Posted on October 25, 2011 by admin

KANBAN WEEKLY ROUNDUP - OCT 25, 2011

By Dominica DeGrandis

After attending Devops, Lean and Kanban conferences in Sweden and Germany, this week’s roundup is heavily loaded with links to slides, videos and photos.

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The Lean Kanban Central Europe conference in Munich included some excellent presentations, pecha kuchas, and interactive sessions!  One of four keynotes, Stephen Bungay, in the final keynote, “Back to the Future” explained how 21st century businesses can learn from 19th century military thinking.  Keynotes and select presentations will be available on video soon.  Unfortunately not all presentations were recorded, but slides for most are on the LKCE11 website and Interviews with several speakers are up on YouTube.  Many thanks to the organizers, presenters and participants who contributed to this fine event - many of whom can be seen in the conference photos at http://www.lean-kanban-conference.de/pictures/).
http://www.lean-kanban-conference.de/program/

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Posted on October 12, 2011 by admin

UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF KNOWLEDGE DISCOVERY

 

Since 2007 when I first published on the Kanban Method as we recognize it today, I have struggled to articulate how to get started and describing the thing around which we hang a kanban (WIP limited pull) system. The first of the five core practices was described as “visualize workflow” in book. In some subsequent articles and online publications I and Janice Linden-Reed played around with alternatives. We tried borrowing the term “value stream” from Lean, and later got seduced by the intellectual objection that knowledge work isn’t a linear process and we should borrow Clayton Christensen’s term “value creation network.” The publication of that particular article on Kanban (which I refuse to link as I don’t want its search engine ranking improved) represented, perhaps, an all-time low in the struggle to articulate how to do Kanban. Recently, I attended Lean Kanban Benelux 2011 and was inspired by Michael Kennedy, an expert in Lean Product Development, to adopt his language of a “knowledge discovery process.”

Posted on October 11, 2011 by admin

WHY “CAPABILITY”?

 

The eagle-eyed observer of Kanban will have spotted that recently, I and my team have subtly changed some of our messaging. We’ve adopted the word “capability” where previously the term “throughput” was typically used. Why the change?

Posted on October 11, 2011 by admin

KANBAN WEEKLY ROUNDUP - OCT 11, 2011

 

By Dominica DeGrandis

We are packing our bags for Europe this week!  With conferences in Sweden and Germany, we anticipate opportunities to meet and talk with some really interesting people - thought leaders of our time!

Posted on October 04, 2011 by admin

KANBAN WEEKLY ROUNDUP - OCT 4, 2011

 

Lots going on this week with the release of a new book on performance and the Lean & Kanban 2011 conference in Benelux.  Discussions aplenty this week around kanban boards reflecting reality (or not) and the impact it has to swimlanes (or not).