OpenSpace Agility News:

The 2016 Berlin OpenSpace Agility Workshop (Oct 11-12)

We are pleased to be offering the OpenSpace Agility Workshop in Berlin Germany !! This 2-day learning event is designed for those who want to achieve rapid and lasting Agile adoptions.




Who Benefits Most From Attendance:

  • Agile Coaching professionals & Scrum Masters
  • Executives & Managers who are considering an Agile adoption
  • Executives & Managers who have a troubled or underperforming Agile adoption

What You Will Learn:

The successful Agile adoptions are powered by human engagement. Improvements in morale, productivity, quality & predictability follow. This course teaches how to achieve very high levels of engagement in your Agile adoption, leading to strong improvement in everything you are measuring.

During this course:

  • Participants gain an understanding of the cultural dynamics of adopting Agile
  • Students learn the OpenSpace Agility technique, a proven method for obtaining a rapid & lasting Agile adoption
  • Students learn how to rapidly implement Agile in service to creating a high-performance organization
  • Executives, sponsors, coaches and team members learn how to create a rapid and lasting Agile adoption
  • Participants learn how to apply the OpenSpace Agility method to stabilize ongoing & troubled Agile adoptions
  • Students learn how to customize and tailor the flexible OpenSpace Agility method to fit their organizational context and circumstances


About the Instructor:

Daniel MezickCoaching executives and teams since 2006, DANIEL MEZICK is an expert on extending adaptive Agile culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how.

A  frequent speaker at industry conferences, Daniel’s list of clients include Capital One, INTUIT, CIGNA, SIEMENS Healthcare, Pitney Bowes, Harvard University, and dozens of smaller enterprises.

His first pioneering work on culture was published in 2012.  THE CULTURE GAME described 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyond software. THE CULTURE GAME describes a very clear, step-by-step program for doing exactly that.

In 2014 he built upon THE CULTURE GAME patterns and formulated the OpenSpace Agility method. OpenSpace Agility is a flexible template for enabling lasting change in your organization. Daniel is the primary author of the OPEN SPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK  with co-authors Louise Kold-Taylor, Deb Pontes, Mark Sheffield and Harold Shinsato.

Daniel’s enterprise consulting practice is built upon the core concepts found inside these books. Daniel conducts workshops based on these books, and also offers enterprise Agile coaching, Agile training programs for teams, and management consulting.

You can learn more and contact Daniel at



When: October 11 & 12 2016


Cost: $1200US for 2 days includes:

  • Lunches both days
  • Student kit and classroom takeaway materials
  • The OpenSpace Agility Certificate of Completion (link)

Hotel Lodging:

Through September 30, you can mention “OPENSPACE AGILITY WORKSHOP” or “OSA WORKSHOP” to get a discount on lodging. Here are the hotel details:

You can arrange lodging at The Ellington Hotel at the rate of EUR 108,00 excluding breakfast. Specify “OSA Workshop” or “OpenSpace Agility Workshop” when you arrange your lodging.

You can make reservation requests by email by sending to:


Address: Nürnberger Str. 50-55, 10789 Berlin, Germany

Please make the reservation before September 30th. Please mention “OSA Workshop” or “OpenSpace Agility Workshop” for the group rate.


October 12: Optional Train the Trainer Feature

This promises to be an interesting learning experience, with certification. Those who want to teach OpenSpace Agility and award the certification to students, may optionally attend the Train-The-Trainer segment at the end of the 2nd day. This positions the participant to becomes an OpenSpace Agility Certified Teacher. After gaining some experience, candidates can submit an application and take a short exam to become authorized trainers.


We look forward to meeting you at the Berlin Workshop!









OpenSpace Agility at AGILE DC!!

We are happy to announce that we are a Platinum sponsor for the AGILE DC event coming up October 24, 2016!!

Large organizations are ramping up for big, enterprise-wide Agile adoptions.

Did you know that large-scale Agile-adoption efforts can cost ONE MILLION DOLLARS or more?

We show you how to do it better.

We show you how to get MORE out of your investment of time & money

OPENSPACE AGILITY takes the risk out of Agile adoption (and saves you LOADS of money on coaching !! ) …by including and engaging your people in the process.

We show you how to protect your investment, save serious money, and get real traction by engaging everyone in your organization. The OPENSPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK shows you how….

…We plan to give away up to 400 copies of the OPEN SPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK to all participants who visit our booth and provide a business card or otherwise sign up for our list:

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 8.45.50 AMThe OPENSPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK is a tutorial and reference guide on OPENSPACE AGILITY, a simple, highly inclusive method for getting a lasting and genuine Agile adoption.

Is your “Agile transformation” actually not what you expected? Are you facing serious resistance to change in your organization? If so, “OSA” is for you!

So: Come visit our booth, sign up for our list, and get yourself a complimentary copy of the 109-page OPENSPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK !


This books sells for $24.95 on AMAZON !!

It’s yours (with our compliments) at AGILE DC !!





You can learn more about the OPENSPACE AGILITY method via this executive summary:

OPENSPACE AGILITY executive summary:

You can learn more about AGILE DC here !

AGILE DC Conference, October 24 2016:



Q&A on OSA: online live video event on 12/14/2015

Next Q&A on OSA, 12/14, 4PM EST (GMT-5)

These Q&A calls are an ongoing series of sessions designed to enable practitioners and Sponsors. These sessions are designed to handle your questions after absorbing the OSA basics. We plan to have a guest speaker during the last 30 minutes, for example a sponsoring exec who has used OSA, or an Agile Transformation Lead who has led an Agile adoption in their org using OSA as the transition model.

Some good reasons for participating on the call include:

  • The low time commitment needed to take the next step- just 90 minutes…
  • This is an opportunity to get some of your more advanced and informed questions answered;
  • This is an opportunity to sample the online format before committing to the online OSA Workshop;
  • This is an opportunity to hear from others around the world who are exploring invitation-based culture technology and leadership tools.

We keep it to just 10 participants total, to keep it tight and also  tailored to the people who are actually present. Once these seats are occupied, the event is full and you’ll have to find another one to sign up for. You can find a class here.

Each Q&A event is unique, and so are the questions. This is not a canned-presentation and is more like a live-classroom conversation between colleagues for 90 minutes. This is a low-cost and low-commitment way to explore OSA beyond the website or the OSA HANDBOOK.

People from New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Finland, USA, Canada, India, France and more have participated in these brief and engaging online video events. Many are returning to attend again after attending initially. $20US is charged as a nominal fee to encourage your commitment to attend at the appointed time.

This is the spot to get your questions answered and also meet others and explore the questions they are asking about implementing OpenSpace Agility.

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Registration Link:

OSA at AgileCoachCamp DC

We are both sponsoring and attending AGILE COACH CAMP USA EAST in DC July 31-Aug2.

In addition, we are offering a 1/2 OSA Experiential Briefing on Sunday Aug 2 immediately following the conference event, and RIGHT BEFORE the Agile2015 event.

You can learn more about AGILE COACH CAMP, and register, here: AGILE COACH CAMP USA 2015

You can learn more about the 1/2 OSA Experiential Briefing on Sunday Aug 2 here: 1/2 DAY OSA EXPERIENTIAL BRIEFING

At both AGILE COACH CAMP and the 1/2 day OSA event that follows, coaches, executives and teams can learn about how to replace mandates with invitations, in service to process-change that is fast, effective and lasting.

We hope to see you there !

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OSA at the PMI

OSA and OSA concepts are featured in a workshop, June 19 at the MASSBAY-PMI Professional Development Day in Norwood Mass.

Here is the link:


Here is the session description:

The Rapid & Lasting Agile Adoption: Push…or Pull?
Deep Dive Session

A mandate of specific Agile practices is a “push”, while an invitation to understand Agile principles and use practices that align with them is “pull”. Which actually works better? Push, or pull? Mandating, or inviting? Is Agile best implemented in an Agile way?!? The answer is YES, and in this experiential workshop we explore the details. Through a blend of short presentations, case studies and experiential exercises, we explore what actually works. Is your Agile adoption kind of a mess? The tools you take away from this session can be used to “reboot” your Agile adoption…and get it back on track.

What You Will Learn:

  • What IS Agile? Is there a clear definition that we can actually understand and agree to?
  • What is the role of the PMI-Project Manager in the Agile world? *Is every project an Agile project? If not, how do we address this?
  • Can we push “Agile solutions” on software people who create solutions for a living?
  • What is engagement? Why do we care?
  • Can we “make” Agile stick if the people who actually do the work are not engaged?
  • Is encouraging people to “self organize to another job” an effective way to deal with resistance?
  • In this session you’ll learn a proven step-by-step process for creating an Agile adoption that actually sticks.
  • Learning Objectives
    * You’ll learn how to get everyone– PMs, execs, BAs, developers– engaged in the work of “figuring it out”- across the entire organization.
    * You’ll experience these tools during the workshop– you will not just HEAR about them, you will EXPERIENCE them.
    * You’ll exit this session with specific facilitation tools you can bring back to work– and use in your own Agile adoption.
    * You’ll learn how to customize and tailor your Agile adoption plans to fit your organization.


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OSA at Agile2015

OpenSpace Agility (OSA) is featured in the Agile Conference held in Washington DC in August 2015.

We believe that most experienced Agile practitioners understand the futility of “forced process change” and simply need a way to gently introduce Agile to their organization. OSA is one approach that actually works.



Here is the link to the Agile2015 session: Scaling Agile With Open Space


“…this session presents narratives, pictures, videos and testimony from C-level people as well as team members. Each will describe how Open Space inside their Agile adoption literally changed their lives.

“…of particular interest are the stories executives tell about how they learned to let go and trust their people to provide everything the Agile adoption needed to succeed at scale.



Recently, Agile Manifesto signatory Andy Hunt has been speaking out about issues related to the forcing of process-change. Other Manifesto signatories such as Dave Thomas and Martin Fowler are also speaking out. It appears that there is a trend change well underway, towards invitation and experimentation with principles, and away from mandates…. and the forcing of practices.

The Agile2015 session on Scaling Agile with Open Space has a big story to tell.

We hope to see you there!



Related Links:

MARTIN FOWLER (Agile Manifesto signatory) blog

ANDY HUNT (Agile Manifesto signatory) blog

DAVE THOMAS (Agile Manifesto signatory) blog

OSA in New York City

Daniel Mezick recently delivered the keynote address at the Big Apple Scrum Day conference event in New York, New York.

You can learn more here.

OpenSpace Agility In India

Daniel Mezick recently delivered the keynote “Success With Agile Using Open Space” at the Southeast Asia Regional Scrum Gathering in Banglore, India.

You can learn more here.