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The Systemic Agility HIVEMIND

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What is Systemic Agility?

Systemic Agility is an ever evolving collection of practices, underpinned by systemic principles, that facilitators, coaches and change agents can start using right away to transform their teams and organisations to be highly effective and adaptive to change.

There is more value created with overall alignment than with local excellence

Don Reinertsen, The Principles of Product Development Flow

Organisations are social systems that operate at concentric layers. Like the rings of a tree or ripples in a pond, these layers are inextricably interconnected.

Self – To work effectively with any social system requires that we pay attention to how we show up

Other – To work effectively as change agents requires that we are capable of meeting people one-to-one

Team – To work with teams requires specialised team listening, coaching and facilitation skills

Organisation – To work with organisational systems requires enterprise awareness and specialised large group facilitation and leadership coaching skills

Wider Systems – To truly work systemically requires awareness of the environment whether it be social, economic, political, technological, environmental or other macro dynamics

Part 1 – The Enterprise Agility Deep Dive

I have a firmer grasp of the actual change challenges I’m navigating right now and have a number of actions and experiments that are clear to me after some of the activities and discussions that happened during the course.

Helgi Gudmundsson, Organisational & Leadership Coach

I’ve met some great people who I want to stay in contact with and I learned a lot of valuable tools and techniques that I will be able to use in the future. 

Amy Wright, Principal Agile Transformation Consultant at PA Consulting

Ryan is a fantastic instructor, communicator and listener who is incredibly knowledgeable and reads the room well.

Yvonne Torrent-Lim, VP Transformation & Delivery Excellence @ MOI Global

What makes the Lean Change approach different?

Sometimes, as change agents, we forget that organisations are social systems. While our brains desperately want change to follow a linear and standardised progression, we know complex organisational change never has, and never will, work that way. Lean Change Management is a co-created, feedback-driven approach to change inspired by the latest ideas from Lean Startup, Change Management, Agile, Design Thinking and Complexity Thinking.

The Enterprise Agility Deep Dive with Lean Change Management is designed to equip you with the skills to deal with the most pressing challenges facing enterprise coaches and facilitators today.

  • How can we facilitate organisational alignment for change?
  • How can we adapt our organisational design for agility and adaptivity to change?
  • How can we embrace and reduce uncertainty by iterating our way through change?
  • How can we integrate change management to transition to agile ways of working in an agile way?
  • How can we apply lean-agile practices to complex agile transformation programmes?
  • How can we reframe resistance to change by changing how we think about change?

Who is the Enterprise Agility Deep Dive for?

This Enterprise Agility Deep Dive is intended for you if:

  • You’re an agile coach at the enterprise and portfolio level or you aspire to such a role
  • You’re a transformational leader who wants to understand the implications of enterprise agile transformation as well as how to approach and facilitate the change
  • You have a strong background in change management and/or organisational design and have a curiosity about agile approaches at the enterprise level

This Enterprise Agility Deep Dive is NOT intended for you if:

  • You don’t want to be safely stretched or challenged
  • You expect the majority of the programme to be about agile scaling frameworks “because enterprise agility = frameworks and frameworks = enterprise agility”
  • You hold tightly to the belief that an “Agile Centre of Excellence” and an “Agile Playbook” are the magical solutions to enterprise agility
  • You’re fixed in your belief that you’re not contributing to the problem, ever

Topics Covered

Enterprise Agility Foundations

In this part of the Deep Dive you will…

  • learn the importance of moving away from linear thinking and towards thinking in complex adaptive systems
  • build an awareness of organisational interdependence and of systems thinking
  • experience how “systems feeling” and “systems being” are the missing links for solving complex, “wicked problems”
  • learn ways of making business agility and innovation part of the organisational DNA in an age of disruption
  • learn how to adapt and evolve the structures and processes of your organisation or business unit for agility
  • address the controversial topic of enterprise agile frameworks and how we might usefully draw from them
  • consider what and how to measure what really matters in order to adapt more rapidly to emergent change
  • apply the learnings through conducting a company-wide agile transformation case study

Facilitating Change and Transformation

In this part of the Deep Dive you will…

  • practice the shifts required to move from managing change to facilitating change
  • understand your role as a change agent – what stances, skills, strengths, ways of being, attributes, models and toolsets you bring
  • apply the Agile values and principles to facilitating change
  • learn how to use light-weight tools for change readiness, change liftoffs, and ongoing facilitation of change
  • learn ways to create continuous alignment, visibility and transparency instead of writing endless status reports and communication plans
  • learn how to move away from change activities and towards change experiments
  • explore how different people respond to change differently, and how you, the change agent, can navigate that complexity
  • explore ways of building systemic permission and alignment with leaders and leadership teams
  • build an understanding of how diverse culture and leadership styles create the natural and positive friction that moves transformation forward

Some Practices You’ll Explore

  • Ecocycle Planning – using the cycles of nature to address the organisational cycles of change
  • Waves of Change – when to swim with or against the currents of change
  • The Lean Change Engine – applying Agile, Lean Startup and Design Thinking to change
  • Boundary Spanning Leadership – facilitating change across organisational boundaries
  • Perspective Mapping – beneficial coherence starts by bringing in all perspectives
  • Ripple Diagrams – a tool to help us visualise the ripples our changes are causing
  • Change Canvases – catalysing and facilitating ongoing alignment through visual and tactile collaboration
  • Lean Experiments – designing change experiments for faster feedback and learning
  • The 5 Universals of Change – a compass for navigating change
  • Culture Mapping – a complexity approach to making sense of culture shifts
  • Leadership Agility with StrongSuits™ – diverse leadership strengths build agility and resilience
  • Large Group Facilitation – bringing all voices into the room through Lean Coffee, Boundary Spanning, Open Space, Hot Seat, World Cafe, Fish Bowl and more

Here’s What You’ll Receive in the Enterprise Agility Deep Dive

1. 5 months of weekly online sessions

Over the course of 5 months you will receive 19 weekly, highly interactive, 2-hour workshop sessions, including an exclusive bonus Q&A with Lean Change Management author Jason Little. Ryan Behrman and Patrick Verdonk will bring you on a journey as you develop yourself as an enterprise coach and facilitator to transform your organisation with confidence. These 2-hour live teachings and bonus Q&A will be the key to unlocking the potential and unleashing the creative and adaptive capability of your organisation.

2. Private Online Course Portal and Online Community

You will get access to an exclusive, private Systemic Agility Online Course Portal where you will have access to all of the course materials including video recordings, materials and online whiteboards used in class. You will also be able to connect with each other as a group as well as privately to share your experiences and insights, to support each other and to receive support from the teachers as we progress through the teaching material.

Bonus #1

coaching circle

Free Action Learning Set / Coaching Circle (3 sessions worth £180)

An Action Learning Set is a closed group that meets regularly over several months. During each session, members have the opportunity to support each other on current work challenges. The objective is to explore a question from your work with discussion and input from a group of colleagues, so that you learn from their thinking and experience, and from the questions they bring. It is a deeply enriching process and a wonderful way of learning through reflection, shared experience and Dialogue. It is also an important part of any student’s development process through the Deep Dive and will be facilitated by Ryan Behrman.

Bonus #2

Free 1-year membership to the Lean Change Management Community (worth $108)

  • Private community
  • Premium access to the Change Wayfinder
  • Free micro-courses
  • Free Lean Change and Change Agility books (PDF)
  • On-demand help and support from Lean Change Experts
  • Unlimited access to Lean Change Tools

Bonus #3

Free 1-year access to the Lean Change Agent Self-Study Training (worth $199)

  • 12+ hours of content
  • 6 content modules
  • Personal instruction from author Jason Little – Access to a private global community for support
  • Free Lean Change Management and Change Agility books in PDF, Mobi and ePub formats
  • Downloadable templates

Bonus #4

Free StrongSuits® Team Insights Cards (worth £39 + VAT + postage)

StrongSuits® is a powerful strengths-based approach to building stronger teams which uses playing cards and games to get teams having fun and feeling energised while generating high-impact conversations about how people behave and how they can develop.

Bonus #5

Free StrongSuits® Team Insights PDF Digital Download Cards (worth £39+VAT)

A digital download in PDF format of the StrongSuits® Team Insights cards. These virtual cards, in PDF format, can be used as a virtual pack of cards by importing the downloadable file into your favourite virtual collaboration tool such as Miro, Mural, ConceptBoard or MS Teams.

Bonus #6

Free StrongSuits Online Self-Paced Training (worth £199+VAT)

The StrongSuits Self-paced Training is aimed at anyone who wants to use the StrongSuits cards to build stronger teams.You will learn how to use the StrongSuits cards to understand your strengths and communication styles and to build trust, improve communication and create psychological safety in teams.

Schedule

More Past Participant Feedback

After completing the course four months ago, I’ve found myself revisiting the slides and notes on a weekly basis, each time discovering useful concepts that can be applied to my professional environment.

The course has significantly enhanced my skills, enabling me to shape my company’s strategy, improve my project management skills, facilitation (lean coffee rules!), foster team dynamics, and more—all through simple dialogue and co-creation with the people I work with[…]

It has been one of the most useful courses I have ever attended. 

Jed Gorka, Scrum Master and Agile Project Manager, participant of the Enterprise Agility Deep Dive (Nov 2023)

Part 2 – The Team Agility Deep Dive

A beautiful group of people, a great deal of learning and experimenting – challenging and lots of fun.

LUIS CARVALHO, Delivery Manager at SKY and participant of the Team Agility Deep Dive

I appreciated the experience and coaching style of Ryan.
One of the greatest asset of the course is actually to witness how Ryan has been coaching us during these three days.
I really feel this course gave me ammunition to make a step forward in my awareness as coach. A big thank you! 

Systemic Agility Team Coach participant, Brussels, October 2020 (Feedback provided via ICAgile)

Who is the Team Agility Deep Dive for?

This deep dive is for anybody who wants to dive deeply into the DNA of what makes teams highly effective and how to transform a team from stuckness to agility and flow.

This Team Agility Deep Dive is intended for you if:

  • You’re a Scrum Master or Agile Coach who wants to go beyond processes and tools
  • You’re a team coach, facilitator, team lead or manager who has a curiosity about agile approaches to building self organising teams
  • You want to facilitate highly engaging meetings and workshops that focus, unite and mobilise your teams while fostering self-organisation
  • You want to dive deeply into the principles and meta processes of what actually makes teams work
  • You have a curiosity or interest in the deeper systemic forces driving team behaviour and how to unleash the tremendous power of a team

This Team Agility Deep Dive is NOT intended for you if:

  • You don’t want to be safely stretched or challenged
  • You expect the majority of the programme to be about Scrum “because team agility = Scrum and Scrum = team agility”
  • You hold tightly to the belief that cheatsheets titled “100 team retrospectives” or “100 icebreakers” will magically transform you into a great team facilitator
  • You’re fixed in your belief that you’re not contributing to the problem, ever
  • You believe that team coaching is all about playing gimmicky games that avoid real problems

Topics Covered

Team Agility Facilitation

In this part of the Deep Dive you will..

  • learn how to create a safe container for the team and how to hold space for creativity to flourish.
  • grow an awareness of your own style of facilitation and of other styles, allowing you to facilitate more meaningful and inclusive team dialogues.
  • be provided with the meeting organising tools and techniques to prepare for, set up and facilitate purposeful meetings and workshops, whether online or in-person.
  • learn how to design a meeting and workshop flow from end to end that delivers results for any creative process or retrospective.
  • discover decision-making approaches that break the cycles of groupthink or deadlock.
  • learn pro tips and common pitfalls to facilitating typical “Agile” team meetings such as “standups”, planning meetings, retrospectives and creative brainstorming sessions.
  • explore ways of navigating common sub-optimal meeting behaviours.

Team Agility Coaching & Mentoring

In this part of the Deep Dive you will..

  • practice holding space, listening and inquiring with presence before mentoring transitions to new roles and new ways of working.
  • set the stage for a coaching relationship involving designing of coaching alliances and facilitating team agreements.
  • learn and practice approaches for teaching agile thinking based on the latest neuroscience of how people learn.
  • explore powerful ways to build trust and psychological safetycommunicate effectively, deal with conflict and build connection in the team.
  • discover the dynamics at play within groups and teams, build your observational skills and learn how to articulate your observations in service of the team.
  • look at how you show up as a team coach and facilitator and the effect that has on the team.
  • look at ways that you can guide the team to surface and approach organisational impediments that impact the team.

Some Practices You’ll Explore

  • The importance of expanding your facilitator stance beyond Servant Leadership to adopting the 6 roles and 4 positions of Host Leadership
  • The 12P Facilitator Canvas for preparing and setting up meetings and workshops for maximising engagement and favourable outcomes
  • Video Analysis for building our capacity to observe, focus, unite and mobilise teams
  • The Double Diamond Meeting, a flexible meeting and workshop flow from end to end that ensures favourable outcomes for any creative process or retrospective
  • Dysfunctional Improv, a series of role-playing exercises that teaches us strategies for dealing with sub-optimal meeting behaviours
  • How to break out of The Drama Triangle and how to move yourself and your team to The Winner’s Triangle
  • Team Canvases to create and revisit alliances and team agreements
  • Systemic Constellations to “see the invisible” dynamics at play in groups and teams
  • Perspective Mapping to surface and approach organisational forces outside of the team’s direct control
  • Non-Violent Communication and Clean Feedback for providing compassionate, honest, appreciative and improvement-oriented team feedback
  • Dialogue (with a capital “D”), the art of building shared meaning and interconnectedness in the team
  • PLUS proven methods for building trust and psychological safety, dealing with conflict and building connection in the team

Here’s What You’ll Receive in the Team Agility Deep Dive

1. 5 months of weekly online sessions

Over the course of 5 months you will receive 18 weekly, highly interactive, 2-hour workshop sessions including two bonus 1-1 tutorial/coaching sessions. Ryan Behrman will bring you on a journey as you develop yourself as a team coach and facilitator to transform your teams with confidence. These 2-hour live teachings and 2 x 1-hour 1-1’s will be the key to unlocking the potential and unleashing the creative and adaptive capability of your team.

2. Private Online Course Portal and Online Community

You will get access to an exclusive, private Systemic Agility Online Course Portal where you will have access to all of the course materials including video recordings, materials and online whiteboards used in class. You will also be able to connect with each other as a group as well as privately to share your experiences and insights, to support each other and to receive support from the teacher as we progress through the teaching material.

Bonus #1

coaching circle

Free Action Learning Set / Coaching Circle (3 sessions worth £180+VAT)

An Action Learning Set is a closed group that meets regularly over several months. During each session, members have the opportunity to support each other on current work challenges. The objective is to explore a question from your work with discussion and input from a group of colleagues, so that you learn from their thinking and experience, and from the questions they bring. It is a deeply enriching process and a wonderful way of learning through reflection, shared experience and Dialogue. It is also an important part of any student’s development process through the Deep Dive and will be facilitated by Ryan Behrman.

Bonus #2

Free StrongSuits® Team Insights Cards (worth £39 + VAT + postage)

StrongSuits® is a powerful strengths-based approach to building stronger teams which uses playing cards and games to get teams having fun and feeling energised while generating high-impact conversations about how people behave and how they can develop.

Bonus #3

Free StrongSuits® Team Insights PDF Digital Download Cards (worth £39+VAT)

A digital download in PDF format of the StrongSuits® Team Insights cards. These virtual cards, in PDF format, can be used as a virtual pack of cards by importing the downloadable file into your favourite virtual collaboration tool such as Miro, Mural, ConceptBoard or MS Teams.

Bonus #4

Free StrongSuits Online Self-Paced Training (worth £199+VAT)

The StrongSuits Self-paced Training is aimed at anyone who wants to use the StrongSuits cards to build stronger teams.You will learn how to use the StrongSuits cards to understand your strengths and communication styles and to build trust, improve communication and create psychological safety in teams.

Schedule

Main Trainer

Ryan Behrman – Founder

With a background as a software developer and senior project manager in multi-national consulting firms, Ryan turned to coaching and facilitation over a decade ago. He has coached, consulted and trained teams, managers and leaders in industries as far afield as retail, supply chain, publishing, government, travel, cloud software, education, investment banking, wealth management, telecommunications, energy and data analytics.

Ryan has trained over a thousand managers, coaches and facilitators in adaptive approaches to management, leadership, coaching and facilitation. In 2014 he ran the first Management 3.0 training in the UK which he continued running dozens of times worldwide for almost a decade. Since 2017 he has co-authored 4 industry-leading courses and programmes, all accredited by ICAgile, in Team Agility Coaching, Team Agility Facilitation, Enterprise Agility Foundations and Coaching Enterprise Agility and Transformation.

Ryan holds an MBA from Warwick Business School where his dissertation compared agile approaches to traditional approaches to management and workflow (“Agile vs Waterfall for Complex E-Commerce Projects”, 2011). He holds over a dozen certifications in coaching and facilitation and is trained in Professional Coaching (Coaching Development UK), Organisational Constellations (The Whole Partnership), Family Constellations (The Centre for Systemic Constellations), Action Learning Sets (Action Learning Centre), Lego Serious Play (Serious Work), Relational Mindfulness and Insight Dialogue (Optimal Living), Bohmian Dialogue (Dialogue Creates) and Systemic Team Coaching (Academy of Executive Coaching). He is the founder of Systemic Agility and the CEO of StrongSuits, the strengths-based approach to building stronger teams and leaders.

Guest Trainer (Enterprise Agility Deep Dive Only)

Patrick Verdonk

Patrick is a long time Change Agent and Facilitator, Trainer and Consultant. Over the past decades he has been actively involved in multiple reorganisations and mergers, and has trained dozens of managers, coaches and facilitators in agile and people-oriented approaches to change management. He is the co-designer of highly acclaimed industry-certified courses in enterprise agile coaching, and translator of Jason Little’s Lean Change Management book in Spanish.

Patrick is a highly experienced professional and has a proven track record of bringing teams and managers together to communicate, collaborate and adapt to change in large scale programmes and multi-stakeholder environments in industries spanning banking, retail, pharma, software development, gaming, cyber security and others.

Before going solo, Patrick worked for over 20 years as an international (The Netherlands, France, Belgium and Spain) internal consultant and change facilitator in the Telecom sector, working actively on worldwide reorganisations and mergers. He has always believed in a People Approach to change. Through training and facilitation, he helps people and teams understand how to adapt consciously and continuously to reach their aspirations through the application of Lean Change.

He holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam, an MBA from the Flanders Business School (part of the KU Leuven in Belgium) and internationally recognised certifications in Change, Agility and Agility in HR.

Patrick is the founder of adaptivechange.org

The Systemic Agility Hivemind Summary

Here is everything you’ll receive throughout the Deep Dives:

  1. 5 or 10 months of weekly, highly interactive online training (35 or 70 hours)
  2. Private online course portal and online community

Plus receive up to 8 special bonuses:

  • Bonus #1: 3 Action Learning Set Sessions (worth £180)
  • Bonus #2: StrongSuits® Team Insights Cards (worth £39 + VAT + postage)
  • Bonus #3: StrongSuits® Team Insights PDF Digital Download Cards (worth £79+VAT)
  • Bonus #4: StrongSuits Online Self-Paced Training (worth £199+VAT)

Plus for Enterprise Agility Deep Dive students:

  • Bonus #5: 1-year membership to the Lean Change Management Community (worth $108)
  • Bonus #6: 1-year access to the Lean Change Agent Self-Study Training (worth $199)
  • Bonus #7: Exclusive Q&A with Lean Change founder and author Jason Little (priceless!)

Plus for Team Agility Deep Dive students:

  • Bonus #8: 2 x 1-1 tutorial/mentoring sessions with Ryan Behrman (priceless!)

Join the Systemic Agility HIVEMIND today!

Costs

The Systemic Agility HIVEMIND (Both Deep Dives): £1,325 (GBP)

The Enterprise Agility Deep Dive ONLY: £825 (GBP)

The Team Agility Deep Dive ONLY: £750 (GBP)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a limit to the class size?

Yes. The maximum class size is 14 participants.

Will there be homework?

We believe that dedicating 2 hours of your time each week is enough of a commitment for most people. Therefore homework will only be given very occasionally where there is a short activity that would best be done in your own time (e.g. a short online assessment that feeds into a class activity).

What happens if I have to miss a session?

While we strongly encourage you to attend all sessions, if you have to miss a session you can make it up during the week by watching the recording and doing the exercises on your own or with a partner if available.

How do I obtain the ICAgile certifications?

If you would like to obtain one or more of the ICAgile certifications you will need to have participated in at least 80% of the live sessions for the relevant deep dive and have watched the recordings and completed the exercises for any sessions missed. You will then need to purchase the relevant ICAgile certificate(s) via the Systemic Agility portal at a cost of £75+VAT (GBP) per certification which is passed directly on to ICAgile by us minus a small fee to account for conversion and transfer charges.

Which ICAgile certifications are available?

Enterprise Agility Deep Dive Certifications:
ICAgile Certified Professional – Enterprise Agile Coaching (ICP-ENT)
ICAgile Certified Professional – Coaching Agile Transformations (ICP-CAT)
Team Agility Deep Dive Certifications:
ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF)
ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC)

Are Lean Change Management certifications included in the cost?

Yes, the Lean Change Management certifications “Enterprise Agile Coaching” and “Coaching Agile Transformations” are included in the cost for those who participate in the Enterprise Agility Deep Dive.

What technology will be used during sessions?

We will use Zoom for video, audio and screenshare and we will use Miro (accessible via most modern browsers) for online collaboration on some of the activities. Please ensure that you have access to these tools via a computer with a stable internet connection, a mic, webcam and a quiet place without distractions.

 

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