Agendashift roundup, June 2019

In this edition: Visualising Agendashift; Online workshops; Featureban & Changeban; Right to Left (and Wholehearted); Upcoming workshops; Top posts

Visualising Agendashift

I’m rather chuffed that after only three days, Tuesday’s post is already the most read this month. I think it’s my best explanation of Agendashift yet! It is certainly the most visual, being based on the slides for a talk I gave at the Agile in Covent Garden meetup in London last week.

Read it here:

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Online workshops

One way to experience for yourself what’s described in that post is to participate in a public workshop. I’ve already announced an autumn programme of immersive, in-room workshops (see Upcoming workshops below) but what’s new is the chance to do it online*. Furthermore, we’re partnering with the Open Leadership Network** to offer this as certified training for the first time.

The first of these was held this week; the next one will be in just over two weeks’ time and there are places still available:

*Some partners are doing Agendashift online with their clients already and we of course compare notes. This week I’ve done a quick debrief of my experience to the #workshops channel in Slack.

**It was the Open Leadership Network that brought me to Boston last month. For a reminder of why I think this new expression of Open is significant, read my pre-Boston post Why the Open Leadership Symposium is a big deal.

Featureban & Changeban

The other big news for June was the long-promised release of Featureban 3.0 and alongside it some updates to Changeban. They now live under a shared Dropbox folder so that subscribers always have access to the latest versions. All completely free of course – along with many of our other resources, they’re published under a Creative Commons license. Read the announcement here:

Right to Left (and Wholehearted)

Frustratingly, what should have been the biggest news of all for June will happen instead in July. My third book Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile has taken a bit longer to go to print than anticipated, but it’s nearly there now.

Agendashift partner, collaborator, and book reviewer extraordinaire Steven Mackenzie has been running meanwhile with the idea of the wholehearted organisation, something you may remember that I blogged about during the writing of the book. Naturally, I’m very glad to have sparked something! Here’s Steven:

When Right to Left comes out you’ll find the referenced passage in chapter 5 (of 6).

Upcoming workshops
(Online, Stockholm, Athens, London, Istanbul, Berlin)

I must also mention the conferences whose support makes two of these workshops possible:

For the Istanbul conference I have a discount code for 10% off the Super Early Bird price (so be quick I guess!); ping me if interested.

Top posts

  1. Visualising Agendashift: The why and how of outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation
  2. At last! Featureban 3.0 and Changeban 1.2
  3. Martin, this one’s for you
  4. Stringing it together with Reverse Wardley (February)
  5. What kind of Organisational Development (OD)? (And a book recommendation)

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Agendashift roundup, May 2019

In this edition: Martin, this one’s for you; Two kinds of organisation development (OD); Featureban and Changeban; Upcoming workshops – Stockholm, Berlin, and online; Top posts

Martin, this one’s for you

This month the Lean-Agile community mourned the sudden and tragic loss of Martin Burns, a friend to many. My tribute, with links to several others – all of which well worth reading – is here:

Right to Left

Everything crossed, Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile comes out next month (sorry, I can’t give an exact date yet). Watch out for a Q&A with Ben Linders on InfoQ soon, always a pleasure!

Two kinds of organisation development (OD)

“So many books, so little time” (Pliny the Younger or Frank Zappa – take your pick). I began the month with a book I wish I had known about soon enough to reference in Agendashift, Bushe & Marshak’s Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change. In a highly encouraging way it had a profound effect on me and continues to do so; read my initial thoughts and then some practical follow-through in these two posts:

Featureban and Changeban

For months I’ve been promising a big update to Featureban, a Kanban simulation game that is used around the world and remains one of my most popular downloads. Not only do I now have a 3.0 beta version that I’ll be playing next week and releasing soon, we’ve tested some improvements too in Changeban (see below a photo from Berlin last week) that benefit both games. So watch out for an announcement, both here on the blog and in your inbox if you’re a registered user of either game.

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Meanwhile, we have at last a video for Changeban (thank you Steven Mackenzie for producing it), announcement here:

Upcoming workshops – Stockholm, Berlin, and online

Watch this space for autumn dates in Greece, Turkey, London, and the Benelux region.

Top posts

Recent:

  1. Martin, this one’s for you
  2. What kind of Organisational Development (OD)? (And a book recommendation)
  3. A video for Changeban (and related: what’s in store for Featureban)
  4. Takeaways from Boston and Berlin
  5. Needs-based, outcome-oriented, continuous, open

Older:

  1. ‘Right to Left’ works for Scrum too (July 2018)
  2. How the Leader-Leader model turns Commander’s Intent upside down(June 2018)
  3. Stringing it together with Reverse Wardley (February 2019)

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Agendashift roundup, April 2019

In this edition: Right to Left; London workshop; Open Leadership Symposium (Boston) & online workshops; Top posts; Upcoming workshops – Boston, Berlin, Oslo, and Stockholm

Right to Left

I’m thrilled to announce that the completed manuscript for Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile is now with the publishers. Fingers crossed it will be available for preorder early-mid June and for purchase by the end of that month. This one was 11 months in the making, and work started immediately after Agendashift; I have to say that it feels a little weird not to have a big writing project on the go any more!

As you can see from the updated cover image below, Right to Left has a foreword by John Buck, the co-author of two of the books I reference:

John describes my book as “emerging on his [ie my] focus on the needs of actual and aspiring leaders”, who should “be prepared to have some of their favourite mental models delightfully upended”. Thank you John! I predict that this “updending” will be experienced by more than a few practitioners too 🙂

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London workshop

Lots of positives from the London workshop earlier this month! Highlights:

  • Mike Haber’s template for Celebration-5W is a keeper
  • The updates to the 15-minute FOTO cue card are now official (in fact the Dropbox has a more polished version contributed by Agendashift partner Steven Mackenzie)
  • Also by Steven, we’ll be announcing a video for the Changeban game shortly

Open Leadership Symposium (Boston) & online workshops

A final reminder that I’ll be in Boston for the Open Leadership Symposium and a 2-day post-conference masterclass in a couple of weeks. I would love to see you there, and not just for the first opportunity to hold a 2-day Agendashift workshop in the US! I’m not exaggerating when I say that Open Leadership and Open in general could turn out to be important themes in the coming months. I certainly hope so.

As a spinoff from Boston, I’ll be doing my first online workshops in June and July. More details here: More ‘Open’, and my first online workshops. If you’re on the mailing list you’ll already have a discount code for these.

The week after Boston I’m off to Berlin for another 2-day workshop; then in June it’s Stockholm and Oslo in quick succession. Check out the calendar of upcoming workshops below for details.

Top posts

  1. Notes from the April 2019 Advanced Agendashift workshop, London
  2. More ‘Open’, and my first online workshops
  3. How the Leader-Leader model turns Commander’s Intent upside down (June 2018, a prototype for a passage in the forthcoming Right to Left)
  4. Stringing it together with Reverse Wardley (February)
  5. Right to Left: a transcript of my Lean Agile Brighton talk (October 2018)

Upcoming workshops – Boston, Berlin, Oslo, and Stockholm

Watch this space for Greece, Turkey, London, and the Benelux region in the autumn.


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Agendashift roundup, March 2019

In this shorter edition (I’ve been on holiday): London workshop; Looking ahead – Boston, Berlin, Stockholm, and Oslo; Right to Left; Top posts

London workshop

Thursday and Friday next week is the London workshop. A couple of entirely unavoidable dropouts means that there is still space if you want to come, but be quick as there’s the Agendashift delivery assessment to complete as prework. There are generous discounts available for public, education, and non-profit sectors and also for repeat attendees (not uncommon) – ping me for a code if you need one.

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Looking ahead – Boston, Berlin, Stockholm, and Oslo

I can’t stress enough how much I’m looking forward to my trip to Boston in May – not just for the Agendashift masterclass (it’s called that to avoid confusion with shorter workshops held during the conference) but for the Open Leadership Symposium, which I believe will turn out to be a big deal.

On my return from Boston I’m off again to Berlin, for another 2-day workshop just 6 months since the last one. I’m grateful to my hosts Leanovate for their continued support! Looking ahead to early June, I’ll be doing Stockholm and Oslo with Agendashift partner Kjell Tore Guttormsen in one trip.

Right to Left

I have a well-reviewed and near-final draft now of Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile. Six chapters, 43,662 words, and I’m itching to get it out there! Behind the scenes I’m working on some spinoffs – more on those soon!

Top posts

  1. Why the Open Leadership Symposium is a big deal
  2. Stringing it together with Reverse Wardley (February)
  3. Testing some changes to the 15-minute FOTO cue card
  4. My favourite Clean Language question (January)
  5. A new template for Celebration-5W

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Agendashift roundup, February 2019

In this edition: Right to Left; Reverse Wardley; Coaching Agile Journeys; The Open Leadership Symposium; Top posts; Upcoming Agendashift workshops

Right to Left

Exciting news: as of last night I have a complete draft of my third book, Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile. Not that “complete” means “finished” – as the old joke goes it’s more like 95% complete with only the remaining 50% left to do. For the record, it comes out at 40,685 words – just a tiny bit longer than Agendashift and way less than KFTI.

I’m not giving publication dates yet (in fact I’m still exploring publication options) but my original target of midsummer still looks very doable. Also, I’ve consciously written it with the possibility of releasing it as an audiobook, which would be a first for me.

Reverse Wardley

An amazing response to this month’s top post, Stringing it together with Reverse Wardleypushing My favourite Clean Language question into second place for the year.

For the 2-day workshop, introducing the new exercise as part of a “string” of exercises – one feeding quickly into the next – has caused me to push one exercise from day 1 to day 2, improving the balance of the two days overall. To experience that for yourself, check out the calendar later in this post.

Coaching Agile Journeys

Check out episode CAJ 032 of the Coaching Agile Journeys webinar. You’ll find there a YouTube video hosted by Heidi Araya and Cristin Hernandez, and then me:

  1. Introducing the topic of outcome orientation
  2. Facilitating an online exercise
  3. Mentioning some of the tools we use to turn outcomes into concrete action
  4. Describing how needs-based and outcome-oriented approaches work in both change and delivery (the connection between Agendashift and Right to Left)
  5. Answering some questions!

The Open Leadership Symposium

At the end of that webinar there’s a plug for the Open Leadership Symposium event happening in Boston in May (my Boston workshop follows immediately afterwards). I’m very excited about this event, a lot of streams coming together. More on that soon no doubt!

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Top posts

  1. Stringing it together with Reverse Wardley
  2. My favourite Clean Language question (January)
  3. On the quality and nature of backlogs
  4. How the Leader-Leader model turns Commander’s Intent upside down (June 2018)
  5. ‘Right to Left’ works for Scrum too (July 2018)

Upcoming Agendashift workshops

See also the recent blog post: Agendashift workshops in Seattle, London, Boston, and Berlin, which includes a detailed description of the 2-day workshop. Workshops facilitated by Mike Burrows (yours truly) unless otherwise indicated:


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Agendashift roundup, January 2019

A shorter and less structured roundup this month – there are a number of additions and changes to the events calendar in the pipeline and I’ll begin to announce these separately in the coming weeks. Watch out for details of 2-day Advanced workshops in the UK, the Netherlands, in Germany, Scandinavia, Greece, and the US. The last of those will be announced as a masterclass linked to an exciting new event, The Open Leadership Symposium, which takes place in Boston in May.

Right to Left

Before things get crazy again I have a quietish February in prospect and there’s every chance that I’ll have a decent draft of Right to Left done by the end of the month. I’ve been aiming for early summer for publication; dare I say late spring now? We’ll see!

To whet your appetite, the first few paragraphs of the introduction now appear on the Right to Left landing page. If you’d like to read the whole introduction, drop me a line or visit channel #right-to-left in Slack.

Changeban and Featureban

My recent trip to India plus a private workshop back in the UK has given me three more opportunities to run Changeban sessions, two of them for 50+ people at a time. Based on the experience of those larger sessions (both of which were recorded; fingers crossed we’ll be able to share at least one of them) I’ve switched around some of the introductory slides – in the ‘endgame’ part, if you’re familiar with it. If you’ve signed up to the Changeban Dropbox, look for a version 1.1 deck. Nothing fundamental, it just flows better.

I’ve still not had the chance to test Featureban with Changeban-style rules and it seems likely that others will beat me to it. When that does finally happen (and I’ll be grateful), watch out for Featureban 3.0. Until then it remains at version 2.3.

Questions? #changeban and #featureban in Slack.

Top posts

  1. My favourite Clean Language question
  2. A Grand Unification Theory for Lean-Agile?
  3. How the Leader-Leader model turns Commander’s Intent upside down (June)
  4. Right to Left: a transcript of my Lean Agile Brighton talk (October)
  5. My kind of Agile (November)

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The Agendashift blog’s top posts of 2018

It’s hard to predict how any given post will perform, but I’m pretty happy with how these have come out, not least because they seem to bode well for my 2019 book, Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile. Two lists, starting with posts published in 2018:

  1. My handy, referenceable Definition of Done (May)
  2. ‘Right to Left’ works for Scrum too (July)
  3. Right to Left: a transcript of my Lean Agile Brighton talk (October)
  4. Engagement: more than a two-way street (September)
  5. Understanding Lean-Agile, right to left (May)
  6. Changeban has reached version 1.0 (November)
  7. How the Leader-Leader model turns Commander’s Intent upside down (March)
  8. A small departure from the book (September)
  9. You can’t deliver a task (August)
  10. My kind of Agile (November)

And some perennial favourites published pre 2018:

  1. Introducing Kanban through its values (January 2013)
  2. Featureban 2.0 (June 2016)
  3. Better user stories start with authentic situations of need (October 2016)
  4. Scrum and Kanban revisited (August 2017)
  5. STATIK, Kanban’s hidden gem (March 2014)

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