Last week’s post Two new tools* and how I’m finding them useful has generated a lot of interest – after just six days it is already the 3rd most popular post of the year!
*Spoiler: Clean Language and the Cynefin Four Points Contextualisation exercise
One piece of detail I neglected to mention is a tweak I have made to the A3 template we use to guide people through the process of framing and developing their actions as hypothesis-driven changes. The header area at the top of the page has gained a new field: “Aligned to objective”.
It’s a chance to identify:
- a pre-existing high level objective to which this action aligns, or
- a summary outcome shared by this and other actions (a theme, if you like).
Better still, both at the same time – this is after all what alignment and strategy deployment [availagility.co.uk] are all about. Without alignment, so-called improvement can easily descend into just fixing stuff – interesting locally perhaps but unlikely to be important in the grand scheme of things.
- Improvement and Alignment are strategies 4 and 5 respectively in our white paper 6+1 Essential strategies for successful Lean-Agile transformation
- The PDF for the Creative Commons-licensed A3 template can be downloaded directly from the blog post A3 template for hypothesis-driven change. For the source XLS, just drop me a line. There’s a German translation available too.
- Interested in facilitating an Agendashift workshop or using the tools in your coaching or leadership practice? Very soon we’ll be licensing the material and widening access to the online tools beyond our existing beta users. Again, get in touch!