Changeban v0.3

On Wednesday we played Changeban as part of the 2-day Advanced Agendashift workshop “Coaching and leading continuous transformation” in Cardiff. We spotted a couple of things to improve but they didn’t get in the way of either our fun or our learning! I’ve since made the necessary updates.

For the uninitiated, Changeban is based on Featureban, our popular kanban simulation game, played in workshops and meetups all over the world. Both games are licensed under a Creative Commons license, which in Featureban’s case has helped to generate a number of language translations and other variants. Changeban dials down on the kanban content, making space for a followup exercise in Lean Startup-style experiment design and workflow as applied to both feature development and process improvement.

Changeban’s mechanics are also a little different, reducing slightly the impact of blockers and allowing the game to flow faster. That’s mostly a good thing and I’m considering doing the same for Featureban, but it would be at the expense of the easy calculation of flow efficiency that the old rules made possible. If anyone wants to test the new rules on the old game, I’d love to hear how you get on.

Its landing page will get updated soon. If you’d like to get hold of the updated deck meanwhile, don’t let it put you off! And join us in the #changeban and #featureban channels in the Agendashift Slack.


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Understanding Lean-Agile, right to left

Suppose you had to understand Lego – and I mean really understand it. Where do you start? With children playing, or with plastic feedstock?


Now suppose you had to understand Lean-Agile. Where do you start? With people collaborating over software that is already beginning to work, or with backlogs and projects? Working software, or JIRA?

With the Agendashift book [1] only just out of the door, I’ve begun work on the prequel, a no-nonsense guide to Lean-Agile, the kind of book you’ll give to your manager and hope that they’ll pass on to theirs. And yes, we’ll start right to left, beginning at the point where needs are met [2] and working our way upstream. We’ll describe what it’s like to have Lean and Agile already working well, and demonstrate powerful ways to understand, manage, and improve almost any kind of delivery process.

There’ll be two more themes: outside in and upside down; more on those soon. Join us meanwhile in the #right-to-left channel in the Agendashift Slack [3] if any of these themes are of interest to you. Perhaps you have relevant examples or models that support these themes, or are already beginning to wonder about how they might be applied in your current situation and have questions.

[1] Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation
[2] My handy, referenceable Definition of Done
[3] Agendashift on Slack


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My handy, referenceable Definition of Done

Now in handy, referenceable [1] form, my working definition of “Done” [2]:

Done

[1] agendashift.com/done
[2] A good working definition of “Done”, also Better user stories start with authentic situations of need

Handy links to closely-related resources:

  • agendashift.com/book – chapter 3 in particular
  • agendashift.com/true-north – “…needs met at just the right time”
  • agendashift.com/principles – Start with needs” is principle #1

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Agendashift roundup, April 2018

In this bumper edition: Out in print; Agendashift Studio; Our first online Lean Coffee; Been to America (see the video); Emergence, Fast and Slow; Upcoming; Top posts

Out in print

I hope that it hasn’t escaped your notice that the Agendashift book is now out in print. 120 copies were given to delegates at London Lean Kanban Days last week and it was great finally to hold a copy in my own hands!

People are telling me that it’s very timely: “imposed Agile” and “fake Agile” are taking their toll, and through Agendashift’s outcome-orientation and continuous transformation we can offer alternatives that are both practical – surprising perhaps for an approach that goes out of its way to avoid prescription, but it’s true – and positive.

Frustratingly, Amazon here in UK are quoting long delivery times on a book that purchasers in the US are already receiving! Please be patient – we’re working with the publishers to resolve this issue and I’m sure that everything will be straightened very soon. It is carried by other online booksellers, for example Waterstones and Barnes & Noble to name but two.

My annoyance with them aside, do please leave a review on your nearest Amazon when you get the chance. Thank you!

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Agendashift Studio

London Lean Kanban Days also presented a fantastic opportunity to test a product idea I’ve had in mind for a while. At the end-of-conference charity auction, we raised £500 for Code Club International in bids for a 1-day “Agendashift Studio”, a workshop for up to 4 people at my studio office in Chesterfield, close to the Peak District National Park.

This inaugural event is already sold out, but if you’d be interested in coming to Derbyshire for an intimate 1 or 2-day event, with a flexible agenda based on the Core or Advanced Agendashift material, either for your colleagues (for a small team offsite, perhaps) or joining with a small group of other like-minded practitioners, do get in touch. I hope that we’ll be offering them on a regular basis before long. We’re based just 4 miles from edge of the National Park and 8 miles from Chatsworth; you could easily combine a workshop with other team activities or a short break.  Some of our initial party are already planning to do just that!

Our first online Lean Coffee

Last week we held our first online Lean Coffee. We’ll post the recording in the #leancoffee channel in the Agendashift Slack and in the Agendashift LinkedIn group shortly. Thank you Steven Mackenzie for facilitating.

Been to America (see the video)

I was kept very busy in my trip to Raleigh, NC, speaking on the evening of my arrival, then a lunchtime session, a conference talk, and then an Agendashift workshop. A big thank you again to my host, Kert Peterson for lining these up!

The lunch & learn session at Pendo was recorded – see it here:

Emergence, Fast and Slow

One of this month’s blog posts is already in the top 3 for the year. Give Emergence, Fast and Slow a read if you missed it first time round.

Upcoming

Only two public Agendashift workshops remaining until they restart in the autumn:

Speaking:

Top posts

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It’s really here :-)

And here it is:

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I only got back yesterday evening from a holiday abroad so it was with some relief that I finally got my hands on a copy of my own, one of a big stack given out to delegates at London Lean Kanban Days 2018 (#llkd18).

Three out of the four people I singled out for special mention in the acknowledgments happen to be here at the conference:

  1. Dragan Jojic‘s early work on the Agendashift assessment prompts was essential to their breadth, their usability, and their impact
  2. Karl Scotland helped to push Agendashift upstream, suggesting (and bravely testing) ways to develop the Discovery tools and to integrate the Cynefin exercise more cleanly.
  3. Steven Mackenzie diligently reviewed multiple revisions of this book and pushed me hard to make it what it is today

The fourth of those four is Andrea Chiou, US-based so perhaps we can forgive her absence! Andrea played a key role in the integration of Clean Language (see our coaching game 15-minute FOTO), and I’m grateful that through her I have been introduced to Judy Rees and Caitlin Walker, both leading members of the Clean Language community in the UK (Judy and Caitlin are respectively co-author and author of two of the books I recommend in chapter 1). I’m glad to say that Judy is here, with proof 🙂

I won’t repeat the back cover blurb again – you can read it in any of these places if you missed it here last week:

The e-book comes out in multiple formats imminently. It would have been nice if it had been available at least for preorder for the print book launch, but the latter couldn’t wait.

Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway): reviews, blog posts, tweets, shares etc very welcome. It all helps!


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The Agendashift book comes out in print Monday, April 23rd

I’m delighted to announce that the Agendashift book comes out in print this coming Monday. It’s available for preorder now on most Amazons (not yet .com, but it’s coming) and Barnes & Noble. There’ll be a copy for every attendee of London Lean Kanban Days 2018 which starts on the same day, where I’m giving the opening keynote on Tuesday morning.

Landing page:  Resources: The Agendashift book (agendashift.com)

Find it on amazon.com (US), amazon.co.uk (UK), barnesandnoble.com, or search “Agendashift” at your favourite online bookstore.

Before the back cover blurb below, let me take the opportunity to thank Daniel Mezick for his foreword (new to this edition) and Steven Mackenzie for his diligent reviews (multiple times) of the manuscript. You won’t find fundamental changes since the Leanpub version but it is certainly more polished.


“An impressive piece of culture technology – facilitates clear thinking and communication while encouraging real agreement at scale across the whole enterprise.”

Part framework and part engagement model, Agendashift represents a way to naturally engage every employee, at every level, in the process of change. Building from agreement on outcomes, Agendashift facilitates rapid, experiment-based evolution of process, practice, and organisation. Instead of transformation by imposition – usually contradictory and self-defeating – it helps you keep your business vision and transformation strategy aligned with and energised by a culture of meaningful participation.

“If you are a business leader looking for tools that facilitate real change in real organisations, this is your book.”

“For exquisite listening and thinking tools – used by your teams and informing your strategy up and down the organisation – look no further than this book.”

“It’s like an invitation to pair coach with Mike and see how he uses the tools to implement a culture of continuous improvement in organisations”

Mike Burrows is recognised for his pioneering work in Lean, Agile, and Kanban, his ground-breaking first book Kanban from the Inside (Blue Hole Press, 2014), and for championing participatory and outcome-oriented approaches to change, transformation, and strategy. Before embarking on his consulting career, he was global development manager and Executive Director at a top tier investment bank, and CTO for an energy risk management startup.

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Agendashift demo and Lean Coffee, April 26th

On April 26th at 09:00 ET / 14:00 BST / 15:00 CET I’ll be doing a quick demo of some features recently added to the online tool, followed by a community discussion facilitated Lean Coffee style by Steven Mackenzie. The first of many, we hope!

For connection details and any late-breaking info, see the LinkedIn group or the #leancoffee channel in the Agendashift Slack (the latter being the better place for discussion ideas, ongoing conversations and any late-breaking info – click here for an invite if you need one).


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