Agendashift roundup, March 2018

In this edition: Speaking in Central Europe; Coming to America; Out soon in print; Public workshops; Top posts; And finally…

Speaking in Central Europe

This comes to you today from Central Europe where I have just finished speaking at a company-internal conference. One Agendashift-related talk tweaked for the occasion, and another on DevOps written specially (which I hope to use again). It seems a good time to mention that I enjoy speaking at a wide variety of events both public and private – not just (Lean-)Agile conferences – and it’s always nice to be invited 🙂 Thank you Helen Beal and Steve Green at Ranger4 for setting this up.

On that note…

Coming to America

Next week I’m in the US, doing an evening meetup, a lunch & learn, a conference (TriAgile), and a Agendashift workshop, the last of those in association with the conference but not restricted to conference attendees. More info on all of those here. And a big thank you to my host, Kert Peterson.

Out soon in print

A sneak preview of something I’ll announce separately soon: the Agendashift book will soon be out in print – not just revised (for the 7th and final time) but with the addition a cool foreword. I’ll keep the identity of the foreword’s writer a surprise, but here are a couple of clues:

  • “An impressive piece of culture technology”
  • “Part framework and part engagement model, Agendashift is a rich composition of culture technology tools, a composition that forms a complete system.

If you’d like to be notified of when this new version becomes available, ping me. Be aware that the existing e-book will be withdrawn from Leanpub as soon as the new versions are available for pre-order (on most major channels I’m told).

Public workshops

For other events featuring myself &/or other Agendashift partners, see the events calendar. And of course we do private workshops, consulting, and coaching too.

Top posts

New:

From the archives:

And finally…

The LinkedIn group burst through the 1,000-member barrier this month and the (more active) Slack community is catching up fast! See the community links below if you’d to join.


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Agendashift roundup, February 2018

In this edition: Our first Advanced workshop, and trips to the US, Germany, and Poland; Scrum and Kanban revisited, revisited; 15-minute FOTO, updated; Top posts

Our first Advanced workshop, and trips to the US, Germany, and Poland

Earlier this month we held the first 2-day Advanced Agendashift workshop “Coaching and Leading Continuous Transformation”. To say that it went well would be an understatement – see the write-up here.

Among the events in our calendar are two more of these 2-day workshops (Munich and Cardiff) and one 1-day Core workshop (Raleigh):

You may have spotted (i) that I appear to have a free day in Raleigh on April 4th, and (ii) that there isn’t yet a Poland workshop in the calendar after ACE! 2018. If you have ideas for either of those, get in touch. Behind the scenes, we’re also working hard on opportunities for private workshops.

Scrum and Kanban revisited, revisited

The most popular blog post of 2017 revisited this month in webinar form:

A big thank you to Mahesh and the team at Digité for hosting.

15-minute FOTO, updated

We have released some improvements to the cue card for our Creative Commons-licensed, Clean Language-inspired coaching game, 15-minute FOTO. Details here:

Top posts


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Agendashift roundup, January 2018

In this edition: The latest on the book and related Agendashift resources; Director of Continuous Transformation; Workshops; Inverting the pyramid; Top posts

The latest on the book and related Agendashift resources

I’ve done a final revision on the Leanpub edition of the book in preparation for print publication in April. The most substantial changes are to the final chapter (more on this in “Inverting the pyramid” below), also:

If you’re a registered user of any of these resources you’ll be contacted in the next few days with the download link for the new versions. If you don’t have them or you can’t wait that long, get in touch.

Director of Continuous Transformation

Over in the Agendashift Slack we’ve had some fun over the past few days discussing ideal job titles in the #coaching channel. As it happens, I have sufficient capacity now to declare for real that I’d love the title “Director of Continuous Transformation (part-time)”. If I could help bolster your leadership team or internal coaching team on a part-time basis, let’s talk. Will travel (within reason).

Workshops

It’s the Leeds Advanced workshop next week and there are a couple of places left if you’re quick. Workshops in the US and Germany (April and May) are yet to be listed – please contact (respectively) partners Kert Peterson or Mike Leber about those; after that it’s Cardiff in late May.

See also: Agendashift as leadership development

As ever, shout if you would like a public or private workshop somewhere near you, and there are more events listed in our events calendar.

Inverting the pyramid

Chapter 5 has gained a new figure:

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The inverted pyramid, Agendashift-style

All is revealed in yesterday’s blog post Inverting the pyramid, start-with-what-you-do-now style. Also, I’ll be speaking on this topic at London Lean Kanban Days 2018 (23-24 April) – see you there!

Top posts

Inverting the pyramid post came too late in the month to make the shortlist. This month’s winner is 5 years old, a classic restored from my old blog:

  1. Introducing Kanban through its values (January 2013!)
  2. Two more Agendashift resources are now Creative Commons
  3. Agendashift as leadership development
  4. Reading Peter Block
  5. Scrum and Kanban revisited (August)

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About that New Year strategy workshop…

Happy New Year! In lieu of the December roundup some seasonal updates: strategy workshops; website changes; top blog posts of 2017.

Strategy workshops

It’s the New Year: fresh starts, new beginnings, strategy workshops! We have three transformation strategy workshops to choose from:

  1. Core Agendashift: Facilitating Outcome-Oriented Change – the 1-day introduction to outcome-oriented change, a practitioner-focused version of the Applied workshop. Hold this one in-house if you have consultants, coaches, and others with change responsibility (managers included) on your staff.
  2. Applied Agendashift: Co-Creating Your Transformation Strategy – the same Core material, but focused on your organisation and its transformation. We’ve had all kinds of participants – new joiners sat next to C-suite leaders, for example. Usually an intense 1-day workshop, but it can be shortened or done in smaller chunks over a period as part of a longer engagement. For obvious reasons, this one is only ever run privately.
  3. Advanced Agendashift: Coaching and Leading Continuous Transformation  – We’re very excited about this one, running our first public 2-day workshop early next month. “Transformation strategy as leadership development” is a good way to think about this one.

Get in touch with us or one of our partners if you’d like to explore these further, or if you’d like to become a partner yourself so that you can offer them to your clients.

There are currently three public workshops in the calendar with more to be added soon:

In lieu of the December roundup, a couple of seasonal updates: website changes and top blog posts of 2017.

Website changes

We used the break to give the website a lick of paint. As well as making the place generally more inviting, we have:

  • Made room on a simplified home page for our first wave of corporate partners – companies who have multiple individual practitioner partners or who have generated Agendashift-related business for other partners
  • Consolidated multiple pages onto single pages for workshops and assessments
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https://www.agendashift.com

Top blog posts of 2017

Spread nicely over the year:

  1. Scrum and Kanban revisited (August)
  2. Lean-Agile transformation as Lean-Agile process (January)
  3. We’ve open-sourced ‘15-minute FOTO’ (October)
  4. How I read the Scrum Guide (November)
  5. Why Agile needs some 21st century Lean thinking (March)
  6. Featureban 2.0 (June)
  7. A True North for Lean-Agile? (May)
  8. Free preview: Read the introduction and first chapter of the forthcoming Agendashift book (February)
  9. Agendashift in 5 principles (July)
  10. Agile and Lean are just toolkits, right? (October)

We are champions and enablers of outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation. Building from agreement on outcomes, Agendashift facilitates rapid, experiment-based evolution of process, practice, and organisation. Instead of Lean and Agile by imposition – contradictory and ultimately self-defeating – we help you keep your business vision and transformation strategy aligned with and energised by a culture of meaningful participation. More…

 

Agendashift roundup, November 2017

In this edition: Workshops; 15-minute FOTO; Back to Scrum; Speaking; Top posts

Workshops

This month I facilitated two public Agendashift workshops. The first was in Cape Town which I was visiting for the first time as the opening keynote speaker at the Regional Scrum Gathering (great event!). The day after the workshop I published some of the artifacts it produced:

Last week was London Lean-Agile Strategy Days (II), a return of the two-day workshop I co-facilitate with Karl Scotland. We switched things around this time, putting the Agendashift day first (just jumping right in as I normally would), then a day from Karl on Strategy Deployment. It works much better this way round, and it’s in keeping with changes we’re making to the Agendashift workshops too.

We’re not quite ready to announce those changes properly yet, but you can get a taste by taking a look at the Agendashift home page. Three workshops instead of two, and some renaming and rescoping that we’ll explain in due course.

We will soon have workshop dates in the US – definitely one (probably April 4th) and possibly two – and likely Germany, the new 2-day workshop we think. Watch this space for news on both! If you want to see one near you (public or private), get in touch.

15-minute FOTO

Recent workshops have given us good opportunity to test and iterate on our coaching game ’15-minute FOTO’ that we recently open sourced (see last month’s announcement). We’re now at version 3 of the deck; if you’d like access to this just let me know. Apologies, a month of travel means I haven’t been able to push updates out yet (but I will).

 

Back to Scrum

December’s traditional review of the year’s most-read blog posts will include at least two on Scrum, including one from this month that has already reached the top 5 for the year. This new post was prompted by the release of the latest Scrum Guide:

Speaking

France and USA:

I’ll take this opportunity to mention that Agendashift partner Philippe Guenet has launched a new Lean IT meetup in London. Karl and I spoke at the inaugural meeting last week. Networking afterwards lasted until late into the evening; congrats to Philippe for assembling such a great crowd!

Top posts

Not quite so successful, me doing some of my thinking out loud (the process and the resulting feedback helps):


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Agendashift roundup, October 2017

In this edition: Workshops; 15-minute FOTO; Revision 4 of the book; Interviewed for the LAMP podcast (video); Because every framework needs a poster…; Speaking; Top posts

Workshops

Last week I did a webinar hosted by Innovation Roots, a tour through the artifacts generated at the recent workshop in Bengaluru, India. Watch this space for a recording.

Next week’s workshop in Cape Town is nearly sold out – at the time of writing there is just 1 ticket remaining.

After that comes my joint 2-day workshop with Karl Scotland, London Lean-Agile Strategy Days (II) on the 22nd and 23rd. Early bird pricing expires on the 8th.

15-minute FOTO

Our Clean Language-inspired coaching game ‘15-minute FOTO’ is now open source. See:

For the uninitiated, FOTO stands for “From Obstacles to Outcomes”, and the game gives you 15 minutes in which to generate a decent number of them, using only the questions on the Clean Language cue card. An example of “generative over prescriptive” if you like. Described in chapter 1 of the book.

Many thanks to Andrea Chiou for her considerable support in this.

Revision 4 of the book

Talking of the book, it has now stabilised at revision 4. See:

Interviewed for the LAMP podcast (video)

A couple of weeks ago I spent a very enjoyable 45 minutes being interviewed by Dima Moroz at Kanbanize for the fifth episode of the LAMP podcast. See it here:

Because every framework needs a poster…

As featured in our new About page, there is now an Agendashift poster, and it’s downloadable via our Resources page.

Speaking

UK, South Africa, and France:

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Agendashift roundup, September 2017

In this edition: Launch anniversary; India trip; Public workshops; Speaking; Top posts

Launch anniversary

As mentioned in last month’s roundup, September 14th was the first anniversary of our public launch. Here’s the post made on the day:

Since the 14th we’ve added Switzerland to the list of countries represented by our partners, and additional partners in the UK and Austria. In the next few days we’ll add Ukraine and Australia too. That’s every continent now except Antarctica!

India trip

This month I made by fourth trip to India, and definitely my most enjoyable and productive trip of all. While there I published the slides for my keynote at Lean Kanban India 2017:

Also a blog post about communication and scaling:

With Patrick Steyaert we ran a 2-day workshop covering both Flowlab and Agendashift. Among the participants were 4 Agendashift partners (Irshad NizamiSanjay KumarAlper Tonga and of course Patrick). The Flowlab day was stimulating, and the Agendashift day gets better with every iteration.

In October our hosts Innovation Roots are kindly hosting a webinar in which I’ll walk through the Agendashift workshop via the outputs we produced. Sign up here:

Public workshops

  • 8th November, Cape Town, South Africa: Agendashift practitioner’s workshop
    – 
    Quite possibly the first full Agendashift workshop to take place in the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s happening before the regional Scrum Gathering on the 9th and 10th, at which I’m a keynote speaker.
  • 22nd & 23rd November, London: Lean-Agile Strategy Days London (II)
    – 
    Not a repeat because we’ve improved it! This is Karl Scotland and I joining forces again for two days of Agendashift and Lean Strategy Deployment goodness.

I’ve moved the Cape Town event from the Eventbrite ticketing platform to Goeventz, which allows it to be priced in ZAR (previously USD).

If you’re an Agendashift partner or plan to become one, discounts apply. We’re also happy to discount generously for employees in the government, education, and non-profit/charitable sectors.

Don’t see an event in your part of the world (here, or in our Events calendar)? Then help us organise one! Not only are we happy to cooperate on a commercial basis, we’re tweaking the corporate partner model to make sure that your efforts can be properly recognised.

Speaking

UK, South Africa, and France:

Top posts


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