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Professional Agile Leadership Essentials

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-E)

PAL-E, often just called PAL for short, is for managers with people in their reporting structure using Agile frameworks. There is a common myth that there is no such thing as a manager in Scrum. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Agile teams rely on Leaders who understand their role in removing impediments, empowering people, and ensuring teams have the resources they need to deliver value.

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Those in leadership roles working with Scrum teams have a unique responsibility to empower teams while holding them accountable. Teams self-organize, while leadership reinforces role clarity and ensures that teams work together well. 


The Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-E) class focuses on helping leaders discover the best ways to lead Agile teams. The Professional Agile Leadership (PAL-E) class can help leaders understand when Agile is a good fit - and when it isn’t. And how to recognize high performers in an Agile team. The class also provides exercises that help leadership understand the impacts of poor direction on Agile teams. It helps leaders discover how to drive value by measuring outcomes rather than keeping an eye on how busy everyone is. 


In addition, the Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-E) allows leaders to learn the why behind the Scrum framework. Why do Scrum Team members work on objectives rather than tasks? How do you hold team members accountable for delivery? How do you measure success? 


This course is for leaders sponsoring Agile transformations, managers responsible for developing people on Scrum Teams, and leaders of one or more Scrum teams. In addition, Scrum Masters may be interested in participating in this course because it offers insights on coaching and engaging with leadership to support Agile teams better.

More about Professional Agile Leadership (PAL)

  • Transformational Opportunity. It’s not just a new way of working for the teams. Leaders taking part in this course will learn why a command-and-control approach is not an effective leadership style for complex environments. 


  • Understanding and Support. Leaders taking part in this course will understand how to recognize high performers and better support and engage with their Agile teams.


  • Meaningful Measures of Success. This course includes a discussion of measuring success for Agile teams.


  • Collaboration and Continuous Improvement. This course includes a discussion of ensuring that your teams are learning and improving continuously and relentlessly, focusing on customer outcomes.


  • Flexible Schedule. The course is available in two full days or four half-days, so you can fit learning into your busy schedule.

Some of the benefits of PAL-E include:

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The PAL-E course gives leaders an invaluable opportunity to enhance their skills in guiding Agile teams toward success. Through active participation in this training, leaders acquire the knowledge and abilities to make well-informed decisions regarding Agile frameworks. They also gain insights into their teams' skill levels and develop meaningful measures of success that empower rather than impede progress.


With an emphasis on practical implementation, the PAL-E class equips leaders with the necessary tools to navigate the intricacies of Agile leadership effectively. By comprehending the nuances of Agile practices and principles, leaders can make informed choices about when and how to introduce Agile methodologies within their organizations. This knowledge enables them to align their leadership approach with their Agile teams' specific needs and capabilities, fostering an environment that cultivates collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.

Why Take the PAL-E course?

I feel more prepared to lead agile teams after taking this class

Mary at Rebel Scrum is great. Super passionate about scrum and delivering results with highly effective teams. The class was always interactive, and we learned from Mary and each other. It was organized very well, using web collaboration applications. I feel more prepared to lead agile teams after taking this class. - Jason

Frequently asked questions

  • Do you need to know Scrum to take this class?
    Not at all. This class is valuable for those who are completely new to Scrum as well as those who have been using Scrum but have had no formal training.
  • Will I get a certification?
    After participating in the Applying Professional Scrum course, you will receive a free chance to earn the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) certification. This is a globally recognized certification backed by
  • What does the APS certification exam look like?
    The certification exam has 80 questions. Participants have 60 minutes to complete it. There will be a mix of easier and more difficult questions; many will go fast, while some will require additional thought. A passing score of 85% is required to achieve the PSM certification. The exam is online only, so there is no need to go to a testing center. The format for the PSM certification exam is multiple-choice questions and a few True / False questions.
  • What are the prerequisites for taking the Applying Professional Scrum class?
    None. It can be helpful to review the Scrum Guide before taking the class. The Scrum Guide is available at
  • How long is the APS course?
    The APS course from is usually scheduled for two days, each including about eight hours of instruction. Rebel Scrum offers more flexible options, including an opportunity to take the class in four half-days instead of two full days. You may schedule a private course for your organization, or you can sign up for any of our public classes.
  • Can I attend the APS class remotely, or is it only available in person?
    The APS class is available in person and online, allowing participants to choose the format that best suits their needs. Organizations may contact Rebel Scrum to schedule a private course.
  • What is your largest class size capability?
    Need to train a large number of people? No problem! From 5 to 5,000 participants, we can work with you to get you the training you need.

Agile Leaders who oversee the Agile transformation.

Leaders who have direct reports on Agile teams.

Scrum Masters and product owners who want to understand the role of Agile leaders.

Agile coaches

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