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Open Agile Adoption (OAA) 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 Agile Adoption incorporates the power of invitation, Open Space, game mechanics, passage rites, storytelling and more…so your Agile adoption can actually take root. OAA is based on people, THEN practices. You can use any practice or framework with Open Agile Adoption: Scrum, Kanban, DaD, SAFe, and more.


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Open Agile Adoption is based on the very first value ofThe first Agile Boston Open Space, Sprint 2009 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.



Getting Started:

What Is Open Space?

What Is Open Agile Adoption?

The Global Scrum Gathering keynote on Open Agile Adoption (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

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The Open Agile Adoption group on Facebook

Ongoing Essays & Blog Posts on Open Agile Adoption


Open Space is the primary tool of Open Agile Adoption. Open Agile Adoption leverages the amazing power of the Open Space meeting format to help you get genuine and lasting success with your Agile adoption program.


The Open Space Closing Circle, Agile Day in Boston 2011This is the place to get oriented, and follow the ongoing story of the Open Agile Adoption 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.



TheOpenSpace01 essence of Open Agile Adoption is invitation, delivered via the periodic use of the Open Space meeting format. The core hypothesis of Open Agile Adoption is that an invitation to engage (rather than the issuance of a mandate) has the power to literally transform your organization.