Pattern Cards For Successful Agile Change – Free Download

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Many times while coaching people we want to be able to quickly give people new perspectives, food for thought and bring people together around shared understandings and common goals. Thats why we created these pattern cards for successful Agile transformation, to enable engaging discussions. Please feel free to download and use them you too if you feel they can help you to create valuable dialogues too.

You can also purchase these decks of cards in our Online Shop >

EDIT: Updated Pattern Cards (May 8) with 5 additional patterns

– Stable Teams
– Reflection
– T-shaped People
– Distributed Decision Making
– Impediments Removal

Free Download of the Pattern Cards For Successful Agile Change (PDF) >

The different cards are visualizing patterns that we have seen to be the most important to succeed with Agile transformation and scaling Agile organizations.

patterns for successful Agile change

Suggestion of how to use the pattern cards

You can probably use them in many different ways. Here is how we have used them with leadership teams most of the times.

Group people in smaller groups, 3-5 people. Give them a time box of 10-15 min to prioritize the 5 cards they find would bring the most value to focus on in the next period (3 – 6 months perhaps).

As always the discussions that are taking place are the most important thing, so try to walk around and listen in to what they are saying.

Ask them to add a sticky note to their prioritized cards with a short description to what problem they will adress with that specific pattern.

You can also ask them to pick the top 3 things they are already doing well in, if there is time.

When all groups are done you can ask them to share their prioritization, what problem they will solve with each pattern, shortly how they resonated and if it was difficult to agree and prioritize.

This could be a kick start to defining what problems you want to adress going Agile, or just to get people interested in learning more about what could be important to succeed when doing Agile transformations. It’s usually a great conversation starter that sparks interest in learning more – and that could be all we need sometimes to get on the right path 🙂

We´ve noticed that the discussions between people from different organizations around these cards could be interesting too. Different organizations have different needs and situations, and the discussions may broaden horizons.

The letters A-Z…. and Å
The letters are just a way to more easily communicate around the cards, it’s not a prioritization of the patterns. Since the first publication of the pattern cards we got some great feedback about valuable patterns we could add, so in the updated version (May 8, 2018) we have added 5 new patterns. Creative as we are we added a Swedish letter to the Latin alphabet to make room for one… or perhaps 3 more patterns 🙂

Let us know your feedback
Please let us know if you find the cards valuable, and if you have any tips in how they can bring value to others.

Free Download of the Pattern Cards For Successful Agile Change (PDF) >

You can also purchase these decks of cards in our Online Shop >


Read more about the different patterns, what they mean and what you can do to enable them

Here we collect the posts that we do in connection to these patterns.

The X Card – T-shaped people – how to grow t-shaped employees as an Agile Leader

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Translations to other languages

Translation of the pattern cards to French >


2 thoughts on “Pattern Cards For Successful Agile Change – Free Download

  1. Dear Mia
    It is Dario Gastelo, CEO of INIZIA CONSULTORES from Lima Perú.
    I am greatful for such an interesting tool wich let people, team and even areas:
    * To recognize their current moment
    * To decide where to go
    The most interesting point (and surely your company has the methodology) is HOW people or teams can get a new stage and the steps to reach them.
    I am open to a academic discussion or even more to explore ways to make known your methodology in my country or other “language spoken” areas.
    Thanks so much again.

    1. Hi Dario, thanks for your comment.

      We work with Agile Change Management with among other things methods like ADKAR, and use experienced based learning a lot to be able to give people the experience of how things can improve. As experts in Agile mindset and with a wide varaity of competences and experiences we help our clients to change incrementally in a structured way making sure every body feels involved and that they as individuals go through the change understanding why, learning how and get the support they need to aldo act differently.

      We have information about this here in our blog aswell as on the rest of the website. You can look for ”our delivery model”, the ”Agile Change Management” poster, case study from Avanza where the employees chosed a new organization based on new agile principles they set togheter, and of course our tools for experienced based learning (simulations and serious games) that you find here on the blog too.


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