Launching The Agile Canvas 2.0

Today I am pleased to launch The Agile Canvas 2.0.  The evolution of the model began in the mid-90s as I did my first book, Collaborative Creativity. My research and practice indicated there are a handful of essential habits that make collaborations productive in generativity.

A few years ago the model integrated the best of Agile Project Management methodologies which particularly make collaborations resilient in contexts where change is a constant and issues are more complex and wicked than simple and malleable.

It would be a rich oxymoron for an agile based model to not adapt, grow and change in its own form.

This new iteration integrates all of the dimensions of the process into a simpler form so it is more conceptually accessible across contexts. In the simplest terms, it presents a simple 3-dimensional flow:

What do we want?

What do we need to know?

What will we do?

It is particularly powerful in moving groups from being stuck to flourishing because it moves them from a focus on negativity to possibility, from deficiency to learning and from talk to action. Groups realize their potential to the extent they focus on passion, learning and doing.


What the new model does is get to the essence of the model's power and simplicity. It still works with any kind of planning, collaboration and deliberation as well as any size and diversity of group and focus.

Stories are the possibilities we desire that we have already created, are in process and that we wish to create together. 

Questions are the kinds of research and decisions we need to do in order to realize our stories 

Sprints are 2-week cycles of work that will achieve our most significant stories.

One of the most powerful and unique aspects of the model is how it consistently engages a variety of people, personalities and perspectives. The model strongly engages a variety of people in the process, including people who show up:

  • Knowledgeable and not knowledgeable about the focus and its context
  • With positive and negative perspectives
  • Whose time orientations are more predominantly past, or present or future focused
  • As introverts and extroverts 
  • With a bias for talk or action

The new model features the same benefits in a simpler and deeper way. Like 1.0 it will be a unique space for people to become smarter, more engaged and significant together.

Contact me to explore the new model more.

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