Hands on agile for leaders course description

Three-day GDS Academy course on leading across multiple self-organising, cross-functional teams within a service or programme for senior leaders.

Course summary

This GDS Academy course is for senior public service leaders who need to understand how a digital service is designed, delivered and operated, so that they can realise the benefits of digital for citizens, their department and wider government.

Course aims and objectives

The aim of this course is for senior leaders to understand how to lead across self-organising, cross-functional teams, so that they can take responsibility for delivering all aspects of a service or programme.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • describe the agile principles and methods adopted in government
  • explain the importance of user research and user needs
  • role model the change in culture and leadership that supports agile working
  • demonstrate learning for developing a service and assessing the health of a project
  • explain the government digital landscape


  • Digital capability
  • Ways of working
  • Deciding what to do
  • The people we need to deliver
  • What happens when?
  • Team dynamics
  • Governing digital service
  • Engagement, stakeholders and users
  • The high-performing digital service
  • Leadership revisited

Length of course

The course takes 3 working days. It usually runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm.


The course costs £390 (not including VAT) for each person. The GDS Academy will invoice your organisation for the cost of each place taken on the course.


To book a place on this course:

To request a place on this course, email with:

  • your name
  • your organisation
  • the course name
  • the date and location you would like to attend
  • your training code (if your organisation has given you one)

We will email you to confirm your booking, once we process your request.

Please note, if you previously booked using Eventbrite, your place is still confirmed, and no additional action is required.


You must be Civil Service grade 7 and above (or equivalent) to attend this course.

Training and locations and dates

Location Date Booking
Newcastle 11 September to 13 September Places available
London 03 October to 05 October Places available

GDS Academy training locations

Find out how to get to our training locations in Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle.

Published 1 May 2015
Last updated 20 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. We have added the course cost, and the need to have a training agreement with the GDS Academy and permission from your line manager to attend.
  2. First published.