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Lean-Agile Strategy Creates Shared Context In Motion!

Learn how to overcome the strategy to execution gap by creating shared context across your organization and business ecosystems that is iterative, incremental, and can adapt at the pace of change! 




What makes an organization successful?

The answer largely depends on the circumstances within which it operates. When those circumstances evolve, so must the organization, as what worked in the past may not work in the future.

Organizations that successfully adapt to each new “normal” dominate, while those that fail to do so disappear. For many years, organizations have faced an accelerating rate of change. In recent times, this rate of change has sped up to the point that thriving within a current set of circumstances is no longer enough. Rather, organizations must be able to succeed within a state of unpredictability. Being able to handle sudden or unexpected change is now even more important than being well adapted to any particular moment or circumstance. To achieve this, organizations must make adaptability, or agility, one of their core competencies. Lean-Agile Strategy is a proven way to do just that.

Lean-Agile Strategy, developed over many years, reconnects strategy with execution so that it is agile, iterative, and fast. It is designed around the premise that change is a collaborative game that invites people from across the organization, as well as Customers and Partners, to bring their whole selves to creating a more dynamic, inclusive, and engaged environment that is insight and evidence-driven, to become one that enables organizations to not only survive but to thrive through massive change and uncertainty.

Lean-Agile Strategy (LAS), as a strategic discovery approach, helps us uncover why we might need to do things differently from what we do today, who we exist to serve and in what way,  what we need to do and how we might do it, as well as who we will need to help us, to emerge and evolve as we learn more.  LAS enables us to visualize a different future using the directional anchor of Strategic Intent to establish and sustain relevant context within and across organizational boundaries, to identify where to start and what to do next, and to enable simultaneous coordinated movements across multiple internal and external teams in what we need to do to achieve that intent.

LAS-F is an on-line live course that explains each of the core concepts in each of the Plays in Lean-Agile Strategy. The Creators of Lean-Agile Strategy not only walk you through each of the concepts, they also provide you with personal experiences and insights. The course also includes our eBook Agile Strategy: Building adaptability into your organization’s DNA, co-published with the Business Agility Institute.

This course is designed for anyone who works in or must lead through uncertainty and change, including, but not limited to:

  • Senior Leaders and Managers
  • Strategic Planners and Advisors
  • Agile Coaches (Junior to Senior)
  • Busines Analysts
  • Functional Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • PMO Leaders
  • Individual contributors

LAS-F is an on-line live course that explains each of the core concepts in each of the Plays in Lean-Agile Strategy. The Creators of Lean-Agile Strategy not only walk you through each of the concepts, they also provide you with personal experiences and insights. The course also includes our eBook Agile Strategy: Building adaptability into your organization’s DNA, co-published with the Business Agility Institute.

  • Why Lean-Agile Strategy is necessary
  • Play 1: Visualize Strategic Intent
  • Play 2: Visualize Possible Solutions
  • Play 3: Visualize Ecosystems
  • Play 4: Visualize Flow of Value
  • Play 5: Continuous Value Creation
  • Play 6: Shared Context Retrospective
  • Course Wrap-up and Next Steps
  • Why Lean-Agile Strategy helps us understand why traditional organizations are structurally flawed as well as understand how to make sense of the tens of agile and management frameworks in the market
  • Why many of the core concepts in Lean-Agile Strategy are already known and why they are also often used in the wrong ways and in the wrong order
  • The meaning of Strategic Intent, and why it is so fundamentally different from traditional strategic planning approaches
  • Why most organizations and teams start at step 7 in the strategic discovery process and why that is fatal to projects
  • Why Business Outcomes and Customer Impacts are different, why both are necessary, and how they can be iteratively and incrementally achieved
  • Why it is important for organizations to move from supply-chains to Business Ecosystems and the ways in which it can help organizations become more agile and adaptive
  • Why the Strategic Discovery approach in Lean-Agile Strategy operates on a 90-day cadence
  • Why Context Curation is the new superpower for leaders and teams as well as how to develop and sustain shared context within and across organizational boundaries


LAS – Foundation Live Virtual Course

LAS-Foundation Certification



Lean-Agile Strategy: Foundation (LAS-F)

This highly experiential in-depth workshop-based course focuses on applying the concepts of LAS. The course will have a defined start and a defined end-date, and you will be the same participant cohort throughout the course, so as a bonus you will get to interact with people from other countries and backgrounds, make new friends, and grow your understanding of agility around the world.

The course has two components:

  1. A self-paced component for each Play that you must complete before attending the workshop
  2. The live interactive workshops, each of which has a mandatory attendance

The self-paced content portion (pre-work) provides additional depth for the core concepts introduced in LAS-F as well as additional supporting reading materials and videos from other sources. The workshop component consists of eight modules of 2-hours each delivered in four 4-hour online facilitated sessions (two modules per session). The workshops use a Case Study format to simulate what happens in real-world engagement using Lean-Agile Strategy.

This workshop-based course is designed for anyone who plans to facilitate LAS sessions with small to medium-sized organizations or a division/group within a larger organization:

  • Strategic Planners and Advisors
  • Agile Coaches (Junior to Senior)
  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • PMO Leaders
  • E-Books, articles and video’s for each module
  • Four 4-hour workshops delivered across two blocks of two days at 4-hours each day

Pre-Workshop self-paced:

  • Workshop format and tools overview
  • Study materials for each workshop consisting of LAS eBooks, videos and additional reading materials
  • Individual Strategic Diversity Assessments and Team Debrief in the first module

Live Interactive Workshops:

  • Changing Times, Changing Roles
  • Play 1: Visualize Strategic Intent
  • Play 2: Visualize Possible Solutions
  • Play 3: Visualize Ecosystems
  • Play 4: Visualize the Flow of Value
  • Play 5: Continuous Value Creation
  • Play 6: Shared Context Retrospective
  • Workshops retrospective and course wrap-up
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the core concepts in LAS by applying them to a sample client situation
  • Understand why “open mic” discussions during Play 1 can be an invaluable source of why change is necessary and how it is a prerequisite to developing and maintaining shared context within and across organizational boundaries
  • Understand the roles in the room during LAS onsite or virtual workshops with real-world organizations and how to facilitate them towards whole-of-organization perspectives that break down the silos
  • Understand how LAS enables solutions, business architecture, organizational structures, etc. to emerge and evolve over time
  • Understand why strategy and execution are inextricably linked and how LAS supports and enhances those linkages
  • Understand why and how LAS can say that it is agnostic to which Lean-Agile Strategy Execution approaches are used at the team level and how it can help teams make better choices in which ones to use across time


LAS – Practitioner E-Learning Course

LAS – Practitioner Live Virtual Workshop

LAS – Practitioner Certification

Individual Strategic Diversity Assessment ( Value $149 USD )

Team Debrief Report


Participants who wANT to obtain the LAS-PRACTITIONER need to complete the LAS-Foundation course first.


Larry is the lead author of Lean-Agile Strategy, his goal is to help people and organizations identify and focus on their collective purpose. He has no agenda. He does help you build yours though.

He has over 40 years in leadership, product development, business development, training development and delivery, technology, and operational experience in public and private sector organizations in Canada and the US.

Larry is currently engaged with the Business Agility Institute, as well as several Universities in Canada and the US to further develop LAS-related learning programs.

A lead contributor to the OECD’s ICT Agile Procurement Playbook, he was also the Author Mentor for PRINCE2 Agile from AXELOS. His 2015 book, Agile Value Delivery: Beyond the Numbers was endorsed by Dr. Alistair Cockburn, a co-author of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

Larry’s work on business value became the basis for the Agile Business Value Management Learning Path of the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), which is now used globally by training companies to develop certified course content to teach agility.

He was an initial contributor to the Business Agility Institute’s (BAI) Domains of Agility. He also a co-chair of the BAI’s Editorial Board and is currently leading their internal transformation.

Larry was a contributor to #NoProjects: A Culture of Continuous Value (InfoQ) by Evan Leybourn, Founder of the BAI, and Shane Hastie, Director of Agile Learning Programs at ICAgile, as well as to AgileSHIFT from AXLEOS, and a reviewer for “Wiki Management: A Revolutionary New Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World” by Rod Collins.

Larry will be  guest lecturing at Stanford Continuing Studies in course WSP 386 — Agile Leadership: Achieving Effective Change, delivering Module 5: Strategic Discovery: Strategy as Experiment, in March 2021

Adaptive Org.I is a boutique consultancy in Ottawa, Canada. AO provides training and certification in Lean-Agile Strategy, described by Myles Hopkins, a  2020 World Agility Foundation Awards Winner, as “a revolutionary look at both strategy and agile”. AO is also a licensed provider by Human Insight for conducting Strategic Diversity Assessments which enables individuals and teams understand heir optimal strategic contribution to organizational growth, adaptability and agility. We also provide direct facilitation for clients wishing to accelerate their learning curve in Lean-Agile Strategy. 

Lean-Agile Strategy: The industrial age model of “business as machine” viewed people as cogs, processes to be optimized, and change to be controlled. When business is instead viewed as “organism” it recognizes work is accomplished through networks of people, processes enable agility, and change is to be embraced. This necessitates fundamental shifts in how strategy is created and executed from the 5-year strategic plan to embracing strategy as a discovery process, building off the work of the Agile software development community that values experimentation. Viewing strategy through the lens of experimentation enables multiple feedback loops to gather evidence and insight to make adjust/pivot decision on a regular cadence.

Shortening the feedback loops between market/customer and the business as well as within the business makes it easier to make them more explicit. The shorter strategic cadences help us identify and leverage emerging opportunities and to build required new business capabilities incrementally and iteratively across inter- and intra-organizational boundaries. They also remove the friction that had developed between strategy creation and strategy execution due to the time-lags between them and the lack of feedback from execution to strategy.

Lean-Agile Strategy  combines the theoretical with the practical in a learn-by-doing format to introduce strategy as a strategic discovery process incorporating systems thinking, strategic diversity, and a Network Theory of Change.

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