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Tuesday, May 17 • 9:55am - 10:45am
Kanban in Project Management: Overcoming Resistance by Showing Predictability

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How Kanban has made my life as Project Manager easier, and how to overcome resistance to Kanban by using convincing metrics and showing predictability

Traditional project methods and standards such as PMI, IPMA, and PRINCE2 have been in use for decades. While there are many good practices to be found in these traditional methods, they have become increasingly complex and heavyweight over time, and worst of all difficult to use.

Many companies still cling to the PM method that they may have been using for many years. It feels safe and it provides a certain sense of security and control. It is a false sense of security, one might argue, since many projects still fail. Yet these companies also want agility – one of the buzz-words in today’s project environment, as Agile projects have proven to be more successful. Who wouldn’t want that?

But is it possible to accommodate the organizations that insist that their project managers “must maintain control by organizing teams and doing things the way we always did”, and at the same time want to become more agile?

The answer to this is yes! Of course you can combine traditional project management with agile techniques, but getting the permission to do so very often takes some persuading.

Scrum is often the only Agile method that people know or have heard of. However, they may not fully understand the way Scrum works, and may not realize that it is not always fit-for-purpose and can even hinder project efficiency. This is where your persuasion skills are needed. Managers and/or customers must be persuaded to let you demonstrate that Kanban can provide both the control and the improved project results that they are striving to get.

By demonstrating convincing project results, by showing managers how simple reporting, and metrics can provide the overview they need but without the hassle of having to read through long documents, and how visualization can provide the true status of their projects at a glance, Kanban can be led in through the back door, but over time become the natural way of controlling all project work.

More often than not you hear about how to use Kanban from a technical perspective in software development projects or in operations departments, but in this session you will hear about how Annette has used Kanban to manage her projects, control her own PM work, and manage sub-contractors, internal teams etc. sometimes in combination with traditional methods, and sometimes just using Kanban.

Annette will talk about how she has succeeded in breaking down the artificial barriers between traditional and Agile thinking. Her approach is practical, simple, and focused on reducing complexity in project management work. She will show how a few simple metrics have given her customers the confidence that Kanban can be the key to improved project results.

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Annette Vendelbo

Annette Vendelbo has true passion for projects and what makes project management and methods work in real life. Her background is 25 years of project management and general management experience from global consultancy firms e.g. Reuters, Digital/HP, and Avanade. In 2008 she founded... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 9:55am - 10:45am
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor