Advanced Agendashift: Coaching and Leading Continuous Transformation

Leading change in the 21st century? You need a 21st century engagement model:

  • Based not on the imposition of prescribed solutions but around authentic agreement on outcomes
  • Not linear and plan-based, but emergent, humane, and complexity-conscious
  • Not just one-off projects, but the beginning of new conversations and new kinds of conversation
  • Not proprietary, but open and framework-agnostic – built by and for a welcoming community of experienced practitioners working at the intersection of Lean, Agile, organisation development (OD), and strategy deployment

The Advanced workshop ‘Coaching and leading continuous transformation’ is the Agendashift engagement model compressed into a highly immersive 2-day workshop. It is aimed at coaches, consultants, and managers wishing to:

  • Develop their coaching and leadership skills in the areas of enquiry, facilitation, strategy deployment, and change leadership
  • Broaden and deepen their appreciation of the Lean-Agile landscape and related bodies of knowledge and their strategic application to organisational development

It is run both publicly and privately; see the events calendar for upcoming public workshops.

Who should attend?

The advanced workshop is aimed at all agents and leaders of organisational change – whether internal or external, specialist practitioner or sponsor. Whilst the majority of attendees have been coaches and consultants, a significant number have held managerial and business leadership roles.

Public workshops are focussed primarily on skills. You will however have ample opportunity to put them into your organisational context and demonstrate Agendashift’s ability to meet organisational needs in ways such as these:

  • Launching, refocusing, or reenergising continuous transformation in your organisation
  • Enhancing your organisation’s internal coaching and change management capability
  • Embedding outcome-orientation and continuous transformation through leadership development

Private workshops may also be focussed on skills, but typically there is more emphasis on the production of artefacts of real value to the organisation. Producing them involves both new conversations and new kinds of conversation, and we look for opportunities to sustain them beyond the workshop itself.

Outcomes

  • Practice in a range of outcome-oriented facilitation techniques
  • Recognition of the role of outcome orientation in the modern organisation
  • Understanding of the integration of techniques and concepts from Lean-Agile, Kanban, Clean Language, Cynefin, Lean Startup, and A3
  • Awareness of the power of feedback loops in organisational behaviour and evolution

At most public workshops (and at private workshops by arrangement), participants will receive a print copy of the book Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation (2018).

Workshop facilitation

Your facilitator will be one of our most experienced partners, either Agendashift founder Mike Burrows or a close collaborator.

Workshop overview


Day 1: Learning the language of outcomes


1. 1. Discovery: Describing where we'd like to get to

Exploring organisational context, objectives, obstacles, and outcomes using these Core exercises:

Additional material/exercises may cover:

  • Culture
  • Values
  • Systems Thinking

2. Exploration: Prospecting for opportunities

The opportunity to practice skills acquired in Discovery, using for raw material an analysis of the Agendashift delivery assessment (an online survey distributed in advance as prework):

Additional material/exercises may cover:

  • Mission, purpose, and identity
  • Self-awareness and empathy
  • Understanding and supporting the learning process

Day 2: Organising for impact


3. Mapping: Building a visual transformation plan

The output of Exploration fed through a “string” of complementary mapping exercises:

Option approach mapping1
Option visibility mapping2
Pathway mapping

1Not its real name
2Previously known as Reverse Wardley mapping

Additional material/exercises may cover:

  • Complexity theory and its application
  • Other mapping and strategy tools
  • Strategy model reconciliations

4. Elaboration: Framing actions, testing our thinking & 5. Operation: Change as real work

The culture, practice, and organisation of hypothesis-based change:

Changeban (I):
A process of knowledge discovery
Options to experiments
Changeban (II):
Double loop learning

Optionally:

  • The Agendashift adaptability assessment
  • Outside-in service delivery review (OI-SDR) and strategy review (OI-SR) meetings

Agendashift™ is copyright © 2015-2019 Positive Incline Ltd. All rights reserved. The Agendashift Advanced workshop description (and the Discovery, Exploration, Mapping, Elaboration, and Operation curriculum elements on which it is based) by Mike Burrows of Positive Incline Ltd is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/.

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Agendashift™ is brought to you by Positive Incline Ltd, UK-based specialists in Lean and Agile. Founder Mike Burrows is known to the Agile and Lean-Agile communities as the author of Kanban from the Inside (2014) and Agendashift (2018), the creator of the Featureban and Changeban simulation games, a keynote speaker at conferences around the world, and as a consultant, coach, and trainer. His new book Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile was published August 15th 2019.


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