Agendashift roundup, March 2020

In this edition: New blog series: Doing Agendashift online; Site updates; Upcoming workshops (online of course); Top posts

New blog series: Doing Agendashift online

The recent series The language of outcomes is followed by a new one: Doing Agendashift online. There have been three installments so far:

  1. Doing Agendashift online
  2. Celebration-5W
  3. The assessments

The timing of this series is of course no accident.  We do a lot online already; this was given extra urgency by the COVID-19 situation. There’ll be at least three more of these posts in the coming weeks; so far they’ve come out every Monday and I’ll do my best to keep to that pattern.

On a personal note, I’m glad to report that I’m out of solitary, no longer holed up in the studio (my office by day, self-contained accommodation when needed, actually quite comfortable). However, as we have what the UK authorities refer to as a “shielded” family member, our household will remain in complete physical isolation for weeks, if not longer. “Online” is very much the new normal for us and for many others like us. We’re ok, but if you know others in a similar situation, please do your best to help – it’s going to be a long haul.

Site updates

The time to take a close look at 1) your strategy and 2) your ways of working is now. You need to do those together – integrated, wholeheartedly, no half measures. The place to do it is online. We’re here to help you.

Work on the Agendashift site never really stops, but over the past few weeks the change has been particularly rapid. Most visibly:

The basic idea is to delineate more clearly – and in this order – what kind of thing Agendashift is, its ethos, and what it has offer. For those that want to dig deeper into the detail: where we’re coming from, what we reference, key structures, ideas, tools and techniques, and so on.

As well some major rework to existing content, new pages have been added too (some of those still a work in progress). One of those at least will get mentioned in the next blog installment, so don’t worry if it doesn’t jump out at you straight away!

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Upcoming workshops (online of course)

Top posts

  1. Doing Agendashift online (1 of n)
  2. The workshop formerly known as Advanced
  3. Doing Agendashift online (2 of n): Celebration-5W
  4. The language of outcomes: 1. Identifying the adaptive challenge
  5. The language of outcomes: 5. Between ends and means

 


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Agendashift roundup, February 2020

In this edition: Partners on tour; My short-to-medium term backlog; Top posts

A little early this month – I’m avoiding the rush before my trip to Gurugram, India (conference and workshop). Given that I did an interim roundup a couple of weeks ago, this one is mostly forward-looking; scroll down to the Top posts section to catch up on anything you may have missed.

Partners on tour

In two weeks time I’ll be flying into Copenhagen, Denmark, speaking at the #AgilityLab meetup (guest of my friend Leise Passer Jensen), then taking the train across the famous Öresund bridge to Malmö, Sweden – an easy trip if you’re thinking of joining us. That’s for this:

Julia was the first Agendashift partner to run public workshops and I’m very glad to have the opportunity to compare notes and styles! I work hard to make the material not just repeatable and reliable for my own sake, but transferable too. This doesn’t mean that every workshop is the same though – by design they’re highly sensitive to context and even the most self-consciously neutral of facilitators contributes something of themselves to that. In fact, most participants want something of their facilitator’s values and background to shine through, and Julia’s deep background in Lean, Agile, and DevOps is well worth paying attention to.

My next hosts are Agendashift partners Kjell Tore Guttormsen and Halldor Kvale-Skattebo, for the world premiere of the Wholehearted:OKR workshop:

I’ve known Kjell Tore for a while and we have quite a bit in common. Both of us have done work for our countries’ respective social security departments, Kjell Tore as an employee of Norway’s NAV, and myself as (among other things) the interim delivery manager on the Carer’s Allowance digital service for the UK’s DWP (truly a privilege). Also, and easily justifying the Oslo launch, Kjell Tore was an early collaborator on the outside-in strategy review that lies at the heart of the new workshop.

Back in the UK, I join forces with partners Karl Scotland and Steven Mackenzie, who with Mike Haber (not a partner but already a contributor), are the new workshop’s co-designers:

Karl has been a close collaborator from the beginning, encouraging Agendashift’s development “upstream” from its beginnings in the Agendashift Delivery Assessment and emphasising what might be called its “complexity consciousness”. Well downstream of the assessment, Karl was also – with Liz Keogh – co-creator of what we now call Option Relationship Mapping, easily my favourite innovation of 2019.

Having used it with clients as diverse as a technology startup and an agency of the UN, Steven is one of the most experienced partners in the use of Agendashift as an engagement model for coaches. His experience and eye for detail greatly benefited the books – effectively he was editor-in-chief to both Agendashift (2018) and Right to Left (2019).

Looking ahead to June, I’ll be back in Oslo with Kjell Tore and Halldor, this time for an Advanced Agendashift workshop:

For the workshops mentioned above, discount codes NORDIC2020 and LONDON2020 (you’ll know which one to use) will get you 20% off. Outside this “tour”:

See also our workshops and events pages – Switzerland, USA, and Australia to be added soon. And for more information about the partner programme:

You don’t have to be another Julia, Kjell Tore, Karl, or Steven to be a partner but I’m very glad to have them! Honestly, if you see value in outcome orientation, can see yourself being in the business of building wholehearted organisations, and/or want to do more at the exciting intersection of Lean-Agile, strategy, and organisation development, you’ll fit in just fine.

My short-to-medium term backlog

I’m a great believer not just in “eventual transparency” but in “working out loud”. A few days ago I posted the following on the Agendashift Slack:

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As you might guess from number of replies, there is already progress on multiple fronts. Join us on Slack to participate; announcements here when they’re ready.

Top posts

  1. Aka the ‘And when X…’ game
    – with some background, a new update to our Clean Language-inspired coaching game, 15-minute FOTO
  2. The language of outcomes
    – a series of 5 posts started in January and concluded this month
  3. Better user stories start with authentic situations of need (October 2016)
  4. Stringing it together with Reverse Wardley (February 2019)
  5. From Reverse STATIK to a ‘Pathway’ for continuous transformation (October 2019)

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Interim roundup: Language of outcomes series; Impact! workshop (and more)

Just 10 days into February and there’s enough happening to warrant an interim roundup:

  • I published the 5th and final instalment of my “Language of outcomes” series today, complete with a summary of leadership lessons taken from all 5 posts. Read The language of outcomes: 5. Between ends and means or start from the beginning with The language of outcomes: 1. Identifying the adaptive challenge
  • I’m just back from Tampa, FL for the first Open Leadership Symposium of the year and the very positive public debut of the new Impact! workshop. Read: What just happened? What they said about the new Impact! workshop
  • That same workshop comes to London on Friday. Short notice I know, but use code LONDON2020 for 20% off, and ping me if you think you may qualify for a bigger discount. I’d be glad to see at least a couple more people there so you probably do, but be quick! If Friday is too soon (or too short), check out its bigger brother, the 2-day Wholehearted:OKR workshops taking place in March and April.
  • The Tel Aviv workshop (June 3rd) is now on the calendar (see below). Watch out for Switzerland and Australia (yes, you read that right) too!

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Photo: Ulises S. Aguila


Workshops upcoming in 2020 – London (*2), Gurugram, Malmö, Tel Aviv, Oslo (*2), and online

For a 20% saving, use discount code LONDON2020 for the London workshops and NORDIC2020 for Oslo and Malmö.

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Agendashift roundup, January 2020

In this edition: January; And then it all kicks off…; Lean Agile London 2020; Mirror Mirror; Top posts

January

It has been a travel-free January, but still a busy one! There was the rebranding of Agendashift as the wholehearted engagement model, and then the first three installments of the promised (and already popular) blog series on the language of outcomes. As if that weren’t enough, I have also been recording the audiobook of Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile! Here’s a sneak preview (joke):

Right to Left, the audiobook
Right to Left, the audiobook

And then it all kicks off…

With January out of the way, the travel starts – in fact I fly out to Tampa tomorrow! Before the usual list of upcoming workshops, some discount codes: LONDON2020 for both of my London workshops (Agendashift partners and key collaborators Karl Scotland, Steven Mackenzie joining me for the second one, and – fingers crossed –  Teddy Zetterlund too), and NORDIC2020 for Malmö and Oslo with partners Julia Wester and Kjell Tore Guttormsen respectively.

For the London workshops, ping me for a bigger discount if you’re in government or non-profit, if you’re a partner, or if you’ve been to an Agendashift workshop before. And yes, attending multiple times really is a thing :slightly_smiling_face:

Lean Agile London 2020

What we knew and loved as London Lean Kanban Days is now Lean Agile London. I was LLKD’s first ever keynote speaker (or if you prefer, Dave Snowden’s warm up act) and I’m proud that Agendashift is a sponsor. Use code AGENDASHIFT for 10% off. Respecting what has become almost a tradition for me at this event, I’ll be bringing a brand new new talk, “Cleanish Strategy”. Many congrats to Agendashift partner Jose Casal for starting and continuing this great conference! It’s on April 27-28.

Mirror Mirror

If you’ve been following Agendashift for any length of time, you’ll know that I like a good mashup! With that in mind, I’m glad to support the Mirror Mirror team in two 90-minute online events put on especially for the Agendashift community. They’re free, and you can choose between these two dates:

  • 21 Feb – 12.00 – 13.30 UK time
  • 13 Mar – 15.00 – 16.30 UK time

Book your place here, and see you there! Your host: Lindsay Uittenbogaard

Top posts

  1. Making it official: Agendashift, the wholehearted engagement model
  2. The language of outcomes: 2. Framing obstacles
  3. The language of outcomes: 1. Identifying the adaptive challenge
  4. The language of outcomes: 3. Generating outcomes
  5. Wholehearted:OKR

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Agendashift roundup, December 2019

In this end-of-year edition: New or updated in 2019; Workshops upcoming in 2020; Top 5 posts for December so far; Top 10 posts for the year

New or updated in 2019

Announced this very productive year:

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Here’s to a similarly productive 2020! With a couple of surprises up my sleeve, I have a feeling it might be 🙂

Workshops upcoming in 2020 – Tampa, London (*2), Gurugram, Malmö, Oslo (*2)

(See also our workshops and events pages)

Top 5 posts for December so far

  1. Wholehearted:OKR
  2. We’re wholehearted – are you?
  3. It’s mashup time: Adaptive challenges accomplished at their ideal best
  4. Announcing a brand new (but tested) workshop: Impact! Strategically outcome-oriented for products and services (November)
  5. Announcing v7 of 15-minute FOTO

Top 10 posts for the year

  1. (By a country mile) What I really think about SAFe (October)
  2. Stringing it together with Reverse Wardley (February)
  3. Visualising Agendashift: The why and how of outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation (June)
  4. What kind of Organisational Development (OD)? (And a book recommendation) (May)
  5. My favourite Clean Language question (January)
  6. There will be caveats: Warming cautiously to OKR (September)
  7. Martin, this one’s for you (May)
  8. It’s out! Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile (August)
  9. From Reverse STATIK to a ‘Pathway’ for continuous transformation (October)
  10. A Grand Unification Theory for Lean-Agile? (January)

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Agendashift roundup, November 2019

In this edition: More new stuff; Tampa, London, Gurugram, Copenhagen, Malmö, and Oslo; Top posts

More new stuff!

November saw a couple of key announcements, and they’re related:

Impact! is a new 1-day workshop, a member of a growing family of outside-in strategy review workshops as outlined in chapter 5 of Right to Left. You can think of this one as covering the “outside” part of “outside in”, a way to get started in strategy not by focussing on existing capabilities (these come later in the full review) but on positioning with respect to customer needs.

Meanwhile, the latest update to our Clean Language-inspired coaching game 15-minute FOTO adds an introductory ‘Lite’ mode, which takes not just obstacles as input but an initial shortlist of outcomes too. For the Impact! workshop, the outcomes in question are product (or service) goals.

And there is more in the pipeline – read the next section carefully for clues 😉

Tampa, London, Gurugram, Copenhagen, Malmö, and Oslo

I’ve just reached the end of several weeks of foreign travel for both public and private engagements (training, speaking, and an intense half-day slot at a leadership offsite). Exciting though it all was, it comes as something of a relief that I’m now grounded until February!

Coming up in February and March (read on for some commentary):

A few comments on that programme…

As per the initial announcement of the Impact! workshop (see More new stuff above for the link), I’m thrilled that its first public outing will be at an Open Leadership Network event and certified by that organisation, of which I am an advisory board member. Then I’m back to the city of my birth for a repeat performance, by which time it will be been done privately – and not only by me – a number of times.

I make it to India roughly once a year, and I love it. I hope it’s not my only visit of 2020 but to be sure of participating in an Agendashift workshop in India soon, you’d be advised to take this firm opportunity.

We don’t have a page for it yet, but ahead of the Malmö workshop I’ll also be doing a meetup in Copenhagen. It’s on the way! I’ll fly into Copenhagen, do the meetup, and then take the famous Øresund/Öresund bridge by train from Denmark to Sweden.

As of today (November 29th) there is only placeholder information available about the Wholehearted:OKR workshop scheduled for Oslo. In London last week I spent a very productive afternoon with Agendashift partners Karl Scotland and Steven Mackenzie and special guest contributor Mike Haber to design it, and trust me, it will be worth the wait 🙂 Expect a more complete announcement in the next week or two.

Via its teaser curriculum page I am already receiving enquiries for private workshops. If you’re looking to kick off 2020 with some participatory strategy, do get in touch, whether it’s for this, one of our other workshops, or something custom. And don’t forget to ask about January discounts!

Top posts

  1. What I really think about SAFe
  2. From Reverse STATIK to a ‘Pathway’ for continuous transformation
  3. Announcing v7 of 15-minute FOTO
  4. Announcing a brand new (but tested) workshop:
    Impact! Strategically outcome-oriented for products and services
  5. There will be caveats: Warming cautiously to OKR

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Agendashift roundup, October 2019

In this edition: Berlin; Working at the intersection / a monster post on SAFe; Right to Left; Changeban, Featureban, and 15-minute FOTO; Upcoming workshops – Berlin, Oslo, Malmö, and online; Top posts

Berlin

I have a free day in Berlin today, arriving a day early to avoid travelling on what threatened to be Brexit day before a private workshop tomorrow. That workshop is actually the first of three November engagements in Berlin, with a 2-day Advanced Agendashift workshop and (through happy coincidence) the Open Leadership Symposium:

I keep saying it and I will say it again:

  • The Berlin workshop consistently delivers – not just a full house and a great experience, but a reliable source of great feedback and new ideas. Thank you Leanovate not just for hosting but for participating
  • The inaugural Open Leadership Symposium in Boston last May was a key coming together of multiple communities and it launched a new one. I have high expectations of the Berlin event, which takes place on the 19th with a selection of masterclasses on the 18th & 20th. If you’re thinking of coming to the main event, ping me for a chunky discount code (big enough to make a real difference, so don’t miss out!).

Working at the intersection / a monster post on SAFe

This was just a quick picture posted to LinkedIn and Twitter, but it has struck a chord with many people and it has already established itself as a way to introduce both myself and the communities I participate in. You’ll see some of the language reflected on the Agendashift site, the partner programme page most especially.

Who/where we are on one slide: People working at the intersection of Lean-Agile, Strategy, and Organisation Development – bringing balance & perspective, focus on needs & outcomes, helping each other up their game in new areas

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That picture is a good scene-setter to a post that within 36 hours was my most-read post of the year:

Also doing well is a Kanban-related post:

And I can only apologise for this related tweet 😉:

Right to Left

Thank you Paul and Justyna! Two podcasts for the price of one, a book review and an interview:

After a long delay, Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile is at last available in EPUB format. That means you can download it as an ebook from more online booksellers, including Apple Books, Google Play Books, and Kobo – just search “Right to Left Mike Burrows”.

There were two more 5 star reviews on Amazon UK this month (thank you!), making eight so far. We’re still waiting for the first one on Amazon US though, so who will be first?

Changeban, Featureban, and 15-minute FOTO

Some news about three of our Creative Commons-licensed resources.

Changeban 1.3 is now the recommended version (it was in beta until properly tested). I’ll be making the equivalent changes to Featureban before making a separate announcement. Also, their respective Slack channels have merged into one, #featureban-changeban.

The updated 15-minute FOTO cue card is definitely an improvement and it too is out of beta. A new ‘Lite’ (gentle introduction) version of the game has been through a number of iterations and we’ll announce it soon. It’s available to try if you know where to look! Slack channel #cleanlanguage, and it’s enabling some new #workshops (we’ll announce those properly soon too).

Upcoming workshops – Berlin, Oslo, Malmö, and online

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Agendashift roundup, September 2019

In this edition: Right to Left; Announcing two new workshops; New versions of Changeban, Featureban, and 15-minute FOTO; Upcoming: London, Istanbul, Berlin, and online; Top posts

Right to Left

It is still only six weeks since Right to Left launched! This month, a series of five 5-minute interviews – thank you Matthias Tölken of the Xuviate community! Details here:

Also:

  • An epub version for Google Play, Apple, Kobo, etc is imminent
  • Yes, an audiobook is looking increasingly likely

Announcing two new workshops

By some margin, this month’s top post was about a topic of active discussion in the Agendashift Slack, namely Objectives and Key Results (OKR):

To quote that post (a thought echoed also in Helpfully subversive about frameworks):

… OKR has something in common with Agile process frameworks: how you approach the framework matters very much more than the choice of framework itself.

That places OKR very much in Agendashift territory, and I’m glad to announce a new workshop, the product of a collaboration with (among others) Agendashift partners Karl Scotland and Steven Mackenzie. It will be available for client work in the coming weeks, and there will be public workshops in the new year.

For the record, I’ve put a page up for it already, though it doesn’t say much more than I’ve said here already:

Alongside that, another new Agendashift workshop. In common with the OKR one, it doesn’t assume that the focus is necessarily on things Lean or Agile (though it is of course 100% compatible with those Lean-Agile sensibilities). This one focuses directly on products and services, not just their delivery:

I’m excited about both of these workshops. Compared to the practitioner-focussed transformation strategy workshops (excluding the Applied one, for clients), they make few assumptions about the participants and should be highly accessible. Outcome-orientation – and some strategic thinking – for everyone!

New versions of Changeban, Featureban, and 15-minute FOTO

This month I did two Advanced workshops in quick succession, Stockholm and Athens on consecutive weeks. Somehow this always seems to amplify the feedback and I’m taking the opportunity to make some changes, some impacting our open source resources.

Watch this space and the relevant Slack channels for further announcements, but in brief:

  • For Changeban and Featureban, a change to the order in which the rules are introduced, and switching the colours. I’ll be testing the first change at the Advanced workshop in London later this week and at a meetup beforehand. The second change necessitates updates to the printed cards if you’re using them (you can also use playing cards), so I’ll make two distinct releases.
  • For 15-minute FOTO, a new introductory playing mode, and some quick forays from outcome space back in to obstacle space (making it more fractal). Both changes will necessitate an update to the cue card but I’ll test it first without.

Upcoming: London, Istanbul, Berlin, and online

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Agendashift roundup, Right to Left edition

In this edition: Right to Left; Gearing up for the autumn; Top posts

Right to Left

The title says it all:

Specifically, it’s out in print and Kindle; epub format is on its way (I’ve seen it, so now it’s just a question of distribution). I get asked about doing it as an audiobook, and whilst I’m certainly considering it and wrote it with that possibility in mind, the answer for now is not to wait for it.

Launching in mid August might not have been the smartest thing to do – it was an act of impatience, having failed to launch in June as first hoped. That said, the feedback so far has been great – a common theme being that people are already buying multiple copies! As per my original concept for the book, it’s “a book you’ll give your manager and hope they’ll give to theirs”. So be like Paul (below) and buy three – you’ll need your own copy of course! And I’ll keep saying it: do please leave a bookstore review – you’ve no idea how much they help.

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With Mathias Tölken I’ve recorded a series of short videos that hopefully I’ll be able to include in a series of follow-up posts to this one:

Meanwhile, three longer podcast interviews in quick succession! Here:

Last but definitely not least, for this InfoQ article I am interviewed by Ben Linders:

Gearing up for the autumn

Not that I’m wishing for summer to be over, but on top of all the Right to Left excitement I have been getting ready for a busy season of public Agendashift workshops. Benefiting all supported workshop formats is this visual language for explaining how the various exercises fit together:

Thank you Steven MackenzieMike Haber, and Teddy Zetterlund for your help on this one.

The workshops themselves kick off soon but there are still places. Early bird for London expires very soon, August 31st. Details on Stockholm, Athens, London, Istanbul, Berlin, and online workshops:

Top posts

  1. It’s out! Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile
  2. Agendashift in 12 icons
  3. Visualising Agendashift: The why and how of outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation (June)
  4. A week since publication, Right to Left in five tweets
  5. A question among the good luck emails

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Agendashift roundup, July 2019

It’s the summer, so I’ll keep this short. In this edition: Right to Left comes out August 15th; Updates to open source (Creative Commons) resources; Autumn workshops – Stockholm, Athens, London, Istanbul, Berlin, and online; Top posts

Right to Left comes out August 15th

This being my third time you’d think I’d know better by now, but getting a book out takes longer than expected! Anyway, I’m thrilled to announce that Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile comes out on August 15th.

The print edition is actually available for preorder on Amazon now, the Kindle edition soon. Naturally I’ll have more to say around launch date. Keep an eye out for interviews & stuff too.

Updates to open source (Creative Commons) resources

Some updates not quite big enough for separate announcements:

  • 15-minute FOTO has has some slides specific to online and in-room use
  • Aleksei Pimenov has translated both Featureban 3.0 and Changeban into Russian

    into

  • Massimo Sarti has translated Featureban 3.0 into Italian (having previously contributed a translation of an older version of Changeban)
  • Very minor tweaks to the Celebration-5W deck

Slack channels #cleanlanguage, #featureban, #changeban, and #workshops respectively. More resources here.

Autumn workshops
– Stockholm, Athens, London, Istanbul, Berlin, and online

I’ll be adding a couple of online workshops also, likely the during the week of October 14th (two consecutive UK afternoons, two hours each) and the first week of December (UK mornings). If you have preference for days, let me know soon.

Top posts

  1. Visualising Agendashift: The why and how of outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation (June)
  2. What scales up should scale down (July)
  3. How Agendashift scales (July)
  4. At last! Featureban 3.0 and Changeban 1.2 (June)
  5. What kind of Organisational Development (OD)? (And a book recommendation) (May)

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