The wedding of one of Katrin’s friends in Thailand five years ago started it all. „Given the fact that we travel to Thailand anyway – why not also try to organize a training over there?“, we thought. We tried to organize the first two trainings on our own but luckily we met Kulawat Pom Wongsaroj and Kamon Treetampinji. Since the third training they support us a lot with their local know-how and have become very dear friends. Kulawat an Kamon run their own consulting company “Lean in Consulting” and are committed members of the Thai Agile Community. With their help, trainings in Bangkok have become a yearly highlight in my training schedule. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting for the fifth time, and it was an entire week of training!
Well, I can tell: There’s a lot going on in Thailand kanbanwise! Besides “Applying Kanban” I gave my training “Improving Kanban” for the first time over there. Both trainings were sold out and additionally, I had been invited to talk about “Lean Business Agility” in front of about 100 attendees at the Agile Bangkok Meetup which was held in the impressive G-shaped tower auf AXA-Life. I very much enjoyed the interesting discussions and conversations afterwards.
Apart from the fact that it is much warmer in Thailand than in snowy Austria, it once again simply made a lot of fun. On top of that, it especially came to my attention that a lot of middle and top managers from a wide range of companies – from oil companies to hotel groups – attended my trainings this time. Even the CTO and COO of AXA-Life learned how to apply and improve Kanban! A huge „Thank you“ to Kulawat and Kamon for their support in preparing and carrying out this special training week! I’m already looking forward to my stay in Thailand in 2018!
At the beginning of November, I once again had the pleasure of running Kanban training in South Africa. As always in cooperation with our dear friends of agile42 South Africa. “Applying Kanban” was the theme on 31 Oct – 1 Nov in Cape Town and on 3-4 Nov in Johannesburg and the name says it all: In two days, participants learned the basics of Kanban. As usual with LEANability training it is not a theoretical event, but the practical application in the workplace is the focus. The result was several Kanban systems, which the participants could start the next working day.
A very nice extra for me was to co-train with Mike Freislich and Regina Martins in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively. The cooperation was really exciting for me and we could learn a lot from each other.
And the South Africa trip was connected with a sensational supporting program: fish and wonderful wines on wine farms in Cape Town and, of course, steaks in Johannesburg. On the day of my departure I had the special pleasure of spending the afternoon in great company with my South African friends at the Groot Constantia Estate in Cape Town. Mr. Personal Kanban, Jim Benson, who was at the same time in South Africa joined us for our culinary afternoon 🙂
I had the great pleasure of participating at the premiere of the Agile Business Conference in Moscow. A long sold out event with 500 participants can be described as a successful premiere. My talk was about “Enterprise Agility” and I was speaking about how we helped a company with about 80 teams to work in an agile way. The exciting thing was that we had not begun to agilize the teams. This approach is only good for consulting companies, since you have to buy a lot of consultancy fees. We started at the level of top management and limited the number of work throughout the organization with the effect that more work was done faster and this with only minimal consultant costs. Nice!
My session was translated live in Russian and that alone was worth the trip. Sensational experience – you make a joke and one half of the hall starts laughing and five seconds later the other 🙂
The conference took place in the really cool venue “Digital October” and was very well organized from the beginning to the end. I just say that the whole spectacle ended with a whiskey party for all 500 people 🙂 Thanks to the ScrumTrek team for great support!
Cheers from San Diego! After a week of rather casual work in Miami, FL – Katrin and I arrived in San Diego, CA. And we gonna pick up pace: three events in only five days. On Monday, 16 May, I was speaking at the Lean Kanban North America Conference 2016, followed by the Enterprise Services Planning Summit and the American Kanban Leadership Retreat which Katrin and I are facilitating.
My conference talk on Monday was, with 130 people, really well attended. As you probably know – that’s what I really like!! 🙂 The topic of my talk was “Don’t Optimize Teams” and well, the name says it all. One of the biggest mistakes I see in Agile transformations (gee, I hate this term) is that organizations “install” Agile methods on teams and then they think agility of their organization improved. Unfortunately, that is totally not working!! I mean, it’s a perfect approach if you are a consulting company. You really can sell a lot of billable days because all these teams need training and coaching. However, if you are the company that’s striving for agility it’s no good advice. In most of the cases the company’s performance will go down and this with very high consulting costs. I also presented the latest version of Kanban Flight Levels in my talk. Which reminds me that I need to blog about it… :-/
I loved the energy of the audience in the room during my session. I really had a lot of fun on stage and many very deep conversations about the topic after the talk. And there was also quite some Twitter coverage during my session. Here some highlights: