Our Regional Strategy for Kanban in Europe

Posted on July 31, 2012 by admin

Last year, Lean Kanban University started to develop a regional strategy for raising awareness of Kanban within Europe. It had become evident that Europeans prefer to attend events within their own language region and that demand for basic information, case studies and access to experts on Kanban was growing across the whole continent. As travel budgets tightened and tolerance for travel outside the language or cultural region was low, the best way to serve the growing demand was to create a series of regional events.


In 2011, there was Lean Kanban Benelux (in Antwerp) and Central Europe (in Munich). This year there will be a total of four Lean Kanban conferences in Europe. The first was Southern Europe held in Madrid in May. In October there will be a series of three events: France in ParisCentral Europe in Vienna; and Netherlands in Utrecht.

Each event is unique. Each has its own call for papers, and the Paris event has a French language track. However, there are a significant number of shared speakers from overseas including key note speakers like Donald Reinertsen, David Joyce and me (David J. Anderson). The concept is provide high quality content from globally recognized speakers as well as superior regional content. Hence, the best strategy will generally be to attend the event being held in your own region.

For those from Scandinavia or the UK, you are spoiled for choice. Any one of these events offers great value. My personal preference is for Netherlands but choose the dates and times that work best for you. For those who cannot travel out of the Nordic region, we hope in the near future to announce a conference in Stockholm to take place in February 2013. I’m still looking for someone interested in organizing a UK-based conference in 2013. Contact me if you might be interested.

It’s not too late to participate as a speaker. The call for papers at Lean Kanban Netherlands is still open. The program committee is chaired by Olav Maassen, together with Lilian Nijboer, Maarten Hoppen, Patrick Steyaert and me. We’re looking for case studies of Kanban implementations as well as presentations that show use of other Lean ideas such as A3 Thinking, and synthesis of models from other fields such as risk management. Don’t miss out!Get your submission in before mid-August!


Sponsors, did you know it is possible to sponsor all three events as a package deal? Alternatively, you can choose to sponsor just one or two of the events. Contact event organizers for details.



Register now for Lean Kanban Central Europe, 22-23 Oct


Keep me informed about Lean Kanban France, 18-19 Oct
Keep me informed about Lean Kanban Netherlands, 25-26 Oct