The Lean-Agile Mindset Exercise

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In this exercise, you discuss lean-agile values and principles and how they line up with the ten business lifecycle stages. The goal is to have a better understanding of which values & principles are important to you now.

Duration: 10 minutes
Group size: 2 to 25 people
Requirements: Lean-Agile Values & Principles Tag Cloud
Presence: collocated or online

1. Get a Lean-Agile Values & Principles sheet

You can get this sheet from a facilitator, or you can download it when you sign up for the Shiftup Program.

In the case of an online workshop, it is useful to have this sheet already printed before you start.

2. Get the posters/images of the Ten Business Lifecycle Stages

A workshop facilitator can put these on a wall, or you can download them when you sign up for the Shiftup Program.

In the case of an online workshop, the facilitator can offer a shared whiteboard where these posters are available.

3. Match the stages with values and principles

Set a timer to 5 minutes. Let each person in the group review the Lean-Agile Values & Principles sheet and decide which of these values and principles could match specific lifecycle stages. Some values and principles are always applicable, while others might need special attention in a specific part of the business lifecycle. Write notes for selected values and principles.

4. Use sticky notes to mark the stages

Each person in the group adds their notes of selected values and principles to the selected lifecycle stages. You can use arrows to mark the beginning and the ending of a period if the match is across multiple stages.

5. Discuss the outcomes

Compare the results across the entire group. Which of the values and principles are a good match for which lifecycle stages? In which lifecycle stage are you now? Which values/principles become less important? And which of them become more important?

You made progress toward your Shiftup Business Agility & Innovation Qualification. Report your results here and collect your experience points!

This exercise is part of the Shiftup Business Agility & Innovation Leader workshop. An official workshop is a fun and easy way to earn 33% of the required experience points. Check out our calendar here.


Shiftup Business Agility & Innovation Qualification Program