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Posted on July 15, 2015 by David Anderson

Enterprise Services Planning Management Summit

A new conference! A new format! A new movement! London 28 September

The Enterprise Services Planning Management Summit is designed for managers in all types of professional services to come together and share their challenges managing modern 21st Century business in a complex world of disruptive change and ever shifting customer demands and expectations.

Posted on July 15, 2015 by David Anderson

Team Kanban Practitioner

Lean Kanban University is introducing a new entry level Kanban class for Team Kanban together with a certification and professional credential, TKP, Team Kanban Practitioner. This new class becomes the entry level on the "alternative path to agility" and reflects the market reality that most Kanban starts shallow and at the team level.

Posted on July 15, 2015 by David Anderson

Kanban - the alternative path to agility

The Kanban Method was conceived as an alternative path to agility - as a means to improve responsiveness and adaptability without any significant revolution or reorganization in your way or working or political structure of your business. Lean Kanban University has recently introduced a series of training classes developed and evolved from older, tried and tested curriculum to ease adoption of Kanban and communicate the full scope and scale of what is possible when you fully embrace Kanban as a way to manage your modern professional services business.

Posted on April 23, 2015 by David Anderson

ESP compared to Kanban Method

I've been giving some careful thought to why it became necessary to create the concept of Enterprise Services Planning.

At the most fundamental level, ESP was necessary to provide a container for the collection of things we were teaching that were beyond kanban systems and beyond the scope of the Kanban Method. These were the things that enabled the optimal and effective use of kanban systems - topics such as: probabilistic forecasting and statistical analysis; qualitative risk assessment; real option theory; connecting strategy to operational mechanisms such as Kanban capacity allocation; and so forth. ESP represents a system of management for an entire professional services business. It isn't just an IT thing and it certainly isn't just for operational management of a single service delivery workflow. So we needed a name that encompassed concepts that were a lot bigger than Kanban.

Posted on April 23, 2015 by David Anderson

Kanban Cadences

Recently, I've taken a new approach to teaching The Kanban Method. The new Lean Kanban "Practicing the Kanban Method" class is built around the 7 Kanban Cadences - the cyclical meetings that drive evolutionary change and "fit for purpose" service delivery. Two of these meetings are relatively new additions to the method: Risk Review added in 2014 as a response to Klaus Leopold formalizing Blocker Clustering in 2013; and Strategy Review as an emergent response to the concept of "fit for purpose" and the need to sense the external environment, in order to be able to respond appropriately. The other 5 were existing elements of the method, though the first edition of my Kanban book ommitted Service Delivery Review. In truth our training has not until now emphasized these meetings and particularly replenishment/commitment and delivery planning have not been explicitly taught. Little wonder then that these very basic functions of Kanban have not been well implemented in the field.