Posted on January 30, 2014 by David Anderson

Defining Fitness for Purpose

For those who missed it, you will find my autumn conference series key note speech very insightful and useful background for this post. Kanban and Evolutionary Management - Lessons we can learn from Bruce Lee's journey in martial arts (video from Lean Kanban Central Europe, Hamburg, November 2013).

Every business or every unit of a business should know and understand its purpose. Sometimes businesses have lost sight of this and there is scope for a workshop exercise amongst senior leaders and business owners to define that purpose. What exactly are they in business to do? And it isn't simply to make money. If they simply wanted to make money they'd be investors and not business owners. They would spend their time managing investment portfolios and not leading a small tribe of believers who want to make something or serve someone. So why does the firm or business unit exist? If we know that we can start to explore what represents "fitness for purpose."

Posted on January 29, 2014 by David Anderson

Why we don't sell process improvement

Our firm doesn't sell process improvement or provide consulting services in defined or designed processes. I'm often asked, as a I travel around the world, "What does you firm do?" The answer to this is simple! "We are a management training business." "We also have event management and publishing businesses."

Posted on January 28, 2014 by David Anderson

Kanban Antipattern #4 - We're Following the Kanban Process!

In the 4th of my short series of short blog posts, I look at the antipattern of people claiming "We're following the Kanban process."...

Posted on January 28, 2014 by David Anderson

Scaling Agility - the easy way!

Recently, we've seen a lot of activity in the marketplace focused on "scaling Agile." It seems after a decade or so, people have been willing to admit the "Scrum of Scrums" concept just wasn't cutting it. There is now sufficient evidence of large scale failed Agile transition initiatives to know that previous decade's hypothesis about delivering large scale Agile adoption hasn't worked. Now we have a new wave. IBM has DAD (Disciplined Agile Delivery) and Dean Leffingwell and Rally Software Development have SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework). Other tool vendors in the market are encouraging emergence of "me too" scaled Agile solutions.

Posted on January 18, 2014 by David Anderson

Kanban - Now That The Hipsters Have Gone

In the fourth in my series of short blogs, I'm looking forward to this new year of 2014 and beyond, "Now that the hipsters have gone!"...

Posted on January 17, 2014 by David Anderson

Kanban Antipattern #3 - A Defined Process Disguised as Kanban

In the 3rd of this series of short blog posts, I'd like to examine another antipattern in use of kanban systems in consulting and change initiatives. This is the last of the antipatterns for now but it won't be the last of this series of short blog posts.

In this antipattern, a consultant designs a defined process, either uniquely for their client, or out-of-context as a defined off-the-shelf solution that they document and publish in some form. This defined process includes the use of a virtual kanban system and so they claim this is "Kanban" rather than give the process a specific name...

Posted on January 17, 2014 by David Anderson

Kanban Antipattern #2 - Kanban as a Smokescreen

In the second in this series of short blog posts, I'd like to take a look at another common antipattern in Kanban adoption - the use of a kanban board and the claim that "we are doing Kanban now" as a smokescreen for no change at all...

Posted on January 17, 2014 by David Anderson

Kanban Antipattern #1 - Kanban as Methodology

I have been storing up a series of short blog posts which are too long for a tweet but typically shorter than a full blog post. I've decided to publish them all separately so that they have separate URLs and can be indexed and referenced separately. This is the first of this series...

"After we started Kanban quality suffered because we stopped testing!"

This is just one of the many bizarre claims that I've heard over the last couple of years that fall into a general category of an organization discontuining some vital practice or knowedge creating activity allegedly because they adopted Kanban. I found these claims so bizarre that I could not fathom how they would come see things this way. Back in November I figured it out!...

Posted on January 03, 2014 by David Anderson

Really Special Training in 2014

We have some really quite special training lined up for the first half of 2014. In some cases, this training is new and unique and may never be offered in these cities or regions again. In other cases, it is still really special because of who is teaching it and how long has passed since we last offered a Kanban class in that location...