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!

open_leadership_symposium_speaker_burrows

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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Agendashift roundup, December 2018

In this pre-Christmas edition: India (and webinar); Being Human; Right to Left (with a plea for help); Celebration-5W; Top posts

But first, let me thank you for your support through 2018 and wish you a peaceful and prosperous 2019. If you are taking a break for Christmas, have a good one! I will try to keep this short 🙂

India (and webinar)

There’s still time to book places at one of my two Agendashift workshops in India mid next month. Details under ‘Upcoming public workshops’ near the bottom of this post or see last month’s announcement:

As part of our preparations, I’ll be doing a webinar with my hosts Innovation Roots on Monday, January 7th at 11am UK time, noon CET, 16:30 IST:

Being Human

Another podcast interview this month, this time an extended conversation with my friend and Being Human host Richard Atherton. Here:

Right to Left (with a plea for help)

The monthly progress check on my forthcoming book Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile:

  • 30,317 words
  • Five out of the six chapters written, four of those reviewed, and one out for review today

The plea for help: For chapter 1 (which introduces Lean), I’d really like to visit a manufacturer of power tools. If through your network you could help make that happen I’d be eternally grateful!

Celebration-5W

Announced this month:

Top posts

Early in the new year I’ll list the top posts for the whole of 2018.


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Agendashift roundup, November 2018

In this edition: Changeban 1.0; Right to Left; Life in Agendashift land; Podcast interview; Top posts

Changeban 1.0

As per recent roundups, I’m in the process of updating some of Agendashift’s Creative Commons-licensed assets (and also considering releasing one or two more, but that’s another story). Of those, the fastest mover is Changeban, fast-moving in the sense both that it has been through some rapid evolution in recent weeks (one upside of a heavy travel schedule is the number of opportunities to test it) and that it has been a very popular download. Here’s the announcement on Changeban 1.0:

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Right to Left

Monthly status check: 29,604 words and I have at last completed a draft of the potentially controversial (but to me common sense) chapter 4, Viable scaling, something I admit I had been putting off. There’s also a rough chapter 5, Outside in, leaving only chapter 6 unstarted. If the intro counts as quarter of a chapter, it’s 80% complete (apart from the remaining 99% of course) and I should be able to keep it to around 40,000 words.

Lifted verbatim from chapter 2:

Life in Agendashift land

Quite apart from the writing (no hardship at all), things have been pretty busy in recent weeks. A pre-Brexit tour took me to three different EU countries in three weeks, with a public 1-day workshop in Brescia, Italy, a 2-day workshop in Berlin, Germany, and a private workshop in Dublin, Ireland, a followup to one a few weeks previously.  Julia Wester has the last big public workshop of 2018 next week in Munich, Germany (details here).

Already in the calendar for January are two workshops and two conferences in India, details here. We’re pencilling a 2-day workshop in Utrecht, Netherlands for early April (watch this space) and I intend to announce both 1-day and 2-day workshops in London. There’s a decent pipeline of private workshops developing too.

Lastly, at the time of writing there is one place free at the Agendashift Studio on Friday December 7th. By definition, this is at my studio office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, with lunch at a local farm shop. You might like to stay in the area and visit the Peak District national park over the weekend (I feel very lucky to have it on my doorstep). £195, with 40% off for government/education sector employees. There’s no booking page, just drop me an email or ping me on Slack, the sooner the better.

Top posts

  1. Changeban has reached version 1.0
  2. Agendashift is not a maturity model
  3. My kind of Agile
  4. Right to Left: a transcript of my Lean Agile Brighton talk (October)
  5. Agendashift’s many extension points
  6. Engagement: more than a two-way street (September)
  7. How the Leader-Leader model turns Commander’s Intent upside down (June)
  8. Right to Left’ works for Scrum too (July)

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Agendashift roundup, October 2018

In this edition: Brighton; Right to Left; Featureban (DE); Other resources; Three public workshops still to come in Europe this year; 2019 Calendar; Top posts

Brighton

I spent the second week of October in Brighton (UK’s hippest city, according to Wikipedia). Tuesday to Thursday was a joint 3-day masterclass with Karl Scotland, then on Friday I was the last speaker of the day at a brand new conference, Lean Agile Brighton.

By a country mile and already a top 5 post for the year, the transcript for my short (20-minute) talk is this month’s top post. Speaking last gave me a great opportunity to namecheck several other speakers, also one or two other collaborators and influencers that were in the audience.

If you missed it:

Right to Left

Monthly status check: 24,755 words and I’ve completed an initial draft of the 5th chapter of 6. With roughly half of chapter 4 deferred and an introduction still to write, I estimate that this first draft is approaching 70% complete. But before I continue to chapter 6, enough time has passed that I can look at the existing material with fresh eyes, and I’ve started on a round of revision.

Overview, with an initial cover design:

Featureban (DE)

Even without an official German language translation, our Kanban simulation game Featureban has been played quite a bit in Germany. And now there is one – thank you Tim Themann!

Go to the downloads section of the Featureban landing page to get your copy. Also available in English, French, Polish, Russian, Italian, and Spanish.

Other resources

I’ve substantially reworked Agendashift’s about page, which as well as a refresh of the text incorporates the new clickable Overview image and a link to the new Engagement model page.

Next I plan to bundle up what the Resources page refers to as “referenceable elements” such as the True North, Principles, and Done along with the old poster and the aforementioned Overview image into one convenient download. Each of these are single-slide (or single image) resources that are referenceable in the sense that they each have their own nice url, and are published under a Creative Commons with-attribution license to facilitate adaptations, translations, etc. I’ll do 16×10 format first and then A4 for those assets that would benefit most.

Work on Changeban 1.0 and Featureban 2.3 will begin after that.

Three public workshops still to come in Europe this year

Julia Wester deserves a special mention: she’s coming over from the US in December to lead a 1-day workshop Core Agendashift: Facilitating Outcome-Oriented Change in Munich, Germany, in a tie-up with DevOpsCon.

Before that, I’m doing a 1-day workshop in Brescia, Italy on November 9th (Friday next week) in conjunction with Italian Agile Day 2018 on the 10th, then a 2-day Advanced workshop in Berlin, Germany, 21-22 November, courtesy of my friends at Leanovate.

2019 Calendar

Nothing published yet, but expect to see a 2-day UK workshop in Q1, and (fingers crossed) appearances in the US, India, and mainland Europe. Also, expect Agendashift Studio workshops to take place roughly quarterly; these are cozy workshops for 3-4 participants at Agendashift HQ here in Chesterfield, UK, organised informally via the #agendashift-studio channel in Slack.

As always, if you’d like to see a workshop at a location convenient to you (whether public or private, and I’m doing the latter with increasing frequency), do please get in touch. Conference tie-ins work particularly well, making it double value for the trip for everyone involved.

Top posts

Recent:

  1. Right to Left: a transcript of my Lean Agile Brighton talk
  2. 5 reasons to come to an Agendashift workshop
  3. Engagement: more than a two-way street (September)
  4. Dealing with internal contradictions – if they can’t both be true at the same time, then what?
  5. A small departure from the book (September)

A couple of Kanban-related classics also did particularly well this month:

  1. Scrum and Kanban revisited (August 2017)
  2. Introducing Kanban through its values (January 2013)

In case you’re new here, that second one is the career-changing post that led to my first book. Even though Kanban is now only a small part of what I do, it still has to be said that the rest wouldn’t have happened without it. Values got me to outcomes, and outcomes is what Agendashift and Right to Left are all about.


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Agendashift roundup, September 2018

In this edition: On disengagement and Engagement Models; Resource updates; Workshops; Right to Left; Top posts

On disengagement and Engagement Models

The 2-year anniversary post Engagement: more than a two-way street very quickly became a top 5 post for the year, and I’m very glad that it did – it makes some key statements of intent and I’m sure that it’s one we’ll keep referring back to.

Very short version:

  • Disengagement is a real problem, and one cause of it is inept change management, of which Agile by imposition is an inexcusable example.
  • Engagement Models – a very helpful term coined by Daniel Mezick and used in his foreword to my Agendashift book – are approaches designed to involve people meaningfully in organisational change, so that they are engaged in the process rather than disengaged. Agendashift is of course an engagement model, and I list some others (which I regard as complementary, not competitors).
  • Another kind of engagement is also essential to the viability of any organisational unit as it transforms: it must continue to participate in the wider organisation, and in such a way that both sides of any organisational divide will thrive. If you have studied viability, you will recognise that there are huge opportunities for organisational design and leadership development there. Inward-looking framework adoptions only exacerbate the problem meanwhile.

Read the whole thing, and expect to see it developed further in our product offerings and in Chapter 4 ‘Viable Scaling’ of the Right to Left, the 2019 book.

Resource updates

The simulation game Changeban is now quite well tested, and I released version 0.4 this month. Only two things keep it from reaching 1.0:

  1. A page of instructions
  2. An alternative deck that uses playing cards rather than coins as the source of variation

I won’t say that it’s better than Featureban (which has served me wonderfully – not bad for a sleepless night’s work) but Changeban is a better fit for my current needs. I still would recommend Featureban if your main goal is to teach the mechanics, basic practices, and metrics of kanban systems, but use Changeban if you’re focusing on product or organisation-related experimentation. Changeban is also a fun way to tee up our A3 template for hypothesis-based change.

Questions? #changeban and #featureban on Slack.

You may also have caught a sneak preview of a new overview picture:

Screenshot 2018-09-17 09.15.08

After some minor tweaks and reformatting for printing, I’ll add this to the poster deck. If you subscribed to that, expect to receive an update in October sometime.

It’s less linear than the original, and from the very positive feedback I’ve received, it’s both easier to understand and more representative of how Agendashift gets used in the wild. It allows for a lot more “circling round” through Operation (for example between Discovery and Exploration as need and outcomes get better understood through initial baby steps of change), or around Elaboration as assumptions get tested.

Workshops

We did another Agendashift Studio this month, a cozy workshop for up to 4 participants in my studio office, with lunch at a Peak District farm shop. I was thrilled that two of the four participants were attendees of past workshops back for a second helping, one of whom also brought a colleague! If you’d like to attend a future Studio, announce your interest in the #agendashift-studio channel in the Agendashift Slack – from there it’s basically an exercise in self-organisation.

Then a busy autumn schedule:

Brighton (myself and Karl Scotland) is only 11 days away! There are still places available, and if you’d like a discount code, feel free to use (and share) SHARE15 for 15% off, or get in touch if you believe a bigger discount might be appropriate. Discount-wise, we give preference to employees of public sector and non-profit organisations, but clients, colleagues, and friends of the community will be seen right too 🙂

Right to Left

Monthly status check: 18,824 words, and I’m part way into the abovementioned Chapter 4, ‘Viable Scaling’, in many ways the pivotal chapter. That’s less than 2,000 words added this month but there have been some fantastic book-related conversations that I’ve found very helpful. You know who you are – thank you!

Top posts

  1. Engagement: more than a two-way street
  2. A small departure from the book
  3. “Core or better”
  4. A small revision to Changeban
  5. How the Leader-Leader model turns Commander’s Intent upside down (June)

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