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Open Space certification Workshop (OST1)

Self-managed teams are essential in any organization that wants to become an Agile enterprise. Self-management across the enterprise leads to higher performance, much higher levels of employee engagement, and much more innovation.

1-Day Class

(Open Space Practitioner Level (OST1): Attend the Workshop)

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 17:00
Price: 4000 DKK (ex. VAT) Please note that the vat will be added to the price above.
Buy both seats for Open Space certification Workshop (May 24, 2018) and The OpenSpace Agility certification Workshop (May 25, 2018) and get both days for 7000 DKK

BestBrains Academy P/S
Prinsessegade 29A, 2. sal
1422 København K.

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If you want to sign up 3 or more persons at the same time, or if you want to be charged by invoice


Considering Open Space in Context

  • The Open Space story
  • Open Space origins & the Open Space definition
  • Unconference and BarCamp: derived from Open Space
  • Benefits of using Open Space
  • Ideal conditions for using Open Space
  • When NOT to use Open Space

Overview: Using Open Space in an *Agile* context

  • Agile conferences and Agile retrospectives
  • Conferences: Are the conditions for Open Space actually present?
  • Open Space for Agile Retrospectives
  • Key differences between Open Space in a public conference, compared to a private Open Space event inside an organization
  • Enterprise Wide use of Open Space in Agile transitions: OpenSpace Agility
  • Dynamic development-team composition: FAST AGILE

The Dynamics of Invitation

  • Respect for People
  • Sending and Receiving
  • Responding
  • Leading with invitation
  • Invitation and Self-Management
  • Passion and Responsibility

Open Space Defined

  • Core Definition
  • Sit in a circle
  • Create a Bulletin Board
  • Open a Marketplace
  • Go to Work
  • The Five Principles
  • Whoever comes is the right people
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • When it’s over, it’s over
  • Wherever it is, is the right place
  • The One Law
  • The Law of Two Feet
  • But Wait: There’s More…
  • “Be prepared to be surprised”
  • Bumblebees: go from session to session.
  • Butterflies: don’t go to ANY sessions!
  • Open Space Posters for the Wall (entirely optional; there are 9 suggestions for these)

Emergence, Emergent Leadership and Self Organization

  • Leadership
  • Emergence
  • Emergent Leadership
  • Self-Management vs Self Organization

Open Space Roles, Events and Artifacts

  • Open Space Roles: Sponsoring Host, The Facilitator, The Participants
  • Conveners, “Bumblebees” and “Butterflies”
  • Open Space Artifacts
  • The Invitation with Theme
  • The Bulletin Board and Marketplace
  • The Session Reports (input to Proceedings) and the Newsroom
  • The Proceedings
  • Open Space Events
  • The Theme Development/Definition Meeting
  • The Sending and Receiving of Invitation
  • The Opening Circle
  • The Individual Sessions
  • The Closing Circle
  • The sending and receiving of the Proceedings document

Planning and Arranging an Open Space event

  • Check that Supporting Conditions are Present
  • Working With Leaders
  • Selection and Choice of Facilitator

Socializing the Event

  • Developing the Theme; options
  • Developing and Sending the Invitation
  • Who gets the invite?
  • Handbills and posters in common areas (hallways, kitchens etc)

Configuring the Event

  • Room Limitations and Tailoring to Fit
  • Selecting From Available Session/Meeting Spaces
  • Opening Circle Seating & Capacity
  • Posters
  • Bulletin Board
  • Marketplace
  • News Room
  • Food
  • Setting Up for the Event
  • Materials List

Delivering the Event

  • Setting Everything up
  • Putting the Theme on the Wall
  • Newsroom Setup and Preparation
  • Ambiance
  • The Opening Circle
  • The flow of the day
  • The Closing Circle

Internals of Open Space Facilitation

  • Being “Totally Present and Completely Invisible”
  • What to do When Someone is Trying to “Close Some Space” During the Event
  • Where You Get Your Authority to “Hold Space”
  • Being Authentically Present
  • Creating and Holding Time and Space
  • Control
  • One Less Thing to Do

Details: Open Space in an Agile context

Details: Tales from Open Space (real events, real people. Be prepared to be surprised!)

Delivering Open Space **Online**

  • Differences and Similarities Between Online and Traditional Conferences
  • Leveraging the online (video) medium
  • Tools and Tooling for Delivering Online
  • Examples of online events with Proceedings
  • Checklist for online Open Space
  • Summary

Advanced Topics

  • Holding Space
  • Authority and Authorization in Open Space
  • Of the Sponsor
  • Of the Facilitator
  • Of the Participants and Members
  • On Authority and “Holding Space”
  • Open Space as Game: Goals, Rules, Progress Tracking, OPT IN Participation
  • Open Space and Liminality
  • Open Space as Ritual

Book and Resources List

  • Books and Bibliography
  • Cheat Sheets and Checklists for Event Delivery (the Workshop takeaway artifacts)
  • Actual Samples of Open Space Themes with Written Invitations
  • Actual Samples of Proceedings Output

How can you as a leader quickly encourage and manifest more of the following?

  • improved results and revenues
  • lower expenses and costs
  • more employee engagement,
  • more innovation and
  • much more business Agility?

Open Space Technology is the answer to this question. Much more than a meeting format, Open Space Technology has the power to transform your entire organization.

With Open Space, you will experience:

  • A big increase in levels of employee engagement
  • Real self-management that can actually scale across your entire enterprise
  • Much more innovation — by creating the fertile conditions necessary for innovation to appear

Open Space Technology is an essential aspect of any “Agile at Scale” program because it engages everyone in the process of changing. Our signature method, OpenSpace Agility, leverages Open Space for this reason. The use of Open Space produces cost-efficient, rapid, and lasting Agile adoptions.

This course in Open Space Fundamentals teaches you how to arrange and execute Open Space events.

It also prepares you to truly understanding how OpenSpace Agility works, and how to implement it.

The course teaches the concepts and facilities of the Open Space meeting format to an intermediate level of depth. You will learn how to arrange and execute Open pace events inside organizations. You’ll learn the deeper reality of Open Space. You’ll learn how to deliver Open Space in face-to-face and online, using live real-time video to create a rich interactive experience.  Finally, as an executive or a practitioner, you will learn how to leverage the Open Space meeting format to increase the overall performance of your organization in a rapid, genuine and lasting way. You exit this class ready to plan and deliver Open Space events in large rooms and also **online**.



  • Understand when and when not to use Open Space in your situation.
  • Learn the ideal requirements of Open Space
  • Understand how to use Open Space with in the context of a transition to “Agile.”
  • Learn how to prepare leaders and executives for the Open Space experience
  • Know the series of steps for arranging an Open Space event
  • Learn how to prepare the physical room for Open Space event
  • Understand the fundamentals of Open Space facilitation
  • Gain familiarity with the concept of “holding space”
  • Get a clear understanding of the flow of an Open Space event through time from beginning to ending of each day
  • Understand how to facilitate multi-day Open Space event
  • Learn how to guide executives and Sponsors through the processing of the Proceedings **after** the event
  • Learn how to handle very large (300++) person Open Space events
  • Understand how to deliver Open Space events **online** using ZOOM video

Everything you need is here. This course provides you with everything you need to get good results using Open Space in a variety of organizations settings.



  • Leaders seeking great instruction in all of the Open Space fundamentals
  • Executives, directors, and managers who are seeking more employee engagement and innovation and are new to the Open Space process
  • Coaches and consultants who serve organizations seeking genuine improvement and more innovation
  • Company leaders who want to implement OpenSpace Agility (or any other change-innovation program) as rapidly & effectively as possible



To achieve the OSP1 certificate of completion, you must attend and be present for all modules. This course is delivered primarily as an ONLINE class. It is therefore essential that you commit to every single session. This is eight (8) total hours of instruction and experience.


Certification benefits include

  • Credentialing in Open Space knowledge and skills
  • Worldwide Listing on the OpenSpace Agility consultants and trainers pages
  • Membership in the OpenSpace Agility web site
  • Membership in the members-only OpenSpace Agility group online (Facebook)
  • Access to incoming requests from organizations and consultants seeking Open Space facilitators to assist with organizational change programs
  • Discounts on classes and workshops from OpenSpace Agility










Daniel Mezick

Coaching executives and teams since 2006, DANIEL MEZICK is an expert on extending adaptive Agile culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how. A  frequent speaker at industry conferences, Daniel’s list of clients include Capital One, INTUIT, Adobe, CIGNA, Pitney Bowes, SIEMENS Healthcare, Harvard University, and dozens of smaller enterprises. His first pioneering work on culture was published in 2012.  THE CULTURE GAME described 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyond software. THE CULTURE GAME describes a very clear, step-by-step program for doing exactly that. In 2014 he built upon THE CULTURE GAME patterns and formulated the OpenSpace Agility method. OpenSpace Agility is a flexible template and engagement model for enabling lasting change in your organization. Daniel is the primary author of the OPEN SPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK  with co-authors Louise Kold-Taylor, Deb Pontes, Mark Sheffield and Harold Shinsato. Daniel’s enterprise consulting practice is built upon the core concepts found inside these books. Daniel conducts workshops based on these books, and also offers enterprise Agile coaching, Agile training programs for teams, and management consulting. You can learn more and contact him at