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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!!

Lean Business Agility E001: Eine neue Video-Reihe

Lean Business Agility ist eine Video-Reihe, in der es Interviews und Geschichten rund die Gestaltung von effektiven Arbeitsumgebungen geht. Als Consultant und Trainer reise ich sehr viel um diesen Planeten und ich arbeitet dabei immer wieder mit spannenden Unternehmen zusammen und lerne interessante Personen kennen. In dieser Video-Reihe werde ich euch an meinen Erlebnissen und Gesprächen teilhaben lassen.

Die erste Episode ist quasi das Intro für diese Video-Reihe – weitere Episoden folgen in Kürze, sie sind nämlich schon im Kasten!

Also, abonniert den YouTube-Kanal und den Podcast und freut euch mit mir auf eine spannende Zeit!

One Week in Bangkok

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!