. This certification is part of the ICAgile Business Agility Track. 

Business Agility Foundations Training Outline

In this Module, you will learn how to:

  • Illustrate the core foundational concepts of Business Agility in relevant business contexts.
  • Clarify values and principles and why they are essential to building organizational intelligence.
  • Describe the role of these values and principles in cultivating new ways of thinking and working.
  • Critical success factors include trust, safety, collaboration, cohesion, autonomy, proficiency, purpose, individual accountability, and new responsibility levels for collective team success and value creation.
  • Grasp why and how to shift focus from "outputs" to outcomes by eliminating waste, doing less, and accelerating innovation.
  • Communicate why creating disruptive outcomes in today's volatile economy requires real-time knowledge generation and radical new ways of thinking and working.

In this Module, you will learn how to:

  • Communicate the importance of aligning organizations around a crisp, believable, compelling, and inspiring vision
  • Convey that the experience of Aligning teams and organizations around a vision or clear purposes provides a crucial source of inspiration, engagement, commitment, and organizational cohesion.
  • Envision the future state of business agility, then learn ways to look backward from that future to craft a compelling path to attain it. Ways include new capabilities, skills, behaviors, and practices that must be acquired (and why).
  • Participants will also understand why and how to use this activity with their teams.
  • Explain the values, principles, tools, and techniques needed to develop empathy and improve customer and stakeholder context awareness.
  • Identify that everyone in the organization between them and the customer is internal.

In this Module, you will learn how to:

  • Describe the attributes of a growth mindset in contrast to the limitations of a fixed mindset in the Business Agility context.
  • Introduce the concept of reframing failure as an opportunity to learn.
  • Recognize that blind spots and mental biases exist and understand our mental models' role in shaping our perceptions and beliefs.
  • Apply the skills needed to examine mental models and how individuals 'make meaning' by generating patterns filtered from experiences, beliefs, and values.
  • Look at ways to slow down thinking processes to generate awareness, then form and reinforce new mental models.
  • Provide an overview of the field of complex adaptive systems and complexity theory while providing practical awareness of relevant management models.
  • Distinguish polarities (dilemmas, paradigms, and paradoxes) from traditional problems and learn to see the relationship between the poles to optimize the wins and minimize the losses.
  • Practicing both/and thinking vs. the more traditional either/or thinking.
  • Cultivate a both/and mindset to have more profound benefits concerning collaboration and relationship-building.

In this Module, you will learn how to:

  • Define high-performance questions and give examples of their power to enhance organizational outcomes.
  • Discuss techniques for using high-performance questions as often as possible in day-to-day conversations.
  • Emphasize that value is only delivered through the completion of a new or improved functional slice of work that is implemented and delivered to a customer for use.
  • Convey that valuable learning occurs once a product or feature is in the hands of customers who can use it and provide feedback.
  • Understand why and how to identify small, discrete opportunities, then craft hypotheses to frame relevant experiments.
  • Understanding why and how rapid experimentation accelerates learning and business agility.
  • Experience the complex dynamics involved when creating sustainable change and why individuals and organizations (as systems) deeply resist it.
  • Describe and discuss change frameworks, polarity management frameworks, and what makes them effective.
  • Highlight how to reframe disruptive threats as strategic opportunities.

In this Module, you will learn how to:

  • Learn why a lack of end-to-end systems thinking and a failure to focus on value throughout the organization leads to waste and ineffective outcomes.
  • Demonstrate how a Lean Systems Approach enables business agility and generates and sustains knowledge by focusing on strategic goals, measuring value, defining a practical course of action, exposing, and eliminating waste, supporting teams, enabling rapid decisions, and learning with quantitative analysis and empirical data.
  • Introduce concepts and applications of the "Build - Measure - Learn" framework for dealing with uncertainty.
  • Apply the concepts of “a human-centered approach to innovation" and focus on new ways of thinking about elements of a product or solution that evolve around the customer: people, technology, and business.
  • Provide an understanding of Kanban's fundamental values and practices, along with ideas on why and how to apply these values.
  • Understand and use iterative frameworks and how they accelerate learning and discovery.

In this Module, you will learn how to:

  • Analyze what a business agility environment and learning ecosystem looks like and why it is vital in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world.
  • Devise strategies to create an environment that enables value creation, rapid decision making, and optimized execution.
  • Reflect on and synthesize critical learnings in the unique context of each participant's experience, work structures, and challenges.
  • Identify and explain ways in which you can make the ongoing application of business agility part of the habitual way of working in your organization.
  • Communicate the importance of learning agility and how empirical data and relevant, actionable metrics support authentic learning.
  • Understand the limitations of lagging indicators and excessive metrics that do not drive the right behaviors.
  • Set adaptive and continuously improving measures of success based on leading indicators and "metrics that matter."

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Business Agility Foundations Training FAQs

Agility in business means being ready to respond rapidly to changes both externally and internally without losing any momentum.

A willingness to challenge traditional thinking and a desire to deliver outcomes for the organization.

The ICP-BAF Certification from ICAgile is granted on successfully completing the end-of-course exam.

Learning Tree provides Private Team Training that can save time and travel costs by training your entire team at once, at a convenient location of your choice. We handle all the details, including instructor travel, tailored content, comprehensive course materials, shipping, equipment setup, and teardown.

It is a 2-day, instructor-led training program accredited by ICAgile that teaches the skills and mindset needed to create an Agile organization. It includes a post-course exam for the ICP-BAF Certification from the International Consortium for Agile.

The course covers the mindset and culture of business agility, a change model, techniques to examine and improve work practices, defining customers and adding value, treating everything as an experiment, and using value stream maps, Kanban, and lean thinking to eliminate waste and create innovation.

A willingness to challenge traditional thinking and a desire to deliver outcomes for the organization.

Both in-person and online methods are available.

Certification candidates and existing credential holders are responsible for reporting all Continuing Certification Requirements Program (CCR) activities to PMI (Project Management Institute). To report the completion of a Learning Tree course, you can use the Online PDU (Professional Development Units) Resources System.

  • Go to the PMI Continuing Certification Requirements System
  • Log in with your username and password
  • Locate the claim code associated with your course in the table in this document
  • Click on “Report PDU for this activity”
  • Fill in the date started and date completed
  • Click on the box agreeing that this claim is accurate and then submit

PDU Information for This Course:

  • Total PDUs: 11
  • Ways of Working PDUs: 11
  • Power Skills PDUs: 0
  • Business Acumen PDUs: 0
  • PMI Claim Code: 115409G0MI
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