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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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:

Top posts


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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
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    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)
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    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:

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Agendashift roundup, August 2017

In this edition: Launch anniversary; Book revisions; Scrum and Kanban; Public workshops; Speaking; Top posts

Launch anniversary

September 14th will be the first anniversary of the public launch of the Agendashift platform on www.agendashift.com and our partner programme. On the day I’ll publish and mail out a review of this very productive 12 month period.

Book revisions

Keeping to a regular schedule of fortnightly updates I pushed out a number of revisions to the Agendashift book this summer, most notably revision 3 incorporating the 5 principles highlighted in last month’s roundup:

  1. Start with needs
  2. Agree on outcomes
  3. Keep the agenda for change visible
  4. Manage options, testing assumptions
  5. Organise for clarity, speed, and mutual accountability

Existing readers will have been notified of these updates. You can get your copy here:

You can also request a sample chapter.

Scrum and Kanban

It has only been out for a couple of days, but this week’s post Scrum and Kanban revisited (inspired by some thought-provoking headings from Steve Porter and Dan Vacanti) is already the Agendashift blog’s third most visited page of the year. If you haven’t already, go read it! See also the recording of Steve and Dan’s webinar Scrum and Kanban: Make your teams better by busting common myths [scrum.org].

Public workshops

Our September launch anniversary coincides with my fourth trip to India, a favourite destination of mine. I’ll be speaking at Lean Kanban India 2017 and then co-facilitating the Bengaluru Flow Days workshop (incorporating an Agendashift practitioner’s workshop) with Patrick Steyaert on the 17th & 18th. We’d love to see you there.

Coinciding with another big conference (Scrum Gathering South Africa 2017), I’ll be doing a 1-day Agendashift practitioner’s workshop in Cape Town on November 8th. It’s only my second trip to South Africa and my first to Cape Town. Can’t wait!

There will be at least one more practitioner’s workshop in the UK this year, possibly in the form of another Strategy Days in collaboration with Karl Scotland. Other collaborations are also under discussion. The planned workshop on Clean Language and Agendashift with Judy Rees has been postponed to 2018.

If none of these work for you and you think there’s an opportunity for a workshop in your city or at your company, get in touch. A trip to the US in 2018 is highly likely.

Speaking

India, UK, South Africa, and France:

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Agendashift roundup, July 2017

In this edition: Latest on the Agendashift book; Cue card updates; Agendashift in 5 principles; #opportunities; Public workshops; Speaking; Top posts

Latest on the Agendashift book

Just a quick note to let you know how much I’m enjoying the Agendashift book. I haven’t read much in the Lean-Agile space for a few years as I felt nothing new was being said. Your book has changed that for me – great work!

That was from Alex Johnston. Thanks Alex!

To the main site I have added Recommended reading, a list of recommended books and other references extracted from the “behind the scenes” sections of each chapter of part I. The blog post that announced it was one of the top two posts this month, so clearly it was appreciated!

In case you don’t have it already, part I is published here: Agendashift: clean conversations, coherent collaboration, continuous transformation [leanpub.com].

Cue card updates

The post Revisions to the book and cue cards describes some recent revisions to part I of the book and the inclusion of an additional Clean Language question on the cue cards for the 15-minute FOTO game described in chapter 1. Anyone registered for the preview chapter or the cue cards will have received new download links by email; if you’d like either or both of these, just shout.

Agendashift in 5 principles

In the race for top post of the month and catching up quickly with the recommended reading announcement is this one: Agendashift in 5 principles.

You can read these as 5 principles of 21st century change management (it came about as the rewritten conclusion of my keynote on that topic) or – and you’ll know where I’m coming from if you’ve read chapter 5 of the new book – 5 principles for organisational adaptability.

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#opportunities

This is the name of a new channel in our Slack community, available for the posting of relevant vacancies, availabilities, etc. If you need a Slack invite, ask here.

Public workshops

India, UK, and South Africa – the next public Agendashift workshops in the calendar:

Want a private workshop? Get in touch, or find a partner near you.

Speaking

India, UK, South Africa, and France:

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Agendashift roundup, June 2017

In this edition: Unbenchmarking; Three meetups in three weeks (with one on video); Public workshops recent and future; The book – don’t forget the book!; Upcoming events; Top posts

New: Unbenchmarking

A week ago we announced the Agendashift unbenchmarking service, in which we run your survey results against our dataset and identify areas of opportunity for you automatically. It’s our unique values-based assessment combined with machine learning.

For example, these three prompts clearly share some underlying issues, falling as they do some distance below the scores that our machine model would predict given the shape of this survey’s results overall and the correlations we have seen elsewhere:

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You can access unbenchmarking in a number of ways:

Three meetups in three weeks (with one on video)

This month I did three UK-based meetups in three weeks – Adventures with Agile (London), Agile Yorkshire (Leeds), and Agile Peterborough.

At Leeds and Peterborough I did my interactive keynote Managing change in the 21st century: what we know & where we must do better. In London I facilitated a Discovery session, normally the first of five sessions in an Agendashift workshop. You can watch the video here.

Public workshops recent and future

My most recent public workshop was Lean-Agile Strategy Days, London, a collaboration with Karl Scotland. We’ll definitely be doing this again!

My next two are also collaborations:

Both workshops incorporate an Agendashift practitioner’s workshop. Super-early bird for the London workshop ends on July 26th – don’t miss out!

The book – don’t forget the book!

As described in What next after part I?, the recent work on machine learning is part of a bigger plan, some of which feeds into part II of the book. Part I meanwhile is of course available on Leanpub.

Upcoming events

Top posts

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