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Wednesday, May 18 • 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Strategy Deployment with the X-Matrix LIMITED

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Kanban Systems are an enabler of evolutionary change. And so is Strategy Deployment. Strategy can be defined as the way you will make a positive impact, and this implies change. As the saying goes, “hope is not a strategy”, and neither is doing nothing. Deploying that strategy, as opposed to defining and imposing a tactical plan, enables the evolution of the tactics by the people closest to their implementation.

The X-Matrix is a cornerstone of Strategy Deployment. It is an A3 format that provides a concise and portable shared understanding of how strategy is aligned to the deployed tactical initiatives, alongside leading indicators of progress and anticipated end results. The framework is described in the book “Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise” by Thomas L. Jackson, and I first began exploring its possibilities when we used it at Rally Software.

Using the X-Matrix, it becomes easy to visualise and explore how a strategy, or a measure, correlates to achieving defined results. Similarly, it is easy to see and discuss how a tactic will correlate to achieving a strategy, or how it will contribute to moving the needle on a measure. And it is clear who is accountable or involved in each tactic.

What is particularly powerful about Strategy Deployment, and the way Jackson describes it in his book, is that it is a form of nested experimentation. From an organisations long-term vision, through its strategy, to tactics and day to day operations and action, each level is a hypothesis of increasing granularity. As each experiment is run, the feedback and learning is used by the outer levels to  steer and adjust direction. Thus a learning organisation is created as the learning is passed around the organisation in a process known as ‘catchball’, and within this context, Kanban Thinking (and the Kanban Method) provides a synergistic means to running experiments and creating learning.

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Karl Scotland

Karl Scotland helps businesses become Learning Organisations. In the course of doing this, he has been a pioneer and advocate of using Kanban Systems for software development, a founding member of both the Lean Systems Society and Limited WIP Society, and has been active in the... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Boardroom West Catamaran 2nd Floor

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