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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In this episode, Horia joined Shahin to talk about Kanban and Various Aspects of Coaching & Consulting, as part of the Kanban Clinic series.

The following have been topics of our conversation:

  • Collaboration is the main mechanism to untangle the system.
  • One of our responsibilities is to manage our own workload.
  • What is your self-care as a coach & How to avoid burnout in your career?
  • How do you deal with changes?
  • Basic steps for listeners to get to a trustful environment.
  • Collaboration, alignment and teamwork.
  • Hacking the culture of agile & the evolution of agile at each level.
  • Correlation between agile practices and culture.

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In this episode, Craeg joined Shahin to talk about Kanban and Various Aspects of Coaching & Consulting, as part of the Kanban Clinic series.

The following have been topics of our conversation:

  • From extreme programming to Kanban.
  • The differences between implementing kanban at the organizational level vs. the team level.
  • The importance of having a beginner mindset.
  • Other branches of kanban, exploring different aspects.
  • Differentiating and differentiating from cheap knockoff kanban.
  • Taking kanban beyond teams and groups to enterprise level.
  • Portfolio kanban and strategy level kanban.
  • How kanban helps with visualization and leadership.
  • Finding opportunities to use kanban tools.

Note: It is the speaker’s intent to add that Nimble, formerly known as Swif, does not suffer from the limitation implied.

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In this episode, Andreas joined Shahin to talk about Dependencies and Scalability in Kanban, as part of Kanban Clinic series.

Kanban Clinic - Dependencies and Scalability in Kanban

The following has been topics of our conversation:

  • Dependency management in Kanban vs waterfall.
  • Kanban management of dependencies vs Scrum.
  • How to implement business agility in your organization.
  • Kanban, simple or complicated?
  • Kanban v.s. Scrum
  • The easiest way to understand Kanban fully.

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In this episode, Mike joined Shahin to talk about Kanban, Leadership, Strategy, Games and non prescriptive Agile and much more.

Quotes from this session:

  • Leadership is about providing just the right amount of space. Don’t give them so much space that they lose heart, control, or their grip on what they are trying to do.
  • If Agile is something that happens to you, it’s pretty awful.
  • Rolling things out is a recipe for pain, not for success!
  • There is no way a leader can control anybody!
  • The world would be very very dull if we are only allowed one framework.
  • Agile can be done in investment banking.

The following has been topics of our conversation:

  • Kanban Through Its Values
  • Kanban From The Inside
  • non prescriptive agile and change
  • 3 layers of leadership
  • Servant leadership, Host leadership, Leader leadership, Clear leadership
  • Mindset of integration
  • Descriptive vs. prescriptive models and designs
  • Clean language
  • Leader is not a therapist
  • Generative question and conversations

Games:

  • Featureban
  • Changeban
  • 15 minutes photo
  • Celebration 5W

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In this episode, Dave joined Shahin to talk about Kanban; and indulge in an in-depth conversation on Kanban going main stream, Consulting, Kanban vs Others, Training, and much more.

The following has been topics of our conversation:

  • Kanban Facts
    • Kanban’s take on Estimation
    • Kanban Spread to Whole Company
    • What really does Kanban do?
    • Misconceptions of Kanban
    • Kanban offers a long-term solution rather a short-term achievements
    • One reason that the Kanban Method was created, was to make life better for people.
    • Kanban; it’s just a way to see your problems, describe solutions, put them in a place that everybody understands, and to bring all of your people together to solve these problems.
    • Scrum, SAFe, XP Barrier on evolving change in any organization
  • Kanban Going Mainstream
  • Lean Software Society Boston 2012
  • Consulting Secrets for a Good Consultant
    • High-Performing Team vs High-Performing Organization
Community Initiation of Lean-Kanban University (now Kanban University)

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In this episode, Joey joined Shahin to talk about Kanban; and indulge in in-depth conversation with select audiences.

The following has been topics of our conversation:

  • Kanban as a Method vs a Tool
  • Upstream and Delivery Stream
  • Stealth Kanban
  • KLR – Kanban Week
  • Q&A with Joey
    • Scrum and/vs Kanban in large organizations
    • Kanban in Transformation world
    • Chaos being hidden as Expedie

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About the Session:

We all have to work together. In a time of unexpected sequestration, there is a drive for us all to become individual silos, each plugging away at home. But, in order for professionals to have agency, build a quality product, and end the day fulfilled, they need to have clarity of expectation of themselves and their teammates. Rapid feedback loops are crucial for giving people clarity.  This can only come from collaboration.  We will not survive as armies of one.

Jim Benson will discuss collaboration, uncertainty, and team-centered approaches to create focal points for uncertainty, allow people to deal with complexity, reduce stress,  and focus more.

 

Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life

About Jim Benson:

Jim Benson is the creator of Personal Kanban and Lean Coffee, two intuitive systems that calm complexities in work, highlight unknown elements, and allow focused professional responses. His background as a civil engineer in the management of Megaprojects and owning software companies has led him to always focus on what the team needs to navigate uncertainty, understand quality, and collaboratively self-manage. Currently, through his consulting at Modus Cooperandi and his on-line school at Modus Institute, Jim is actively pursuing how to best implement collaborative, professional, and humane systems of work.

 

Jim Benson

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Welcome to Lean on Agile Podcast, a podcast about Agile & Beyound. I’m your host, Shahin.

This is our first episode. The topics we are covering in this episode:

  • How to Start in Agile Certifications? 
    • What is Certification? 
    • What are my thoughts about them?
    • What does it show? 
    • From a beginner perspective
    • From a recruiter perspective
    • From a hiring manager perspective
    • From a knowledge perspective
  • Scrum bodies
  • ICAgile 
  • Kanban
    •  Changed recently, 3 levels 
  • DAD 
    •  Recently acquired by PMI -my story
  • LeSS 
    • Based on Scrum, I have done it, very close to Scrum@Scale it seems 
  • SAFe
  • Technical Certifications
    • DevOps – ICAgile, SAFe
    • Not a unique body

Bio: Dr. Klaus Leopold is a Kanban pioneer and worldwide one of the most experienced and successful lean and agile experts for knowledge work. He provides consulting for global companies on implementing Flight Levels and Kanban, the change processes associated with these and optimizing their value creation.

Abstract: In this talk, I discuss an agile transition where approximately 600 people were involved. The goal was to shorten the time-to-market for initiatives to be able to respond to customer needs more quickly and, as such, improve business agility. In order to achieve this, a reorganization was carried out. Cross-functional teams were constructed so knowledge needed for development is fully available within the team. In addition, the teams were categorized according to product in order to remove any dependencies. Visualization of the work, Standup meetings and Retrospectives made the agile transition complete—except for the expected improvements. In this session, I share what we did to improve the situation and reach the goal of “more business agility”. I also show how you can approach an agile transition of this size, so you can avoid the issue of no improvements being seen. This much I can tell you in advance: do not start at the team level—it will save not only your nerves, but also a lot of money!

For a limited time, grab Klaus Leopold’s Practical Kanban book at Leanpub for a discounted price for the LeanAgileCAN Network. You can use the link below, and/or use the coupon LeanAgileCAN when purchasing the book.

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