Mon

16

Dec

2013

What others say about Lean Kanban Central Europe 2013

Here are some articles and blog posts reviewing Lean Kanban Central Europe 2013

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Wed

27

Nov

2013

Lean Kanban Central Europe‘s Mission

Lean Kanban Central Europe’s mission is to help Managers and Leaders - and as Stephen Bungay taught us recently, also Commanders - to make better decisions. We strive to, in the words of Mike Burrows, increase an organization’s learning capabilities. Therefore our conference is designed to help traditional line managers, as well as servant leaders and change agents, who may have little positional power, but care about their organization and are looking for ways of driving sustainable change.

What attendees can expect is a variety of the world’s finest speakers on Lean and Kanban and related subjects, high-class venues with an individual atmosphere, as well as plenty of opportunities to mingle with speakers and other attendees and to share experiences.

 

Lean Kanban Central Europe is not an academic conference, it’s a conference for practitioners. Most of the content is derived from practical experience. Each edition of the conference presents a whole set of real-life case studies, ie SAP, Spotify, Siemens, Ericsson, Jimdo, BBC

 

At the same time we also believe in the value of sound theory, because „if you don’t understand how something works you cannot scale it“ (Dave Snowden). Therefore, we strive to present models and theories from different disciplines such as Systems Thinking, Complexity Theory, Queuing Theory, Manufacturing, Psychology and Sociology, or even Military History. Practical advice should be embedded into these theories and models.

 

Our objective is that every attendee will get several ideas of what he/she can do differently in his/her office next Monday and why this might be a good idea.

 

To accomplish our mission, we collaborate with Lean Kanban North America and several European conferences like Lean Kanban Netherlands and Lean Kanban UK.

Lean Kanban Central Europe is an official Lean-Kanban University event. It’s an international conference and therefore entirely held in English.

Get an impression of previous edition of Lean Kanban Central Europe (LKCE)

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Fri

01

Nov

2013

13 reasons to attend Lean Kanban Central Europe 2013

 

  1. Experience reports for Kanban at Scale from SAP, Siemens, Ericsson, Jimdo, Spotify
  2. Four Lightning Talks
  3. Meet six Brickel Key Award Winners
  4. David Anderson will keynote about Kanban and Bruce Lee
  5. Bring your hard questions on Lean and Kanban and ask a KCP
  6. Tutorials on Kanban, Lean and Forecasting
  7. Five Pecha Kuchas
  8. Jim Bensonannounced that he will "deprogram the experts"
  9. Troy Magennis‘ keynote on cycle time forecasting
  10. Stephen Bungay‘s keynote on The Executive‘s Trinity 
  11. We will visit the world‘s biggest model railway
  12. Euope‘s biggest book table with books on Lean and Kanban
  13. A professional illustrator capturing the main takeaways of all sessions

 

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Wed

23

Oct

2013

Everything starts with real problems we‘re facing

Pawel Brodzinski talks about Portfolio Kanban and why he likes Lean Kanban Central Europe.

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Wed

23

Oct

2013

Europe‘s biggest book table on Lean and Kanban books

Good speakers at conferences tend to point their audiences to quite a lot of great books to dig deeper into their topic. Most often these bookjs cannot be found in your local book store. That‘s the reason why we will have a big book table with (almost) all books the speakers refer to. Thanks to Lehmann‘s Fachbuchhandlung for making this possible!

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Tue

15

Oct

2013

Kaizen will not magically evolve

In this short video interview Lean Change expert Klaus Leopold talks about Kaizen and why he likes being involved in Lean Kanban Central Europe.

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Fri

11

Oct

2013

Brains, colors, myths, film industry: Our Lightning Talks

Blaise Pascal once wrote: "I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter." This could be the motto of Lightning Talks! Here a speaker is supposed to present one topic, meme or hypotheses in no more than 10 minutes. A tough challenge!

On Tuesday after Lunch (perfect timing when people are lazy after their meal:-) we will have four Lightning Talks.

So lean back and enjoy these topics:

  • What‘s got my brain to do with it? (Mattias Skarin)
  • Personal continuous improvement - myth? (Brindusa Axon)
  • The colors of Kanban (Gaetano Mazzanti)
  • Kanban in the Film Industry: an experience report (Nicole Küblböck)

-> Read full abstracts

 

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Thu

10

Oct

2013

Lean is about three things: people, people, people

In this short interview Lean expert Stephen Parry (@leanvoices on Twitter) talks about customer-centered organizations, the climate model and modern management.

 

->Read the full interview

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Wed

09

Oct

2013

Meet the visual facilitator!

This year, again, the awesome Christoph Illigens will be at the conference and capture the main takeaways of every session! Come by at his table, watch him illustrate, have a chat with him, and see how a big collage emerges!

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Sun

06

Oct

2013

Every manager should become a plumber

Lean expert Håkan Forss talks about Flow and why he likes speaking at Lean Kanban Central Europe.

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Mon

30

Sep

2013

Knowledge work is largely invisible - Interview with Jim Benson

Jim Benson is one of the big assets of the Lean/Kanban community! Not only did he invent Personal Kanban and the Lean Coffee format. He also announced that he will be "deprogramming the ‘experts‘" at Lean Kanban Central Europe 2013:-)

Marcel van Hove did an Interview with Jim where they talked about Personal Kanban, Lean Coffee, Kidzban and cognitive biases.

Read the whole interview

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Sun

29

Sep

2013

Are you the right person to attend the conference?

You should definitely attend the event if you...

  • are a Project Manager or C-Level Executive who´s interested in Lean
  • are keen to know more about Lean Product Development
  • are a ScrumMaster and want to learn more about the opportunities of Kanban and how to combine Scrum and Kanban
  • are a Change Agent and are looking for new ways to drive evolutionary, incremental change without meeting strong resistance
  • are a developer who wants to improve collaboration and teamwork within your organisation.
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Mon

23

Sep

2013

Ask a KCP (Kanban Coaching Professional)

At the conference there wil be quite a lot of the world‘s best Kanban coaches - some are speakers, some attendees, some organizers. Bring your workplace challenges and hard questions about Lean and Kanban to the "Ask a KCP" session. Lean-Kanban University Kanban Coaching Professionals are available to give you free advice. The session will take place on Tuesday morning 8 am, no extra registration is required. In addition, the coaches will be available at the Lean-Kanban University booth during the coffee breaks on Tuesday.

-> View the whole program

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Thu

19

Sep

2013

Skeletons - that‘s a real impediment!

In this short video interview our speaker Nicole Küblböck talks about Kanban in Film Industry - quite an extraordinary topic. -> View the whole session description

 

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Thu

12

Sep

2013

"I’m afraid that some leaders do actually think they are God"

Interview with Stephen Bungay

Stephen Bungay‘s keynote "Back to the Future" was without a doubt one big highlight of Lean Kanban Central Europe 2011 and nothing less than enlightment for me personally! So I made an interview with Stephen and asked him about Leadership and modern management and why we should care about the Prussian army and the concept of Auftragstaktik. Read the interview

 

P.S. Stephen accepted our invitation for this years‘ conference in Hamburg. This time his topic is "Beyond the Cult of Leadership"

 

-> Read other Interviews on Lean and Kanban in our Blog

 

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Mon

02

Sep

2013

Meet the Brickell Key Award winners

At Lean Kanban Central Europe you can meet some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people worldwide when it comes to Lean and Kanban. Seven out of nine Brickell Key Award winners will be in Hamburg. Don‘t miss this opportunity and talk to them!

 

What is the Brickell Key Award?

The Brickell Key Award is named after the Brickell Key island near Miami that is home to the Mandarin Oriental hotel where our community first gathered for the Lean and Kanban Conference in May 2009.

The Brickell Key Award will highlight excellence in our community, honoring two people who have shown outstanding achievement, leadership and contribution to our community. The award is especially oriented toward highlighting people who are lesser known and worthy of greater exposure.

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Mon

19

Aug

2013

Lean Forecasting: The Rock – Paper - Scissors of Software Development

Interview with Troy Magennis

Troy Magennis
Troy Magennis

At the Lean/Kanban conference in Chicago earlier this year, Troy Magennis was awarded with the Brickell Key Award for his work with Monte Carlo Simulations combined with Lean/Kanban. The announcement said that his work will „change the way our industry will work“. I didn’t know Troy very well in Chicago, but I had some opportunities to catch up with him. And it became clearer and clearer how right this statement is. His work will change the way our industry works – or at least big parts of it. The use of Monte Carlo Simulations can have a big impact on predictability, planning and accounting. And it might release teams from endless estimation meetings with often are a big pain. And besides this: Troy is a really nice guy. Two good reasons to not only invite him to Lean Kanban Central Europe but also to do an interview with him. In this interview we talk about:

  • Cycle Time Forecasting and Predictability
  • Story Points
  • Brook’s Law
  • Kanban Tools

Download the full interview here

 

P.S. Troy will be giving a presentation and a Tutorial on Lean Forecasting at Lean Kanban Central Europe 2013

 
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Mon

19

Aug

2013

Lean/Kanban at Scale

 

„How do we scale Lean/Kanban?“ is probably one of the most common questions when it comes to real-life implementations. Lean/Kanban is no one-size-fits-all solution. So there are many ways of scaling – completely depending on the context of the organization. At this year’s Lean Kanban Central Europe conference, there will be several experience reports on implementations that go far beyond the team level.

 

  • In their session Flow Thinking – The Mental Leap Håkan Forss Erik Schön will present how they are working on continuously improving Flow at Ericsson in Stockholm. -> Go to session
  • SAP is Europe’s largest Software Company. Alexander Gerber and Martin Engel from SAP’s Lean Agile Core Team will share their experiences with moving a department of 2.000 people towaads Lean/Kanban. With all the ups and downs. -> Go to session
  •  Usually Kanban is introduced and scaled rather slowly. Siemens Health Services in the US took a different approach: All teams at once! Dan Vacanti and Bennet Vallet will present their learnings from one of the largest Kanban implementations in the world and why they found data extremely useful for improving the Flow! -> Go to session
  • Spotify grew from a small start-up to a quite big company in incredibly short time. Joakim Sunden will present how Spotify manages to stay lean despite this rapid growth -> Go to session
  • More than 9 Million Websites have been created by using the Jimdo Website Construcion Kit. With 170 people, Jimdo is a rather small company. But there are probably only a few companies worldwide who have adopted the Lean/Kanban Thinking at such an advanced level and throughout the whole company – including Dev and Ops, Online Marketing, Country Management, PR and even the Chef! -> Go to session

 

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Mon

12

Aug

2013

De-mystifying cross-functional teams

Cross-functional teams seem to be one of the sacred cows of the Agile movement. While I totally agree that we need more collaboration in many organizations, I have never fully understood what exactly the term "cross-funcional team" means. A while ago I discussed this with my brother Stefan, who is one of the smartest guys ever, and the result of this discussion was a 9-page article on cross-functional teams, which was published in our magazine agile review (German). We are quite satisfied with the content, so we decided to translate it into English and make it available for everyone. 

These are the topics we deal with:

  • When should we call a team cross-functional?
  • Cross-functionality, speed, innovation and efficiency
  • The cost-perspective (aka Reinertsen Thinking)
  • The way to cross-functional teams
  • What has the A-team to do with this? 

 

Download the full article here

 

Arne Roock

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