unFIX Foundation Workshop – The Versatile Organization

unFIX Foundation Workshop – The Versatile Organization

Organization Design for continuous innovation and better human experience

What comes after Management 3.0, SAFe, and the Spotify Model?

Well, it’s not hard to see in which direction the world is moving: organizations that consist of networked individuals who work from anywhere, who form teams on the fly, who focus on the customer experience (CX), who aim for objectives and achieve results, and make that a whole lotta fun for themselves. Let’s unfix our organizations!

The unFIX model is a pattern library that helps you with versatile organization design. Unlike many agile scaling frameworks and self-management methods, unFIX has its focus on continuous innovation and the human experience. It facilitates gradual change, dynamic teams, and an important role to play for managers.

Target audience

The unFIX workshop led by Jurgen Appelo, author of Management 3.0 and Managing for Happiness, is beneficial for people who are influencers in their organization regarding team structure and ways of working and for anyone who can influence their organization to promote change.

The unFIX workshop is aimed at Change Makers and:

  • HR people
  • executives
  • middle managers
  • human resources
  • team leaders
  • agile coaches
  • product managers
  • consultants.


Reshape the business
Continuous improvement goes far beyond IT and beyond software and manufacturing. Innovation is more than just Agile and Lean.

Optimize the experience
Customers don’t care about products; they care about progress and happiness. Turn product-focused teams into experience enablers.

Ditch the matrix
There’s no speed in classical hierarchies and matrix organizations. Only self-managed units can act fast when faced with crises or opportunities.

Fix the transformation
Clean up the mess created with various agile scaling frameworks. Stop the suffering inflicted by harmful implementation programs.

Stop the imitations
Why implement a structure copied from someone else? Dare to be different. Do your own organization design.

Embrace innovation
New ideas don’t come from old approaches. You want continuous evolution of the business. Endless flexibility with just enough structure.

Repurpose the managers
Don’t buy into the “no managers” mantra. Turn managers into intrapreneurs and get them to manage the system, not the people.

Give people a tribe
People leave companies that fail to offer them a sense of belonging and a feeling of recognition. Don’t be that soulless company.

Enable hybrid working
Work is not a place where people go; it is something they do. Be the company that stops pushing people around and starts getting things done.

Start small, grow big
Disruptive change programs rarely work. Take a more gradual approach and then steadily scale up the transformation.


Warming up
Voting Options • Decision-Making Methods • Human Drives

Structure patterns
Basic Crew Types • Experience Management • Base Types • Forum Types • Team Roles • Case Studies

Process patterns
Job-to-Be-Done • Value Streams • Cadence • Feedback Loops • Dependency Breakers

Scaling patterns
Lifecycle Stages • Investment Horizons • Reteaming Options • Portfolios • Scenarios

Other topics
Principles • Scaling Frameworks • Group Sizes • Purpose • OKRs • Habit-Forming • Delegation Levels • Hybrid Working

Learning Objectives

  • What is the unFIX model and how to apply its patterns?
  • How do we move beyond agile scaling frameworks?


Do I need to know something beforehand in order to participate in this workshop? Prerequisites?
Some familiarity with agile and lean methods and principles in general. Deep experience is not necessary, but we won’t be explaining basic concepts such as value streams, feedback cycles, and continuous improvement.

Do I need my laptop?
You won’t need a laptop. This is a highly interactive workshop which involves spending some time standing and working in groups.


The workshop will be confirmed upon reaching a minimum number of participants. All registered participants will be notified by email 20 days prior to the workshop date.

Last chance! The last date to buy a ticket for this workshop is Thursday 23rd March 2023. If we don’t reach the desired minimum number by then, the workshop will not be confirmed and it will be postponed… don’t wait until the day before to buy the tickets!
The sooner we reach the minimum numbers, the sooner the workshop gets confirmed.

Info pratiche sul workshop

Venue: Copernico Blend Tower (Piazza 4 Novembre, 7 20124 Milano)
Language: English.
Timing: from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm each day.
Laptop: check out the F.A.Q. section above.
Dress code: Informal. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes as the majority of the activities will involve walking around and standing up most of the time.
Included in the price: Coffee breaks and lunch with the trainer and the other attendees are also included in this ticket… because networking matters :-)


Organization design demystified.Alberto Brandolini

Simplicity in describing the main aspects of the method. Continuous active involvement of participants.Damiano Giacomello

It’s a great set of patterns to use to improve the organisation of your company.Emanuele DelBono

Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo is a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, developer, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, and… Dutch guy.

Since 2008 Jurgen writes a popular blog at www.noop.nl, that covers topics including Agile management, software engineering, business improvement, personal development, and complexity theory.

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