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Premiere – Improving and Scaling Kanban in South Africa

On October 20 and 21, it was all about Applying Kanban. We were already sold out six weeks before the training and even had to comfort interested individuals by putting them on a pre-registration list for the next South Africa training in May 2015. The energy level in the room was sensational – 30 South Africans, what else do you need to know Chris Olivier supported Klaus during the training in every way possible in order to keep the crowd under control.

One year ago, Chris attended the Kanban training in Cape Town and immediately after the training he hit the ground running within his company: approx. 70 individuals are successfully doing Kanban. Chris took advantage of the situation and presented his success story “Kanban at Momentum” during the training. What better practice!

By the way, the Momentum Case Study is also a part of the Learning Track (the Track Chair is none other than Klaus Leopold) at the Lean Kanban Central Europe Conference in Hamburg on the 11th and 12th of November. AJ (Amjid Ali) and Cliff Hazell will present the Momentum stories and, of course, Chris will also be there!

After a short break on Wednesday, we continued with “Improving & Scaling Kanban” on the 23rd and 24th of October. Klaus presented his new training for the first time – so to say, a world premier in South Africa. And I think we can safely say that the premier was a success. The participants and the trainer were happy.

This advanced training is decidedly directed towards people with practical Kanban experience. The idea is to improve upon the participants’ own Kanban systems and to fill up on in-depth Kanban knowledge. Have a look at the attached Value Proposition image. The feedback shows that specifically two points were viewed as quite valuable:

  1. The exchange with other participants – to see how the others do it.
  2. The call to involve more people from the company because this intensifies the exchange and thus drastically eases the transfer from training situations to real life application.

We are currently thinking of how we can better involve and integrate both of these points into the coming dates and especially within the organization pertaining to the trainings.

By the way, the first advanced trainings in German Kanban anwenden[1]  are on…

  • February 9 10 in Vienna,
  • April 29 30 in Zurich and
  • June 25 26 in Cologne.

Oh, and this is what the participants from the two trainings sound like:

  • “Knowledge-busting, mind-bending, exciting, enjoyable, practical, sensible – plain down awesome! A great course to be on!”, Yusuf Desai, Derivco, Durban, ZA 
  • “Plenty to take home and improve straight away”, Ros Dunn, ACI Worldwide, Cape Town, ZA 
  • “Educational, enlightening and empowering!”, Lizel Moolman, Momentum, Durban, ZA 
  • “Awesome course, very interactive and informative. Absolutely coming back for the Advanced course. Thank you Klaus!”, Douglas Boshoff, Derivco, Durban, ZA 
  • “Food for thought”, Doug Crawford, Entelect Software (Pty) Ltd , Johannesburg, ZA 
  • “My Kanban is now deeper!”, Leonard Joubert, Momentum, Centurion, ZA 
  • “Re-Enlightning, fun learning from others, with others and with Klaus”, Joanne Perold, ScrumSense, Johannesburg, ZA 
  • “Time well spent! I learned a lot.”, Lesiba Kekana, Momentum, Durban, ZA 
  • “#PennyDropped #FlowRider”, Alvin Govindan, Momentum, Durban, ZA 
  • “#keepflowing #kanban #fun”, Callie Robinson, Derivco, Durban, ZA

Klaus Leopold

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