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Core activities: Elaboration

Elaboration: Keeping the process of Right-to-Left Strategy Deployment fed with ideas, taking options from Mapping, framing them as hypotheses, and developing them as experiments.

The Core Agendashift workshop includes the following Elaboration exercises (with their related models/inspirations):

  • Choose an outcome
  • The Challenge Mapping questions (Challenge Mapping)¹
  • Measures of success
  • Option generation and prioritisation (15% Solutions)²
  • Hypothesis (Lean Startup)
  • Experiment A3 (Lean)

See also Meaning, Measure, Method for the overarching pattern.

Longer workshops may add these and/or other related exercises/topics in combination with topics from Operation:

  • Changeban (Lean Startup, Kanban, Argyris)
  • Stories, requirements, and authentic situations of need (User stories, Job stories)

¹See the Ideal, Obstacles, Outcomes (IdOO) pattern page for some Challenge Mapping references
²15% Solutions: Discover and Focus on What Each Person Has the Freedom and Resources to Do Now (liberatingstructures.com), Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless inspired by Prof. Gareth Morgan

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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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