In this episode, ⁠⁠Shahin⁠⁠ talks about Kanban Ninja, KLR and New Open Space.

The following have been topics of our conversation:

  • Insights from attending Kanban Leadership Retreat in San Diego
  • Customized open space format for efficient topic selection and discussion.
  • “Kanban ninjas” session in KLR23 to teach techniques for using Kanban method without telling people, focusing on efficiency and effectiveness
  • Techniques to smooth burndown chart in scrum fashion, including “look right, look up, look left” rule.
  • Encouraging team members to take ownership of tasks by providing excuses for not completing them.
  • Discussing techniques like “last one to the meeting” and “CFD with arrival and departure rates” to improve team productivity and time management.
  • Encouraging teams to celebrate small victories and identify areas for improvement.
  • Assume positive intent keeps a healthy atmosphere in the team.
  • Introducing a color-coding voting technique to help teams identify areas for improvement in Kanban maturity model.
  • Discussing techniques like “What do you really do well?” to uncover sources of dissatisfaction in a team conversation.

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As an Experienced Agile Coach at Elevate Change, you will play a pivotal role in guiding organizations through their Agile journey. You will work closely with leadership teams, product owners, Scrum Masters, and development teams, fostering an environment of continuous improvement and Agile excellence. Your primary focus will be on coaching and mentoring teams to adopt Agile principles, practices, and frameworks while ensuring the successful delivery of projects and initiatives.

– Collaborate with clients to assess their current Agile maturity and develop customized Agile transformation strategies.
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– Collaborate with other Agile Coaches and cross-functional teams to share best practices and drive consistency across projects.
– Help teams measure and track their progress using Agile metrics, providing guidance on how to improve their performance.
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In this episode, Jason joined Shahin to talk about Lean Change, Modern Change and Agile Change and much more.

The following has been topics of our conversation:

  • Lean Change Management
  • Modern Change Management
  • Agile in Startup and Large Orgs, and in Different Pockets
  • Lean Startup Machine
  • Enterprise Aware
  • Exceptional Change
  • Who is Responsible for Change?
  • That Change Show

The followings we have referenced:

  • Becoming a Change Artist – Jerry Weinberg
  • Are your lights on?
  • The secrets of consulting
  • The psychology of computer programming
  • Virginia Satir Ecosystem
  • MIT’s Leading Organization Change

In this episode, Ricardo joined Shahin to talk about Practical Agile; and indulge in an in-depth conversation on Agile through time from trenches to executives, and much more.

Quotes from this session:

  • Coach please come on in, help us with this. That’s the dream scenario.
  • Never hire Agile Coaches that are gonna tell you what they are going to do to make things better.
  • The one thing I recommend is never to be a hero!
  • Hiring for Leader: I am hiring you for how you think. I can teach you what you do not know. But I can’t teach you how to think.

The following has been topics of our conversation:

  • Scrum Fit and/or Kanban Fit
  • CSP through times – Scrum Alliance
  • Coaching & Consulting Stories
  • 10 years of Agile
  • How to start Agile
  • Don’t stop at Scrum

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Agile approaches have downplayed the role of management. Too many people say, “We don’t need no stinkin’ managers.” On the contrary. We need managers to create and refine the agile culture and create leadership capability across the organization. Without modern management, any agile transformation dies a quick and ugly death. Instead, it’s time to invite managers to change their behaviors to transform to an agile culture. Learn to see and create management excellence for your agile culture.

In this session, Johanna Rothman talked about the myths, traps, and illusions that prevent management from achieving leadership excellence and agility. She showed us actions to bypass several of these myths, traps, and illusions; How to learn which management behaviors to change, to serve the agile team or organization; and learn ways to invite your or your manager’s thinking patterns to change.


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Many enthusiasts joined us from around the world to learn from Johanna. You can find a screenshot of the presentation below.

Lean Agile Network Session with Johanna Rothman


You can also listen to Johanna Rothman’s talk with Shahin on the Lean On Agile Show.

Modern Management: Adapt How You Lead for Agile Success with Johanna Rothman

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Customers now expect continuous delivery of features, making them more awesome every day. Cloud computing and modern tools help, but that’s not enough. We need to improve our human interactions and day-to-day work. Learn how to help your business, management, and teams see the importance of technical improvement. Understand how your team can achieve Continuous Delivery through constant attention to technical excellence.

Lean Agile Network (LAN), previously known as Agile Lunch, is bringing you the first-ever series of Agile Emergent Speaker featuring Nawaz Butt.

Please join us for an hour of conversation, discussion and learning with Shahin, Nawaz, and Bola.

Nawaz is going to talk about Scrum Values for the first half.

Then we are going to facilitate an introduction to Liberating Structure. The audience is then going to participate in a Liberating-Structure activity. The outcome will help us to shape the future of Lean Agile Network.

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What do Scrum and Extreme Programming have in common? Courage is a requirement for success. Let’s explore what this means to us and our interactions with others; and how it can elevate our performance towards joy and success. Agile begins with values. Let us begin with courage.

Business agility is more than the organization’s IT shop adopting an agile delivery method. Business agility depends on three core capabilities: rapid delivery, strategic sensing, and customer rapport. As such it builds resilience to change as a strategic imperative and eventually it allows businesses to build a strategic advantage in driving change.

Investments in “agile” from an IT perspective will not increase business agility. So what does a company need in order to successfully drive change rather than react to it?

Dave will talk about how creating a resilient organization starts with rapid delivery and why many major organizations are turning their attention to less costly on-demand releases. We’ll look at how customer rapport is the new driver of operational efficiency, where not building something is invariably cheaper than optimizing the operational cost of building anything at all.

Lyssa and Simon explore the role and offer a definition of what agile coaching really means, what competencies you should expect and a framework for learning. As well as sharing some of the cool things being done in this space to maximise the chance of transformation success by having the right people.