It really looks like it going to be an interesting conference with lots of great speakers and as much as four parallel tracks!
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Join me on my Lean Kanban Conference Tour 2012
Here are the Tour dates
In this session we talked about how we can help Kanban Crossing the Chasm.
There are signs that Kanban is moving out of the early adopters phase and a new way of getting the message out is needed to grow the use of Kanban and the market.
Image from the exandin blog
We used the model from the book Crossing the Chasm and started to analyze Kanban and it’s market. By using the model we where able to explore where pieces are missing and how Kanban may be perceived in the market.
A very interesting session that spawned at least three new sessions for day 3:Recipes for improvement, Compelling reasons to buy Kanban, Explore “whole product solution”
This is the second time I have had the great opportunity to attend a Kanban Leadership Retreat organized by David J. Anderson and Associate. The Kanban Leadership Retreat is an invitation only unconference for those who have attended the David J. Anderson and Associates Kanban Leadership/Coaching Workshops and a few notable leaders in the Kanban community.
This year we meet in the fantastic Mayrhofen in Austria between the 20-22 June. This was my first time in the alps and I just loved it. A small town with lovely people and a great atmosphere. I will definitely try to come back.
This was an unconference which means that there is no predefined sessions. The sessions and the schedule is created by the attendees. The conference days was divided into to parts:
- A morning session up until lunch
- An evening session starting at 18:00
From lunch to the evening sessions we had free time. This really created the opportunity for people to continuing the discussions. Many of the most interesting discussions where outside the sessions as usual.
In the afternoon break most people headed out for some activates in the area. Doing things like hiking, rafting, paragliding or just taking it easy drinking some beer and reflecting on the sessions. I decided to use this time for some bike riding up the mountains as there are so few real up hill challenges in Stockholm. This also gave me time for reflections.
Thank you David for the joining me on the second ride and pacing me to the top. It was also great to meet at the top for a beer on my forth ride.
Day 1 – planning
The conference program started with dinner and session planning late on the 20th. Before we headed for a pub we did the schedule for the first day of sessions.
Day 2 – first day of sessions
This was the scheduled sessions for day 2
|Kanban is not just IT
Spreading Kanban to other knowledge work
|Squeeze me don’t tease me||How can we help Kanban go mainstream – “Crossing the Chasm” overview/planning*|
|Cool Kanban systems
Holistic view of process
Expand, Expand, Expand, Some Collapse
|How to enable executive decision making
How do we make Kanban useful at the executive level without changing the nature of it(flow)
|Shared service teams working on projects, releases AND ongoing work||Coaching definition of exit
Identify provocative catalyzation patters
Approaches to change with Kanban*
|Measuring respect for people||What the F*** is Pull||Portfolio Kanban
Kanban at portfolio level*
|Change vs. Transition|
* The sessions I attended. ** the sessions I hosted
This was a very interesting day with lots of interesting session. My session in Kanban Kata went very well and it created a lot of interest. I had planed to run through a presentation and after that dive into defining new Kanban Katas but we ended up discussing the Toyota Kata concept for the whole 90 min and some more
I also found the session on coaching exit criteria to be very interesting.
At the end of day 2 we did some session harvesting and scheduling of the day sessions. As we scheduled session all through the evening we had to extend the day another hour.
Day 3 – second day of sessions
The result of the harvesting was this schedule for day 3
Images cutesy of Paul Klipp
|Identify provocatory patterns
As a coach/practitioner I want patterns that can help me help people see change is required
|Are the practices in the right order? Shallow – Deep**||Systemic Flow Mapping + Rightshifting|
|Compelling reasons to buy Kanban
(“Crossing the Chasm”)
Not unique advantage…
What’s the measure for progress on each reason
|??? of change and how to deal with it
(follow up + more in-depth of change vs. transition)
How to improve leadership culture by introducing Kanban *
|Explore “whole product solution”
From crossing the chasm
|Behavioral change*||#fail, #wtf, #epic|
|LKU’s strategic direction – what si it?
– growth hypothesis
– customer (who is) hypothesis
– revenue generation and retention hypothesis
|Shared services teams working on projects, releases and ongoing work *||Lightning Experience Reports
– 5 min * 6
– Lessons learned
|Do we need a vision to get started with Improvement Kata?
Recipes (Katas) for improvement + discussions**
* The sessions I attended. ** the sessions I hosted
For me day 3 was very much focused around the two sessions I hosted.
First the session if the ordering of the Kanban practices are in the right order when David talk about a shallow vs. a deep Kanban implementation. We discussed the ordering and ended up with a spider chart to indicate shallow vs. deep. Interesting and fun.
The second session I hosted was on Recipes and/or Katas for Kanban. This was a follow up on my Kanban Kata session. My goal was to find some recipes and/or Katas and the start defining the actual steps but that was not to be. We started of discussing if a process vision al ’a the Toyota Kata vision. We did not arrive at a consensus and there was some disagreement what a Toyota Kata vision or a true north really meant. We collected some potential recipes and Katas but we did not have time dive deeper as we shifted to actually apply the Improvement Kata to the challenge of the session. Gary Perkerwicz was just brilliant running through the Improvement Kata and the Coaching Kata. We did not get the result I was hoping for but people seem happy with the result.
The conference hall and the view from one of the conference rooms
After the last session we did a retrospective of the conference. People where very happy with the conference in general and the session contentment in particular.
One of the most notable suggestion of improvement was of the planning and sessions selection. A few people, me included, suggested to move to a Open Space format with some suggested theme. People also asked for a schedule that would allow for more unplanned breakout sessions. There was some complaints of poor internet connectivity at the hotels. But all in all people was very happy with the conference. I do truly agree.
This was probably the best conference I have been to so far. It was also very inspiring that so many people found my sessions interesting, even to the degree that Kanban training classes will be changed!
In the coming days I will post more detailed notes and reflections from the different sessions I attended so stay tuned.
Best of DevSum presentation – What can traffic in Stockholm teach you about your development process?
Here is the slides for the presentation I gave at Best of DevSum in Gothenborg on the 14th of November.
This is my one sentence summary of the Conference Lean Enterprise Software and Systems 2011 (LESS2011).
Start with why, let the adaptive system self organize and have the teams find the answers by them self.
LESS 2011 was the second International Conference on Lean Enterprise Software and Systems (LESS). LESS is a non-profit collaboration between the Lean Software and Systems Consortium and Mälardalen University. This year LESS 2011 was held at Clarion Sign Hotel in Stockholm between 30th October to 2nd November
This year there was four main tracks: Transforming Organizations, Lean and Agile Product Development, Complexity and Systems Thinking and Beyond Budgeting.
My goal was to focus on Complexity and Systems Thinking and Beyond Budgeting.
I was also very much looking forward to hear Steve Denning speak about Radical Management as I, after so many hurdles, was able to bring him to the conference and give everyone a copy of his latest book The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management
Pre Conference Day
This part of the conference had been very poorly announced so we where only four people who turned up but we had some interesting discussions about transforming organizations to a Lean mindset. Thank you Alan Shalloway, Karl Scotland and Frode Odegard
The rest of the day was spent on folding name tags and packing conference bags with Jean Tabaka and Karl Scotland
I started the day by facilitating the LESS 2011 Stockholm Lean Coffee event.
A short introduction by the conference organizers.
This keynote by Bjarte Bogsnes was a well presented keynote with lots of interesting stuff about what Beyond Budgeting is really about. Here is some of my notes.
Bjarte used an interesting metaphor where he compared a cross road with traffic light to a round about.
The traffic light system is often based on historical data and regulated by pre set intervals.
A round about on the other hand is self regulated system based on some simple rules and are regulated based on the current situation.
Beyond Budgeting is event driven model in contrast to traditional calendar based budgeting model. How would you react if your bank would only interact with you during month of the year? What if you had to make all your banking decisions during the month of October? This is more or less what the yearly budget cycle is for a company.
Some examples on how Stateoil principles
- Performance is about performing better than the ones you compare yourself with
- Do the right thing – use sound business judgment for all decisions.
- Resources are made available or allocated on a case by case basis
- Forward looking and action oriented
- Performance evaluation is a holistic assessment of behaviors and results
- Alignment from strategy to people with flexibility and freedom
You don’t lose weight by weighing your self
Olle Ellnestam held an interesting session about Real Options.
Real Options is about "deferring decisions to the last responsible moment". By deferring decisions and avoiding early commitments, you can gain flexibility in the choices you have later.
Olle exemplified this with a business trip where he hedged his traveling options due to the ash cloud. He had a plan ticket, a train ticket and his car available to make the trip. The different options expired at different times and had different costs. He could make the traveling decision just-in-time based on all available information instead of committing early.
When we look back, things appear to have a clear path – this can’t be applied to the future
I liked the presentation even if he was a little short on time at the end.
Carl Savage had a great presentation. He talked about how you need to focus on the real customer and the needs of the customer. In his case it was the medical students. Is the medical training done in such a way that the students really learn what they need to know.
Sorry Ari-Pekka, I did not understand what you wanted to tell us with this session.
Update: After reading Ari-Pekka’s blog post about this talk I got the message he wanted to communicate. This is truly an interesting topic. You can read the blog post here
Jurgen is an entertaining speaker with great visuals but I feel he need to be more clear and to the point what he want to communicate with his presentation. This time it was a non stop barrage of quotes from different Complexity and Systems thinkers but where was Jurgens own thinking or opinions.
If he would not be so fuzzy, as on the picture above, this could have been a much better session.
My fellow Lean/Agile Coach at Avega Group Marcus Hammarberg held a great presentation on Specification By Example and how this could be a way of exploit the knowledge bottleneck in software development.
This was a great keynote by James Sutton. He talked about Systems Thinking, the scientific method, Lean Thinking and Complexity Theory. He used life as a metaphor how all this was connected.
Here are some tweets about the keynote.
The Command & Control version of Lean is called Krap Kaizen
Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/jurgenappelo/statuses/131034245115297792
If Lean is something being done to you… instead of something you are doing to the system… you may have Krap Kaizen on your hands #less2011
Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/cyetain/statuses/131044566882205696
At the end of the presentation James said that some of the tools of Lean manufacturing was suitable in product/software development space. In the Q&A section he was asked what tools and he specifically mentioned Standard work. I think this was especially interesting as my lightning talk on the subject was shortly after his keynote.
What he referred to as Standard work was the detailed work instructions used in manufacturing and the common misconception that these are for controlling what to do when they are really the foundation to continues improvement. If you don’t know how work is done now how can you know that a process change is an improvement or not?
This was my lightning talk session. You can find the slides in my previous post
Showed us in less than six minuets what his research work on Managing Agile Development was about.
I started the second day by facilitating the LESS 2011 Stockholm Lean Coffee event.
I really liked this keynote. Peter was very to the point and presented parts of the BBC World Case study. Nothing really new to me in forms of methods, tools or techniques but a good case study.
This session was not adding anything new that Bjarte Bogsnes had not talked about in the keynote. To bad as I thought the title and the abstract really felt interesting and I had high expectations.
Henrik Mårtensson: A hoop through the OODA loop – Basic principles of business strategy and organization
Best session in the conference for me. Henrik’s witty presentation style and well thought out slides was great. Most of the agile methods and tools heavily rest of fast feedback. The OODA loop is just about that – fast feedback loops so you can make decisions based on your current conditions fast.
Henrik talked about how the US Marin Corps decision making structure and “self-organizing” teams is so effective.
He also talked about how Hoshin Kanri organizational structure. Very interesting stuff.
Claudio had the best slides of the conference! Great content and a great presentation. Claudio talked about how to really do Kaizen and using A3 as an important part of the process improvements.
This presentation was to academic for me, I think. The topic is really interesting but I didn’t feel like the question in the talk was answered.
Before the summer I contacted Steve Denning about speaking at LESS 2011 about Radical Management. Now after so many hurdles on the way I was delighted to hear him speak about the thinks he have written in his book The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management
The presentation was great and had a high pace with lots of content. The main point of his talk was that is now time to change to a new management paradigm if companies want to survive. The old marketplace has changed and now the customer is the boss!
The next generation companies will have to focus on:
- New Goal: Delight the customer – this is the over arching concept
- New manager role: From controller to enabler
- Coordination of work: From bureaucracy to dynamic linking
- New values: Radical transparency
- Communication: From command to conversations
LESS is More
You can read more about the LESS 2011 Game Day in my previous post
I really had a great time at this conference. The content was mostly good but what I really appreciated was the open and engaged community. I had such a great time talking to so many great people. Thank you all for coming and hope to see you soon again!
LESS is More!
The last day of the Conference on Lean Enterprise Software and Systems 2011 (LESS2011) was Tutorials & Workshops day. I was asked by the conference organizers to arrange a game day where we would play two games: the MIT Beer Game and the getKanban Board Game.
MIT Beer Game
The game MIT Beer Game is a simulation game of system dynamics. It was introduced in the 60′s by MIT’s Sloan School of Management and further popularized by John Sterman and Peter Senge. The goal of the game is to optimize a supply chain in several stages to meet customer demand while minimizing logistics and warehousing costs.
We had two teams playing: KOFF and Karhu. Both teams played well with high spirit and lots of fun. Team Karhu won with a cost of approximately $1700 and team KOFF was around $3300
Here are some of my pictures
System Dynamics Society
System Dynamics Conference, July 22 – July 26, 2012
Training and education
MIT System Dynamics in Education project
WPI distance learning on System Dynamics
Masters in System Dynamics
The MIT Beer Game
The Beergame in business-to-business eCommerce courses – a teaching report
Chain reaction – Managing a supply chain is becoming a bit like rocket science
The getKanban Board Game
The getKanban Board Game is a physical board game designed to teach the concepts and mechanics of Kanban for software development in a class or workshop setting. It has been described as the most effective way to teach Kanban. It’s hands-on, engaging, and fun. The getKanban Board Game is frequently used in Kanban training classes around the world.
This game session was led by me.
We had one game running. It was a very engaged team that played with high energy and intense discussions. People were suppose to leave early but we stayed on for most of the afternoon. The sessions was so intense so I didn’t remember to take any pictures of the team playing but here is the result and the charts.
Thank you to all who attended and made this a great final day of LESS2011.