Open Space Agility (OSA) is a repeatable technique for getting a rapid and lasting Agile adoption. It works with what you are currently doing, and can be added at any time.
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Open Space Agility incorporates the power of invitation, Open Space, game mechanics, passage rites, storytelling and more…so your Agile adoption can actually take root. OSA is based on people, THEN practices. You can use any practice or framework with Open Space Agility: Scrum, Kanban, DaD, SAFe, and more.
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Read detail on Open Space Agility’s underlying concepts
Open Space Agility is based on the very first value of the Agile Manifesto:
“Individuals and Interactions.”
We believe any Agile practice is OK to use, so long as the people who do the work are “in on” the process of deciding exactly what to try. Mandates are harmful in several dimensions, and are to be avoided. Instead, we tap the amazing attractiveness of invitation to get people engaged in the Agile adoption process.
The Global Scrum Gathering keynote on Open Space Agility (9/24/2013)
Commentary on Martin Fowler’s essay, “Agile Imposition”: People, Then Practices
“Mandated Collaboration”: Part 1: The Recipe for Botched Agile Adoptions
“Mandated Collaboration”: Part 2: Sense of Control and Progress
Open Space is the primary tool of Open Space Agility. Open Space Agility leverages the amazing power of the Open Space meeting format to help you get genuine and lasting success with your Agile adoption program.
This is the place to get oriented, and follow the ongoing story of the Open Space Agility technique. Here you can read blog posts, learn about how to leverage invitation, learn how and why to avoid Agile practice-mandates, read experience reports, download resources and join with others who are getting rapid and lasting Agile adoptions on the hypothesis that people power the Agile practices, not the other way around.
The essence of Open Space Agility is invitation, delivered via the periodic use of the Open Space meeting format. The core hypothesis of Open Space Agility is that an invitation to engage (rather than the issuance of a mandate) has the power to literally transform your organization.