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Business Agility, beyond Methods and Posters

“Most organizations die of indigestions, not of starvation”

Business agility is not merely about changing direction faster, it’s necessary but not sufficient. Our aim is to respond to beneficial change and be more resilient.This means, in addition, to be able to change fast, also being able to identify when it’s needed, at all levels of the organization. Consider for a moment the flow of work through an organization from idea to value.

  • "Kanban at its best!"

    Lukas Schmidt, Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn, DE
  • "Before the training you think you basically know the method to manage your teams work; you leave the training and start to understand how powerful Kanban is in identifying the right decisions for your whole business."

    Florian Junglas, Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn, DE
  • "Mindblowing! Now I know, that there is more than "just" simulate data to forecast!"

    Mathias Schröder, Kühne + Nagel, Hamburg, DE
  • "Energetic, clear & pragmatic."

    Kulawat Wongsaroj, Lean-in, Bangkok, TH


Typically the journey from idea to value. more often takes years rather than months or weeks.
Months are spent waiting for scoping and planning, approval Committees and feasibility assessments. Then once the decision is finally made to go ahead, If Business Agility requires being able to quickly adjust course.

Good ideas joining the back of a long, slow-moving queue, meandering through an unfit process, to be delivered once every few months, is the opposite. Visualisation and manage flow to reduce waiting.

Visualise the work and workflow, to understand where wait time is creeping in. Limit wip, push more of the total capacity into each item.
Reduce the batch size, make items smaller so the capacity required is smaller. Order items by CD3, hypothesis of what value will be derived, and the impact of delay of that value
Inspect regularly, and update your workflow and economic models to match your improved understanding of Reality.

Underpinning all of this is a Culture amplifying the potential to learn, by engaging the entire workforce in discovery of problems, and implementation of solutions. This requires not only decentralisation decision making, but also the information needed to make healthy decisions, as well as the Safety (technological and physiological) to experiment, without fear of catastrophic failure.

The aim being to not only do things right but to also do the right things.

Class Outcomes

In the training, you will learn…

  • How to achieve agility beyond the team level
  • How to visualise workflow and discover bottlenecks
  • Understand key levers for improving flow
  • How to decide where to start your agility improvements
  • How to facilitate an operational review
  • How to build a culture of learning
  • The fundamentals of retrospectives

Training Location: Athens, GR

Athens, Greece

Schedule: start time 8:00am - end time 5:00pm

Incl. 1h lunch break and a shorter break in the morning and afternoon.

Trainer: Klaus Leopold & Cliff Hazell


 Dr. Klaus Leopold is computer scientist with many years of experience in helping organizations from different industries on their improvement journey with Lean and Kanban. He is co-author of the book “Kanban in der IT” (in German, published by Hanser Verlag in 2012) and co-author of the English translation “Kanban Change Leadership” (to be published at the beginning of 2015 by Wiley). Klaus is one of the first accredited Lean Kanban trainers and coaches worldwide. He was awarded with the Brickell Key Award for “outstanding achievement and leadership” within the Kanban community in San Francisco, 2014. Klaus is also a founding member of the management network Stoos. His main interest is agility beyond team level, especially in programs from 30 to 500 people. He publishes his current thoughts on our blog www.LEANability.com/en/blog and you can follow him on Twitter at @klausleopold.



Cliff has made a career out of breaking down the obstacles that stand in the way of great work. He is often challenging the status quo in his quest to develop the right culture and systems for creation of excellent products. You can follow him on Twitter @ixhd.

After a tour of addresses across South Africa, Cliff moved to Stockholm where he is leading a team of Agile Coaches at Spotify.

Audience: Everyone who wants to improve a Company

People from companies who started out already or scaling up.
Business leaders and coaches who want to learn how to achieve true business agility.

Language: English

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Take 3 pay 2!
€ 1.100,- excl. VAT.
Price per participant for 3 bookings from one organisation

€ 1.600,- excl. VAT.
1 participant*

*We recommend the participation of several people form your organisation to faciliate joint reflection on the internal implementation of Kanban in your company and to facilitate transfer of what has been learned. This increases the overall impact and the sustainability of the training and thus the value of your investment.

The training is organized and invoiced by Agile Summit Greece. Their terms and conditions apply for this training.