SHIFTUP Business Agility & Innovation Leader

For companies that need to change and innovate faster

How can we have something like “a startup culture” in our company? How can we get new products to become fast-growing scaleups? How do we reorganize ourselves for optimal execution and innovation?

Most companies are expected to screw up and die within the next two decades. They will be replaced by a new generation of disruptive startups and scaleups except for the organizations that learn how to disrupt themselves.

Starting new teams and scaling up innovation is more critical than ever. The key to success is applying different practices in different stages of the innovation lifecycle. What works for a new business does not work for a mature one, and vice versa. In this workshop, you will nosedive into the major good practices for business leaders and product teams, from the moment they have an innovative idea to the day they will scale it up (or screw it up). Everything depends on the lifecycle stage of the product or service.The Shiftup Business Agility & Innovation Leader is a two-day workshop that teaches the principles and common practices of Lean-Agile business innovation. It is a combination of facilitator-led instruction, peer discussion, and team exercises. The workshop helps attendees understand how innovation works across the lifecycle of a business, and it makes them aware of their role in the creation and delivery of innovative products and services in continuously changing environments.

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What You Will Learn

  • In two days, you will see that the basic unit for innovation is the strategic business model. You will understand how each business model evolves from exploration and effectiveness to exploitation and efficiency. And you will learn how managers, leaders, designers, and developers need to organize their work differently to create an organization that can reinvent itself continuously and that can scale tremendously.

    The Shiftup Business Agility & Innovation Leader workshop teaches participants to apply Lean-Agile thinking to all aspects of business innovation. That's why attendees automatically qualify to become an ICAgile Certified Professional in Business Agility Foundations (ICP-BAF).


  • Coaches, consultants, team managers, business leaders, product designers, product developers, product managers, project managers, human resource managers.

    This is a foundational workshop, meaning that no knowledge or certifications of lean thinking, business agility or innovation are required. This is not an expert-level course. However, having some experience with new product development and business management (in any role) will make attendance easier.


  • First Day

    The Business Lifecycle
    Change, Agility, Innovation, Value & Complexity, The 10 Business Lifecycle stages, Problem/Solution Fit, Product/Market Fit, Business/Market Fit

    The Business Quilt
    The pieces of the Business Model Quilt, Business Model Canvas, Lean Canvas, Minimum Viable Products, Pivot, Patch & Persevere

    The Innovation Vortex
    The seven streams of the Innovation Vortex, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Design Sprints, Lean Personas, Jobs To Be Done, Journey Maps

    Second Day

    Lean-Agile Principles
    Agile Manifesto, Lean Thinking

    Purpose & Objectives
    Product Vision, Hoshin Kanri, North Star Metrics, Objectives & Key Results

    Performance & Metrics
    Velocity, Burn Rate, Queue Length, Flow Efficiency, Burn Charts, CFDs, Pirate Metrics

    The Innovation Funnel
    Innovation Board, Innovation Accounting, Metered Funding

    Lean-Agile Mindset
    Growth Mindset, Mental Models


Foundational Course

  • Foundational Course

    The aim of this workshop is not to simply review dozens of practices and buzzwords that will be well-known (to some participants). Instead, the goal is to take a higher perspective and achieve a foundational understanding of how these tools fit into the larger picture of the innovative, evolving company as a family of business models with individual business life cycles. It is the perfect starting point for organizations aiming to achieve a coherent approach to a startup and scaleup culture within a corporate environment, with an equal emphasis on both disruptive and sustaining innovation.

Organizational Matters

  • Format

    In this workshop, participants will work in small groups to collaboratively complete exercises. They deepen their knowledge by discussing their findings with the instructor and their peers. And they play serious games to understand variations and possibilities for applying what they've learned in practice. The instructor is available full-time, leading the lectures, questions, and discussions.


    The workshop makes use of some digital materials offered through an app on smartphones and tablets (Android only, for now). Attendees are suggested to bring their own, but some extra devices will be available for shared usage. Additionally, the instructor will bring some physical, printed materials to support the discussions, games, and exercises.


    The workshop has an intense time-sensitive schedule! Both days of the workshop start at exactly 9:00 and they end at exactly 17:00. There is a one-hour break for lunch, and there will be short coffee and rest breaks as desired.

  • Class Size

    We limit the class size to 25 people.


    This workshop is not a beginner’s course for people who just finished their studies. We recommend some familiarity or experience with product design, product development, team management, business consulting, agile transformation, and organizational change. However, no specific knowledge or certifications of lean, agile, or innovation are required.


    The training is given in English. All training materials are also in English.


The workshop price is 1.500 EUR incl. VAT (1.260,50 EUR netto).

Refreshments, snacks and lunch are included.



If you register via our homepage (this site) more than 6 weeks in advance we offer a 10% discount.

If more than two people from the same company register via our homepage (this site) we offer a 10% discount.

Those discounts cannot be combined.