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This course is part of the Business Agility Foundations ExpertTrack

Business Agility Foundations: A Framework

Deliver better customer value and team performance using a framework to understand the elements needed for business agility.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours
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Explore an agile people-centric framework for business agility

How should organisations optimise for success in complex, uncertain environments?

On this three-week course, you’ll discover an agile, people-centric framework to understand the elements needed for business agility and the power of agile teams to improve performance and deliver better customer value.

Use business agility and agile teams to improve performance and customer value

You’ll learn about the characteristics of people-centric agile organisations using a business agility framework and consider some of the structures adopted by agile organisations, with a focus on agile teams.

As team working is the recognised work model for many organisations, you’ll learn about team relationships, dynamics and dysfunctions, and the conditions needed for high-performing teams. You’ll also find out how a network of collaborative teams with appropriate autonomy for decision-making can outperform more traditional organisational structures.

Learn what it takes to become an agile organisation alongside industry experts

By the end of the course, you will be able to consider the characteristics of an agile organisation and ways to build business agility through teamwork. Learning from the specialists at The Open University and the Agile Business Consortium, you’ll also be able to discuss elements of successful team-working and how empowered, collaborative teams can increase business agility and deliver more value.

What topics will you cover?

  • A framework for business agility
  • Agile organisational structures; recognising the power of teams
  • The importance of relationships, group dynamics, autonomy, and collaboration in creating high-performing agile teams

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the characteristics of an agile organisation
  • Identify ways to build business agility through teamwork
  • Discuss elements of successful team working and how empowered, collaborative teams can increase business agility and deliver more value

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone new to business agility or those with a basic understanding who want to know more. Some workplace and/or team-based experience will help you understand the content of the course in the context of a working organisation (of any size, sector, or industry). It’s particularly suitable for:

  • Those who want to know how they can develop their own practical business agility for future roles.
  • Those struggling to understand how to survive and thrive in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world.
  • Those wishing to broaden their skillset and expand their Continuing Professional Development.

Who will you learn with?

Rod Willis is a Professional Executive Coach and Business Agility expert. He is an Agile Business Consortium Scrum Master who supports the agile community through conferences, courses and online tools

Who developed the course?

The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Agile Business Consortium

The Agile Business Consortium is the global professional body for Business Agility, with unrivalled expertise in the field. A UK based not-for-profit organisation and the brains behind AgilePM®, AgileBA®, AgilePgM® and AgileDS™ - committed to advancing business agility worldwide.

About this ExpertTrack

Discover how business agility can improve performance, create efficient teams, and benefit your organisation.

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After your free trial you can:

  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
  • Have complete control over your subscription; you can cancel any time
  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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