Shiftup Business Agility
& Innovation Leader

How can we have something like “a startup culture” in our company?

How can we get new products to become fast-growing scaleups?

How do we reorganize ourselves for optimal execution and innovation?

Most companies are expected to screw up and die within the next two decades. They will be replaced by a new generation of disruptive startups and scaleups except for the organizations that learn how to disrupt themselves.

Starting new teams and scaling up innovation is more critical than ever. The key to success is applying different practices in different stages of the innovation lifecycle. What works for a new business does not work for a mature one, and vice versa. In this workshop, you will nosedive into the major good practices for business leaders and product teams, from the moment they have an innovative idea to

the day they will scale it up (or screw it up). Everything depends on the lifecycle stage of the product or service.

The Shiftup Business Agility & Innovation Leader is a two-day workshop that teaches the principles and common practices of Lean Agile business innovation. It is a combination of facilitator-led instruction, peer discussion, and team exercises. The workshop helps attendees understand how innovation works across the lifecycle of a business, and it makes them aware of their role in the creation and delivery of innovative products and services in continuously changing environments.

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What you will learn

The aim of this workshop is not to simply review dozens of practices and buzzwords that will be well-known (to some participants). Instead, the goal is to take a higher perspective and achieve a foundational understanding of how all these tools fit into the larger picture of the innovative, evolving company as a family of business models with individual business life cycles. It is the perfect starting point for organizations aiming to achieve a coherent approach to a startup and scaleup culture within a corporate environment, with an equal emphasis on both disruptive and sustaining innovation.

In two days, you will see that the basic unit for innovation is the strategic business model. You will understand how each business model evolves from exploration and effectiveness to exploitation and efficiency. And you will learn how managers, leaders, designers, and developers need to organize their work differently to create an organization that can reinvent itself continuously and that can scale tremendously.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You are a coach, consultant, team manager, business leader, product designer, product developer, product manager, project manager, human resource manager.
  • You want to achieve a foundational understanding of how innovation tools fit into the larger picture of your business life cycles.
  • Your company aims to achieve a coherent approach to a startup and scaleup culture.

This is a foundational workshop, meaning that no knowledge or certifications of lean thinking, business agility or innovation are required. This is not an expert-level course. However, having some experience with new product development and business management (in any role) will make attendance easier.



Agenda of the First Day

– The Business Lifecycle –
Change, Agility, Innovation, Value & Complexity, The 10 Business Lifecycle stages, Problem/Solution Fit, Product/Market Fit, Business/Market Fit.

– The Business Quilt –
The pieces of the Business Model Quilt, Business Model Canvas, Lean Canvas, Minimum Viable Products, Pivot, Patch & Persevere.

– The Innovation Vortex –
The seven streams of the Innovation Vortex, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Design Sprints, Lean Personas, Jobs To Be Done, Journey Maps.

Agenda of the Second Day

– Lean-Agile Principles –
Agile Manifesto, Lean Thinking.

– Purpose & Objectives –
Product Vision, Hoshin Kanri, North Star Metrics, Objectives & Key Results.

– Performance & Metrics –
Velocity, Burn Rate, Queue Length, Flow Efficiency, Burn Charts, CFDs, Pirate Metrics.

– The Innovation Funnel –
Innovation Board, Innovation Accounting, Metered Funding.

– Lean-Agile Mindset –
Growth Mindset, Mental Models.


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Language: English.

Prerequisite: None, although we recommend some
familiarity or experience with product design, product
development, team management, business consulting,
agile transformation, and organizational change.

Class size: Up to 25 people.

Time: 9.00-17.00 with one-hour break.

Materials: All digital materials will be offered through an
app on smartphones and tablets (Android only, for now).
Attendees are suggested to bring their own, but some extra
devices will be available for shared usage.

Format: participants will work in small groups to
collaboratively complete exercises, will discuss their findings
and will play serious games to understand possibilities for
applying what they have learned. The instructor is available
full-time, leading the lectures, questions, and discussions.


The Shiftup Business Agility & Innovation Leader

Workshop teaches participants to apply Lean-Agile thinking to all aspects of business innovation. That’s why attendees automatically qualify to become an ICAgile Certified Professional in Business Agility Foundations (ICP-BAF).

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