Agile Management Training

(1) Developing a Strategic Plan on a Lean Canvas

A LEAN CANVAS is a plan that defines problems from a stakeholder point of view. It captures the key elements of the plan (e.g. customer problems, solutions, marketing) in a brief chart.

Why is this important?

It is often difficult to get buy-in and accountability with conventional strategic planning, as people do not:

  • understand a plan that has been trust upon them without their involvement;
  • see a clear direction for action;
  • know what they are accountable for;
  • have reasonable control over the things for which they are accountable; and
  • have the tools/means to be accountable.

As well, conventional plans can’t keep up with change, suffer from imitative overload and may not provide a clear direction for taking initiative.

In contrast, a Lean Canvas is plan that captures the vital elements of a plan (e.g. aspirations, deficiencies, customer /stakeholder problems, unique value proposition, marketing, countervailing & supporting forces, etc.) in a visual chart. The Lean Canvas approach is unique in that it is permeated by three main concepts:

  • Beginning with the Minimum Viable Solution; i.e., the least that needs to be done to make progress toward goals;
  • Specifying the Minimum Effective Risk; i.e., the smallest actions that need to be taken to make progress toward goals; and
  • Accepting that any strategy is emergent and must therefore adapt to changing circumstances.

Training Objectives

As result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe common problems with strategic planning and how Lean Canvas addresses them
  • Explain what emergent strategy means in terms of planning and execution
  • Create “User stories” about how your goals/solutions solve stakeholder problems and create value for them
  • Explain each of the components of Lean Canvas
  • Describe the steps involved in “Logical Due Diligence” to ensure your actions are linked to your goals (Learn how this relates to Cargo Cults!)

Presentation Formats and Durations

Participants practice the skills taught in interactive exercises. The practice scenarios can involve real workplace situations brought by the attendees or real-world examples provided by Productivity Solutions. We will fit the specifics of content and delivery to the needs of attendees.

We provide this training in two formats, with:

  1. Attendees who come from a variety of organizations
  2. Individual groups that wish to examine and refine an existing strategy or begin a new one

The training durations can be:

  • One half to one day, focusing on demonstrating the stated training objectives
  • Two days:
    • Demonstrating the stated training objectives
    • Working through a real-world implementation example (or)
    • Creating an implementation plan for a strategy that the group is ready to implement

This training is a precursor to the “Implementing a Strategy Using The Agile Approach” training.