The Professional Agile Leader: Growing Mature Agile Teams and Organizations

Eringa, Ron, Bittner, Kurt, Bonnema, Laurens


Hone Your Agile Leadership Skills to Help Your Organization Transform and Thrive

Drawing on vast experience, Ron, Kurt, and Laurens tease out practical tips and patterns for good leadership [and show] how a leader can help shape the environment for agile teams to succeed. . . . The narrative style of the book makes it easy to read, and I am sure there will be many times that you see yourself in it.
--From the Foreword by Dave West, CEO and Product Owner,
To leverage the immense opportunities associated with accelerating change, organizations need teams capable of innovating, failing fast, learning the right lessons, and rapidly applying those lessons. This requires agile leaders with fundamentally different skillsets--leaders who can break through obsolete definitions of good management.

The Professional Agile Leader is a realistic, practical guide, written by three Scrum pioneers who demonstrate proven ways to foster responsive and adaptive team cultures. They structure powerful lessons around a case study based on decades of experience helping agile leaders achieve and sustain transformations. Their strategic deep dives reveal how to rediscover the customer, shift from output to impact, convert predictable existential crises into opportunities, grow leaders everywhere, and much more. Best of all, they never settle for high-level hand-waving--they show you how it's really done.

  • Reignite once-successful organizations that have lost their way
  • Form cross-functional teams and empower them with purpose
  • Learn to let go, as your teams start taking more responsibility
  • Overcome forces that want to reel you back into the old rules
  • Realign the whole organization, since agile and traditional models can't coexist forever
  • Achieve the most challenging goal of all: changing culture

Great agile leaders aren't born that way--they're regular people who care deeply about helping others achieve shared goals and have discovered a better way to lead. Whatever your role in the organization, this guide will help you master those skills and mindsets a whole lot faster.


Ron Eringa is a Leadership Developer. His mission is to create organizations where people love to work and where real customer value is created. In the last 20 years he has built expertise on how to lead IT organizations that use Agile and Scrum. After an initial education in electrical engineering and software engineering he ended up in different leadership roles. In these roles he discovered the leadership capabilities that are essential to create autonomous teams with a high level of maturity and creativity. He believes that autonomous teams are the fundament of a modern organization that thrives in this complex and ever-changing world.

Kurt Bittner has been delivering working products in short, feedback-driven cycles for nearly 40 years, and has helped many organizations do the same. He is particularly interested in helping people form strong, self-organizing, high-performance teams that deliver solutions that customers love, and helping organizations use empirical feedback to achieve customer outcome-focused goals. He is an author or editor of many books on agile product development, including Mastering Professional Scrum, The Zombie Scrum Survival Guide, The Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum, The Professional Scrum Team, and Professional Agile Leadership, as well as The Guide to Evidence-Based Management, and The Nexus Guide. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Laurens Bonnema is an Agile Trainer and Management Consultant and a mentor to leaders creating resilient organizations at any scale. He has a strong background in IT with experience in almost every role. As a Professional Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Certified Agile Master, Agile Master Assessor, IPMA Agile Assessor, and PRINCE2 Practitioner, Laurens strives to merge classic and agile management in the conviction that it is the future of professional management. As a Professional Scrum Trainer and SAFe Program Consultant, he helps to improve the profession of software delivery as well as marketing, human resources, and finance. Laurens brings his experience in enterprise IT since 1999 and on Scrum Teams since 2006 to his teaching, is a driving force in the agile community, and a sought-after speaker at conferences and events.