Shu Ha Ri

Clearly Agile leverages the Shu Ha Ri approach to education.  Shu Ha Ri is used to describe the progression of training or learning. It derives from the Japanese martial art concept that is used to describe the stages of learning to mastery. In recent years, it has been more frequently applied to an individuals cycle of learning.

Shu: In this beginning stage the student follows the teachings of one master precisely. He concentrates on how to do the task, without worrying too much about the underlying theory. If there are multiple variations on how to do the task, he concentrates on just the one way his master teaches him.

Ha: At this point the student begins to branch out. With the basic practices working he now starts to learn the underlying principles and theory behind the technique. He also starts learning from other masters and integrates that learning into his practice.

Ri: Now the student isn’t learning from other people, but from his own practice. He creates his own approaches and adapts what he’s learned to his own particular circumstances.

“It is known that, when we learn or train in something, we pass through the stages of shu, ha, and ri. These stages are explained as follows. In shu, we repeat the forms and discipline ourselves so that our bodies absorb the forms that our forbearers created. We remain faithful to the forms with no deviation. Next, in the stage of ha, once we have disciplined ourselves to acquire the forms and movements, we make innovations. In this process the forms may be broken and discarded. Finally, in ri, we completely depart from the forms, open the door to creative technique, and arrive in a place where we act in accordance with what our heart/mind desires, unhindered while not overstepping laws.”

— Aikido Master Teacher Endo Seishiro

Shu Ha Ri in the Agile  Journey

The first step in your Agility journey (Shu) is to simply learn what it means to attain Agility. Achieving this certification demonstrates to others that you understand the Agile mindset and are ready to apply Agile and Lean principles and values.

Typically, this certification is awarded to students who actively participate in a 3-day class and pass an exam. The exam is free and we expect everyone to pass it because its purpose is to demonstrate understand of intent vice memorizing terms and definitions. However, there be a need to re-take a test, we do charge a nominal fee to cover our administration costs.

Individuals believing, they know enough of the basics can apply to take the test without attending a 3-day class but must pay for an exam.
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The second step in your Agility journey (Ha) requires demonstration that you have been successfully maintaining an Agile-mindset and exploiting Agile / Lean principles and values. Achieving this level of certification also demonstrates a commitment to continual learning as students will need to provide proof of self-guided learning and the ability to teach others.

The third step in the Agility journey (Ri), is awarded when we believe you can start coaching and mentoring others.  There is an expectation that an individual may still learn from others but predominantly from his own practice.  This individual is expected to create any approaches necessary to meet whatever circumstances are in front of them.

It is a rigorous process to attain this level of achievement as it requires a history of demonstrable success, recommendations, and interviews. Despite the difficulty to attain this certification it proves to organizations you are ready to lead any organizational transformation.

Certifications with Shu Ha Ri

Shu Certification

Attaining the Shu certification is accomplished by passing an exam that demonstrates you understand the intent behind the learning objectives of a particular Agility course.  We advise attending and actively participating in the relevant 3-day course to best what is discussed does not appear in typical Agile courses and readings.  The certification exam is free to students who attend the 3-day course.

However, we do recognize that there are a decent number of individuals around the world who truly do understand our thinking and we want to afford them the opportunity without having to invest much time and effort.  The investment for taking the exam without having attended a 3-day course is simply $100.

Maintaining your certification simply requires updating your profile and a $100 administrative fee.

Ha Certification

Achieving this certification requires demonstrable proof of working in Agile environments over the last three (3) years to include summaries of experiments, observations and opinions of practices & techniques tried, as well as reflections on what was taught in your Agility course.

To apply for this certification, download the relevant document(s) below, create a response for all the sections, submit to the document and training@ClearlyAgile.com, and then pay the $200 administrative fee.

The review process may take up to two (2) weeks and require additional information or clarification from you.  If we approve your certification, we will contact you via email with the certificate.  Should you not yet meet our criteria, we will respond via email with context as to why we chose not to award the certification and opinions on what you need to do to attain it.

Maintaining your certification simply requires updating your profile and a $200 administrative fee.

Ri Certification

We award this certification when we believe you are still in good standing with your Ha Certification plus can now also demonstrate a record of innovation, history of training, recommendations, and pass a group interview.

To apply for this certification, download the relevant document(s) below, create a response for all the sections, submit to the document and training@ClearlyAgile.com, and then pay the $300 administrative fee.

The initial review process may take up to two (2) weeks and require additional information or clarification from you.  If we decide to move forward with the interview, we will contact you via email with a suggested date and time.  Should you not yet meet our criteria to move forward with an interview, we will respond via email with context as to why we chose not to move forward at this time and opinions on what you need to do to move to the interview stage.  For those being interviewed, we will inform you of our decision within one (1) business day and provide context as to our decision either way.

Maintaining your certification simply requires updating your profile and a $300 administrative fee.

Students

Students achieving either a Ha or Ri certification can expect us to vouch for them when applying for relevant job opportunities because of our vetting process.  However, students must be in good standing with their certification(s).  If you are unsure if you are in good standing with any of your certificates please email training@ClearlyAgile.com.

Students in good standing with their certifications are also highly encouraged to apply for any relevant opportunities with us.

Organizations

Organizations that wish to demonstrate to potential customers that they are truly Agile are encouraged to contact us to co-develop an organizational training roadmap and generous discounts on training and coaching. Our goal with organizations is to help them build their Agile practice to the point where we are no longer needed.


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