OpenSpace Agility Workshop (OSA)

About OSA

Do you want to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in the training and coaching costs of implementing Agile?

OpenSpace Agility will help you achieve these savings by being very efficient.

OpenSpace Agility achieves these cost savings by generating very high levels of engagement across your organization. This how and why OSA actually works.

Agile transformation simply is not possible without very high levels of employee engagement

By focusing on employee engagement, as a leader you can expect the following outcomes:

  • A dramatic reduction in the coaching & training costs of your Agile program
  • A rapid, genuine and lasting Agile transformation
  • Much higher employee engagement scores
  • Predictable, reliable, repeatable improvement in overall results
  • Increases in stakeholder satisfaction and potentially, stakeholder delight

No other method of Agile adoption generates more engagement than the OpenSpace Agility method.

Is your Agile adoption in trouble? This method can help.

Just getting started with Agile? This is the way to start.

OpenSpace Agility Level 1 Certification

To complete your OSA1 certification, you must:

  • Attend the OSA Workshop,and be present for each module of instruction.
  • Have a pulse,and be breathing, at the time of OSA Workshop attendance

The latter requirement is essential.

OSA Level-1 is the entry point into the OSA Fundamentals, and is an introduction into the core concepts and facilities of OSA. This level of certification is your entry point.

The OSA Level-1 certificate of completion does:

  • Attest to your investment of time, effort and money to gain specific knowledge;
  • Start you down the path of optionally becoming a certified at OSA Level-2 and possibly becoming and OSA Certified Instructor
  • Entitle you to be listed on the OSA website as an OSA certificate holder

Benefits of Earning the OSA Level 1 Certificate

Those who earn and maintain the Level 1 Certification from OpenSpace Agility receive a range of benefits. These benefits include:

  • A listing of your name and status as a certificate holder on the OSA website, so that employers and others can look you up and contact you about your OSA skills and services.
  • Discounts on additional OSA Workshops and annual and regional OSA conferences

Who should attend?

Consultants, facilitators and coaches who support with process and culture change in organizations will get the most from this OSA workshop. You do not require to be implementing “Agile software development” to get the most from OpenSpace Agility training.

On the contrary: The OpenSpace Agility template, with before/after Open Space events, is valid in any organization considering any kind of process.

The following kinds of participants gain the most from attendance

  • Business and executive's leaders
  • Managers of teams and departments
  • Coaches, facilitators and consultants
  • Organizational Development Professionals

Course Content: The Outline

  • Quick Overview of The Course: Open Space, Prime/OS, and OpenSpace Agility
  • The assumption that employee **engagement** is essential
  • The links between engagement, decision-making, and invitation
  • Open Space Fundamentals: The 1+5, Roles, Self-Organization
  • Arranging Open Space: Theme, Invitation, Executing
  • Open Space Internals Explained: Authority and Authorization

  • Review of the OSA stack: Open Space, Prime/OS, and OpenSpace Agility
  • OSA Flow of Events: the TImeline
  • OSA as the “transition model,” Open Space Internals: Preparing Executives
  • OSA Concepts & Facilities: Overview, Preparing Executives, ROLES
  • Invitation, Experimentation and Engagement

  • Experiments with Practices, The Agile Manifesto as the key constraint
  • Direct Experience. Emergent Leadership, Formal and informal authorization
  • Supporters, Tolerators, Resisters, Increasing engagement with invitations
  • OSA as an anxiety-reducing structure for learning
  • Case Study #1

  • Leadership Storytelling, The four key dimensions
  • Organizational Learning, Change and Anxiety, Safe space, Reducing anxiety as key to org learning
  • Liminality, Communitas, The Passage Rite, The “master of ceremonies”
  • Whole-Group Exercise
  • Case Study #2

  • Liminality continued, Liminality and storytelling in OSA
  • Differences and similarities with the initial Open Space event (OST-1)
  • What to Expect, What to watch for
  • Harvesting the data from OST-2
  • Case Study #3

  • What to watch for at the end of OST-2
  • Interactions, Meetings, and Membership in Organizations as Games
  • Invitation, Opt-in Participation, and Engagement
  • Passage Rites as Cultural Games, The Culture Game
  • Applying IT/engineering skills (and IT design-thinking) to the culture-design problem
  • Case Study #4

  • Culture as game design, Games of games, Infinite games, Psychological safety & games
  • OSA as a structured game that facilitates change, Open Space as authority game
  • Passage Rite concepts continued, Ceremonies and Rituals as Games
  • Common knowledge defined, How common knowledge helps solve coordination problems (rational ritual)
  • OSA Execution Tools: Educating Executives, Theme Development meeting, Invitation scripts
  • Case Study 5

  • Measurement Tools: Using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), The before/after assessment tools and instruments, Measurement as a diagnostic, Measurement as before/after assessment
  • Sponsor-Coaching Tools: disengagement, Foot-dragging by leadership on Proceedings, What to do
  • Leadership storytelling tools, Storytelling scripts
  • OSA Resources, Video Testimonials, Experience Reports, The OSA Toolkits, Connecting with the worldwide OSA-practitioner community online
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