Spring 2024

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sign up and learn how to facilitate organisational change towards a more agile and lean organisation culture!

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Register here before 10.04.2024:

Professionals and non-Aalto students sign up at FITech’s page. This requires a Finnish social security number.

Aalto University students sign up internally in SISU. Registration opens 25.3.2024.

(just lectures, no assignments)

Course tourists that want to participate in lectures, but don’t want to do assignments and don’t need a course certificate or ECTS, sign up through Google Forms.

Teaching period is 24.4.–5.6.2024 every Wednesday from 16:15 to 18:00.

About the course

This course is for professionals and students. After the course you understand how to facilitate organisational change towards a more agile and lean organisation culture. You learn 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 pairs, selected by the course facilitators, facilitate each other’s strategic objectives and goals, as well as understanding the broader organisational context. The course also demonstrates through the exercises what are the so-called meta skills required in contemporary leadership and change agency.

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.

“Facilitating Change is an effective blend of  hands-on practice and academic theory for anyone interested in change leadership, organizational transform, organization design and becoming a change agent.”

– prof. Risto Sarvas

What's in it for you?


Skills and theories for leading and facilitating change

Personal growth

Building confidence by seeing how much you already know

Experienced teachers

The lecturers are renowed coaches as well as practitioners


Connecting with other change agents.

Course structure

When? 24.4.–5.6.2024, Wednesdays from 16:15 to 18:00 (EET)

Language? English

Credits? You can get 3 ECTS from this course.

The course consist of live lectures (held in Zoom) and weekly exercises. Registration requires participation in the pair exercises. To pass the course, you need to take part in all lectures and exercises.

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

Reviews from course alumni

Sharing and comparing with others

“The balance of lectures and breakout rooms. The assignments with random peers were great! They provided deeper understanding and great cases from other companies! The hands-on tools (onion, DUMB etc.) are easy enough to understand and simple enough to use - and their leverage power is huge!”​

Lifelong learning

“Timing, Corona hit and the topic was to the point at the right time. I also liked that it was free and targeted to lifelong learning, not only to students. Topic relates to what is important to me in worklife and in creating new business. The course strengthened my view that I am on the right path. It was nicely executed online in general."

A great learning experience

"I liked Risto and Jari’s energy the most when they don’t beat around the bush but get straight to the point. It’s much more refreshing and interesting that way with reading materials and lectures to support the learning experience."

It helped me with my own project

“Great course - I loved the tools and your own cases. The course was well-organized and the assignments supported me to utilize the learnings in my own work - the documentation by or together with my peer helped me understand things from own project that I hadn't thought about earlier. I would need this kind of facilitation with unfamiliar people more often!”

International course

“This was a nice experience, online implementation made it possible for a wide range of people from all over the world to participate which was interesting as well. Thank you for this course and content during our otherwise strange Corona springtime.”

Interesting, relaxing. professionally led course

“You created an easy relaxed spirit and atmosphere. A person like me attending a course after a long stressful work of constant sprints running hectic work truly appreciates your clear and easy-to-follow slides and your well-articulated English (lovely clear "Finglish") with a touch of humour here and there. I really appreciate your relaxed and yet professional way to conduct the course. It is a big effort to make yourself join the course every week after the full day of work. If this had been a must-attend F2F-course in a lecture room, I would not have attended. Therefore will miss this MOOC! Thanks a lot for organizing it.”

Utilizable tools

"Well prepared study materials, tools and cases. Lecturers were top notch and communication from the staff was spot on. All exercises were hands-on kind of stuff and perfect for utilization at work."


Risto Sarvas
Professor of Practice, Information Networks

Risto is the head of Information Networks’s B.Sc. and M.Sc. programmes at Aalto University. He is a former head of design and co-founder of the culture advisory business at Futurice. He is also one of the founding members of Lean Service Creation methodology. Risto has trained and coached close to thousand professionals, students and entrepreneurs. Risto has been directly involved in a dozen cultural transformation programmes in Finnish corporations and written few books about design, change and organisations.

Jari Ylitalo
University Lecturer, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.

Jari is an experienced leadership development professional, educator, coach, and facilitator. He has rich and wide experience in supporting individuals, groups and organizations to build better leadership, deeper collaboration, and efficient management practices in multiple organizations and industries. He has contributed to better leadership in roles of internal change agent, external process consultant, leadership coach, and academic scholar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get credits from this course?

Yes, you can get 3 ECTS from this course by registering in Sisu or FITech.

How long does looking through all the material take?

The handbook consists of around 10 hours of lecture videos, supported by additional readings and exercises from spring 2020 course. All of the material is split into small chapters each having multiple 10-15min videos, so that you can quickly check the topics that seem interesting to you – or go through all the chapters, as you wish!

Where can I study more of this?

Further information about the course

Facilitating Change -staff

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