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We are LEANability

LEANability is the vision of Katrin Dietze and Klaus Leopold to bring the customer further independently in perfect cooperation from the very start. To do this, Katrin will talk with you beforehand to discuss context, problems and needs. Klaus, Kanban pioneer, practitioner, book author and speaker will then work out the relevant topics with you on-site.

Actually DI(FH) Katrin Dietze is an architect. For more than ten years, however, she has not been building houses, but - agiles - business. The principle is the same: she listens to wishes, develops ideas and plans, lays a clear strategic foundation and builds one product after the other in sparring with Klaus. From design to marketing to the basic data protection regulations, Katrin knows everything that is important for the organization of our services. Probably nobody knows more about the agile training business than Katrin, not least she has helped to develop the certification programs of Lean Kanban University. In addition to her organizational power, which our customers appreciate very much, she also benefits from her extensive knowledge of agile methods in general and Kanban in particular. That's why she is always the first to hear Klaus' latest insight and challenges them with critical questions until they are ready for publication.

Dr. Klaus Leopold is computer scientist and Kanban pioneer with many years of experience in helping organizations from different industries on their improvement journey with Lean and Kanban. He is author of the book Practical Kanban and co-author of the book "Kanban Change Leadership”. Klaus is one of the first Lean Kanban trainers and coaches worldwide. He was awarded with the Brickell Key Award for “outstanding achievement and leadership” within the Lean Kanban community in San Francisco, 2014. His main interest is establishing lean business agility by improving organizations beyond the team level, especially in large environments from 50 to 5000 people. Klaus speaks regularly at renowned Lean and Kanban conferences worldwide. He publishes his current thoughts on his blog www.LEANability.com and you can follow him on Twitter at @klausleopold.

A little bit of LEANability history

What we have done in the past years...

  • One Year Lean Business Agility Video Blog

    It’s been a year since the first video was published in my Video Blog Lean Business Agility. What is more obvious than to draw an annual balance.

  • TWiG – The WiP Game – is Out!

    Klaus Leopold publishes a simulation to experience WIP-limited pull systems. The simulation is licensed with Creative Commons and can be downloaded for free.

  • Flight Levels: The Organizational Improvement Levels

    Klaus reduces the number of levels in his popular flight levels model from four to three. This makes it even easier to track where in the organization it is necessary to make changes in order to achieve the desired improvement.

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

    Klaus Leopolds new book „Practical Kanban – From Team Focus to Creating Value“ is available on Leanpub. Enjoy reading!

  • 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!!

  • 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!

  • Kanban in South Africa

    “Applying Kanban” was the theme on 31 Oct – 1 Nov in Cape Town and on 3-4 Nov in Johannesburg. A very nice extra for me was to co-train with Mike Freislich and Regina Martins. The cooperation was really exciting for me and we could learn a lot from each other.

  • Agile Business Conference 2016, Russia

    Agile Business Conference 2016, Moscow

    From Moscow with love! Premiere of the Agile Business Conference in Moscow – 500 participants, simultaneous translation, whiskey party and Klaus talks in his session about how to make an organization fit for the future with about 80 teams.

  • Don’t Optimize Teams

    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!! A better way is shown by Klaus in his talk at the Lean Kanban North America Conference 2016.

  • LEANability in China

    Klaus is invited to run a Kanban workshop with 50 managers in China. It was sensational! And what Mr. Bösel (Josef Hader) discovered in the movie India, much to his dismay, is really true: “They finish with the soup!!” So much for the understanding of cultures ?

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    LKNA15 – Bienvenidos a Miami

    The Lean Kanban North America Conference took place this year in Miami and LEANability was, of course!, right in the middle of it all. Klaus was definitely quite busy: Lecture, workshop and presenter of the Brickell Key Award. But, first things first…

  • Kanban Training at Spotify NYC

    New York, New York! LeanUX at an awesome venue in Brooklyn and an Applying Kanban Training at Spotify in their NY headquarter in Manhattan, That’s what we call a New York trip 😉

  • LKCE14

    Lean Kanban Central Europe 2014

    Lean Kanban Central Europe conference 2014 took place again in Hamburg, Germany and featured Klaus Leopold twice: Blocker Clustering and Analyzing together with Troy Magennis and a second talk about Agile Scaling.

  • Premiere – Improving and Scaling Kanban in South Africa

    Klaus Leopold was again a guest in South Africa. And this time for two trainings: The LKU Foundation Level Training “Applying Kanban” and the brand new Advanced Practitioner Training “Improving & Scaling Kanban”. And, it was sensational! But, let’s start at the beginning…

  • Klaus Leopold wins the Brickell Key Award

    Klaus is awarded with the Brickell Key Award für “outstanding achievement and leadership” in the Lean Kanban world. This makes us of course veeeeery proud!

  • 1st accredited Kanban Training in Dusseldorf, DE

    1st accredited Kanban Training in Dusseldorf, DE

  • Lean Kanban Central Europe 2013

    This year’s Lean Kanban Central Europe Conference took place in Hamburg, DE. Klaus participated with a talk about the Kanban Flight Levels.

  • 2nd Edition of “Kanban in der IT”

    It only took less than 1.5 years and the first edition of the book “Kanban in der IT” from Klaus Leopold and Sigi Kaltenecker is sold out. Now we proudly present the second edition of the book!

  • Kanban Change Leadership in South Africa

    LEANability are Kanban pioneers again. This time Klaus and Sigi taught the first Kanban training in South Africa. Three days of the certified Kanban Change Leadership training in Johannesburg. Awesome!

  • Kanban in Thailand

    Oops we did it again – first accredited Kanban training in Thailand and it was awesome again.

  • Book presentation of “Kanban in der IT”

    Book presentation of “Kanban in der IT” at Lehmann’s book shop in Berlin. Nice 🙂

  • Klaus is member of the LKU management board

    Klaus is member of the Lean Kanban University management board.

  • LEANability organizes the LKCE conference

    LEANability organizes the Lean Kanban Central Europe conference in Vienna, Austria. What an awesome event it was!! 🙂

  • CIO Conference INKOP 2012, TALLINN, EE

    Klaus Leopold and Gabi Ruf (Director IT Infrastructure & Operations von Daimler) were facilitating a Kanban workshop at the INKOP CIO conference in Tallinn, Estland. 160 German CIOs were delighted.

  • Kanban Coaching Professional

    Klaus becomes a member of the Advisory Board of the KCP Program. The KCP (Kanban Coaching Professional) establishes quality assurance in the Kanban coaching market.

  • 1st accredited Kanban training in Switzerland

    Klaus Leopold taught the first accredited Kanban training in Switzerland. “Kanban in Action” was the motto of two intense learning days in Zurich.

  • “Kanban in der IT” is published

    Done! Klaus Leopold and Sigi Kaltenecker published “Kanban in der IT”, the German standard reference for Kanban in knowledge work. We are proud!!

  • First accredited Kanban training in Austria

    Klaus Leopold (LEANability) taught the first accredited Kanban training in Austria. Two days “Kanban in Action” in Vienna.

  • LEANability is founding member of the Lean Kanban University

    LEANability is founding the Lean Kanban University together with David J Anderson and 16 other member from countries all over the world.

  • Katrin becomes Director of Membership of the Lean Kanban University

    Katrin Dietze (LEANability) becomes Director of Membership of the Lean Kanban University.

  • Founding the management network Stoos

    Dr. Klaus Leopold is founding the management network Stoos with 20 other management thought leaders like Steve Denning, Peter Hundermark, Jurgen Appello, etc.

  • Kanban with Klaus & David in Zurich

    Klaus Leopold and David Anderson are bringing Kanban to Switzerland. And it was hot! So hot that even the fire fighters had to come…

  • Swiss Ltd. WIP Society with Don Reinertsen

    As co-founder of the Limited WIP Society in Switzerland, we’re very proud that Don Reinertsen visited us at one of our meetups.

  • Klaus is one of the first “Approved Kanban Trainer” world wide

    That is very good news! Klaus Leopold is one of the 10 first personally “Approved Kanban Trainer” by David J Anderson.

  • LEANability organized the first Kanban Training in Austria

    LEANability organized the first Kanban Training with Kanban pioneer David J Anderson in Austria.

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