Next Stage Catalyst

Catalyzing the impact of an organizational change project by combining the best aspects of agile project management, strategic assessment tools and the celebration part of Dragon Dreaming.

Why?

Needs

A lot of change projects are getting stuck in the daily business. Mostly they start with a great kick off workshop but shortly after they lose momentum. Daily business is taking over and there is no space anymore for the needed change to happen.

There is a need to hold that space and to give the whole change initiative a rhythm to get and keep things going.

Purpose

Holding the space for a change initiative to unfold and to have an impact on the organization. Providing a rhythm of retrospection. Motivating commitment and employee engagement by regular plannings and always keep on learning by strategic assessments. Celebrating the outcomes and failures to learn and grow together.

What?

Context

The Next Stage Catalyst is ideal to support every type of change project, especially the ones that got stuck. It is well suited for teams working remote or on site and needing support to get things going from outside.

Input

To get this format up a running, the following things are required:

  • a clear vision, dream or goal for the project / initiative (if not present check out Next Stage Dreaming)
  • commitment of the team to spend around 7,5 days in meetings over the course of 48 weeks

Output

Based on the external support you can expect:

  • higher commitment and continues progress through the plannings
  • better end results based on the strategic assessments
  • higher motivation based on the reviews and celebrations

How?

The Sprint Logic

At first, it starts with an on site Review, Retro, Planning (RRP) to initiate the first sprint. After every sprint there is another RRP and additionally a Strategic Assessment workshop after sprint 3.

These workshops can be done remotely.

These three sprints are working like the first three, with the difference that after sprint 6 there is an on site day with the RRP, a Strategic Assessment and a Celebration.

These 3 sprints are working exactly the same way as Sprint  1 – 3.

These three sprints are working exactly like sprints 4 – 6.

Included Workshop Types

Process Diagram

This workshop follows the basic elements you can find in the agile development method Scrum.

Review

In the review everybody presents what she or he has accomplished in the past sprint. Everybody is getting feedback for their work. It is an ideal point in time to include stakeholders.

Retro

The retro or retrospective is a time to answer the questions “What went well?” and “What can we do differently?” with the goal to identify action items to improve the collaboration in the project or initiative.

Planning

At the end of the planning the team will have a commitment for the upcoming sprint. Based on the availability and capacities of the team stories are selected together and are added to the new sprint backlog.

The strategic assessment is a workshop format to check whether the current direction of the project / initiative is still the right one and to make course correction.

It starts with bringing to mind the current adventures / missions. Then we see together what has changed in the last 12 weeks and finally we can make changes.

The celebration is a party to value what the project members has achieved so far. It is about the individual stories behind the progress and sharing it. This will be done with involving the different aspects of our beeing like the voice, the body and the mind. With this we create a stronger connections between all members and boost motivation.

We use different methods and appraoches to capture the spirit of the team chosen by the culture of the people we work with.

Sources

This product is inspired by the following  methods

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