Agile Planning

Why it Matters

Planning effectively when nothing is certain can feel daunting. When things feel uncertain is also the time we need a good plan. Our agile planning processes are by nature adaptable, setting up a clear structure and process to move you forward, keep you focused and aligned, even as things change. We’ll work with you to identify the right kind of planning to match your needs. 

Common Areas of Focus 

  • Short-term planning; To get clear on the path forward from 1 month- 1 year
  • Scenario planning; To understand the possibilities and decide on a preferred path forward
  • Pivot and rebound planning; To reimagine our future and chart a path that’s different from where we’ve been
  • Succession planning; To plan a healthy, productive transition for key leadership roles 
  • Learning strategic planning;  To skill up for the future of work
  • Agile planning skills; We’ll teach you how to use agile planning methods to work strategically together in your everyday

Strategic Alignment for the Next 50 Years

Client Story

Positioning itself for the next 50 years of providing innovative social enterprise job-training, civic engagement strategies and safety net services, the organization was at a crossroads in its identity and impact opportunities. Using the Agile Canvas process, we engaged dozens of stakeholders in creating coherent, compelling and engaging strategic initiatives. There is now more clarity of vision and alignment across programs than ever.

“Thrive At Work taught our team a new method of project management and Trello is still being used in virtually every project. The year they came and talked to the group I felt was the most organized our team meetings were.”

– Derek McDonald, University of Pittsburgh

From Static Plans to Real Time Strategic Doing

Client Story

This arts education non-profit knows what it means to pivot in programming around an evolving vision for its participants and partners. With a strategic plan that was challenging to implement, the Agile Canvas gave them a clear path of strategic doing and inspired by their impact narrative, the framework for a refreshed mission and vision.

“The main impact that you made was helping us use the tools you showed us to better understand and organize our workflow. It helped us to break down complicated systems into easier to manage steps. It also helped us with handing off projects to others.”

– Jesse Honsky – Instructor, Case Western Reserve University
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

People support the strategy they help create

Client Story

After the Business Department of the University invested in a strategic plan, its leaders realized the plan’s implementation success would require the engagement of all staff. Structured with the Agile Canvas, they are now experiencing engagement and momentum in their collaboratively designed strategic projects. They have a framework to make being strategic an ongoing and question-based rather than periodic and assumption-based.

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