Agendashift roundup, August 2021

By design a quiet month blog-wise, but still plenty happening! In this edition: Another non-update on the big reveal; Up and down the Deliberately Adaptive Organisation; Another virtual trip to New Zealand; Agile Uprising Podcast; Top posts, recent and classic

Another non-update on the big reveal

Unusually, there are no public Agendashift workshops in the calendar right now – in fact we cancelled some. With some changes, they will resume shortly. Yes, we’re up to something! More here (but not much):

Still foundational to what’s coming, this self-paced training:

Up and down the Deliberately Adaptive Organisation

One item under active development that I don’t mind talking about is the Deliberately Adaptive Organisation (deliberately-adaptive.org). In the coming months there’ll be new training modules (both self-paced and interactive) that depend on it. Meanwhile, I have multiple pilot projects at home and abroad getting underway with the new assessment tool, and the early results are very encouraging, suggesting a good fit with the now quite mature trust-building and agreement-based approach to assessment already pioneered and formalised in Agendashift.

For a taste of what’s to come in this area, don’t miss this webinar on September 9th kindly hosted by Adrian Reed of Blackmetric Business Solutions:

Up and down the Deliberately Adaptive Organisation – business agility at every scale with Mike Burrows

I’ve done a lot of work on this since my slightly rushed presentation at Lean Agile Global and I’m looking forward to this very much!

Another virtual trip to New Zealand

Talking of presentations, I’ve been doing ‘Leading with and Transforming with Outcomes’ at meetups for a while now. They’re interactive enough that no two are ever alike! Returning in June to the New Zealand Limited WIP Society this fantastic comment came in the debrief on the breakouts (around 51:25 in the recording, which only recently hit YouTube):

You’ve taken us into a space where, for me anyway, I’ve not quite been in that space before

To understand how we got there, watch it here:

And a followup blog post:

Agile Uprising Podcast

I was delighted to be invited back to the Agile Uprising Podcast, interviewed jointly this time by Claudia Orozco-Gomez and Jay Hrcsko. It’s about the 2nd edition of the Agendashift book and is done with the benefit both of a few months’ perspective and the fact that my interviewers have both participated in Agendashift workshops. Hear it here:

In this week’s episode Claudia Orozco-Gomez and Jay Hrcsko sit down with the creator of Agendashift (and repeat podcast guest 🙂 Mike Burrows to discuss the second edition of his book.  We’ve covered some of the Agendashift classes before as well as Mike’s most-recent book (Right to Left) and we were quite excited to discuss Agendashift, what led to the newest edition, what learnings Mike and his team have gained to lead to a second edition, and we get to thank him in person for beautifully explaining how to use Cynefin.  Enjoy!

Top posts, recent and classic

Recent:

  1. All Agendashift assessments now available in Korean (August)
  2. Not quite ready for the big reveal (August)
  3. Pilots wanted (July)
  4. Optimising for Significance (July)
  5. Inside-out or outside-in? A strategy warmup (June)

Classic:

  1. My favourite Clean Language question (January 2019)
  2. How the Leader-Leader model turns Commander’s Intent upside down (June 2018)
  3. From Reverse STATIK to a ‘Pathway’ for continuous transformation (October 2019)
  4. ‘Right to Left’ works for Scrum too (July 2018)
  5. What do I mean by ‘generative pattern’? (May)

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Agendashift roundup, July 2021

It’s summer here – schools out since last week – and I’m going to make this a short one. Here’s the latest:

  1. At the top of our media page you’ll find some new additions, in particular interviews with Radek Orszewski (don’t be put off by the Polish introduction – it’s in English from 05:40 onwards) and Jean Shin (released in two parts, so scroll down for part 1 first). Fingers crossed the recording of my evening at the Agility Leadership Network meetup will be up soon also – great hosts and a highly enjoyable session.
  2. I’m now recording the fourth and final session of the next self-paced training module Outside-in Strategy with Outcomes. Expect an early September launch and likely some pre-launch activity in August. Some great feedback on Leading with Outcomes meanwhile; if you’re partway through it or thinking about doing it and would like a quick Zoom about it, do drop me a line.
  3. I got an amazing response to my call for pilots for the new assessment tool, excited not just by the volume of replies but by the diversity of the organisations involved. If you’re interested but didn’t respond right away, I do still have capacity and the offer is still open. Not for long though!

Upcoming

And always at your convenience and pace:

Top posts

Recent:

  1. Pilots wanted
  2. Optimising for Significance
  3. Inside-out or outside-in? A strategy warmup (June)

Classic:

  1. From Reverse STATIK to a ‘Pathway’ for continuous transformation (October 2019)
  2. My favourite Clean Language question (January 2019)
  3. Agendashift, meet Reverse STATIK (October 2015)

Not a mention a quite ridiculous number of views for the pre-Agendashift Introducing Kanban through its values (January 2013). Still going strong!


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Agendashift roundup, June 2021

In this edition: Two podcasts; Self-paced training at the Agendashift Academy; Upcoming; Top posts

Two podcasts

In recent weeks I have done interviews for a number of different podcasts. Two were released during in June:

Self-paced training at the Agendashift Academy

Our most recent change at the Agendashift Academy: you can work your way through Leading with Outcomes as quickly as you wish, no longer are you expected to wait a week between of its each four sessions.

Meanwhile, I’m busy recording our next self-paced training, Outside-in Strategy with Outcomes. It’s due this summer so watch out for its launch in the coming weeks! See meanwhile entry #1 in Top posts below.

Later this year will come Transforming with Outcomes. As previewed at deliberately-adaptive.org and described in the Agendashift 2nd edition, we will explore here the Deliberately Adaptive Organisation. In short, this means plugging Agendashift into the Viable System Model, seeing how it scales both up and down, describing a path towards business agility at every scale. Still some months to go before this comes out but we’ll be publishing at least one new tool in the meantime. Already we have a number of partners reviewing it and preparing to test it – news on that soon!

Upcoming

Just a few days until the next interactive workshop:

And always at your convenience and pace:

Top posts

  1. Inside-out or outside-in? A strategy warmup
  2. Loved Adam Grant’s Think Again
  3. What do I mean by ‘generative pattern (May)
  4. The IdOO pattern as leadership model (May)
  5. From Reverse STATIK to a ‘Pathway’ for continuous transformation (October 2019)

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Agendashift roundup, May 2021

In this edition: Conferences (I): Agendashift comes of age; Conferences (II): Lean Agile Global and the Deliberately Adaptive Organisation; Xagility podcast interview; Upcoming; Top posts

Conferences (I): Agendashift comes of age

2021 will go down as an epic year for Agendashift – the 2nd edition, the Agendashift Academy, and now (last week) our first conference. More than 400 registrations taken over a highly compressed launch period (500, if you count those who asked to register after the event), great feedback, and given that it was neither instigated nor organised by me, proof that Agendashift has a life of its own! Expanding on that thought, I blogged about it the following day:

If you have a paid ticket, you have access to the recordings already. Log back into the conference site, visit the auditorium, and find the plenary sessions (my introduction and opening and closing keynotes), the two main tracks, and a bonus session. If you don’t have access, watch this space – we’ll make an announcement on that soon.

Conferences (II): Lean Agile Global 2021

This week I spoke at Lean Agile Global 2021 (which we sponsored) with a brand new talk titled ‘Up and Down the Deliberately Adaptive Organisation – business agility at every scale‘. As per the last couple of chapters of the Agendashift 2nd edition, it’s Agendashift plugged into the classic Viable System Model, a model that scales like no other. Check out deliberately-adaptive.org both for a flavour and for some clues of future developments.

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Xagility podcast

I had the pleasure of doing a podcast interview this month with John Coleman for the Xagility podcast. Listen to it on your favourite podcast platform (where you can leave a rating/review) or here:

This and past recordings both audio and video are available listed on our media page.

Upcoming

My apologies for the postponement for family reasons of the June Deep Dive. That leaves no interactive public workshops in next month but don’t forget the self-paced option! It’s a great place to start and there’s plenty of time to complete it before Coaching with Outcomes in July.

Not that it’s compulsory but there’s easily time to complete this before the next of our scheduled interactive workshops:

*Expanded from 2 hours

Top posts

  1. What do I mean by ‘generative pattern’;?
  2. Agendashift came of age yesterday
  3. The IdOO pattern as leadership model
  4. From Reverse STATIK to a ‘Pathway’ for continuous transformation (October 2019)
  5. Announcing 1) our first self-paced training Leading with Outcomes (LwO) and 2) the Agendashift Academy (April)

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Agendashift roundup, April 2021

In this edition: Leading with Outcomes launch offer; Agendashift 2021; LAG21; Featureban milestone; Upcoming; Top posts

Leading with Outcomes launch offer

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Our new (and first ever) self-paced training Leading with Outcomes is off to a flying start – a pleasing number of signups and excellent feedback so far. Our launch offer expires April 30th (tomorrow) so get in there quickly! Use coupon code LEADING-WITH-OUTCOMES-20 and join for €71.20 instead of €89. Our next self-paced offering (strategy-related) will have LwO as a prerequisite, so grab it now.

Agendashift 2021

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Not long either to the Agendashift 2021 conference on May 18th. The programme is nearly complete, and already a great lineup, including:

  • Keynote speakers Pia-Maria Thorén (Agile People, contributor of the Agendashift 2nd edition’s foreword) and Professor Gervase Bushe (author or co-author of two of the 2nd edition’s most important references)
  • Daniel Mezick (Open Leadership Network, OpenSpace Agility), contributor of the 1st edition’s foreword which contained the gift of the term engagement model, two words that describe Agendashift so well
  • Caitlin Walker (Clean Language, Systemic Modelling), author of another key reference and a prime example of the generosity and support offered by the Clean Language community
  • Evan Leybourn (Business Agility Institute), who shares in our pursuit of better organisations
  • Karl Scotland, Dragan Jojic, and Kjell Tore Guttormsen – all of whom instrumental in Agendashift’s development
  • Andrew Jones, whose Agile Listening Project is powered by Agendashift

I could go on, and watch out for further announcements on speakers and sponsors! A massive thank you meanwhile to the organising team, Andrew Jones, Kjell Tore Guttormsen, Karl Scotland, and Russ Lewis.

LAG21

We’re also sponsoring another conference: Lean Agile Global 2021, organised by Agendashift partners Jose Casal & JP Bayley and their team. It takes not long after Agendashift 2021 on the 24th and 25th, and I’m a speaker on the 25th with first outing for a brand new talk based on the closing chapters of the 2nd edition. So sign up and join me for Up and down the Deliberately Adaptive Organisation – business agility at every scale.

If you’re very quick, you can join me also this evening (UK time) for a pre-conference meetup:

Featureban milestone

Via the #featureban-changeban channel on Slack, Kaiten founder and CEO Slava Tsyrulnik tells us that their online version of my Kanban simulation game Featureban has reached the impressive milestone of 5,000 games played. Moreover, the community has now contributed six language translations in addition to their two. Congratulations!

Upcoming

Listed now on the Academy’s Store page are our scheduled workshops, the next one only days away:

And always now the self-paced option: Leading with Outcomes.

Top posts

  1. Why the Agendashift 2nd edition? What happened?
  2. Announcing 1) our first self-paced training Leading with Outcomes (LwO) and 2) the Agendashift Academy
  3. What’s in a name? Coaching with Outcomes (CwO)
  4. Join us on May 18th for Agendashift 2021, our inaugural conference
  5. If Agendashift is the answer, what’s the question?

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Agendashift roundup, March 2021

In this edition: The 2nd edition is out; Upcoming workshops; Top posts

The 2nd edition is out!

As announced last Friday, the 2nd edition of Agendashift: outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation was released on Monday. It is available here:

An ePub edition is imminent also – expect to find it very soon on Apple Books, Google Play, Kobo, and elsewhere.

You heard it here first: Spring 2021 is going to awesome. A number of exciting things have been waiting on this critical dependency, publication is only the start, and there’ll be further announcements over the next few weeks. Until after the Easter weekend though, I’m happy just to enjoy that we got there, thankful for all the input and support that made it possible.

It’s a big update on the 1st edition so do read this one, and I would be enormously grateful if you would leave a review – these days and on Amazon especially they’re crucial. The first one in gives it five stars, describing the book as a Must read for those leading and coaching change.

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Upcoming workshops

The long-promised Deep Dive for the Americas is in the calendar at last and we’ve added a shorter Leading with Outcomes for APAC also:

Top posts

A massive response to the new cheat sheet, surpassing even the ever-popular 15-minute FOTO, which got an update this month:

  1. Leading with Outcomes: a cheat sheet
  2. 15-minute FOTO version 10
  3. Out on Monday, the Agendashift 2nd edition
  4. Neat hierarchies vs self-expressed strategy
  5. My favourite Clean Language question (January 2019)

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Agendashift roundup, January 2021

Keeping this one short – more to come once I have firm dates on the 2nd edition of the Agendashift book. It is still on track for late March, with a flurry of launch-related activity either side, and watch out for some new content that will be easier to talk about once the book is out. Lots happening meanwhile behind the scenes in the partner network and in the community more broadly. Exciting times! As soon as I can make the announcements, I will. Meanwhile, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re in the market for an interesting speaker or interviewee any time from mid-March onwards. 

Upcoming

The first workshop below is nearly sold out but I’ve added another for early May. Keeping April free for the reasons given above!

All the usual discounts apply: repeat visits (not uncommon), partners, gov, edu, non-profit, country, un- or under-employment, bulk orders. If you think that one might apply to you, do please ask. Many of those considerations apply to private workshops also.

For the Deep Dive especially, if you think that you might become an Agendashift partner, partner discounts make it well worthwhile to get on board before you sign up to the workshop.

Top posts

  1. What the (Lean-)Agile scaling frameworks don’t always give you (December)
  2. If you are not already engaging on strategy, the time to get serious is now (January)
  3. What I really think about SAFe (October 2019)
  4. From Reverse STATIK to a ‘Pathway’ for continuous transformation (October 2019 again – a classic month it would seem)
  5. #2MBM: Meaning before Metric, Measure before Method (July)

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Agendashift 2020 roundup

I don’t wish to dwell for long on the pandemic but what a year! We’re still staying safe (we have a vulnerable family member so we’re ultra careful), made the clear decision to move Agendashift online very early on (pre lockdown, and not just temporarily), and in a weird way it has been highly productive. With all of that in mind, let me take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to everyone the Agendashift community around the world for your encouragement and inspiration through this extraordinary period. Thank you.

In this edition: A quick December roundup; Upcoming; Top posts of the year, recent and classic

A quick December roundup

Out just this week:

  1. Right to Left (2019, audiobook 2020) has been published in German. A big thank you to Chris Steindel for her translation, to the team at dpunkt.verlag for making it all happen, and to Markus Hippeli for championing the project
  2. The latest addition to the media page, I was interviewed by Ian Gill for the Agility by Nature podcast

I have meanwhile a complete draft of the Agendashift 2nd edition that I’m happy with. Very happy in fact – for me it’s now the best of my three books but we’ll see next year what the world makes of it! While we wait, reading (or listening to) Right to Left would be excellent preparation if you’ve haven’t done so already.

Work on the 2nd edition is context to my more recent blog posts. Most-read so far this month:

  1. A postscript to ‘How I Choose my Models’
  2. What the (Lean-)Agile scaling frameworks don’t always give you
  3. How I choose my models (October)
  4. What I really think about Scrum (August)
  5. The IdOO pattern meets ‘Good Obstacle, Bad Obstacle’

Finally, today’s #community Zoom is the last until January 14th. Details on Slack.

Upcoming

The workshops continue to evolve at quite a pace and watch out for some new developments next year. In the calendar for early 2021:

All the usual discounts apply: repeat visits (not uncommon), partners, gov, edu, non-profit, country, un- or under-employment, bulk orders. If you think that one might apply to you, do please ask. Most of those considerations apply to private workshops also.

For the Deep Dive especially, if you think that you might become an Agendashift partner, partner discounts make it well worthwhile to get on board before you sign up to the workshop.

Top posts for the year

Recent:

  1. What I really think about Scrum (August)
  2. #2MBM: Meaning before Metric, Measure before Method (July)
  3. I’m really enjoying Challenge Mapping (June)
  4. The language of outcomes: 1. Identifying the adaptive challenge (January) – and the rest in the series, some of which would make this list in their own right
  5. The audiobook is out! Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile (May)
  6. How I choose my models (October)
  7. Agendashift as framework (April)
  8. Still not a fan of the PDCA cycle or the continuous improvement initiative (October)
  9. Making it official: Agendashift, the wholehearted engagement model (January)
  10. Aka the ‘And when X…’ game (February)

Classic:

  1. My favourite Clean Language question (January 2019)
  2. There will be caveats: Warming cautiously to OKR (September 2019)
  3. From Reverse STATIK to a ‘Pathway’ for continuous transformation (October 2019)
  4. Stringing it together with Reverse Wardley (February 2019)
  5. How the Leader-Leader model turns Commander’s Intent upside down (June 2018)

And yes, carried over from the positiveincline blog, Introducing Kanban through its values (2013) is still going strong.


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Agendashift roundup, November 2020

A quick one this time in advance of the big 2020 review next month. In this edition: New media; Upcoming workshops; Top posts

New media

Added to the media page this month:

Upcoming workshops

All the usual discounts apply: repeat visits (not uncommon), partners, gov, edu, non-profit, country, un- or under-employment, bulk orders. If you think that one might apply to you, do please ask. We have a quorum already but the more the merrier.

Top posts

  1. How I choose my models
  2. The Outside-in Service Delivery Review (OI-SDR)
  3. Agile Uprising discusses Agendashift’s Leading with Outcomes workshop
  4. My favourite Clean Language question (January 2019)
  5. How the Leader-Leader model turns Commander’s Intent upside down (June 2018)

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Agendashift roundup, October 2020

In this edition: Media – recordings, articles, etc; November Deep Dive; Updates to Celebration-5W; Progress on the 2nd edition; Top posts

Media – recordings, articles, etc

Released this month:

I’ve taken the opportunity to gather these and similar resources from the past year or more on a new media page, agendashift.com/media. Over time I’ll add dig out some Agendashift-era conference recordings etc also. If you have any favourites you think I should add, let me know!

Thanks for those I’ve added so far go to the Cutter Consortium, Jay Hrcsko (Agile Uprising podcast), Martin Aziz & team (SquirrelNorth), Joe Auslander & Jakub Jurkiewicz (Joekub podcast), Ben Linders (InfoQ), Rahul Bhattacharya (Agile Atelier podcast), Mo Hagar (Agile on the Edge podcast), John Rouda (A Geek Leader podcast), Paul Klipp & Justyna Pindel (Agile Book Club podcast).

November Deep Dive

17th-20th November: Agendashift Deep Dive: Coaching and leading continuous transformation – eight 2-hour sessions over four days, EMEA-friendly timing. A practical, hands-on experience of Agendashift, the wholehearted outcome-oriented, engagement model.

All the usual discounts apply: repeat visits (not uncommon), partners, gov, edu, non-profit, country, un- or under-employment, bulk orders. If you think that one might apply to you, do please ask. We have a quorum already but the more the merrier.

Updates to Celebration-5W

There is a new version 4 deck for our workshop kickoff exercise, Celebration-5W. Like most of our exercises, games, templates etc it is Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA) and you can obtain it via its resource page agendashift.com/celebration-5w.

The main changes:

  • I’ve tweaked a key slide – see the image below – to suggest some initial iteration between When and What; the discussion (if not its later presentation) begins here
  • Unhiding the initial slides for facilitators – they weren’t showing up in Dropbox
  • In those initial slides for facilitators, the quote from Agendashift is now from the pending 2nd edition (more on that in a moment)

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Progress on the 2nd edition

A couple of blog posts this month flow from (among other things) work on the 2nd edition of Agendashift:

From the second of those, nearly 3 weeks old now:

I’ll be pulling out all the stops, integrating (as Agendashift has done consistently for a long time) ideas and experience from Lean-Agile, organisation development, and strategy

Glad to report that this work on the 5th and final chapter is not only well underway, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now! Just a few more sections and I’ll have a first complete draft and I’ll be at the “90% done and still half the work to do” stage. I’m not quoting dates yet but quarter 1 of 2021 seems very doable.

Top posts

Recent:

Classic:


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