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Designing Agile Organizations (DAO)

As a leader, you know that being agile is key to meeting your customers’ needs. But did you know that your organizational design plays a critical role in enabling or hindering your team’s ability to adapt?
By taking this course, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how organizational design impacts your teams' agility, and learn guidelines and techniques for designing an agile organization that supports your business strategy.

Designing Agile Organizations Course Overview

This 2-day course is about re-designing an organization into one that can respond effectively to market changes and delight the customer.

To quote John Seddon: “Culture Change is Free. People’s behaviour is a product of their system”.

Participants explore how to design an Agile organization, driven by the required organizational capabilities, to product definition, structure, roles and responsibilities to your appraisal system.

Participants leave this course with an appreciation for the Agile mindset and how to deal with common adoption mistakes. They gain the understanding about how to make informed decisions about their transformation that will be most beneficial to their organization.


Snapshot of the Designing Agile Organizations course.

DAO at a glance.

Based on the Book 'Creating Agile Organizations'

The course is based on the book "Creating Agile Organizations" by Cesario Ramos and Ilia Pavlichenko, and uses a mix of instruction and group activities. Participants learn how to adopt Agile at large scale, avoid common mistakes, and make informed transformation decision for their organization. All participants get a copy of the book "Creating Agile Organizations"

Preparation for the course.

Basic Scrum & Agile knowledge is expected and can be achieved by reading the book Emergent and Scrum material such as the Scrum Primer and the LeSS book.

Who should attend the 'Designing Agile Organizations' course.

The Certified Agile Organization Designer course is for people in leadership roles that play a key role in organization redesign and support an Agile adoption effort. We recommend that Tech, Business and senior leadership representatives attend, preferably together.

DAO Certification

All participants receive a Designing Agile Organization certificate

DAO Course Agenda

Day 1

Designing for adaptability

Agile Organizations
  • What is the CAO Approach?
  • What Is An Agile Organisation?

Agile Organization Design
  • Capabilities To Drive Organization Design
  • Strategic Focus
  • Systems Thinking For Organization Design

Designing The Product Group
  • Defining a Product
  • Designing Teams

DAO Course Agenda

Day 2

Organization re-design guides

  • Designing The Larger Organization
  • Designing a Resilient Organization
  • Designing Shared services
  • Role Of Management
  • Human Operations

Overview Of The Transformation Process







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Cesario Ramos

Cesario Ramos works on large-scale transformation all over the world in banking, insurance, and high-tech industries. He is also a Certified LeSS Trainer and Professional Coach. In 2010 he founded AgiliX, a consulting company, that provides consulting and training worldwide

Cesario is the author of the books ‘Creating Agile Organization’, ‘EMERGENT – Lean & Agile adoption’ and co-author of the book ‘A Scrum Book’.

He is a frequently invited speaker at conferences around the world and organizer of the international Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) conferences.


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