Effective Agile Mini-Workshop: Deep Dive on the Concepts, Execution and Facilities of OpenSpace


When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017  from 6:00 - 8:30 pm Est

Where: Scrum.org,  131 Middlesex Turnpike  Burlington MA

NOTE: Special Start Time!

Deep Dive of the Concepts, Execution and Facilities of OPEN SPACE (PART 3 of our 3-part series Pull/Invitation vs Push/Imposition)

Those who attended the first two sessions of this Mini-Workshop now understand that the Open Space meeting format is extremely powerful.

It has the potential to TRANSFORM your teams, your department, your division...your entire organization.

We plan to continue with a very big deep dive on the concepts, execution and facilities of the Open Space meeting format.  In this final session we will facilitate more discussion about exactly how to arrange the meeting, with a special focus on doing "pre-work" with executives and highly authorized Sponsors.

The pre-work is very important.

We will also go much deeper on the invitational "opt in, opt out" aspect of Open Space, and it's connection to self-management, self-organization, better results with Agile, and higher performance.  We will also focus on how to create proceedings that initiate tangible actions, the key to keeping engagement high.

We are inviting you to participate again. We'll answer all your questions from the experience of the previous sessions, show you how to arrange and execute Open Space events inside your organization, and provide deeper teaching on how Open Space does not actually work unless those invited can actually decline the invite with no negative consequences.

Topics we will cover at the March meeting:

  1. Questions and answers from your direct experience at the February meeting
  2. How to arrange Open Space in your organization: The Checklist
  3. Executives: authority dynamics and pre-work
    • 3a. Things to watch out for with executives. How to coach them along.
  4. Arranging and Executing the Event
  5. Proceedings: How to create them, why they are essential
  6. Emergent leaders and how executives need to recognize & address them
  7. Post-meeting action with executives and emergent leaders



  • 6:30 pm - Lean/Agile Introduction
  • 7:00 pm - Food and Fun
  • 7:30 pm - OpenSpace Pre-work Mini-Workshop
  • 8:25 pm - Announcements
  • 8:30 pm - Done



DANIEL MEZICK is an expert on extending adaptive Agile culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how.  Daniel’s first work, THE CULTURE GAMEwas published in 2012 and describes 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization.  In 2014 Daniel formulated the OpenSpace Agility method; a flexible template for enabling lasting organizational change. Daniel is also the primary author of the OPEN SPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK and his enterprise consulting practice and workshops are built upon the core concepts found in these books.

JOSEPH DEANGELIS is an Agile coach that has built or transformed management, engineering and product, scrum, and cross-functional teams into engaged, productive and happy teams within many organizations.  Joseph's passion is to take groups of people who work together and cultivate them into powerfully successful teams.  Joseph uses his expertise in Agile and SAFe, Scrum and Kanban, human dynamics and organizational design, Lean and Systems Thinking to teach teams to find, refine, and protect the culture, the process and the structure that best brings them success.


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INNOVATING WITH OPEN SPACE (PART 2 of our 3-part series Pull/Invitation vs Push/Imposition)

NOTE: Special Start time 6:00 PM Est.

Innovation is rare.  It happens only when the conditions are right.

How are these conditions created? Open Space is a proven way to create them.

Open Space is a meeting format that has the power to transform your team, your department, and the entire enterprise. Think of Open Space as a “pop up innovation environment.” You can set it up quickly, anywhere, and get real results (and real innovation) immediately.

More than a mere meeting format, Open Space is a learn-by- doing experience in self-management and self-organization. It appears to “run itself” as it rapidly produces conversations, processes conflicts, and quickly generates action plans.

This Workshop shows you how, and gives you everything you need to begin experimenting with Open Space inside your team, department or division. You exit this meeting (actually a mini-workshop) with know-how. You receive teaching, tools and a direct experience in Open Space.

If you are looking for innovation, you just found it.

Welcome to Open Space!

Who Should Attend
  • TEAM LEADERS who want better results
  • MANAGERS who want to create more innovation
  • DIRECTORS who want higher performance and real KPI (key performance indicator) improvement
  • EXECUTIVES who want to repeatedly and consistently create the conditions for genuine innovation across the entire enterprise
What You Will Learn
  • Where and when to use Open Space
  • How to set it up
  • The power of INVITATION and its relationship with INNOVATION
  • Executing on your Open Space event
  • How to generate innovation and actions plans with Open Space proceedings
  • Underlying theory of operation: invitation, self-management and higher performance
  • The relationship between authority and innovation: Open Space in action
  • How to continue learning about Open Space- beyond this Workshop
  • Everything you need is here:
  • Direct experience in Open Space
  • The Workshop interactions and experience

“Open Space in a Box”- a complete kit of printed materials for planning, arranging and then executing Open Space events



  • 6:00 pm - Lean Introduction
  • 6:30 pm - Food and Fun
  • 7:00 pm - OpenSpace Mini-Workshop
  • 8:25 pm - Announcements
  • 8:30 pm - Done


EFFECTIVE AGILE - Invitation/Pull over Imposition/Push (PART 1 of our 3-part Mini-Workshop)


Most Agile implementations are not very effective! Ever notice that?

Do you want KPI improvement?

Do you want your Agile implementation to reduce software costs? Increase profits?

To do that, your Agile must be effective.

One of the primary reasons your Agile adoption is ineffective is this: you are pushing and imposing Agile practices on teams. This creates dis-engagement or even worse, resentment. Pushing and imposing automatically creates resistance to the change. Pushing and imposing demotivates individuals and discourages teams from self-organizing.

What can be done when well-meaning executives implement Agile by pushing and imposing it?

This session answers that question. It provides a set of solutions that can help tip your Agile adoption away from push/imposition and towards pull/invitation. Away from being weak and ineffective, and towards being strong and very effective.

NOTE: This is not a session that merely describes problems, or offers an opinion of what is "ideal." Instead this session frames the problem to be solved and then provides you with tools to solve it. This is an experiential session with group exercises....

What you will learn:

  • Implementing invitation and pull in Agile training & orientation
  • Implementing invitation and pull in Agile coaching
  • How to talk the executives off the ledge of push and imposition
  • Specific experiments you can invite executives to try
  • How to use Open Space to improve your Agile results