About: Engagement Model

Agendashift is the outcome-oriented and wholehearted engagement model, outcome-oriented and wholehearted identifying (respectively) its philosophy and its mission statement. But what do we mean by engagement model?

You can’t upgrade your organisation like you’re upgrading your email server! Traditional change management’s track record on cultural and other adaptive challenges is so disastrous that it’s time to carve out a new category, the engagement model.


If any of those jobs are yours too, you’d want an approach that encourages engagement, not destroys it!


Daniel Mezick, Engagement (openspaceagility.com):

Engagement Model (noun): Any pattern, or set of patterns, reducible to practice, which results in more employee engagement, during the implementation of an organizational-change initiative.

Martin Fowler, The State of Agile Software in 2018 (martinfowler.com):

The Agile Industrial Complex imposing methods on people is an absolute travesty.

Mike Burrows, Engagement: more than a two-way street (blog.agendashift.com):

It should now be clear why engagement models such as Agendashift, OpenSpace Agility (OSA), Systemic Modelling, BOSSA nova, and TASTE are so necessary. Non-prescriptive by design, they work happily with frameworks big or small, branded or home-brewed, and with each other. In their various and complementary ways, they bring people together from multiple levels of the organisation, help the organisation collectively to reveal to itself what needs to change, and come to agreement on what needs to change.

Agendashift is described in the book of the same name: Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation (2018). The relationship between engagement, organisation design, and strategy is further explored in Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile (2019, audiobook 2020).

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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 (2018) 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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