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Sunday, May 15
 

9:00am

Lean Kanban University Informational Meeting
This is a discussion of the 2016 LKU professional development programs for Accredited Kanban Trainers (AKT) and Kanban Coaching Professionals (KCP), as well as the Kanban Management Professional (KMP) program.  This meeting is open to current AKTs and KCPs as well as any interested observers.

Speakers
avatar for Janice Linden-Reed

Janice Linden-Reed

President, Lean Kanban Inc
Janice Linden-Reed is President of Lean Kanban, Inc. overseeing all Lean Kanban University certified Kanban training programs, credential programs for Kanban professionals, and the Lean Kanban Conference global series.   Her professional background includes game design and production, starting companies, managing software development, and building communities for professionals. She works with organizations around the world seeking to... Read More →



Sunday May 15, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
BOARDROOM Catamaran 2nd Floor
 
Monday, May 16
 

7:30am

Lean Coffee
Join this conversation structured with Personal Kanban and have a meeting that matters. Look for the table marked Lean Coffee.


Lean Coffee is a trademark of Modus Cooperandi, Inc.


Monday May 16, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

7:30am

Registration
Monday May 16, 2016 7:30am - 9:00am
KON TIKI FOYER Catamaran 2nd Floor

8:50am

Welcome | Opening Remarks
Important information about the Lean Kanban North America conference.

Monday May 16, 2016 8:50am - 9:00am
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

9:00am

Creating Robust, Resilient & Antifragile Organizations
No one wants to lead the next Nokia! The fear of doing so has driven large companies in similar industries, such as Ericsson, into knee jerk-reactions to "go Agile" in the hope that they can avoid fragility and extinction. However, Nokia was the largest adopter of Agile software development methods in the Nordics. So what does it really take to build a robust, resilient and antifragile organization?

This talk will examine fragility and compare it with robustness, resilience and the evolutionary capability of antifragility. David will examine the risk management problem of fragility and how to mitigate it using cultural elements of social engineering, social psychology and personal psychology, as well as market dynamics, organizational behaviors, structures and practices required. What makes an organization robust? What makes it resilient? And what ultimately is needed for antifragility?

Speakers
avatar for David J Anderson

David J Anderson

CEO, Lean Kanban, Inc.
David Anderson is an innovator in management thinking for 21st Century businesses. He leads a training, consulting, events and publishing business making new ideas accessible to managers across the globe. | | He has 30+ years experience in the high technology industry starting with computer games in the early 1980’s. He has led software development organizations delivering innovative products with superior productivity and quality using... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

10:30am

Coffee Break
Monday May 16, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
KON TIKI FOYER Catamaran 2nd Floor

10:50am

@ Winkle.eu - Evolving from Zero - Kanban in Market Research
You know implementing change is never easy and there never is a perfect time. Implementing Kanban at Winkle showed the opposite. With a good-spirited team, an old school Excel spreadsheet, an old whiteboard and some paper and magnets, we built our Kanban framework within a few weeks. Now, only 6 months later, the Kanban board is owned by the people working with it and it is showing major results. Find out more about our approach and results during the session.

Speakers
avatar for Marianne Lanting

Marianne Lanting

Global Managing Director, Winkle
Her passion for innovation was fired during her study for Industrial Design Enginering at the TU Delft. Innovation stayed a common thread throughout her career, first as marketer for HAK, Heinz and KPN and then made the switch to agency site for Branddoctors and now Winkle. | | Winkle is a Global Market Research Agency focusing on innovation research. Winkle’s goal is to increase innovation success. Born from frustration that Market... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 10:50am - 11:35am
BOARDROOM Catamaran 2nd Floor

10:50am

Don’t Optimize Teams - Optimize Service Delivery
If you optimize for high team performance, you’ll get high team performance. Sounds great! However, the problem is that high team performance leads to low system performance. As a consequence, the service you offer to your customers gets worse. That’s not so good because in the end, customers pay your bills and not high performing teams. 

Team-focus is also the reason why most Agile frameworks fail to improve organizational success and agility. In the best case, you don’t see any organizational improvement, and in most cases it gets worse. Local optimization leads to global sub optimization! But what does this mean? And how can you optimize service delivery beyond the team?

In this talk I will answer these questions. I will also present an example where I improved service delivery of an organization without bothering teams in their daily work.

Speakers
avatar for Klaus Leopold

Klaus Leopold

LEANability
Klaus Leopold is computer scientist with many years of experience in helping organizations from different industries on their improvement journey with Lean and Kanban. He is co-author of the book “Kanban Change Leadership." Klaus was awarded with the Brickell Key Award for “outstanding achievement and leadership” within the Lean Kanban community in San Francisco, 2014. His main interest is agility beyond... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 10:50am - 11:35am
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

11:40am

@ Follett Software - Using Kanban for Expansion and Sustained Success
Raising the Bar: Using Lean Kanban and Agile for Sustained Sucess

Four years ago we were experiencing growing pains going from 50 software professionals working on one platform to 150 software professionals working on three platforms. This talk will discuss how we used Lean Kanban and Agile to solve problems with requirements churn, addressed the "hurry up and wait" sense of urgency for our developers, on-boarding issues with onsite and off-shore teams, and designing an organization that empowered teams to develop great software products which are used by more than 5,000,0000 students daily across the globe.

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Monday May 16, 2016 11:40am - 12:30pm
BOARDROOM Catamaran 2nd Floor

11:40am

Striking a Different Bargain - The Economics and Risk of Kanban
When an organization begins a Kanban initiative, an Agile transformation, or another type of improvement, an exchange of knowledge takes place.  This exchange of knowledge often takes the form of consulting, training, and coaching.  This session will explore the economics and risks of this exchange.  We’ll consider stories, told by real-world Kanban practitioners, when the benefits turned out disproportionately large relative to the investment – and when the opposite happened.  We’ll explore the forces that led to such outcomes.  This session is for coaches, consultants, trainers and organizations seeking their advice and services, to help them design healthier, less risky, more beneficial engagements.

Speakers
avatar for Alexei Zheglov

Alexei Zheglov

Alexei Zheglov is a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) and is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) - the first one in Central Canada where he lives. He brings to the table two decades' experience in computer software industry and a decade of process improvement. | | Alexei’s mission is to bring Lean product development and Kanban to intellectual organizations who seek these modern management ideas and pragmatic guidance to improve their... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 11:40am - 12:30pm
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

12:30pm

Lunch
Monday May 16, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BEACH SOUTH LAWN

12:30pm

Extended Break
Use this time to rest, check in with the office, or take advantage of the many recreational options San Diego has to offer, The conference venue hotel can arrange activities including paddleboarding, kayaking, bicycling, tours, shopping, etc Come back refreshed for the afternoon and evening conference sessions.


Monday May 16, 2016 12:30pm - 3:00pm
San Diego Area

3:00pm

Lightning Talks
Join us for these short-format presentations by select LKNA16 attendees.



Monday May 16, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

3:45pm

The Meaning of Money: How Incentives Affect Behavior
The assumption that all incentives are created equal can lead principals to construct inefficient pay programs that ignore the meaning of the incentives to the targeted agent. The starting point of the talk is the misleading separation between material compensation and psychological affects: Traditionally economists focus on extrinsic motivation such as money, while psychologists care more about intrinsic motivation such as job satisfaction. I argue that this separation misses an important interaction effect: The signal sent by the principal in creating the incentives determines the meaning of pay. Considering this signal and its interpretation is crucial in optimizing pay. After discussing ways in which incentives affect intrinsic motivation in either positive or negative way, I will draw insights from behavioral economics research to demonstrate how small differences in the structure of such pay programs can change the interaction of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and as such greatly impact effectiveness.

Speakers
avatar for Uri Gneezy

Uri Gneezy

Epstein/Atkinson Endowed Chair in Behavioral Economics, Professor of Economics & Strategy | | "As a researcher, my focus is on putting behavioral economics to work in the real world, where theory can meet application. I’m looking for basic research as well as more applied approaches to such topics as incentives-based interventions to increase good habits and decrease bad ones, Pay-What-You-Want pricing, and the detrimental effects of... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

4:45pm

Coffee Break
Monday May 16, 2016 4:45pm - 5:00pm
KON TIKI FOYER Catamaran 2nd Floor

5:00pm

@ DrillingInfo: An evolutionary approach to scaled Kanban
Many organizations are unaware of the benefits of Kanban.  DrillingInfo was one of these companies. Using LKU's techniques and approach to evolutionary change has created a revolution in the organization. Starting with one kanban team, lead times, graphs, and slide decks has led to a viral adoption of Kanban that has reached the desk of the CTO, President and COO. This session will share the case study of a Kanban transformation of a $100 million private technology energy company and what techniques were used to drive influence to change.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Paulson

Jay Paulson

Software Development Manager, Drillinginfo
Jay is a Software Development Manager at DrillingInfo. He has been in software development for over 15 years. Early he realized that it was very difficult to create high quality software quickly. 7 years ago he found Kanban and has been hooked since. He has implemented Kanban for 5+ years at several different companies such as IBM, eBay, startups, and large private companies such as DrillingInfo. | | His open source application... Read More →


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Monday May 16, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
BOARDROOM Catamaran 2nd Floor

5:00pm

Build-Measure-LEAN: Rapid Iteration for Smart Innovation
In this session we will explore how Kanban can bring visibility, speed, and scale to the build-measure-learn cycle increasing success not just for startups, but also to existing enterprises looking to innovate and expand. You’ll learn how to build an upstream engine of quantifiable opportunities and new options for your organization to consider. We will cover how to incorporate actionable metrics into your Kanban system to drive confidence that each step of your work flow is delivering concrete value to your customers. You’ll have the key steps to evolve your Kanban system beyond measuring work-in-progress to using data to forecast what valuable opportunities lie ahead.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Johnson

Colleen Johnson

Practice Director- Lean/Agile Transformation, ImagineX Consulting
Colleen Johnson is the Practice Director of Lean and Agile Transformation at ImagineX Consulting.  Colleen applies a systems thinking approach to aligning agile methodologies across the enterprise and works with clients to apply the right cultural and context-driven practices to create sustainable agility. She is an expert in Lean/Kanban methods of iterative software delivery and advocates for LeanStartup principles using scientific methods... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

6:00pm

6:00pm

Patterns of Kanban: Appropriate designs for your level of organizational maturity
Limited Capacity seats available

Please sign up at the Information/Registration desk!

Speakers
avatar for David J Anderson

David J Anderson

CEO, Lean Kanban, Inc.
David Anderson is an innovator in management thinking for 21st Century businesses. He leads a training, consulting, events and publishing business making new ideas accessible to managers across the globe. | | He has 30+ years experience in the high technology industry starting with computer games in the early 1980’s. He has led software development organizations delivering innovative products with superior productivity and quality using... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
SLACK ZONE Suite 308 - near the pool

6:00pm

Movie Night: Going "Gung Ho" For Lean
In 1986, Michael Keaton starred in a film entitled “Gung Ho” which provides a fictional account of a Toyota-style Japanese auto maker opening a US factory.  The movie depicts Lean principles such as building quality into the process, job sharing, learning on the job, continuous improvement (kaizen), emphasizing team over individuals, just-in-time inventory, and leadership at all levels of the organization.

We’ll show a short clip of the movie (2-4 minutes), explain the Lean concept it is based upon, share why we selected it, and provide a linkage / application to other types of work.  Following each of these short presentations, we’ll have brief period for group conversation.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Carlson

Matt Carlson

Digital Project Manager / Lean-Agile Coach, Washington University
I'm excited about transforming the workplace into an engaging setting where people can be themselves while producing world-class solutions that wow customers. | | I would enjoy talking to other Coaches about their transformation experiences, especially those applying Lean Kanban in an agency or higher ed setting.
avatar for Jason Tice

Jason Tice

Jason Tice leads the Business Innovation practice at Asynchrony and specializes in the use of collaborative frameworks and serious games to help organizations discover measurable business outcomes, generate data to build consensus, measure progress and return on investment towards goals, and foster culture supportive of greater learning.  Jason is a frequent host on the “ThisAgileLife” podcast, volunteers to help plan... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

7:00pm

Beach Reception
All registered LKNA16 participants are invited to this networking reception on the shores of Mission Bay.


Monday May 16, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
BEACH NORTH LAWN
 
Tuesday, May 17
 

7:30am

Lean Coffee
Join this conversation structured with Personal Kanban and have a meeting that matters. Look for the table marked Lean Coffee.


Lean Coffee is a trademark of Modus Cooperandi, Inc.


Tuesday May 17, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

7:30am

Registration | Information
Tuesday May 17, 2016 7:30am - 9:00am
KON TIKI FOYER Catamaran 2nd Floor

9:00am

@ McKesson - Using a Monte Carlo Simulation to Build Trust
Case Study: Bridging the Divide between an Agile Development Group and a Waterfall Business Group

Even when there is wide support for Agile methods of development, teams often face a clash of philosophies when it comes to commitments to the business. We also know it is not easy to change a long established business culture. You are not going to take a company that is used to planning a whole years worth of work from a business perspective and expect them to act in line with Lean principles overnight.

In this session I will introduce my group's history, the special circumstances that lead us to a Lean Kanban inspired agile process, and what problems we are dealing with as we shift from a startup mentality to being a product group in a large (Fortune 15) company.

The majority of my talk will focus on our use of Monte Carlo Simulation techniques for the purpose of creating predictive models and clearly reporting variance in ways the business can understand. The techniques are based on the High Maturity CMMI key practice areas, but this will not be a CMMI talk.

Speakers
avatar for David Rosecrans

David Rosecrans

David Rosecrans is McKesson Fellow and currently a Director of Software Development for McKesson Health Solutions responsible for the Decision Management Products: Clear Coverage, IQ Connect and IQ Online.  Ever since he read “The Mythical Man Month” 30+ years ago, and he joined his first struggling team he has been interested in helping look for better ways to develop software.  His current responsibilities as a Director... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
BOARDROOM Catamaran 2nd Floor

9:00am

Measuring Delivered Value: Is it an unachievable snipe hunt or can it really be done?
The Lean community has gotten pretty good at understanding a number of dimensions of measurement. However, there is one critical (perhaps the most critical) dimension whose measurement has eluded us... delivered value. This talk presents a framework for indicating whether or not you've built-the-right-thing. It describes how you can instrument your product to get information about user behavior, various ways to analyze that data, and even how to do build a product decision-making regimen from it. It covers topics like  A/B testing, user path escalation, and finding your sticky customers.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Maccherone

Larry Maccherone

Larry Maccherone is an accomplished author and highly rated speaker who has regularly presented at major international conferences on Lean and Agile. He is very excited to have recently joined AgileCraft where his passion for analytics and visualization is helping AgileCraft be the best way to scale Agile. Prior to that, he led the Insights product line at Rally Software. His core area of expertise is drawing interesting insights from data that... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

9:55am

@ Salvation Army Health: How Kanban Helped Save a Hospital in Indonesia

How Kanban, Lean and Agile helped us to save a hospital in Bandung, Indonesia. Twice!

As an IT consultant with a lot of kanban, lean and agile experience I was interested to see if I could use that knowledge when working for the Salvation Army Health Foundation in Indonesia.

I got ample opportunity to try.

In this talk I will describe how the basic ideas of Kanban, Lean and Agile helped us to save a hospital from bankruptcy (or worse!). Twice.

In using these principles and ideas in a total different setting I gained a much deeper understanding of them, and also needed to find other ways to describe and apply the practices I've taken for granted in "our" culture and setting.


Speakers
avatar for Marcus Hammarberg

Marcus Hammarberg

Social Worker - Management, Salvation Army Indonesia
Talk to me about kanban, specification by example, mob programming and continuous delivery. I'm trying to keep my fingers in the dough still and love to talk about programming too; NancyFx and Koa is my two favorites right now. | | Ask me why I had a hard time remember the difference of efficiency and effectiveness. | | I also speak Indonesian if you wanna try me.



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

9:55am

Kanban in Project Management: Overcoming Resistance by Showing Predictability
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.

Speakers
avatar for Annette Vendelbo

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 the company, Xvoto, a consultancy business delivering agile project and program management, agile coaching, training, and advisory services. Her main focus is to... Read More →



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

10:45am

Coffee Break
Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45am - 11:00am
KON TIKI FOYER Catamaran 2nd Floor

10:45am

Book Signing
Get your book signed by authors David J Anderson or Andy Carmichael. (Book table location)

Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45am - 11:00am
KON TIKI FOYER Catamaran 2nd Floor

11:00am

@ Ping An China Insurance & Financial Services
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Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
BOARDROOM Catamaran 2nd Floor

11:00am

Coaching Opposing Sides: A Transformation Journey
This session is about managing a large program where the organization is in the midst of Agile transition. There are some Scrum teams and many traditionally managed resource pools. How do you manage a large program when there are incremental and iterative agile teams that are working alongside traditionally managed resource pools? Using a magic wand to wish all traditionalists will start “being scrummified" auto-magically is not an option. How do you work through the real-world challenges? Can evolutionary change "habits" trigger changes in both traditionalists and scrum-mers?

This session is about discussing our journey, practices and Kanban method principles that have enabled us to operationally manage complexity of program management that is indifferent to the actual project delivery mechanism (scrum or traditional) used by individual teams. In this session we do not trivialize the people challenges of negotiating organizational change and managing a challenging program that is intended to spin-off an entirely new insurance company.

This is a narrative style talk, where we will walk through our journey. As an external coach, I will be presenting major challenges and steps/mis-steps. We will share our evolutionary change-management philosophical approach in working with people who are on opposing sides regarding their affinity and understanding of Agile. We will explain guiding principles and provide examples of practices that we employed to increase program level transparency and improve accountability for overall program. We will share our artifacts and flow oriented measurements that have helped us to drive program level results and make realistic trade-off
decisions for overall program success.

While it is tempting to ask for the end-state as a solution that applies to all situations, we hope to illuminate the importance of coaching and getting people on board to truly internalize and operationalize significant change in its habits and procedures. Evolutionary coaching approach triggered many unintended dominos and people found new ownership in overall program objectives took this over and beyond our expectations.

Learning Objectives

1. A representative operating model that could work for a large program that has both agile and traditional resource pool managed teams.
2. Principles in designing and developing program board.
3. Identifying and measuring relevant program level metrics that are agnostic to teams delivery approach (agile or traditional)
4. Collaboration mechanisms to improve decision-making and make real-time trade-offs.
5. Creating and managing with a single-page program level roadmap.

Speakers
avatar for Dhaval Panchal

Dhaval Panchal

Dhaval Panchal is a VP and Enterprise Agile Coach for agile42. He is Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP), Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), and Innovation Games Facilitator with 15+ years of experience working in the development and management of products and services in the software industry. | | Dhaval began his career as an XP (Extreme Programming) developer. Over the years he discovered his passion to coach... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Essential Kanban book launch - special session
Limited Capacity seats available

Author Andy Carmichael will speak about "Essential Kanban Condensed" in this book launch special event.  Capacity is very limited!


Please sign up at the Information/Registration desk!

Speakers

Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
SLACK ZONE Suite 308 - near the pool

12:00pm

Extended Break - Lunch on your own
Use this time to rest, check in with the office, or take advantage of the many recreational options San Diego has to offer, The conference venue hotel can arrange activities including paddleboarding, kayaking, bicycling, tours, shopping, etc Come back refreshed for the afternoon and evening conference sessions.


beach jpg

Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
San Diego Area

1:00pm

NoEstimates game
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Tuesday May 17, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
SLACK ZONE Suite 308 - near the pool

3:00pm

@ Vistaprint - Transforming an Advertising Agency
Transforming an Advertising Agency Using Kanban

Vistaprint transformed its software development teams to Scrum and Kanban, reducing release cycles from 18 months to 3 weeks. But Marketing had to move faster to match this pace. The bottlenecks seemed to be in Creative (the in-house advertising agency). Could Kanban work for Creative? Yes it could!

With a combination of a Kanban system, in-depth training, embedded coaching, lean metrics, and a focus on the agile mindset, we reduced the lead time for the North American email team from 8 weeks to 9 days. The cycle time dropped from 15 days to 4. Late night and weekend work disappeared. The on-time delivery rate soared and quality did not suffer.

This approach is now being used to spread Kanban to other teams in the agency in both the US and Europe. We demonstrated that Kanban works well outside of software. Now we have traction for an enterprise-wide transformation.

In this presentation, we will explain the challenges we faced and the key steps that made this transformation successful. We will also explain our team engagement model.

Speakers
avatar for David Grabel

David Grabel

Currently bringing agile beyond engineering at Vistaprint, David Grabel is a passionate enterprise agile coach. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe to organizations of sizes varying from single team startups to large organizations with over 500 teams. Previous clients include PayPal, Bose, and Trizetto. He helped develop a process for integrating Lean UX design with Scrum delivery teams that was rolled out to 15 Lean UX teams supporting... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
BOARDROOM Catamaran 2nd Floor

3:00pm

Technical Practices Through a Kanban Lens
People in organizations that are learning Kanban quickly understand the relationship of WIP, Cycle Time and Throughput. However, when teams start doing things like Pair Programming, they tend to hold fast to the idea that “you’d get more done if you worked separately!” 
High performing software teams use a variety of modern technical practices including Test Driven Development, Pair/Mob Programming, Refactoring, Evolutionary Design, and Continuous Integration & Delivery.

How do these practices fit into the Kanban context? Whether through improving collaboratively, evolving experimentally, or implementing feedback loops, learn how these technical practices are supported by Kanban's four Foundational Principles and six Core Practices, which in turn make Kanban more powerful.

Speakers
avatar for Nayan Hajratwala

Nayan Hajratwala

Lean / Agile Coach, Chikli Consulting
Nayan Hajratwala is the owner of Chikli Consulting. A Lean/Agile Coach with over 15 years of hands-on experience delivering software, he has significant programming experience and is a deep technologist always exploring new languages and ideas. His specialties include training software teams to increase their productivity and decrease their time-to-market while improving the quality of their product. Nayan is a speaker at many user groups and... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

3:50pm

Dream to Delight - Kanban Across 3 Industries

Dream to Delight is the concept to cash value stream practiced with proven success across 4 industries: Utilities, Media, Banking and Mortgage. It is a set of 7 Highly Effective Ds: Dream, Discover, Design, Develop, Deliver, Deploy & Delight

 This session is about leading enterprise portfolios to agility through lean-agile transition. It talks about the journey highlighted as steps & activities taken at each “D” stage aligning to promise of agility; highest business value fastest to market with built in quality. I do highlight the importance of context and perspective and thereby the need of choices and options at respective “D” stages to increase visibility, transparency and thus improve accountability across the program.

It does seem to me “The Silver Bullet” applying the 7 Ds across four industries as a leap to Enterprise Agility, however I trust to raise awareness and agreement towards the importance of coaching and mentoring to impact and sustain agility in an organization with people and their mindsets still internalizing and going through their respective “J” curves of acceptance and adoption.

 Learning Objectives

1. A HOME: Holistic Operating Model for Enterprises.
2.A LEAP: Leading to Enterprise Agility & Prosperity

3. Organized CHAOS: Collaborating Holistically to Achieve Objectives Set
4. Journey 7Ds; Dream to Delight across portfolio board.

Speakers
avatar for Vikas Kapila

Vikas Kapila

Lean Agile Coach, Trainer & Consultant
Vikas is a transformation practitioner with a passion for applying Lean-Agile principles, behaviors and practices to enable delivery of highest business value with built-in quality at the earliest in a predictably and sustainable cycle. He is a Lean-Agile Enterprise Agility Coach. He excels at quickly delivering business value, simplifying the seemingly complex, and delighting customers. He is able to achieve these results by consistently... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 3:50pm - 4:40pm
BOARDROOM Catamaran 2nd Floor

3:50pm

Social Engineering with/in/for Kanban
Limited Capacity seats available

Please sign up at the Information/Registration desk!

Speakers
avatar for David J Anderson

David J Anderson

CEO, Lean Kanban, Inc.
David Anderson is an innovator in management thinking for 21st Century businesses. He leads a training, consulting, events and publishing business making new ideas accessible to managers across the globe. | | He has 30+ years experience in the high technology industry starting with computer games in the early 1980’s. He has led software development organizations delivering innovative products with superior productivity and quality using... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 3:50pm - 4:40pm
SLACK ZONE Suite 308 - near the pool

3:50pm

Bringing DevOps to an Entrenched Legacy Environment
Innovative Silicon Valley companies like Etsy leverage DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices to achieve new levels of automation and agility, shrinking development lead times and deploying to production many times each day.  However, many companies struggle to implement these practices for the legacy systems that run their core business.  To make matters worse, the agile community offers relatively little practical guidance for implementing DevOps practices in legacy environments.  Fortunately, the Kanban Method provides a practical way to gradually evolve these core systems towards DevOps nirvana—without turning your organization upside down, and even if you don’t have a massive budget.

Through a case study involving a criminal justice system for a US government agency, we will examine how the Kanban method helps us identify and remove the barriers that prevent us from implementing DevOps automation for legacy systems.  Just as importantly, Kanban provides the means to measure the efficacy of our efforts, prompting us to course-correct when necessary.   Both technology-related and human-related concerns will be addressed.  We will review some interesting examples using the Microsoft technology stack, and these lessons can be applied to Java, LAMP, MEAN, or any other set of technologies.  The end result is better quality and collaboration and faster delivery of value to our stakeholders.  Perhaps it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks, after all.

Speakers
avatar for Craeg Strong

Craeg Strong

Craeg Strong is the CTO of Ariel Partners and currently the Technical Lead of the FBI CODIS project shepherding a transition from waterfall to Agile. He has 25 years of experience in information technology, starting at Project Athena during his undergraduate studies at MIT.  He owns a small consulting business based in New York City and Washington DC.  Mr. Strong is an experienced "turn-around" artist, and has successfully... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 3:50pm - 4:40pm
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor

4:45pm

Ask a KCP | Brickell Key Awards Pre-Party
Come to a pre-party for the Brickell Key Award ceremony, which immediately follows.  Drinks and refreshments will be served.

Don't miss our Kanban coaching clinic!  Drop by the Ask a KCP tables during the party to ask a Kanban Coaching Professional about your workplace challenges.  Get free advice from some of the world's top Kanban coaches.


Tuesday May 17, 2016 4:45pm - 5:30pm
KON TIKI FOYER Catamaran 2nd Floor

5:30pm

The Brickell Key Awards
Lean Kanban North America 2016 is pleased to present the 6th annual Brickell Key Award.

All attendees holding a 3-Day All Access Pass or a 2-Day Main Conference Pass or a 1-Day Pass for Tuesday are invited to the Brickell Key award ceremony.

Tuesday May 17, 2016 5:30pm - 6:10pm
KON TIKI Catamaran 2nd Floor
 
Wednesday, May 18
 

9:00am

Designing for Organizational Agility
Limited Capacity seats available

The next generation of Lean Methods, such as Kanban, have provided a platform for continuous improvement and constant learning. The thinking behind these techniques promotes an organizational structure that is radically different than traditional perspectives allow.

By and large, organizational design thinking has not kept up. Current Org design initiatives often result in optimizing a highly hierarchical, specialist soloed, command and control structure. Lean, Kanban and Agile change agents struggle with those responsible for refreshing the org design.

In this workshop Jeff Anderson will facilitate an organizational design methods that allows participants to define an organizational structure that promotes service oriented flow across both cross functional teams and share service areas. Participants will learn how to design a value network by using concepts found in traditional value stream mapping, along with symbols used to represent concepts from Kanban, Product Flow, and successful large scale agile deployments.

Participants will build a real org structure model that covers the following:
- Shaping a catalog of demand profiles
- Defining service oriented value streams
- Collecting capabilities into cross functional value centres, shared service centres, or traveller pools
- Connecting centres through one or more linking traveller patterns
- Adding higher order structure by grouping centres into Domains of Intent
- providing governance through set up of Guardian centres, and Communities of Practice

This session promises to be a hands on, in depth session where attendees will be able to develop a real world example of organization structure designed to improve agility in their context.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

President, Agile By Design
Jeff's mission in life is to help technology knowledge workers be awesome at what they do. | | Having been in the market since 1994, Jeff have transitioned his initial passion for agile software engineering to provide advisory services to clients that want to thrive in a world of uncertainty and learning. | | Over the last several years Jeff has been running an Agile/Lean transformation service to help clients embrace the knowledge... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 9:00am - 12:30pm
Boardroom West Catamaran 2nd Floor

9:00am

Kanban Beyond the Board
Limited Capacity seats available

Knowledge workers worldwide realize improvements in the range of 2x-5x within the first two years of implementing Kanban practices that provide complimentary augmentation to their existing workflow. Significant improvements are commonly realized within the first six months.

If your team (peers or direct reports) have been using a Kanban board for at least 6 months and yet, you are not seeing relevant improvements in delivery times, productivity, or morale, this session is for you.

The workshop is based on attendee’s challenges and provides solutions to teams who want to boost their current Kanban implementations. Based on interest we will cover at least three of the following topics:

  • Measure and Improve Team Capacity
  • Reduce Lead Times, Cycle Times or Time-to-Market
  • Improve Productivity
  • Minimize Interruptions and Constant Change in Priorities
  • Improve Backlog Triage and Backlog Prioritization
  •  Define Pragmatic Expectations or Agreements with your customers
  •  Verify you implemented the appropriate triad of Metrics, Feedback Loops and Meetings
  •  Validate your understanding of Team Kanban, Product Delivery Kanban and Portfolio Kanban.

The workshop is led by Dragos Dumitriu, the first person (beginning in 2004)  to manage a team using the principles and practices that the Kanban Method is known for.

Dragos is a Lean-Kanban University Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP). He is one of the most active Kanban experts in North America and helps companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 enterprises realize remarkable business results.

Speakers
avatar for Dragos Dumitriu

Dragos Dumitriu

Teradata
Dragos’ passion is to help organizations transform overburdened teams into top talent. He designs strategy and leads teams to implement business solutions that simplify service delivery, accelerate time to market and realize sustainable gains in profitability, performance, and shareholder value. Over the past 15 years, he has performed in almost every role critical to software development and IT operations. He has held leadership... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 9:00am - 12:30pm
Rousseau Center Catamaran 1st Floor

9:00am

Modeling Monte Carlo - A Simple Real-world Case Study
Limited Capacity seats available

After learning and understanding the benefits of using a probabilistic approach to forecast when a feature (or a set of them) might be completed, Monte Carlo simulations were one of the first things I worked on adding to my analysis tool belt. Conceptually, I find it to be a simple technique, and relative low cost effort in comparison to the potentially powerful insights it provides beyond single point or non-probabilistic based range estimates.

However, as with many analysis methods and in particular one where a model is used, there are assumptions made quite often implicitly, if not explicitly, or possibly even unknowingly. In this workshop we’ll see examples of just how important it is to be aware of these assumptions in your context.

I’ll start with a quick overview of a simple Monte Carlo simulation I developed using “real-world” data and identify some of my initial assumptions. Next, we’ll see how the forecast compared to actual results as part of my efforts to validate the model design and assumptions. And we’ll conclude with how this validation effort resulted in new learning and understanding of how important those assumptions can be in the value and benefit you obtain from a forecast of this nature.

While no formal previous statistics knowledge is required, as a “heads-up” in addition to Monte Carlo simulations our discussion will assume some basic familiarity with these concepts: random numbers, scatter plots, percentiles, and histograms.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Vega

Frank Vega

Frank brings 25+ years of IT/IS experience, in roles including director, software architect, technical team lead, developer, database modeler, and numerical/data analyst. In 2002 he began assisting teams with applying lean-agile processes and practices (Scrum, XP). He started using the kanban method with his teams in 2007. As a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP), Frank leverages “real world” experiences to coach others to optimize and... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 9:00am - 12:30pm
Boardroom East Catamaran 2nd Floor

9:00am

Pathway to ESP in an Established Enterprise: the Xbox Journey
Limited Capacity seats available

Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) scales Kanban to the enterprise, but how to you begin such a major shift in a large longstanding business? This workshop takes lessons from Xbox’s journey into the Windows organization, with its 30-year history and over ten thousand engineers, to put you on a path to ESP within an existing enterprise.

Topics include:

·       A short history of Windows and Xbox

·       The barriers to Kanban and ESP in the enterprise

·       When different planning and execution cultures clash (role-play)

·       A phased pathway to ESP in an established enterprise

·       Bridging between established enterprise planning and Kanban (exercise)

·       Reporting of estimates and status into the enterprise (exercise)

·       Coordination and release of enterprise components (exercise)

·       Embracing ESP at scale through further componentization of services

ESP provides the framework to coordinate services and resources across the enterprise, but it doesn’t happen overnight. You need a way to smoothly transition established organizations “on the fly”. If a 30-year-old business like Windows with over ten thousand engineers can get moving, so can yours. Join us for a fun and engaging ride to enterprise success.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Brechner

Eric Brechner

Eric Brechner is the development manager for Microsoft’s Xbox Engineering Services team, and author of the book, “Agile Project Management with Kanban.” At Microsoft, he has also been development manager for Xbox.com, engineering learning and development, and Office Media Store. He has previously worked at Boeing, Silicon Graphics, Graftek, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Eric is also the author of a book and blog on Software... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 9:00am - 12:30pm
Rousseau East/West Catamaran 1st Floor

10:30am

Coffee Break
Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
KON TIKI FOYER Catamaran 2nd Floor

12:30pm

Lunch
Wednesday May 18, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
KON TIKI FOYER Catamaran 2nd Floor

1:30pm

Effective Metrics: Finding Real Answers in Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Ramesh Patil

Ramesh Patil

Ramesh brings to Digite over 30 years of rich experience as an academician, entrepreneur and technologist. Ramesh is a pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence and its application to medicine and has served on the faculty of Computer Science at MIT and University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute. In 1997, Ramesh was lured into entrepreneurship and joined Rightworks; a provider of B2B e-business applications. Ramesh... Read More →


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

1:30pm

ESP Cadences Simulation Game
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Jason Tice

Jason Tice

Jason Tice leads the Business Innovation practice at Asynchrony and specializes in the use of collaborative frameworks and serious games to help organizations discover measurable business outcomes, generate data to build consensus, measure progress and return on investment towards goals, and foster culture supportive of greater learning.  Jason is a frequent host on the “ThisAgileLife” podcast, volunteers to help plan... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Rousseau East/West Catamaran 1st Floor

1:30pm

From Good-enough to Great - Succeeding in the Long-term
Limited Capacity seats available

You’ve had some success with you Kanban System: you’ve managed flow and quickly increased your capability. But now the energy goes down, your Kanban system – (r)evolutionary at first – becomes the new normal. How do you keep your momentum? How do you keep succeeding in the long term?

Building on the insights gathered by starting and following 60+ Kanban systems, this workshop will give you concrete tips on how to lift your Kanban system from good-enough to great! You will learn how to better understand the service(s) you are delivering and how to make your Kanban system continuously fit for purpose. Fusing Kanban with tabletop RPGs, this workshop will help you:  

  • Know what you really want: find the Why in your Kanban system
  • Define and work with fitness criteria for your service and for your Kanban system
  • Improve your Kanban system continuously
  • Grow using depth of Kanban assessments


Speakers
avatar for Christophe Achouiantz

Christophe Achouiantz

Agile/Lean Coach, Sandvik IT
Christophe is a French lean/agile coach living and working in Sweden. He missions for a more efficient and effective knowledge-based work, making it more meaningful and profitable. Christophe is currently applying himself to make Sandvik’s IT department adopt a habit of continuous improvements.  Author of the “Kanban Kick-start field guide”, he blogs at http://leanagileprojects.blogspot.com. You can also find him on twitter... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Rousseau Center Catamaran 1st Floor

1:30pm

Strategy Deployment with the X-Matrix
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Scotland

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 Agile and Lean communities for the last 15 years. As a result he was awarded the honorary Brickell Key Community Contribution Award at the 2013 Lean Kanban North... Read More →


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

3:30pm

Coffee Break
Wednesday May 18, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
KON TIKI FOYER Catamaran 2nd Floor