Adaptive Leadership

Name and surname of the presenter: Joop Schefferlie

Short description

Many companies choose to manage changes based on an Agile approach. Particularly in situations where the assignment is not clear beforehand, or because of the rapid changes in the market, people must be able to switch quickly, that is a legitimate choice.

Managing these changes therefore requires a different balance in the weighing of the competences needed to successfully implement these changes. So a different kind of leadership. For example, the competences Humble, Adaptiveness, Vision and Engaged have a deeper meaning and are of greater importance when we look at the leadership roles in an Agile environment.

The IPMA Agile Leadership Certificate is a clear answer from IPMA to the many knowledge exams that are available in the market. You are not an experienced specialist after completing a training and taking a test. It is about understanding your strong and developing competences.

The above mentioned competences play an important role in the IPMA Agile Leadership exam.


By digital disruption we face the greatest revolution in corporate organization since 1800. It is unknown what will happen, no one will be prepared. Digital disruption is the disruptive effect of new technologies on the market. It provides newcomers to compete with established organizations.

A famous example of digital disruption is Uber, which changes the transport world. Airbnb has totally changed the hotel industry, and Spotify and Netflix have introduced disruptive business models for the music and film industry.

The most important trend in Project Management at this moment is ‘Projectification of Societies’. Projectification of Societies is defined as the degree of diffusion of project management in all sectors of societies. The implication of this trend is that project management will become a basic competence for everybody. In Europe, time and money spent in projects is already more than 35 % and increasing.

So, we keep on managing all kind of project in all sectors of societies. However, the way we are managing projects is changing.

The company-wide scaling of Agile and Lean methods is a trend has become a reality. In recent years, Agile and Scrum supplanted the traditional project management in many sectors in industry, started in Finance and ICT.

  • 75 % of the Dutch and Belgian companies are using Agile
  • 60 % of them thinks that Agile is the best way for Project Management
  • 85 % of them believes in a hybrid solution

(Source: KPMG 2016)

Agile is widespread. This means that our profession, Project Management is changing. To be successful we must become more agile and innovative. We must be aware of market and technical changes.

IPMA has started the initiative to develop a certification program, based on competences, for professionals with a leadership role within an Agile environment. The certificate focus on the establishment and acknowledgement of the individual competences of the professional and is for example additional to other agile certificates like Scrum and SAFe.