Resources: Celebration-5W

Picture the scene: You’re making great progress against your adaptive challenge, and already you’re celebrating! And you deserve it: it’s clear that you, your teams, and your entire organisation are achieving far more than anyone would have thought possible.

What makes this celebration so special? We’re going to explore that via the magic of time travel and the classic journalistic questions of Who, What, When, Where, and Why, otherwise known as the five W’s.

Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation (2nd edition 2021), chapter 1. Discovery

Celebration-5W is the first of Agendashift’s Discovery exercises. We have now made it available under a Creative Commons and you can request the original source .pptx files for incorporation with your own material or adaptation to your needs.

It’s a time travel exercise, typically focussed on a celebration several months into the future. It is typically used to kick off a workshop, retrospective, or chartering exercise to create some shared business context. Everything else we go on to discuss should in some way help us to achieve the things we identify here.

You can see it in action 6 minutes into the video on the 15-minute FOTO page.

This key slide from the facilitator’s deck is based on the optional but highly recommended template designed by Mike Haber (see below for access to the materials, which includes both the deck and the template):

Celebration-5W at the Agendashift Academy

Within the Agendashift Academy's core curriculum Leading with Outcomes, Celebration-5W features in the following modules:

Later modules refer back to it. Before that, Leading with Outcomes: Foundation introduces the concept of context with a simpler exercise.

Celebration-5W is currently at version 6, August 2021.

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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 (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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