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About Mike Burrows:

Mike works at the intersection of Lean-Agile, strategy, and organisation development in the pursuit of the ‘wholehearted’ organisation. He is the author of Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation (2nd edition 2021), Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile (2019, audiobook 2020), and the classic Kanban from the Inside (2014). He is recognised for his pioneering work in Lean, Agile, and Kanban and in recent years his advocacy for participatory and outcome-oriented approaches to organisation, transformation, and strategy. Prior to his consulting career, Mike was global development manager and Executive Director at a top tier investment bank, CTO for an energy risk management startup, and later served as interim delivery manager for two UK government digital ‘exemplar’ services.

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Talk: Between spaces, scopes, and scales: What the scaling frameworks don't tell you

In a viable, deliberately adaptive organisation, how do the relationships between different organisational scales work? Or the same question, but for the networked organisation? And what does that mean for me?

Drawn from the Agendashift Academy’s two-part module Adaptive Organisation: Business agility at every scale, this new talk integrates systems, complexity, and flow thinking (models such as the Viable System Model, the Cynefin framework, and Flight Levels) and shows how that with or without branded frameworks, many scale-related challenges reflect deep organisational imbalances that we can learn to recognise and address.

Video recorded at one of Blackmetric's BA community webinars, 9th November 2023:

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  • Brain of the Firm,
    Stafford Beer (John Wiley & Sons, 1972, 2nd ed 1981, reprinted 1995)
  • The Heart of Enterprise,
    Stafford Beer (John Wiley & Sons, 1972, 2nd ed 1981, reprinted 1995)
  • The Fractal Organization: Creating Sustainable Organizations with the Viable System Model,
    Patrick Hoverstadt (John Wiley & Sons, 2008)
  • Rethinking Agile: Why Agile Teams Have Nothing To Do With Business Agility,
    Klaus Leopold (LEANability PRESS, 2018)
  • Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow,
    Matthew Skelton & Manuel Pais (IT Revolution Press, 2019)
  • Demand-Side Sales 101: Stop Selling and Help Your Customers Make Progress,
    Bob Moesa & Greg Engle (Lioncrest Publishing, 2020)
  • Cynefin - Weaving Sense-Making into the Fabric of Our World,
    Dave Snowden et al (Cognitive Edge Pte Ltd, 2020)

See also Recommended reading (Agendashift 2nd edition).

Talk: In times of change, what scales better than process?

Why do we try to scale process, when so many other things scale so much more easily? Starting with some of the underlying business drivers for transformation, we approach the challenges of change from a radically different perspective. Not to reject the process frameworks or to try to fix them, but to change our relationship with them.

Video recorded November 7th 2022 at SEACOM 2022 Part 2:

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Talk: Right to Left: Implementing Agile Strategies That Deliver Real Business Outcomes

In this presentation, we will explore the "Right to Left" approach to agile strategy deployment and how it can help organizations achieve real business outcomes. By the end of this presentation, attendees will have a clear understanding of the key principles and practices of this approach and how they can apply them in their own organisations.

Video recorded at an online meeting, PMI Central Arkansas Chapter, Thursday May 11:

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  2. Adaptive Organisation: Business agility at every scale
  3. Inside-out Strategy: Fit for maximum impact
  4. Outside-in Strategy: Positioned for success

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07 December, online, 15:00 GMT, 16:00 CST, 10am ET

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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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