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Agile Leadership

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General description

The course about Agile Leadership presents how an agile leader can act in an environment that is constantly changing. This course describes how the competence elements from IPMA ICB version 4.0 can be interpreted in an agile environment.

There are three areas of competence: perspective, people and practice. Each area has a number of competence elements, in total there are 29. Each competence element (CE) contains lists of knowledge and skills/abilities required to master the CE, plus Key Competence Indicators (KCI) including measures.

These CEs will be described using some practical examples.

Learning Objectives

After this course, participants will understand how a true agile leader can not only behave in an agile way but also inspire others to adopt an agile mindset, in the three areas of competence. Participants will understand how an agile leader must consider factors such as the stakeholders’ participation, financial aspects, and resolving impediments with other agile leaders.

After this course, participants will also be prepared to take the IPMA Agile Leadership exam for Level D certification.

Target audience

this course is designed for:

  • Scrum Masters and Product Owners working within a team that are as well having to perform an agile leadership role;
  • Traditional project managers that are shifting towards a more agile approach;
  • Managers who want to understand how agility will affect organizations and their environments.

Topic Contents

The course’s contents are organized in the following topics:

  • IPMA, APOGEP, and the IPMA Reference Guide ICB4 in an Agile World;
  • Practice area of competence;
  • People area of competence;
  • Perspective area of competence; and
  • IPMA Agile Leadership Exam Level D.

Organization and Duration

Each topic has a duration of a week and includes some short videos, exercises with questions (whose answers will be peer-reviewed by other participants), and discussion forums for the themes covered.

The videos present the main concepts and practical examples regarding each CE. In the forums, participants can ask questions, present more examples, or comment on the course. The course also includes some videos to support additional themes, which are publicly available on the Internet.

Evaluation and Certification

The evaluation is based on the answers to the 12 exercises proposed, which will be peer-reviewed by participants, and then revised and confirmed by the tutors. The participants will also be evaluated with a final exam at the end of the course. The participants with a grade equal or superior to 60% will receive a certificate from Técnico Lisboa.

At the end of the course, participants will be prepared to take the IPMA Level D - Agile Associate exam in order to obtain an internationally valid certification. The IPMA website has a page with all the local Certification Bodies that should be contacted for more details about the exam.

Course Staff

Miguel Mira da Silva

Miguel Mira da Silva

Miguel Mira da Silva is associate professor (with habilitation) of information systems at the University of Lisbon, coordinator of the MISE online master degree, and leader of the Digital Transformation group at the INOV research institute. Miguel graduated and received a master degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Lisbon, a PhD in computing science from the University of Glasgow, and a master in management (Sloan Fellowship) from the London Business School. Miguel has supervised 9 PhD and over 150 master theses, and published over 200 papers in international research conferences and journals, as well as four teaching books. His current research interests are focused on digital transformation, including education and healthcare.

Rita Marques

Rita Marques

Rita Marques is a gamification researcher at INOV INESC Inovação and a PhD student of Computer Science and Information Systems at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Her thesis consists in the application of gamification to improve workers adherence to software development processes and methods, such as Scrum. Rita holds a MSc in Computer Science and Information Systems from the same University about the application of gamification to reduce hospital-acquired infections, and was based on her research work in the Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical.

Margarida Gonçalves

Margarida Gonçalves

Margarida Gonçalves is the founder and CEO of Quasinfalível that provides consulting services in software engineering, mostly for certification in CMMI and ISO standards. Her main area of expertise is project management, both traditional and agile. She is currently the president of the National Certification Commission of APOGEP (the IPMA chapter in Portugal) and was co-author of ICB4 and ICB4CCT.

Raphael Donaire Albino

Raphael Donaire Albino

Raphael Donaire Albino is a researcher and PhD student in Business Administration at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of São Paulo. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems from Universidade Estadual Paulista and a Master's in Business Administration from Universidade de São Paulo.


This course is partially supported by Portuguese National funds through FITEC - Programa Interface, with reference CIT "INOV - INESC Inovação - Financiamento Base".


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