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Agendashift as framework

These pages describe Agendashift – the wholehearted engagement model upon which Leading with Outcomes is built – as an open framework for continuous, outcome-oriented transformation.

Its top level elements are its strategies, generative patterns, and the agenda for change. Of somewhat less importance are the core activities that package up many of the tools and exercises for which Agendashift is known. Through all of those run a golden thread, the language of outcomes.


In the form of three questions, three leadership principles and meta strategies – strategies for getting better at the kinds of strategy that tend to drive transformation:

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As text:

  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?

Each of those represents a possible starting point:

  1. Authentic agreement on meaningful outcomes – the right people in the room, outcomes articulated in the participants’ own words and organised coherently into strategy
  2. Paying attention to the role of outcomes in the organisation's everyday and longer-cadence feedback opportunities; developing containers for innovation
  3. Recognising the range of scales and scopes (existing or potential) in which better strategy conversations could happen

Generative patterns

Supporting the strategies, three generative patterns – non-prescriptive, repeatable, and recognisable structures into which a range of conversational and organisational tools can easily be inserted:

  1. Ideal, Obstacles, Outcomes (IdOO)
  2. Meaning, Measure, Method
  3. Right-to-Left Strategy Deployment (or simply Right to Left)
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The agenda for change

From the 2nd edition of Agendashift (2021):

[The] agenda for change doesn’t start with a solution idea or a “target state” design. It is made principally of outcomes and the relationships between outcomes, and it is created, developed, and maintained through participation and experimentation. It’s an expression of shared understanding and strategy that unfolds and evolves as the organisation learns.

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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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