Recommended reading (Agendashift)

Extracted from the “behind the scenes” sections of each chapter of Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation (2018).

Chapter 1, Discovery

Recommended reading for time travel games, Clean Language, and the 1-2-4-All facilitation pattern:

  • Remember the future
    Luke Hohmann
  • The Future, Backwards
    Dave Snowden
  • The Five Minute Coach: Improve Performance Rapidly
    Lynne Cooper & Mariette Castellino (2012, Crown House Publishing)
  • Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds
    Wendy Sullivan & Judy Rees (2008, Crown House Publishing)
  • From Contempt to Curiosity: Creating the Conditions for Groups to Collaborate Using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling
    Caitlin Walker (2014, Clean Publishing)
  • 1-2-4-All: Engage Everyone Simultaneously in Generating Questions, Ideas, and Suggestions
    Keith McCandless & Henri Lipmanowicz
  • The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation
    Keith McCandless & Henri Lipmanowicz
    (2014, Liberating Structures Press)

Chapter 2, Exploration

Recommended reading for Cynefin and “plan on a page”:

Chapter 3, Mapping

Recommended reading for User Story Mapping, Impact Mapping, and Strategy:

  • User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
    Jeff Patton and Peter Economy (2014, O’Reilly Media)
  • Impact Mapping: Making a big impact with software products and projects
    Gojko Adzic (2012, Provoking Thoughts)
  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy:
    The difference and why it matters

    Richard Rumelt (2011, Profile Books)

Chapter 4, Elaboration

Recommended reading for Lean Startup, A3, Solutions Focus, and Toyota Kata:

  • Running Lean: Iterate from plan A to a plan that works
    Ash Maurya (2012, O’Reilly Media)
  • The Lean Startup: How constant innovation creates radically successful businesses
    Eric Ries (2011, Portfolio Penguin)
  • Managing to Learn: Using the A3 management process to solve problems, gain agreement, mentor, and lead
    John Shook (2010, Lean Enterprise Institute)
  • Understanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota’s PDCA Management System
    Durward K. Surbek II & Art Smalley
    (2008, Productivity Press)
  • The Solutions Focus: Making Coaching and Change SIMPLE
    Mark McKergow and Paul Z. Jackson (2nd edition 2011, Nicholas Brealey International)
  • Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results
    Mike Rother (2009, McGraw-Hill)

Chapter 5, Operation

Recommended reading for organisation, culture, Systems Thinking, and Kanban:

  • Organizational Culture and Leadership
    Edgar H. Schein (4th edition, 2010, Jossey-Bass)
  • Flawless Consulting
    Peter Block (3rd edition, 2011, John Wiley & Sons)
  • Design Principles
    [UK] Government Digital Service
  • Building Successful Communities of Practice: Discover How Connecting People Makes Better Organisations
    Emily Webber (2016, Tacit)
  • Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
    L. David Marquet (2013, Portfolio)
  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer
    Donnella Meadows (2008, White River Junction)
  • Systemantics: How Systems Work & Especially How They Fail
    John Gall (1977, Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co)
  • Kanban from the Inside: Understand the Kanban Method, connect it to what you already know, introduce it with impact
    Mike Burrows (2014, Blue Hole Press)


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