Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student understands how to facilitate organisational change towards a more agile and lean organisation culture. The participant learns how to use simple diagrams as tools and boundary objects in facilitating conversations and clarifying objectives. The course consists of lectures and pair homework in which the pairs facilitate each other’s strategic objectives and goals, as well as, understanding the broader organizational context. The course also demonstrates through the exercises what are the so-called meta skills required in contemporary leadership and change agency.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 22.04.2021 - 27.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Risto Sarvas, Jari Ylitalo

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Risto Sarvas, Jari Ylitalo

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course consits of five lectures and related pair work. The themes in the course cover topics, such as, facilitating a shared vision, organisational transformation, lean + agile + design thinking, the role of tools and sprints in facilitation, and the concept of meta-skills and new kind of leadership.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course id graded as pass or failed. Passing the course requires participation in lectures and doing the pair exercises.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 5 x 2h = 10h. Pair exercises 5 x 4h = 20h. Readings 20h. Independent study 30h. Total 80h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture material and readings.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Experience and knowledge of project work, leadership, design tools and processes, and organisations. Recommended (not compulsory) prerequisites include TU-C9281 Viestintä ja organisaatiot, TU-C3021 Managing knowledge and knowledge-intensive organizations, TU-C1011 Ryhmätoiminta ja organisointi, SCI-C1001 SCI Project.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth