Agendashift Assessments

Done well, an assessment is an exercise in trust-building. Done badly – flawed in their conception, construction, execution, or follow up – they have the opposite effect, generating not trust but cynicism. Often, they say more about the assessor than the assessed, so choose wisely!

The Agendashift Delivery Assessment – the one introduced in chapter 2 of the book – is for many people their first experience of Agendashift, and we take that very seriously. Not only does it get quickly to issues that matter to people, it integrates perfectly with our facilitation process to get quickly to outcomes. Not outcomes prescribed by us, but outcomes generated through dialogue and organised for strategic impact.

You can access the tools in several ways:

Assessment templates

Agendashift assessment templates are organised by family, edition, and language.

Dimension 1: Family

There are four template families:

  1. Agendashift delivery assessment – the one on which we've been iterating since 2014
  2. Agendashift adaptability assessment – developed in parallel with chapter 5 of the 2018 1st edition of the book; it is not covered in the 2021 2nd edition and we have exciting plans for a replacement
  3. Agendashift Outside-in Strategy Readiness Assessmnet – developed for the Agendashift Academy module Outside-in Strategy: Positioned for Success.
  4. Right to Left assessment – a companion to Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile (2019, audiobook 2020)

Unless you have a very specific need for one of the other two, you almost certainly want the first one. But whichever one you choose, you'll get the same inclusive, non-prescriptive, and (above all) outcome-oriented language that has become our hallmark.

Dimension 2: Edition

The edition specifies both the structure and the size of the assessment:

  1. Original edition: the full-sized template – 42 prompts at the latest count – categorised by value (Transparency, Balance, Collaboration, Customer Focus, Flow, Leadership)
  2. Mini edition: like the original edition, but just 3 prompts per category, 18 in total
  3. Pathway edition: the same prompts (mostly) but organised differently, used mainly for reporting purposes (see note below)
  4. Mini pathway edition: an 18-prompt version of the above
  5. Featureban edition: the mini edition, re-purposed (see the Featureban home page)

Partners (for their clients) have the full range of templates available to them. The free trial gives access to the mini and mini pathway editions only.

Note: We don’t typically recommend collecting survey responses using the pathway or mini pathway editions. Later in the process it’s an option when printing or sharing handouts, useful if you plan to do the Pathway Mapping exercise (chapter 3 and the Mapping activity).

Dimension 3: Language

All editions within all template families are available in English (EN), and most of them in French (FR) and German (DE) also. Starting with the more popular templates (the original and mini editions), some are available also in Spanish (ES), Farsi (FA), Hebrew (HE), Italian (IT), Dutch (NL), Russian (RU), Swedish (SV), and Ukrainian (UKR).


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Agendashift™ is brought to you by Positive Incline Ltd, UK-based specialists in Lean, Agile, strategy, and change. Founder Mike Burrows came to prominence in the Lean-Agile community as the orginator 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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