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Flowlab Business Agility Workshop / 05 Apr / London

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Okaloa Flowlab workshop: Emergent and self-sustained business agility through flow thinking.

Organisations are putting a lot of energy in agile transformations and a successful agile transformation can prove to be quite challenging. More than just implementing practices it requires a change in mind-set.

How do you make sure that this change in mind-set is self-sustaining? How can the success of agile on a team level evolve into business agility? A deeper insight in how and why agile works is a pre-requisite for business agility.

In this one-day workshop, Brickell Key Award winner Patrick Steyaert will help you achieve business agility through flow thinking. The workshop is based around a variety of simulations fully immersing participants into the fundamentals of self-sustaining business agility and experience the impact of flow thinking.


1) Business agility and flow systems

Introduction to how Business Agility differs from Agile development and the importance of flow systems as a new metaphor for agile organizations and organizations in general.

2) The machine metaphor for organization

In the 1st round of simulation we explore the machine metaphor for organization in a typical command and control, resource efficiency, silo-ed way of working. Not only does this simulation set a baseline for improvement it also allows us to develop a deeper systems view. Participants learn how to observe and analyse such a system of work through the flow systems metaphor (Stocks and flows, constraints, impedance, feedback, uncommon sense).

3) Experiment with flow

In the 2nd round of simulation participants set up their own experiment(s) to allow flow to emerge. They will define an experiment to validate their hypothesis about how the system of work can be improved. By doing so they will test the understanding that they have developed in the previous round (e.g. what is the impact of WIP constraints on collaboration, what is the impact of collaboration on quality, …).

4) Enterprise flow

In the 3rd round of simulation participants will practice what has been learned in the previous rounds in a fairly complex and realistic business simulation. They will learn how the flow systems metaphor scales up to the enterprise level (cross-team flow) and across the entire value stream (end-to-end flow from suspected to satisfied need). This round will cover upstream was well as portfolio type of kanban systems.

5) Reflection and discussion

In a lean coffee style discussion we will reflect on what you have experienced and how this relates to your own situation, resulting in takeaways and concrete actions to start working on improving your flow.

What You will Learn:

Attending a workshop based on Flowlab will shorten the time required to become an experienced flow thinker and lean agile practitioner.

Participants of the workshop will walk away with an understanding of:

  • how flow thinking scales up to the enterprise level (cross-team flow) and across the entire value stream (end-to-end flow from suspected to satisfied need), acting as a bridge builder between the islands of agility in their organization.
  • the importance of flow thinking in creating an agile mindset and a shared deeper understanding in their organization and how this reinforces their existing agile practice.

While playing the simulations you will also discover new techniques to handle change and adaptation. You will learn:

  • reflective observations (OODA)
  • active experimentation (defining experiments and hypotheses)

Who Should Attend:

Beginner and experienced practitioners and coaches. Beginner practitioners will get a deeper understanding of flow thinking. Advanced practitioners and coaches will learn a new way of teaching and coaching flow thinking.

Video: Intro to Flowlab

Contact: education@actineo.email Tel: +44 (0)203 633 0277

About The trainer:

Patrick Steyaert of Okaloa, a principal lean agile coach with extensive experience in practicing Kanban, will be your workshop facilitator. Patrick received a Brickell Key Award in 2015 as a recognition for his contributions to the Kanban community. He is also a regular speaker at Kanban and agile conferences.

To Learn more about this course and Okaloa click here.

Cancellations & Refunds

A full refund will be issued if you cancel your registration at least 10 working days before the event start date. After this period, the following fees will be deducted from the booking fee.

  • 5-10 working days’ notice: 50% of course fee

  • 0-5 working days’ notice: 100% of course fee

Replacing delegates: this can be done at no extra cost

Postponing a booking to another date: this is free providing it is requested at least 10 working days before the event start date, in which case a 20% fee will be charged.

We reserve the right to postpone or cancel this course if there are insufficient registrations. If this is the case, you will be notified 5 working days before the course start date. In this case, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund. We will not be responsible for any other costs incurred.

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