Moving to a new Kingdom

After 3.5 years at Avega Group, I have decided to move to a new Kingdom.  As of the 6th of October I will start the next chapter of my professional saga. I will take employment at King in Stockholm as an internal coach.

MovingToANewKindom

It has been 3.5 awesome years at Avega Group. I have been very lucky to work with some of the best people in the industry. I have learned so much from all of you. You have made me grow and develop. I will miss you all!

I have also had the greatest privilege to represent Avega Group at many different conferences and events around the world. It has been very rewarding and I have learned a lot.

Nevertheless, it is now time for me to venture into the new and exciting King Kingdom.

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Waste of overproduction > waste of highly skilled people idling? – #Agile2014 Q&A part 2

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This is my second Q&A post for my #Agile2014 session: How to improve Flow Efficiency, Remove the Red bricks! In this, my previous and upcoming posts I will answer some of the questions I have received as session feedback after the session.

Q2: The presentation gave a full demonstration of the issue and how to address the problem. However the only issue I had with it is that it is essentially teaching to have your highly skilled, highly paid people sit and wait for work when it is ready. I would like to see the real metrics when you consider the overhead of these highly skilled people. But in general, I think you did a really good job of pointing out the issue and ways to address it. Entertaining presentation as well.

BusyWorkers BusyFlowunit

Yes, I am proposing that for some organizations, based on their context, it is a valid business/operational strategy to focus more on having the flow units (e.g. user stories, features, MVP, project) being worked on all the time over having our highly skilled, highly paid people utilized all the time.

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Are you too busy to improve #lkse14

Here are my slides and video from my talk at the Lean Kanban Southern Europe conference in Bologna on the 30th of May.

 

Don’t we all think that we get more done if we stay busy? We feel good and efficient. We get a pat on the back or a nod of approval from the managers when pulling that all-nighter once again. It may feel good and we could even get a raise for being so efficient, but is this good for the company? Is it good for our customers?

The RED brick cancer – Lean Agile Scotland 2013-09-19

It was great to get to Edinburgh and be able to present at Lean Agile Scotland. Unfortunately there was some technical issues in the beginning of the session. Sorry about that! Hope you enjoyed the session anyway. Big thank you to Chris McDermott @chrisvmcd, the rest of the organizers, all the attendees, all the speakers and the sponsors for making this great even happen.

Hope to see you next year.

Session description:

Time is valuable, and when it is gone, it is gone. Are you focusing on flow or just keeping yourself busy? How much has the red brick cancer spread in your processes?

In this session we will talk about time. We will explore the differences between systems with high resource efficiency and systems focused on flow efficiency. We take a look at how to remove the red brick cancer in your processes. You will learn how to understand and improve the end to end flow in your system.

How I visualize my weight loss progress

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A friend and I have set out to lose 15% of our body weight between 15th of July to the 1st of December. If we reach this target condition we will go to Italy next spring for some vacation.

Because the feedback loop between food intake and changes to the body weight are quite hard to detect without measurement’s I have decided to keep track of two measurement’s:

  1. My body weight – On a regular basis I will measure my weight using Wii Fit
  2. Kcal spent during training – When ever I train and I have my Polar bike computer I will track Kcal burned.

Just tracking the last measurement’s don’t really give you the information if you are on track or the motivation. So I decided visualize the data.

You can the see a picture of the visualization above that I ‘m using. Here is a description what it shows.

  • The horizontal axis – the time in days
  • The left vertical axis – body weight in kg
  • The right vertical axis – exercise kcal burned
  • The upper dashed line – the upper control limit for my weight. I should never be above this line Smile
  • The lower dashed line – the lower control limit for my weight. I will probably not be below this line but it would not hurt Smile
  • The green solid line – this is the target weight for every day
  • The hand drawn ink dots and connecting lines – these are my weight measurement’s
  • The hand drawn ink bars – these are the number of kcal burned exercising per day

The idea is give me visible and visual feedback if I lose weight at the target rate or not. If I’m not losing weight is it because I don’t train enough or do I eat to much.

Wish me luck!

Career kaizen

It is now time for some career kaizen. As of this coming week I will start working for the Technology group within the Avega Group as an Agile Coach and systems architect.

It has not been an easy decision but it has been in the making for some time.

Forefront Consulting Group as a company has great potential. The idea of really connecting the dots for a company between solid business models, thru enterprise architecture and systems architecture, to IT systems is something I believe in. If you can realize this then I believe it can have a great impact on company’s business agility and profitability. The focus on a process oriented and service oriented approach to model and structure a company is something I strongly believe in. And last, but in no way the least, applying a structured business transformation methodology to make the changes really happened and stick. These ideas really resonate with my passion in agile and lean.

So why am I leaving a company that have all the right ideas?

My Blue Ocean

I see Forefront Consulting Group starting to swim in a blue ocean of enterprise architecture, process modeling, systems architecture and also some business transformation. This is great and I see a great consulting company in the making.

For myself, I want to swim in another part of the same ocean where all this is tied together with the lean and agile mindset of a continuous improvements and an emergent architecture. Until I find this part of the ocean I will pursue my passion for lean and agile.

At Avega I will participate in the development of the agile mentorship concept. I will do coaching of teams and organizations that are just to begin or are already on their lean or agile journey. I will try to do more public speaking at conferences and local agile and lean networks. I will also try to blog more often. I will continue working on practices and tools like Visual WIP. Let the next career kaizen event begin, Avgea here I come!