Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation
We are champions and enablers of outcome-oriented change. By building agreement on outcomes we facilitate rapid, experiment-based evolution of process, practice, and organisation. Instead of the contradictory and self-defeating imposition of Lean and Agile practices, Agendashift helps you keep your vision and strategy aligned with and energised by a participatory culture of co‑creation and continuous transformation.
Agendashift is a modern, inclusive, and fundamentally outcome-centric approach to organisational transformation. Its roots are in Lean-Agile but it remains framework-agnostic by intent and design. It is delivered via an online assessment/analytics tool, workshops, and follow-on assistance and technical training as needed. It has been applied both inside and outside of IT and across diverse industries, both technology-centric and otherwise.
For a partial list of change practitioners equipped to use Agendashift, see our partner directory. In additional to these mainly external coaches and consultants, other members of our partner programme also include managers and other internal agents of change.
Assessment and ‘unbenchmarking’
The Agendashift delivery assessment is a uniquely outcome-oriented and methodology-agnostic survey tool. This is not the typical lazy checklist of favourite practices; rather, it's there to help organisations find a way forward from where they are now, wherever they happen to be on their transformation journey.
The Agendashift unbenchmarking report uses machine learning techniques to provide valuable insight to your survey results. Based on correlations between scores we have observed in past surveys, we’re able to highlight areas of potential interest, data points that are above or below what might be expected given your other scores.
Read more: The Agendashift unbenchmarking service
The Agendashift workshops
These come in three main flavours:
- The Agendashift Workshop: Co-Creating Your Transformation Strategy
- Core Agendashift: Facilitating Outcome-Oriented Change
- Advanced Agendashift: Coaching and Leading Continuous Transformation
The first two workshops share the same material but differ in their primary focus. The first focuses on the host organisation, and its main goals are to create a compelling agenda for change and to begin the process of putting that agenda into action. The second ‘core’ workshop focuses on developing the skills necessary to facilitate the first one, and does not require a single shared organisational context for it to work (which is how we are able to offer public workshops). Both share the same 4 sessions:
- Discovery: Establish context, identifying strategic goals and obstacles
- Exploration: Debrief the unbenchmarking report; generate and prioritise outcomes
- Mapping: Build a compelling agenda for change, a story map for the transformation
- Elaboration: Generate and prioritise options; frame and develop actions
The 2-day Advanced Agendashift: Coaching and Leading Continuous Transformation expands on these four sessions and adds a fifth:
- Operation: Change as real work – reapplying the tools of steps 1-4 to the specific challenges of encouraging change and sustaining continuous transformation
All three workshops use the delivery assessment as prework; the Advanced workshop uses the adaptability assessment also.
Agendashift partners use our materials on their own or combined with material from other sources. They are delivered in standalone workshops, used incrementally for team exercises over a period of weeks, and incorporated into the day-to-day practice of coaching and consultancy.
In addition to private workshops for our clients, we run public practitioner-focussed workshops from time to time. Visit our events calendar for information about upcoming events. If you don't see one near you and might be interested in organising or hosting, get in touch.
Philosophy: Principles and True North
Loosely corresponding to the 5 workshop sessions, we follow these 5 principles of 21st century change leadership:
- Start with needs
- Agree on outcomes
- Keep the agenda for change visible
- Manage options, testing assumptions
- Organise for speed, clarity, and mutual accountability
Agendashift’s overall goals are well described by this True North statement, the focus of one of our Discovery exercises (see also A True North for Lean-Agile?)
Everyone able to work consistently at their best:
• Individuals, teams, between teams, across the organisation
• Right conversations, right people, best possible moment
• Needs anticipated, met at just the right time
Agendashift: clean conversations, coherent collaboration, continuous transformation (leanpub.com) was published in May 2017. Its five chapters are modelled on the five sessions of our workshops.
See also: Recommended reading – key references from the book.
Visit our resources page for tools, templates, documents, games, and more.
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Agendashift™ is brought to you by Positive Incline Ltd, UK-based specialists in Lean-Agile transformation. Founder Mike Burrows pioneered the values model for the Kanban Method that led to his definitive book, Kanban from the Inside. His new book Agendashift: clean conversations, coherent collaboration, continuous transformation was published in May 2017.
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