I need to lead in a transforming organisation:

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  • For leaders at every level of experience and scope
  • Video-based self-paced study and interactive training
  • Subscription plans for individuals and businesses
  • 7-day free trial

I want to help others to lead with outcomes:

Trainer & facilitator programmes

  • Teach certifiable training in Leading with Outcomes
  • Facilitate inside-out and outside-in strategy workshops
  • Access our full range of assessment tools and supporting materials

We help leaders and engaged team members at every level to gain fluency in the language of outcomes – developing and pursuing strategies together, innovating, learning, and adapting as the organisation renews and transforms itself from the inside.

“Intensely practical with solid theoretical foundations”

“Expertly and confidently helps you learn how to get from strategy to execution and back again”

“You inspired people and got them talking – couldn’t have asked for more”

“Combines concepts I previously found challenging in a way that not only makes sense but is highly useful”

“I left motivated and confident enough to try these exercises the next day”

“Very practical, highly participative – learning by doing. I can see so many opportunities to use the approach and tools in my work”

Free webinar series: Thw questions that drive us

Hosted by Agendashift founder Mike Burrows, a rolling series of free monthly webinars, each focussed on one of the three questions that drive us:

  1. What if we put agreement on outcomes before solutions?
  2. How do we keep bringing outcomes to the foreground?
  3. Where – and where else – could we be developing and pursuing strategy?

All sessions live, not pre-recorded. Sessions not billed as having an invited guest will finish with an “Ask Mike Anything” (AMA) session.

12 January, online, 15:00GMT, 16:00CET, 10am ET

02 February, online, 15:00GMT, 16:00CET, 10am ET

08 March, online, 09:30GMT, 10:30CET, 10am ET

Free webinar with guests Stephen Dowling & friends: Outcomes before solutions? (www.eventbrite.co.uk)
Mike Burrows, Stephen Dowling & friends

Series link: The questions that drive us (eventbrite.co.uk)

The drivers for organisational change are familiar enough:

  • Dynamism – levels of innovation, adaptability, and responsiveness that your customers love and your competitors can only aspire to
  • Creativity – the working experience characterised by collaboration, sharing, and learning
  • Wholeheartedness – an energising clarity of purpose seen at every level of organisation

But just as familiar as those drivers are these change-related obstacles:

  1. Cynicism and disengagement – increasing with every failed attempt at change
  2. Same old, same old – untamed forces driving the same old results
  3. Innovation stifled – your innovators made irrelevant by decisions already made

Whether or not the call for change was yours, fail to deal with those obstacles in the right way and you risk becoming part of the problem. But a traditional, project-style change management approach won’t help – probably it’s what got you here in the first place

So what’s the alternative?

We took Agendashift – an open engagement model trusted by expert practitioners around the world – and from it distilled an integrated leadership and organisation development programme, Leading with Outcomes.

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We have learned to keep asking these three questions, questions you can keep asking too:

  1. What if we put agreement on outcomes before solutions?
  2. How do we keep bringing outcomes to the foreground?
  3. Where – and where else – could we be developing and pursuing strategy?

These deliberately non-prescriptive questions can be asked for any organisational scope – even scopes that don’t yet exist – and by leaders at any level of experience.

Where these questions can take you:

  • Fluency in the language of needs, obstacles, and outcomes and in the patterns of the everyday and set-piece strategy conversation
  • Sustained innovation, helped to flourish by your continued attention to outcomes – exploring them, realising them, and learning from the processs
  • The vision, skill, and confidence to engaging openly with your organisation in all its complexity and potential

In short: leadership, alignment, and engagement in the pursuit of business agility at every scale.

Who we are:

What makes us different:

  • Our deep commitment to outcomes: not just outcomes first, but outcomes authentically agreed and kept at the forefront throughout – maximising their meaning, their significance, and their power to inspire collaboration, innovation, and renewal
  • Our open framework: Having more in common with dialogic organisation development, Lean Startup, and OKR than it does with traditional change management, Agendashift is in the vanguard of a new category, the engagement model. Agendashift gives leaders at every level new ways to approach their adaptive challenges, to keep people engaged people in that process, and to keep the organisation whole as it transforms.
  • Our mission: the wholehearted and Deliberately Adaptive (deliberately-adaptive.org) organisation. Not someone else’s framework to be imposed out of context, but something to pursue – a holistic integration of strategy, delivery, and organisation development that works at each scale and between scales, embedding engagement, participation, and purpose

What we provide:

  • For transforming organisations and their leaders, Leading with Outcomes (academy.agendashift.com):
    • Self-paced and instructor-led training and workshops for leaders at every level
    • Subscription plans for individuals and businesses
  • For expert practitioners, Authorised Leading with Outcomes trainer and facilitator programmes (academy.agendashift.com):
    • Access to certifiable training materials
    • Integrated workshop materials
    • Our unique assessment tools
  • Through our partner network and directly: consulting, coaching, and facilitation services

I need to lead in a transforming organisation:

Take me to Leading with Outcomes

  • For leaders at every level of experience and scope
  • Video-based self-paced study and interactive training
  • Subscription plans for individuals and businesses
  • 7-day free trial

I want to help others to lead with outcomes:

Trainer & facilitator programmes

  • Teach certifiable training in Leading with Outcomes
  • Facilitate inside-out and outside-in strategy workshops
  • Access our full range of assessment tools and supporting materials

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2022-09-09, video, conference talk:
In times of change, what scales better than process?
SEACON GLOBAL 2022 PT2
2022-09-09, video, podcast:
Agendashift Surveys
Steven Mackenzie interviewed by Dan Gibson for Add Agility
2022-09-09, video, interview:
Agree on outcomes before solutions: How to connect agile delivery with organisational strategy
Interviewed by Tony Ponton for remote:af
2022-07-25, audio, podcast:
Mike Burrows - The Importance Of Focusing On Outcomes
Interviewed by Scott Fulton for Rebel Diaries
2022-07-25, video, podcast:
Special Guest: Mike Burrows
Interviewed by Ennis Lynch for Agile Review
2022-07-14, video, podcast:
Mike Burrows: Agendashift, Outcomes, Strategy, Leadership
Interviewed by Miljan Bajić for Agile to agility
2022-05-20, video & slides, conference talk:
Strategies that scale better than process
Lean Agile London 2022
2022-04-30, audio, podcast:
Kanban, Leadership, Games and more with Mike Burrows
Elevate Change podcast

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Events

Not sure where to start? Check out our free rolling webinar series: The questions that drive us (eventbrite.co.uk)

5-13 December, Online, Monday and Tuesday evenings (UK time)

Leading with Outcomes: Train-the-Trainer/Facilitator (TTT/F) (academy.agendashift.com)
Mike Burrows

12 January, online, 15:00GMT, 16:00CET, 10am ET


02 February, online, 15:00GMT, 16:00CET, 10am ET


14-22 February, Online, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons (UK time)

Leading with Outcomes: Train-the-Trainer/Facilitator (TTT/F) (academy.agendashift.com)
Mike Burrows

7-9 March, online (Zoom), 14:00-16:30GMT, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Leading with Outcomes: Foundation (sales.agendashift.com)
Mike Burrows

08 March, online, 09:30GMT, 10:30CET, 10am ET

Free webinar with guests Stephen Dowling & friends: Outcomes before solutions? (www.eventbrite.co.uk)
Mike Burrows, Stephen Dowling & friends

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Assessments

The Agendashift Delivery Assessment in particular – the one introduced in chapter 2 of the book – is for many people their first experience of Agendashift. Because it sets the tone for what follows, we take it very seriously! Unlike the vast majority of assessment tools – prescriptive, practice-centric, and therefore disappointing and frustrating to their respondents – ours is outcome-oriented and framework-agnostic by design, helping you quickly build agreement on outcomes, a legimate and powerful basis for change.

You can access our assessments in a number of ways:

Free trial

Administer your own team surveys for up to 10 participants per survey with a selection of our ‘mini’ (18-prompt) edition assessment templates.

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Full access

Together with supporting materials, full access is now via the Academy's authorised trainer and facilitator programmes (academy.agendashift.com)

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Global surveys

Or get a taste by participating in one of our global surveys:

  1. The ‘mini’ (18-prompt) version of our flagship assessment, the Agendashift Delivery Assessment
  2. Even smaller at 15 prompts, review your ability to develop and pursue outside-in (customer-first) strategy with the Agendashift Outside-in Strategy Readiness Assessment

For our workshops, the assessment is typically distributed as prework a few days in advance or completed through a series of one-to-one conversations. Survey results may be debriefed via a clicker-friendly web report, printed for group work, or distributed as a PDF.

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Books

Read the book, now in its second edition:

Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation
Mike Burrows, (2nd edition March 2021)

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Framework

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Resources

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Partners

Superseded by the Academy’s authorised trainer and facilitator programmes, the partner programme is now closed to new entrants.

More: Partner directory


I need to lead in a transforming organisation:

Take me to Leading with Outcomes

  • For leaders at every level of experience and scope
  • Video-based self-paced study and interactive training
  • Subscription plans for individuals and businesses
  • 7-day free trial

I want to help others to lead with outcomes:

Trainer & facilitator programmes

  • Teach certifiable training in Leading with Outcomes
  • Facilitate inside-out and outside-in strategy workshops
  • Access our full range of assessment tools and supporting materials

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About us

Agendashift™ is brought to you by Agendashift Ltd (formerly Positive Incline Ltd), UK-based specialists in leadership, engagement, strategy, and change. Founder Mike Burrows came to prominence in the Lean-Agile community as the originator of Kanban’s values model, out of which came his first book, Kanban from the Inside (2014). His more recent books Agendashift (2nd edition 2021) and Right to Left (2019, audiobook 2020) bring a resolutely needs-based and outcome-oriented perspective to change, transformation, and the Lean-Agile landscape as a whole, contributing meanwhile a number of popular tools, games, and other resources. He works as a consultant, facilitator, and trainer, and as a keynote speaker at events public and private around the world.


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