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Sunday, June 7
 

9:00am EDT

Lean Kanban University Informational Meeeting
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a discussion of the 2015 LKU professional development programs for Accredited Kanban Trainers (AKT) and Kanban Coaching Professionals (KCP), as well as the Kanban Management Professional (KMP) program.  This meeting is open to current AKTs and KCPs as well as any interested observers.

Speakers
avatar for Janice Linden-Reed

Janice Linden-Reed

CEO, Lean Kanban Inc
Janice Linden-Reed is CEO of Lean Kanban, Inc. overseeing all Lean Kanban University certified Kanban training programs, credential programs for Kanban professionals, and the Lean Kanban Conference global series.   Her professional background includes game design and production... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Rivo Alto Lower lobby level
 
Monday, June 8
 

7:30am EDT

Lean Coffee
Join this conversation structured with Personal Kanban and have a meeting that matters. Look for the table marked Lean Coffee.


Speakers
avatar for Jim Benson

Jim Benson

Founding Partner, Modus Institute
My career path has taken me through government agencies, Fortune 10 corporations, and start-ups. Through them all my passion remained consistent – applying new technologies to work groups – in each case asking how they can be leveraged to collaborate and cooperate more effectively... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2015 7:30am - 8:44am EDT
Ocean Ball II A Ocean Tower upper level

7:30am EDT

Registration
7:30 - 8:00 Coffee & Tea
8:00-9:00 Breakfast 

Monday June 8, 2015 7:30am - 9:58am EDT
Ocean Ballroom II | Exhibit Area

9:00am EDT

KEYNOTE: Enterprise Services Planning: Scaling the Benefits of Kanban
Kanban has been around for 10 years already. We know it provides direct benefits for service delivery. We know that evolutionary change is a better way to adapt organizations to market uncertainties and changing market conditions.

However, Kanban adoption has mostly been inside-out, starting with small teams and in the middle of service delivery workflows. Many Kanban implementations are started locally and provide only local benefits. Kanban was always intended as an end-to-end enterprise solution. Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) is the future of Kanban.

ESP is an outside-in approach that looks at strategy, fitness for purpose and alignment of capability with strategy enabling better business results from the use of Kanban as a service delivery method and enabler of evolutionary change. ESP includes guidance on portfolio management, capacity planning, scheduling, forecasting, and risk. ESP is supported by new software tools that facilitate decision making and process improvement helping managers do their jobs by informing them better and making recommendations based on an understanding of business risks. ESP offers AI for your technology business.

It's the future for how modern 21st Century businesses will be managed!


Speakers
avatar for David J Anderson

David J Anderson

CEO, David J Anderson and Associate, Inc
David Anderson is a thought leader in managing effective teams. He leads a consulting, training and publishing and event planning business dedicated to developing, promoting and implementing sustainable evolutionary approaches for management of knowledge workers. He has 30+ years... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Ocean Ball II B & C Ocean Tower upper level

10:30am EDT

Coffee Break
Monday June 8, 2015 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Ocean Ballroom II | Exhibit Area

10:50am EDT

@ Biotech

Kanban in Biotech: An Enterprise Kanban Case Study

What is the most important cell in the human body?  The CEO asked the senior managers this question on the company's first day with Kanban.

This is the story of a biopharmaceutical company founded in the early 2000s and headquartered in St. Petersburg, Russia. Being much smaller than the Big Pharma companies, it found its edge in oncology, hematology, treatment of autoimmune diseases and its world-class clinical research program. Still growing and with hundreds of employees in many locations and over 20 research labs, this is a very complex organization. Seeking new improvement ideas, the company turned to the Kanban method.

Even though this Kanban journey is a very recent development, it has already produced many great stories worth sharing. Some of them are humorous. The very first Kanban board actually fell from the wall, overburdened with Post-Its. Many others are deeper stories demonstrating Kanban application with organizational impact. They have a common theme: people across the company getting better at managing the unpredictable flow of intellectual work, essential to success in their complex business.

The answer to the question about the most important cell turned out to be a powerful lesson in modern management We'll save it until the end.

Featuring: A special biotechnology version of the GetKanban game

Presenters:

• Evgenia Ovchinnikova
• Alexei Zheglov, KCP, AAKT, Principal Consultant, Lean A-to-Z


Speakers
avatar for Evgenia Ovchinnikova

Evgenia Ovchinnikova

Last year was a new start for me in terms of learning and applying the latest management methodologies such as the Kanban method, Business Model Generation, and Environmental Analysis. I believe that every knowledge work process can be enhanced using an appropriate tool kit, which... Read More →
avatar for Alexei Zheglov

Alexei Zheglov

Founder and Principal Consultant, Lean A-to-Z, Inc.
Alexei Zheglov is a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) and is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AAKT) - the first one in Central Canada where he lives.  He brings to the table two decades' experience in computer software industry and a decade of process improvement. Alexei’s mission... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 10:50am - 11:35am EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

10:50am EDT

Getting Kanban Right

Personally I find it very hard to imagine a situation where I would not use Kanban to drive improvement. The 6 core practices represent a set of game changing beliefs that apply equally well in organizations that want nothing but “Scrum by the book”, those that work with stage gate models and even startups that want to validate learning faster than their competitors.    

So why is it that less than 10 percent of those using “Kanban” are actively limiting WIP, why is flow still poorly understood and managed and why do most only scratch the surface of true continuous improvement? This talk is about getting back to basics and getting Kanban right. How you can and should leverage the huge potential of the core practices and how simple techniques can help you get on the right track before diving into the endless complexity that lies beyond.


Speakers
avatar for Jesper Boeg

Jesper Boeg

Agile Upgrade
Implementing Agile and Lean principles in the context of innovation and IT has been Jesper's work and passion for almost a decade. Having spent a number of years as a full time Agile and Lean coach and trainer, Jesper got tired of only telling others how to work. Therefore, he now... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2015 10:50am - 11:35am EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

11:40am EDT

@ Hotels.com: Is Going Fast Enough?
Is Going Fast Enough? Balancing Technology, Process, and People

Is increasing pace of delivery really enough, or is the pace of finding out which issues are worthless more important?

The talk focuses on Hotels.com’s tech evolution and big success in delivering value to customers by reducing the cost, time and risk of delivering incremental changes.

It will cover the following, and more:
• Want to go fast, but where do you start? What does fast mean? Is going fast even enough?
• Can technology and teams change to allow faster feedback cycle?
• Can you reduce the amount of time you spent on features that turn out to be worthless?
• Can the technology, process and the people to get in harmony to deliver success?¬
• Can the balancing between technology future proofing vs. time to market be possible?
• Using Scrum and Kanban successfully, in a Lean Start-up environment

Expedia Inc. is a leading player in the $1trillion+ travel industry. Hotels.com is the hotel specialist brand of Expedia Inc. with 85 websites in over about 74 languages, listing more than 325,000 properties around the world.Hotels.com is a highly distributed and high traffic website with 2.5mln+ daily unique visitors. 800,000+ unique customer searches a day.

Speakers
avatar for Narek Alaverdyan

Narek Alaverdyan

Director of Technology, Hotels.com (Expedia, Inc)
Narek has over 10 years of experience in Software engineering.Due to his strong passion for continually pursuing more efficient ways of delivering software Narek has experienced various aspects of delivery. Having started as a software engineer, he has since moved into management and has particularly focused on process and practice... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2015 11:40am - 12:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

11:40am EDT

When Do You Want It? Probabilistic Forecasting Anyone Can Do
Maybe you've heard of Monte Carlo simulation. Maybe you've seen probabilistic forecasting techniques demonstrated or even used. But you just don't understand how it works. This talk is a gradual introduction of these techniques. You need to know nothing about combinations and permutations. You don't need to know how to apply complicated formulas. You need only have the ability to understand the rules to a simple strategy game.

This talk starts off explaining the simplest form of probabilistic forecasting using an example that anyone can follow. We'll then layer on more sophistication (but no complicated math) and discuss the tradeoffs of each approach along the way. In the end you'll have everything you need to understand and make use of probabilistic forecasting.

Learning outcomes:
  • Easily understand Monte Carlo simulation
  • Utilize forecasts that are presented as a probability distribution rather than a single date
  • Understand the advantages of using this approach

Speakers
avatar for Larry Maccherone

Larry Maccherone

DevSecOps Transformation, Contrast
Larry Maccherone is an industry-recognized thought leader on DevSecOps, Lean/Agile, and Analytics. He currently leads the DevSecOps transformation at Comcast. Previously, Larry led the insights product line at Rally Software where he published the largest ever study correlating development... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2015 11:40am - 12:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

12:30pm EDT

Lunch
Monday June 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II A Ocean Tower upper level

12:30pm EDT

Extended Break
Use this time to rest, check in with the office, or take advantage of the many recreational options Miami Beach has to offer, The conference venue hotel can arrange activities including paddleboarding, kayaking, bicycling, tours, shopping, etc Come back refreshed for the afternoon and evening conference sessions.


Monday June 8, 2015 12:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Miami Beach area

3:05pm EDT

Lightning Talks
Speakers
avatar for Nayan Hajratwala

Nayan Hajratwala

Chikli Consulting
avatar for Patrick Steyaert

Patrick Steyaert

AKT, KCP, Okaloa
Patrick Steyaert is founder of Okaloa. As a creator of Okaloa Flowlab, he teaches and coaches agile thinking (before methods) by making use of business simulations. With his work on upstream, customer and discovery kanban he helps organizations to look at the end-to-end flow (from... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 3:05pm - 3:55pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B & C Ocean Tower upper level

3:55pm EDT

Keynote:Avoiding the Procrustean Bed via the incremental Commitment Spiral Model

In Greek mythology, Procrustes was a rogue smith and bandit who invited travellers to rest in his “perfectly sized bed.” When they accepted, he forcibly bound them to it, then stretched them or cut off various body parts until they “perfectly” fit the bed. 

Too many organizations have a single model of standard practice to which they try to fit all their projects. Development and acquisition organizations are finding that competitive success requires diverse systems that are a mix of high security assurance components, opaque and dynamic COTS products and cloud services, highly useful but kaleidoscopic apps and widgets, and further success-critical developed or outsourced capabilities.  Approaching such systems with a one-size-fits-all process approach often results in painful Procrustean outcomes.

The incremental Commitment Spiral Model (ICSM) is not a one-size-fits-all process approach, but a process generator that enables an organization to determine and evolve the best-fit process for each project based on its primary opportunities and risks.  It uses some diagrams to provide some helpful process views, but is primarily driven by four key principles that largely overlap with Lean principles. 

The presentation will summarize the problems of Procrustean one-size-fits-all process approaches, present the ICSM principles and process views, and provide examples of projects that illustrate the results of following or disregarding the principles.


Speakers
avatar for Barry Boehm

Barry Boehm

Professor, University of Southern California
Dr. Barry Boehm is the USC Distinguished Professor and TRW Professor in the USC Computer Sciences, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Astronautics Departments.  He is also the Chief Scientist of the DoD-Stevens-USC Systems Engineering Research Center, and the founding Director... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2015 3:55pm - 4:55pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B & C Ocean Tower upper level

4:55pm EDT

Coffee Break
Monday June 8, 2015 4:55pm - 5:15pm EDT
Ocean Ballroom II | Exhibit Area

5:15pm EDT

@ ReadyTalk: Using Enterprise Kanban for Lean Startup Practices
ReadyTalk has used its Enterprise Kanban system to manage its internal business workflows, from ideation to delivery, for the past three years, but in the last year we incorporated key concepts from the Lean Startup movement to apply scientific experimentation models and the Build-Measure-Learn loop. I'd like to share with you how all of these lean practices have come together for us to ensure we are delivering the right products to our customers in the shortest amount of time.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Johnson

Colleen Johnson

Practice Director, ScatterSpoke
Colleen Johnson is the CEO and cofounder of ScatterSpoke, a space for more effective team retrospectives. In her coaching, she applies a systems thinking approach to aligning agile methodologies across the enterprise and works with clients to apply the right cultural and context-driven... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2015 5:15pm - 6:05pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

5:15pm EDT

University of Oulu Kanban Research
Kanban in Finnish Software Companies: Benefits, Challenges and Future Directions

This presentation will provide up-to-date knowledge of the current state of Kanban usage in software companies, regarding the benefits obtained and challenges faced in its adoption.  We will also discuss how to tackle these identified challenges. This presentation will be helpful for any size of organizations to get a better understanding of the use of Kanban in practice. 

Speakers
avatar for Muhammad Ovais Ahmad

Muhammad Ovais Ahmad

Researcher, University of Oulu
Muhammad Ovais Ahmad is a researcher and alumni ambassador at University of Oulu, Finland. He completed BS-CS from Sarhad University of Science and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan, Master degree (GS3D) from the Department of Information Processing Science,University of Oulu, Finland... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2015 5:15pm - 6:05pm EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

6:10pm EDT

@ Ultimate Software: Moving to a Data Driven Approach

10 years ago Ultimate Software began its transition from a traditional Waterfall development process to the Agile model we use today. As we moved from Scrum to Kanban (and in some cases, back to Scrum again) we uncovered a consistent thread in our decision making – most decisions were based not on data, but on gut feel. Over time we recognized that instinct simply wasn’t good enough. So we decided that a data-driven approach was not only necessary, but essential to creating a culture of success.

Today the teams at Ultimate have boiled down data representations and charts into simple, tile-based scorecards. These cards can be used by both internals and externals to quickly assess the health of the team and the products they are developing at a glance. The end result of this approach has been a 35% improvement in throughput for Q1 this year, as well as a far greater sense of ownership at the team level.

This talk will walk attendees through the common challenges faced by an enterprise-sized adoption of Agile and how Ultimate has used data to confront these challenges head-on. We will also demonstrate how Ultimate’s teams have used standard cumulative flow diagrams and scatterplots to take regular “temperature checks,” at both the story and the portfolio level.  Additionally, we will cover how our major ceremonies have been adapted to bring data into our decision making process. Finally, we will share our next generation of team scoreboards, which not only show team wins or loses but also what we need to do to ensure Ultimate stays in the green.



Speakers
avatar for Michael Longin

Michael Longin

Manager of Software Engineering, Ultimate Software
Mike Longin is a certified scrum master, agile coach, and manager of software engineering at Ultimate Software. Mike joined Ultimate more than 10 years ago and has helped pioneer agile implementations of Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban for companys enterprise needs. As part of these efforts... Read More →
avatar for Prateek Singh

Prateek Singh

Manager of Software Engineering, Ultimate Software



Monday June 8, 2015 6:10pm - 7:00pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

6:10pm EDT

Coaching Kanban: What Everyone Ought to Know

Your team has been using Kanban, you have seen some improvements and you are finding new challenges that stress you out. There are WIP limits but they are being broken. There is work on the kanban board, just not all of it. Work is flowing but the board isn't updated. You forecast cycle times and you get bombarded with requests for estimates.

Old habits are hard to break and you, as a coach or as a leader, want to encourage gradual, collaborative change even if you feel like saying, "Just do it!"  

Learn how a coaching mindset improves day-to-day Kanban practices.

Speakers
avatar for Dragos Dumitriu

Dragos Dumitriu

AKT, KCP, Lean Kanban Services
Over the past 20 years, Dragos received several awards for innovation, service delivery and leadership, including the 2016 "Lifetime Achievement Award" from LeanKanban University for helping organizations worldwide deliver outstanding performance improvements. His secret? Relentless... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2015 6:10pm - 7:00pm EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

7:00pm EDT

Cocktail Reception
Raise a tropical cocktail, beer, wine, or sparkling water on a balcony overlooking the ocean. Access this networking reception from the spa entry and head upstairs.

The Cocktail Reception is sponsored by Kanbanize 

Sponsors


Monday June 8, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Ocean Terrace Pool (Adult pool)
 
Tuesday, June 9
 

7:30am EDT

Lean Coffee
Join this conversation structured with Personal Kanban and have a meeting that matters. Look for the table marked Lean Coffee.



Speakers
avatar for Jim Benson

Jim Benson

Founding Partner, Modus Institute
My career path has taken me through government agencies, Fortune 10 corporations, and start-ups. Through them all my passion remained consistent – applying new technologies to work groups – in each case asking how they can be leveraged to collaborate and cooperate more effectively... Read More →



Tuesday June 9, 2015 7:30am - 8:44am EDT
Ocean Ball II A Ocean Tower upper level

7:30am EDT

Registration | Information
7:30 - 8:00 Coffee & Tea
8:00-9:00 Breakfast 

Tuesday June 9, 2015 7:30am - 10:00am EDT
Ocean Ballroom II | Exhibit Area

9:00am EDT

@ Microsoft: Xbox Kanban for the Win
How Kanban is used in Xbox. This session includes Xbox One’s switch from a multi-year launch project to a monthly release cycle, and the different deployment models now used.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Brechner

Eric Brechner

Xbox Dev Manager, Xbox
Eric Brechner is the development manager for Microsoft’s Xbox Engineering Services team, and author of the new book, “Agile Project Management with Kanban.” At Microsoft, he has also been development manager for Xbox.com, engineering learning and development, and Office Media... Read More →



Tuesday June 9, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

9:00am EDT

What is Scrumban?

What is Scrumban and how do I use it?

When Scrumban was introduced it was presented as a way to apply the Kanban Method to transition software development teams from pure Scrum to a more evolved development framework. 

Over the past 5 years, however, organizations have layered the Kanban Method alongside Scrum to help them achieve different outcomes.  In this presentation, we'll show how Scrumban can be used to:  

* Accelerate the adoption of Scrum as an underlying software development framework (Using Kanban to improve the way we adopt Scrum as our chosen framework).

* Overcome many challenges teams and organizations commonly encounter as they attempt to scale it in larger organizations (Using Kanban to improve the way we master Scrum).

* Help organizations evolve new Scrum-like processes and practices that work for them -- not to accommodate inadequacies and dysfunctions Scrum exposes, but to resolve them in a manner that is most effective for their unique environment (Using Kanban as it's traditionally viewed).


Speakers
avatar for Ajay Reddy

Ajay Reddy

Managing Partner, ScrumDo.com
Ajay's most recent works are the getScrumban.com game, Scrumban [R]Evolutions (June 2015, Agile Development Series Addison Wesley publication) and ScrumDo.com. He is a Lean - Kanban Trainer, Enterprise Agility Coach and Development Leader focussed on high-value improvements in organizations... Read More →



Tuesday June 9, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

9:55am EDT

@ Trimble Navigation
KANBAN: PLATFORM OF SUCCESS OR OUBLIETTE OF MANAGEMENT?

Trimble Navigation, Ltd. has a large number of distributed software teams. Many of these teams work across continents, cultures, and time zones. The distances between team members can lead to friction and inhibit effective alignment.

We will describe how one of these teams uses Kanban to help improve communication, increase understanding, and accelerate time to market. We will augment the study with additional details from other Trimble teams to show the power of Kanban and how it can be used for both good and evil.These examples will provide a diverse and honest picture of
an organization working towards continuous improvement.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Benson

Jim Benson

Founding Partner, Modus Institute
My career path has taken me through government agencies, Fortune 10 corporations, and start-ups. Through them all my passion remained consistent – applying new technologies to work groups – in each case asking how they can be leveraged to collaborate and cooperate more effectively... Read More →
avatar for Trent Hone

Trent Hone

Business Process Manager, Trimble
Trent is a Business Process Manager at Trimble Navigation, Ltd. and an independent scholar with a keen interest in naval history, organizational learning, and lean/agile approaches. 



Tuesday June 9, 2015 9:55am - 10:45am EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

9:55am EDT

By the Power of Metrics


See how metrics can be used with your Kanban System for managing flow, your project and changes.

At least three practices of the Kanban Method imply the use of metrics. Metrics can be powerful tools. Sadly most kanban systems don’t make use of them and miss out on a big chance to make things easier. Metrics can help us with lots of different things we encounter in business like finishing projects on budget and on time, fighting for survival in the market, and continuous change to adapt in this complex world. Learn how metrics can help you and how to choose the right metric for your situation.

Speakers
avatar for Wolfgang Wiedenroth

Wolfgang Wiedenroth

Agile Consultant, it-agile GmbH
Before Wolfgang learned about Kanban he worked as a ScrumMaster for almost five years. In 2010 he discovered Kanban, fell in love with its first principle "Start with what you do now" and became a real Kanban enthusiast. Today he works as an Agile Coach and Trainer for it-agile... Read More →



Tuesday June 9, 2015 9:55am - 10:45am EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

10:45am EDT

Coffee Break
Tuesday June 9, 2015 10:45am - 11:10am EDT
Exhibit Area Ocean Tower upper level

11:10am EDT

@ VA Dept of Corrections: Kanban in the Public Sector

Virginia Department of Corrections Kanban Journey

The overall culture in a corrections organization has traditionally been marked by command and control leadership and resistance to change, due to the high risk inherent in a prison environment.  Hear how one such organization is using Kanban to embark upon incremental, evolutionary change as a way to facilitate continuous improvement while at the same time managing the risk and resistance of change.

In this session, you will learn how the journey began (what our ‘pull’ was); what resistance we encountered; how we kept the initiative moving forward despite resistance; and the role leadership played.  Hear about the surprising benefits Kanban has brought about for the team, the leadership, the culture and the work being performed.  See what we would have done differently had we known then what we know now.

Another aspect of the journey lies in the nature of public sector culture.  Where is the motivation for improvement when ROI is not your primary driver?  There are lessons to be learned here that apply to every organization, public and private.

Sprinkled throughout this session are reflections from a change agent’s experience. 

Additionally, we will see how Kanban moved beyond the prison walls and into other state agencies as well as regional private sector.


Speakers
avatar for Andrea Ross

Andrea Ross

Business Systems Analyst / Project Manager, Virginia Department of Corrections
Andrea Ross is a BSA/PM and a Kanban enthusiast! I'm looking forward to creating a community of IT professionals who are interested in becoming more effective in their jobs by employing the principles of Kanban.



Tuesday June 9, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

11:10am EDT

Cynefin: Complexity, Sense Making and Portfolio Management
This session will provide an introduction to Cynefin and how it provides an alternative approach to dealing with uncertainty that we often face. It will provide an introduction to complexity adaptive system along with practices and simple techniques that Cynefin provide to complement traditional approaches to project and programme.

It will also consider the differences between possibilities, opportunities, hypotheses and options and what exploration versus exploitation means. This leads onto the Cynefin approach to portfolio management, idea formation and review.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Brougham

Greg Brougham

Tadlon
Greg is an experienced systems and technical architect specialising in card and payments system. He has worked on the renewal of the main UK domestic clearing and settlement system and also a similar system for one of the major card companies. It was while working on the later in... Read More →



Tuesday June 9, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

12:00pm EDT

Extended Break - lunch on your own
Explore the local Eden Roc Hotel dining options or the many South Beach area restaurants for lunch.  The hotel can also make you a box lunch.

Use this time to rest, check in with the office, or take advantage of the recreational options Miami Beach has to offer, The conference hotel can arrange activities including paddleboarding, kayaking, bicycling, tours, shopping, etc. Come back refreshed for the afternoon and evening conference sessions.


Tuesday June 9, 2015 12:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Exhibit Area Ocean Tower upper level

12:15pm EDT

**FULL** Lean Lunch - Crossing the Chasm with Kanban
Limited Capacity seats available

Brought to you by Digité/ SwiftKanban

Digité/ SwiftKanban is thrilled to present a special session where Kanban practitioners and thought leaders will share field reports – customer experiences – with implementing Kanban. You are invited to join in the discussion in the familiar ‘Lean Coffee’ format but over lunch!  You will be able to vote on topics that you would like to discuss.  The topics will be discussed in the order of the number of votes they receive.

The panel includes –

  • Gary Perkerwicz - Automated Testing, TK/ Kanban Coach, Orbital ATK
  • Michael Blaha - Optum
  • Dragos Dumitriu – CC Pace
  • Ramesh Patil, CTO, Digité
  • Sudipta Lahiri, SVP – Digité
  • Mahesh Singh, Cofounder, SVP – Digité


Some of the suggested topics for the session are listed below based on the experience of our distinguished panel.

  1. Organization, Culture, and Communication:  Talking about Kanban at different levels of a large organization (Mike Blaha)
  2. Coexisting with SAFe and Kanban (Mike Blaha)
  3. Lean Startup using Kanban - Are we Building the Right "It"? (Mike Blaha)
  4. Analyzing Analytics in (Swift)Kanban  (Gary Perkerwicz)
  5. Experiments – Practicing Kata (Gary Perkerwicz)
  6. Respect for People is the Key for Continuous Improvement? (Dragos Dumitriu)
  7. Statistical forecasting (Ramesh Patil)
  8. Kanban in Large Fixed Price/ Fix Cost Projects (Sudipta Lahiri)

 

At the start of the session, you can vote on these topics as well as suggest others that attendees can vote on.  Over lunch, we will tally up the votes and start the discussion right after lunch.

Seats are limited!  We would like to have a cozy and meaningful, interactive and energetic session with about 50 attendees – so that each of us can carry back some useful and actionable lessons from it back to our respective organizations.

To book your spot, you must RSVP here or pick up your pass at the SwiftKanban booth. Capacity is strictly limited for this session!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Sponsors

Tuesday June 9, 2015 12:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball I C

3:00pm EDT

@ BazaarVoice: Kanban Enterprise Scaling
Kanban Enterprise Scaling at Bazaarvoice

This is a story of evolution. This is the story of how Bazaarvoice’s 200+ person R&D Team used the Kanban Method to overcome common problems, transform work performance and embark on a journey of self-discovery. Through visualization, safe-to-fail experimentation and applying systems thinking, we changed our company for the better. So, choose the red pill and we’ll take a trip into the Matrix to see how we transcended mere “Agile” practice compliance and evolved to a sustainable continuous improvement culture. There is no meta-model or recipe that can provide the resiliency needed to make a complex organization successful in today’s hyper-competitive knowledge work industries. This is because every company, every organization and every team is different. It’s all about context, and when we understand this, we are better equipped to manage risk, see opportunity and create the conditions for long-term operational excellence.

This presentation will show how we learned to balance demand against capability to deliver software products faster, more predictability and with better quality -- this is the promise of Kanban. We will share actual work performance data to show the impacts of our change management. At Bazaarvoice, we transformed our conversations and culture with Kanban and we hope that by sharing this case study with our neighbors in the community, you will be provided with practical ideas on how you can apply Kanban effectively in your context to begin your own journey to a sustainable improvement culture.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Green

Eric Green

CEO, Zenkata
Eric Green is a Lean-Agile consultant, technologist and public speaker with over 23 years of industry experience training, coaching and managing engineering teams around the world.  Eric spent over 16 years building process control and decision support systems in Advanced Micro... Read More →
avatar for Paul Hill

Paul Hill

Senior Manager Engineering, Bazaarvoice
Paul is a Senior Manager of Engineering at Bazaarvoice. His journey in helping teams discover faster ways to deliver "things" with high quality started during his 10 years in the U.S. Air Force working as an officer in B-52 flight operations. Since leaving the Air Force he’s worked... Read More →



Tuesday June 9, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

3:00pm EDT

Project Sizing with RBS

Probabilistic Project Sizing with Randomized Branch Sampling (RBS)

In order to forecast the time and the budget needed to deliver a software product we need to be able to quantify “what” we are building since the resources required are related to “how much” software is built. That quantification is referred to as “sizing”. Software sizing is an activity in software engineering that is used to estimate the size of a software application or component. It forms the basis for estimating resource needs. Software sizing is different from delivery time estimation. Sizing estimates the probable size of a piece of software while delivery time estimation forecasts the time needed to build it. The relationship between the size of a piece of software and the time needed to deliver it is referred to as productivity.

The question many of us in software development try to answer is - how can we estimate the size of a project without prior identification and analysis of every single user story? The answer is needed for portfolio related decisions, quotations on prospect projects etc.

Analyzing all the stories in a project requires significant time and it can easily happen that great part of this effort will be pure waste. Priorities of initiatives and features change and some features could not be developed at all.

If you don't want to analyze all user stories in your project in order to estimate its size then Randomized Branch Sampling (RBS) is an approach you can use.


Speakers
avatar for Dimitar Bakardzhiev

Dimitar Bakardzhiev

Managing Director, Taller Technologies
Dimitar Bakardzhiev is the Managing Director of Taller Technologies Bulgaria and an expert in driving successful and cost-effective technology development. As a Lean-Kanban University (LKU)-Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and avid, expert Kanban practitioner, Dimitar puts lean... Read More →



Tuesday June 9, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

3:55pm EDT

@ Asynchrony: The Kanban Iceberg
The Kanban Iceberg: How to Go Below the Surface of a Shallow Implementation

For many teams, kanban is an iceberg: They see only the single practice of visualization, but the mass of the system is below the surface in the form of the other practices, principles and values. This experience report details the journey that one company took to break the barrier of a wide but shallow kanban implementation to realize benefits like improved delivery outcomes and greater awareness of values such as transparency and flow.

Beginning with depth-of-kanban assessments and through a series of experiments, like the emergence of a new role — the flow manager — and standard work, teams deepened their understanding of the kanban method and improved control over delivery. The deepened kanban also had knock-on effects on organization-level management and feedback loops, such as the ops review.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Philip

Matthew Philip

Senior Agile Consultant, Solutions IQ | Accenture
As a capability cultivator, organizational fitness coach and workplace activist, Matthew helps organizations and teams continuously become fit for their purpose. He is especially passionate about building learning organizations and creating humanizing and engaging work environments.He... Read More →



Tuesday June 9, 2015 3:55pm - 4:45pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

3:55pm EDT

Blockers: Treasures of Improvement

A central component of Kanban is to make invisible knowledge work visible. However, you will notice quite often that you very often cannot work, but are blocked. Waiting for the test environment, requirements unclear, or missing customer information are only a small part of blockages that prevent us from continuing to work. These blockages are in most cases not a singular event, but have a systemic cause. In other words, it is very unlikely that a blockage occurs only once in the history of a company. Normally the same blockage occurs again and again.

What can one do about it? Jumping out of the window in despair would be a possible approach. Another idea would be to see the blockages for what they are: Treasures of improvements. In this session, I will show how to harvest these treasures and to improve sustainably your working system. In addition, I will present a model that shows with the help of a few simple number games, which blockages need to be removed to achieve the greatest possible leverage.


Speakers
avatar for Klaus Leopold

Klaus Leopold

Managing Partner, LEANability
Dr. Klaus Leopold is computer scientist with many years of experience in the IT industry. He is co-author of the book 'Kanban in IT: Achieving a Culture of Continuous Improvemen'" (in German) and LKU-accredited Kanban trainer and Kanban coach with LEANability. Klaus is cofounder of... Read More →



Tuesday June 9, 2015 3:55pm - 4:45pm EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

4:45pm EDT

Ask a KCP | Brickell Key Pre-Party
Come to a pre-party for the Brickell Key Award ceremony, which immediately follows.  Drinks and refreshments will be served.

Drop by the Ask a KCP tables during the party to ask a Kanban Coaching Professional about your workplace challenges.  Get free advice from some of the world's top Kanban coaches.


Tuesday June 9, 2015 4:45pm - 5:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II A Ocean Tower upper level

5:30pm EDT

Brickell Key Award
Tuesday June 9, 2015 5:30pm - 6:10pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B & C Ocean Tower upper level

6:15pm EDT

Closing Remarks
Tuesday June 9, 2015 6:15pm - 6:45pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B & C Ocean Tower upper level
 
Wednesday, June 10
 

8:00am EDT

Registration | Information
8:30 Coffee & Tea

Wednesday June 10, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Ocean Ballroom II | Exhibit Area

9:00am EDT

**FULL** Kanban and large-scale strategic planning
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you need to fit Kanban into large-scale strategic planning for your organization? This workshop, run by a development manager for Xbox, will provide you hands-on experience doing large-scale strategic planning, and fitting those plans into your Kanban process and backlog. Participants will break into teams and create the bottom-up and top-down plan for a (pretend) major product release. Planning will include ideation, constructing a McGrath and MacMillan Options Portfolio, and drafting a value proposition vision document (including market analysis, customer segmentation and scenarios with prioritization, technology themes, business model, KPIs, and a mock press release). With the plan in hand, teams will populate, order, and estimate their Kanban backlogs. Those estimates will roll up to the overall release schedule. Join us, and think big!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Brechner

Eric Brechner

Xbox Dev Manager, Xbox
Eric Brechner is the development manager for Microsoft’s Xbox Engineering Services team, and author of the new book, “Agile Project Management with Kanban.” At Microsoft, he has also been development manager for Xbox.com, engineering learning and development, and Office Media... Read More →



Wednesday June 10, 2015 9:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

9:00am EDT

Creating a Custom Risk Assessment Framework
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for David J Anderson

David J Anderson

CEO, David J Anderson and Associate, Inc
David Anderson is a thought leader in managing effective teams. He leads a consulting, training and publishing and event planning business dedicated to developing, promoting and implementing sustainable evolutionary approaches for management of knowledge workers. He has 30+ years... Read More →



Wednesday June 10, 2015 9:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball I C

9:00am EDT

Lean Kanban: It Is Not As It Seems
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop aims to get to the bottom of some of the not really intuitive statements of Lean:

* Work is done faster if we do not work.
* Increasing the efficiency of teams results in a deterioration of overall performance.
* We have plenty of time for tasks for which we never have time.
* In a work system with no WIP limits through rolling a dice you get just as good forecasts as through intensive analyses and estimates.
* We do not bode well for our customers, if we process their tasks immediately.
* We can only be faster if we invest more time in quality.
* It does not matter how fast we work, at the end of the day we always create the same amount.
etc.

These statements are answered by the workshop participants themselves in an experiment. In addition, we will also look at the issues of (re)prioritization, change of requirements, specialists vs. generalists and bottlenecks. And most important of all: We will learn why the Spice Girls are the most important management thought leaders.

Very interactive workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Klaus Leopold

Klaus Leopold

Managing Partner, LEANability
Dr. Klaus Leopold is computer scientist with many years of experience in the IT industry. He is co-author of the book 'Kanban in IT: Achieving a Culture of Continuous Improvemen'" (in German) and LKU-accredited Kanban trainer and Kanban coach with LEANability. Klaus is cofounder of... Read More →


Wednesday June 10, 2015 9:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

9:00am EDT

Project Management with Kanban
Limited Capacity seats available

“I’m a project manager and my company is adopting Kanban.  What does this mean for me?”  “I’ve always associated Kanban with continuous flow.  How can it help us deliver projects?”  “We’ve visualized our work with Kanban, but I’ve heard experts say it’s effective in forecasting and managing risk.  Can you explain?”

This workshop answers these and many other questions.  The common theme is: Kanban gives project managers powerful tools for managing risk.  You’ll learn these tools and thinking through a series of focused, interactive group exercises during this workshop.

We’ll start by modeling project delivery with Kanban systems and gathering appropriate Kanban metrics.  Then we’ll use the metrics create inexpensive (in terms of time and effort needed) forecasting models for our upcoming projects.  Such models are something every project manager could do when they initiate their next project.  We’ll finally cover the problems of capacity allocation, scheduling and sequencing work, and effective feedback loops to help throughout project execution.

Approximate timeline (4 hours with breaks after 90 minute sections)::
  • Quick reminders about Kanban system design and mechanics
    • Exercise: advanced demand analysis
  • Measuring lead time, Little’s Law
    • Exercise: capacity allocation
  • Break
  • Scaling Up to Large Projects
    • Exercise: Staffing.  Use Little’s Law, lead time data, requirement sampling, dark matter estimate, Z-curve, proposed timeline to figure out the staffing for the project.  (In the Advanced Kanban class, this is a presentation section.  We should do an exercise in the workshop).
  • Market Risk of Change
    • Exercise: Selection.  Describe some sample requirements for a project.  Tag them by risk category.  Decide on the order you would start them.  Explain the sequence.
    • Another break here
    • Exercise: Scheduling and Dynamic WIP constraints.

Speakers
avatar for Alexei Zheglov

Alexei Zheglov

Founder and Principal Consultant, Lean A-to-Z, Inc.
Alexei Zheglov is a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) and is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AAKT) - the first one in Central Canada where he lives.  He brings to the table two decades' experience in computer software industry and a decade of process improvement. Alexei’s mission... Read More →


Wednesday June 10, 2015 9:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball I B

10:30am EDT

Coffee Break
Wednesday June 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Ocean Ball II A Ocean Tower upper level

12:30pm EDT

Lunch
Wednesday June 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II A Ocean Tower upper level

1:30pm EDT

**FULL** Cost of Delay (CoD): Theory and Application
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Don Reinertsen

Don Reinertsen

Owner, Reinertsen & Associates
Don is President of Reinertsen & Associates, and the author of three best-selling books on product development. For 30 years he has focused on creating fundamental changes in the way organizations develop products. Before starting his own firm, he had extensive management consulting... Read More →


Wednesday June 10, 2015 1:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II C Ocean Tower upper level

1:30pm EDT

Fire Dice: Coaching with Lean Games
Limited Capacity seats available

Wrap up your Lean Kanban 2015 experience with a chance to practice many of the concepts and ideas discussed in prior conference sessions while having a bit of “FUN”.  In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits that can be achieved by using games to teach core lean concepts - participants will gain an understanding of how game play can enable all to understand and experience the benefits of lean techniques regardless of the backgrounds and skillsets of individual players.  Workshop participants will then have a chance to work in mixed groups and experience several games designed to allow players to learn and explore core lean principles including: the theory of constraints, the last responsible moment, and how to establish proper WIP limits to promote flow. 

Each game presented will be followed by a full-group debrief to establish linkages between the events in the game and core lean principles.  Games presented will use a variety of game play elements including cards, dice and LEGO to demonstrate the different mediums available to enable learning of lean principles within a game.  A facilitation and debrief guide will be provided to participants for each game presented.

Speakers

Wednesday June 10, 2015 1:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball I C

1:30pm EDT

Forecasting: A Probabilistic Approach - No Previous Statistics Knowledge Needed
Limited Capacity seats available

When will these “Work Items” be completed? How confident are you in that date? Working in the IT/IS domain, these questions are very familiar to you, right? If you’re learning about pull systems and principles of flow, and how to effectively apply them to your workflow, in my opinion, you’re taking a big step toward creating a (more) predictable system and being able to confidently answer these questions.

However, if your efforts to answer these questions are still relying greatly, for example, on any of the following:

1)       Estimating levels of effort or duration needed to complete every work item.

2)       An historical “average” only (ex. avg. lead time, avg. throughput, etc.).

3)       Summing “best case estimates” and summing “worst case estimates” to produce a “range.”

4)       Using any method similar to 1, 2, or 3 and adding a “buffer.”

Then, you’re missing out on what I’ve found to be one of the greatest benefits of an effective pull system, which is the ability to forecast using a probabilistic approach. More specifically I’m referring to simple, yet still powerful, ways to create meaningful forecasts of when work items will be completed.

In this workshop we’ll begin by contrasting probabilistic approaches with deterministic approaches. Then, we’ll cover some basic concepts that will be used to create a set of simple tools that provide powerful probabilistic forecasts for answering when an individual work item (ex. story) might be completed, or when a set of work items (ex. stories making up a feature, or a number of features making up a release) will be completed. The examples will be based on real world data and require nothing more than an MS-Excel spreadsheet. No formal previous statistics knowledge is required, however, as a “heads-up” we’ll introduce and discuss the following concepts: scatter plots, percentiles, histograms, random numbers, and conclude with a very gentle introduction to (Monte Carlo) simulations.


Speakers
avatar for Frank Vega

Frank Vega

KCP, Vega Information System Services, Inc.
Frank brings 30+ years of IT/IS experience, in roles including director, software architect, technical team lead, developer, database modeler, and numerical/data analyst. In 2002 he began assisting teams with applying lean-agile processes and practices (XP, Scrum), and added the kanban... Read More →



Wednesday June 10, 2015 1:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level

1:30pm EDT

Kanban for IT Operations
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is neither a lecture nor a presentation of case studies unless attendees ask for it. If you join, you will have your say in the agenda and you will work with people in roles similar to yours on discussing challenges specific to IT Operations, Application Support and DevOps. We will look at these challenges through the lens of the Kanban Method and together, we will explore pragmatic solutions that fit your context and you can start using right away.

Some of the topics I will put up for vote and prioritization along with your topics will include:

  • - How do we find out what problem we should solve first?
  • - How do we reduce impact from dependencies on other groups?
  • - How can I baseline my capacity or the capacity of my team?
  • - How can I better balance planned and unplanned/interrupt work?

I would love to see a crowd interested in exploring potential solutions to burning challenges. As long as you have interest in improving your IT Operations practices, you are welcomed to the workshop whether you have no experience with Kanban, are a versed practitioner, or anywhere in between. Some of the attendees are IT Ops professionals who work in Fortune 100 companies and deliver extraordinary results. One of them led his team to reduce time to market for deploying an operating system from 2 years to 3 months over a 3 year period. Another, inspired people in a change-resistant organization to do the unthinkable: adopt Kanban and stick with it for about 5 years now because it works well and fast. Freaky fast. And I know there is someone who wants to get started with the Kanban Method and doesn’t know where to begin. Everyone’s welcomed and finding answers begins with asking questions no matter how much you know. Show up, ask questions, learn, teach, laugh, remove a blind spot, connect new dots, repeat.

We won’t have time to address all questions just as we only have a limited amount of time at work and massive demand. We will prioritize topics, address the ones with most votes and I will organize a follow-up webinar if there is interest.

Speakers
avatar for Dragos Dumitriu

Dragos Dumitriu

AKT, KCP, Lean Kanban Services
Over the past 20 years, Dragos received several awards for innovation, service delivery and leadership, including the 2016 "Lifetime Achievement Award" from LeanKanban University for helping organizations worldwide deliver outstanding performance improvements. His secret? Relentless... Read More →


Wednesday June 10, 2015 1:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball I B

3:30pm EDT

Coffee Break
Wednesday June 10, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Ocean Ball II A Ocean Tower upper level
 
Thursday, June 11
 

9:00am EDT

Second Generation Lean Product Development: Applying the Principles of Flow - DAY 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Separate registration required - Not included with LKNA15 conference pass.  To register, go to http://lkna15.leankanban.com/reinertsen/

An intensive two-day workshop on practical, economically justifiable approaches for improving flow in product development.

This workshop covers the ideas contained in Don Reinertsen’s bestselling book, “The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development.” It focuses on proven leverage points and specific practical methods that have helped participants achieve as much as a 90 percent reduction in cycle time.

It is fundamentally different from other workshops in its intense focus on quantification, economic justification, and the use of a science-based approach for applying lean.

Timings:

  • Coffee & Tea 8:30-9:00

  • AM break 10:30-11:00

  •  Lunch 12:30-13:15

  • PM Break  14:30-15:00

Speakers
avatar for Don Reinertsen

Don Reinertsen

Owner, Reinertsen & Associates
Don is President of Reinertsen & Associates, and the author of three best-selling books on product development. For 30 years he has focused on creating fundamental changes in the way organizations develop products. Before starting his own firm, he had extensive management consulting... Read More →


Thursday June 11, 2015 9:00am - 5:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level
 
Friday, June 12
 

9:00am EDT

Second Generation Lean Product Development: Applying the Principles of Flow - DAY 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Separate registration required - Not included with LKNA15 conference pass.  To register, go to http://lkna15.leankanban.com/reinertsen/

An intensive two-day workshop on practical, economically justifiable approaches for improving flow in product development.

This workshop covers the ideas contained in Don Reinertsen’s bestselling book, “The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development.” It focuses on proven leverage points and specific practical methods that have helped participants achieve as much as a 90 percent reduction in cycle time.

It is fundamentally different from other workshops in its intense focus on quantification, economic justification, and the use of a science-based approach for applying lean.

Timings: 

  • Coffee & Tea 8:30-9:00

  • AM break 10:30-11:00

  •  Lunch 12:30-13:15

  • PM Break 14:30-15:00

Speakers
avatar for Don Reinertsen

Don Reinertsen

Owner, Reinertsen & Associates
Don is President of Reinertsen & Associates, and the author of three best-selling books on product development. For 30 years he has focused on creating fundamental changes in the way organizations develop products. Before starting his own firm, he had extensive management consulting... Read More →


Friday June 12, 2015 9:00am - 5:30pm EDT
Ocean Ball II B Ocean Tower upper level
 
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