What is TO-GRIP?

TO-GRIP is an acronym. It consists of six parts that can be filled in and are closely related. Every part is important for the tool to work properly. The tool helps the agile leader to implement improvements in a structural way. Not to make improvements in the old way through a plan of approach, detailed Gantt charts or command & control.

Tool 8: TO GRIP

Why this tool TO-GRIP?

The tool can be used for improvements, strategic action-items or major changes. Both managers and team members themselves can take the initiative to use this tool. To improve things like ownership, faster learning from customers or steering on customer impact in a new way.

Example TO-GRIP: Improve Ownership

For example, to increase the ownership in an organization, the next TO-GRIP tool can be used.


7 people: from various Agile teams there is a representative. Together they accelerate. They spend around 4 hours a week on the department-wide improvement


The agile leader is the Owner of this improvement. He gives the Team the right freedom so they can work on the improvement.


The goal is to plot the teams on the Ownership-model.


The team meets every Monday morning at 10:00 am. There they discuss progress, divide action points and work together until lunch. Every other week around 10:30 the management team comes along to see where they can help.


The progress is visually on the wall. Here you can read the catchy ambition: ‘All teams take ownership to deliver more value for our customers’. There is also an overview of the most important actions. There is also an overview of all teams and where they are in the Ownership model.


The team is at least nine months together. Everyone has expressed his commitment to work for 9 months on this improvement. After 9 months, we evaluate whether the goal has been achieved and whether we should continue with this TO-GRIP.