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Practical Kanban – Chapter 3: Kanban at Scale

Done! The next chapter of my new book Practical Kanban is published. This 31-page chapter is all about “Kanban at Scale”. I show with a case study how Kanban was used to develop a sales platform with about 200 people involved. Then I write about what it means to scale Kanban. Kanban is inherently scalable and in the end, scaling Kanban simply means improving Kanban. At the end of the chapter there is an interview with Hans-Oliver Ruoß and Andreas Haugeneder from Bosch Automotive Electronics. They report on their journey (which I may accompany) to a learning organization and the role Kanban plays.

You can get the book on the Practical Kanban Leanpub page. The price is currently $ 12 and it increases per chapter by $ 4. Buy it before the price continues to rise!

Have fun while reading!

South Africa – Expectation Met!

Last week, after two days in Düsseldorf and a short stopover in Vienna, I headed on to South Africa for „Applying Kanban“ and „Improving Kanban“. It was almost like a class reunion because some of the participants who came from all over South Africa had already attended my „Applying Kanban“ course a few months ago. I also had the pleasure to meet with Joanne Perold (one of her relatives cultivated the Pinotage which is one of my favourite wines). She agreed to recording two videos for our „Lean Business Agility“ series and so we talked about Scrum in one of them and the second video revolves around the question: „What to do if your working system is congested?“ This problem usually occurs when starting to work with WiP-Limits.

By the way, my idea of turning the project traffic light upside down in order to begin every project with status “red” got a great response in my South African trainings (see my recent blog entry for more information). If you combine it with continuous forecasting, the upturned traffic light very well reflects the actual project reality and therefore sets an end to wishful thinking. This makes it way easier to identify problems early on and to address them at the right time. To the participants it appeared very logical and one project leader who took part is eager to find a way of applying the idea in his daily work. I’m already curious what he will tell me about his experiences!

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Now available on Leanpub: Chapter 1 of „Practical Kanban“

Practical Kanban BookWhen I was in Bangkok in Februray for giving some trainings, it became clear to me: My new book „Practical Kanban – From Team Focus to Creating Value“ should be published in English as soon as possible. I travel around the English speaking part of the world quite a lot and people there aren’t too keen on reading my ideas in German. Furthermore, readers of the English edition shouldn’t have to pay two or three times more than the German ones – I had to make this experience with my first book „Kanban Change Leadership“. So Katrin and I decided to produce the English edition of „Practical Kanban“ entirely on our own. And it was easy to do so with Leanpub as a platform: As soon as one chapter is translated and reviewed, we can publish it as a pdf or ebook. Besides that, new ideas and developments can be included much earlier. And finally: We can charge a – from our point of view – fair price. So publishing with Leanpub can be calld „agile“. For my part, I simply think it’s cool! Most important in Chapter 1

  • I seized the opportunity to include some learning I made in my trainings. The question of regulated or not regulated on certain Flight Levels proved to be irrevelant. So I radically simplified the Flight-Levels-model and now there are only 3 Flight Levels.
  • Participants of my trainings always ask me for a written instruction for the ship building experiment. You can find the whole instruction in chapter 1 as well as an explanation of the mechanisms that are at work in this experiment.
  • Chapter 1 also comprises a review of the Kanban principles and the goals of working with Kanban.

A book at the price of a chapter! We aim at delivering the whole English edition as an ebook within the next few weeks. In the meantime we’d like to make you the following offering:

  • Buy Chapter 1 now for 4 dollars and get the other chapters for free! As soon as the book is complete it will cost 24 dollars – so you save quite a lot.

Enjoy reading! „Practical Kanban“ on  Leanpub

The ART of Lean Business Agility

From DB systel’s Skydeck one has a stunning view all over Frankfurt. Even more stunning for me was what was going on on the Skydeck itself on March 20th. After an “Improving Kanban”-Training during the day I had the pleasure to give a talk on Lean Business Agility at the Agile Round Table (ART) of DB systel. A few weeks earlier: Only a few hours after the talk had been announced, tickets were sold out. First the quota of tickets was increased to 100, then 150 – due to security reasons it wasn’t possible to offer more. So finally a conference call to Berlin was installed to offer some more interested people the possibility to attend the talk.

The Agile Round Table of DB systel is an open forum for agile practitioners and interested folks. Also, people from all over the company gather here for exchanging insights about projects and listening to talks like mine for learning something new that keeps them thinking about next steps. So the ART is also a tool for developing a new company culture. Just like at my talk at AXA in Bangkok a few weeks ago, I was fascinated by the fact that the top management attended the talk as well and were looking for inspiration. In many conversations I realize that managers become aware of their role in an agile context. Concepts like my flight levels model help them to understand how they can match their responsibility for strategic decisions with the momentum of agile grassroot movements within the company. It shows them how to establish feedback loops between different layers of the organization. So finally these are cultural initiatives – as the ART of DB systel shows. On the feedback whiteboards someone wrote: “Some more, please.” Well – with pleasure!

There was also a lot going on on Twitter:

Thanks to Angelika Zelosko for the gorgeous pics!!