Posted on October 25, 2011 by admin

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.

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/).


We played the” IT Services and Operations” variant of the GetKanban Game simulation at Devopsdays in Gothenborg, Sweden.  Participants asked about dependencies between the standard stories and the intangible tickets – hmmm - great idea for the next iteration of the Ops Kanban game!  I’d say more, but Gareth Rushgrove (@garethr) already wrote up a lovely summary of the devops conference in his 42nd “Devops Weekly”.  Subscribe at http://devopsweekly.com/.

Ian Carroll posted a case study on the kanbanops Yahoo! Message board.  Included is a nice range of kanban boards from SysAdmin and DBA to Networks and Infrastructure.  The metrics (manually captured) come with a warning to management to not use them for performance measurement (love it).  http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/kanbanops/message/125

The Lean & Kanban 2011 Benelux conference videos are out!  The 34 videos might take weeks to watch, but Don Reinertsen and Dave Snowden’s are considered must-watch-now material.  Reinertsen’s keynote, “Is it Time to Rethink Deming?” indicates the need to respond to ANY random variation to reduce risk, not just assignable cause variation.  Snowden’s keynote, “Practice without Sound Theory Will Not Scale” indicates the need to ABSORB uncertainty rather than reduce uncertainty- otherwise the ability to adapt is destroyed.  Enjoy these along with all the other great speakers. http://vimeo.com/channels/leankanban2011benelux

The Lean Enterprise Software and Systems conference (#LESS2011) is happening in Stockholm, Sweden Oct 30 – Nov 2.  http://less2011.leanssc.org/

Kent Beck is hosting a SD Times Virtual Conference on “Leaders of Agile: Best Practices for Agile Development with Kanban” on Oct 26, 2011. 

The Lean Kanban University website lists loads of events, Kanban classes, and conferences.



Please contact dominica@djandersonassociates.com with questions.