In this edition: Strategy workshop and Agendashift Studio; Right to Left; Public workshops (US, UK, IT, DE); Top posts
Strategy workshop and Agendashift Studio
On consecutive days early this month (before things began to slow down for the summer) I led a private strategy workshop done Agendashift-style and then a small “Agendashift Studio” workshop held in my studio office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, just outside the Peak District National Park.
For obvious reasons I can’t go into a lot of detail about the private workshop but it did result in a blog post:
There’ll be at least a chapter’s worth of this in the new book (more on that in a moment), covering the use of this kind of outside-in structure for strategy and operations reviews in the kind of depth that wasn’t possible in the Agendashift book.
The Agendashift Studio workshop was a lot of fun. Here’s some great feedback:
We’ve started a new #agendashift-studio channel in the Agendashift Slack for coordinating future Studio workshops. It’s an exercise in self-organisation – if 3 or 4 participants can agree a date that also works for me, then we have a workshop; likely we’ll have another one in the coming weeks, perhaps as soon as August. They’re very affordable, there are generous discounts for government/education/nonprofit etc, and we generally hold them on a Friday or Saturday so that participants can spend some weekend time in the Peak District if they wish.
Right to Left
Monthly status check: 11,258 words, and well into chapter 3. Also, a new landing page:
In addition to the one already mentioned, this month’s blog posts are very much related to the new book:
The first of those is already a top 3 post for the year, which is very encouraging! I happen to know that at least one forthcoming article from a member of the SAFe community has been inspired by it, and I’m hopeful of some constructive engagement with other scaling communities too. If you’re part of one, please get in touch!
Some tweetable thoughts that might become future blog posts:
Right to Left will be my least technical book (it’s aimed at managers first, practitioners second), but still I maintain my usual respect for my sources. I’ve been exploring the Viable System Model as “deep background”, and several of us have been discussing this and other things from the world of Systems Thinking, Complexity, and the Learning Organisation, which you may recognise as a chapter title from my first book Kanban from the Inside. To join us in that particular conversation, find the #systhink-complexity channel in the Agendashift Slack.
Public workshops (US, UK, IT, DE)
- 24 August, Seattle, WA, USA: Core Agendashift: Facilitating Outcome-Oriented Change (Julia Wester)
- 9-11 October, Brighton, UK: Agendashift + X-Matrix Masterclass (Mike Burrows, Karl Scotland)
- 9-10 November, Brescia, Italy: Italian Agile Day (with Agendashift workshop, tickets page TBA) (Mike Burrows)
- 03 December, Munich, Germany: Core Agendashift: Facilitating Outcome-Oriented Change (Julia Wester)
Note: Early bird pricing for the Brighton workshop ends on Tuesday.
We’re also looking at doing one in northeast England, perhaps in Newcastle. If that would be of interest, please get in touch.
- #RightToLeft works for Scrum too
- On not teaching PDCA (March 2016)
- #RightToLeft is #Agendashift (outcome-orientation) for delivery
- An outside-in strategy review, Agendashift style
- Understanding Lean-Agile, right to left (May)
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