Two conferences, two very different talks. I’ve mentioned my #LSSC12 (Boston) talk already, what about #LKSE12 (Madrid) the week after next?
Tired of those bottom-up history then first principles then practices then benefits talks?
Instead, why not let yourself get smacked in the face with a realistically complex kanban system (as might be used by a team that knows a thing or two), then see it taken apart to see how it really works? It’s “Kanban the hard way” – neither a beginner’s nor an expert’s talk, but something for everyone. Some good old-fashioned Systems Thinking mixed in with some new (new to Kanban anyway) “knowledge discovery process“, all explained straightforwardly. Be there, at the best value Lean & Kanban conference in Europe this spring!
(see also part 1: Invest in your conference experience: Plan to confer!)
Karl Scotland published today his personal LSSC12 progamme on his blog. I had to try it for myself, and it turns out that it’s really easy to do. Just:
- Create an account (here’s mine)
- “Favourite” the talks and other events you plan to attend
- Share by copying & pasting the embed code as I’ve done below, or simply tweet away!
- Go to http://leansoftwaresystemsconferen2011.sched.org/mobile/ to keep your personal programme handy on your mobile device (yes, the “2011″ is correct at the time of writing)
“Who moved my risk?” (4pm Tuesday 9th in Harborview 3) is my talk in the Risk track. It will be a lot more interactive and perhaps more provocative than my usual. Can’t wait!
Behind the scenes and out on Twitter, small groups of people are busy investing in their #lssc12 conference experience by planning huddles around topics of special interest.
Here are three of mine:
1) Portfolio-level problems
We’ve had enough offline discussion to agree that portfolio management (if that’s the right phrase) is full of context-specific problems, that there can be no one-size-fits-all solution, and that (surprise, surprise) an evolutionary, problem-solving approach would seem to be a good starting point. I can’t be the only one tired of hearing that portfolio management is mainly about allocating people, backlog grooming, or layers of additional organisation and process. We can do better than this.
My early career was in simulation (of aircraft) and I’ve used simulation to good effect at various times since. It has been good to rekindle that interest recently by experimenting with Troy Magennis’s simulation package. We’ve spoken a few times over the past few months but never face to face; at #lssc12 we are both speakers on the Risk track.
3) The process of introducing Kanban into organisations
In recent months we’ve seen some very interesting posts on the use of Story Mapping techniques and ideas from Lean Startup to guide Kanban introductions. It’s an area of active creativity and experimentation and we have plenty to learn from each other. My small contribution is around the way we describe the foundational principles, encouraging proper attention to initial conditions. I’ll be touching on this in my talk in Madrid (#lkse12).
Have you planned your #lssc12? Who will you meet? Do they know?
I have several speaking/training events coming up in May and June. They’ll be up on djaa.com soon enough but you heard it here first:
||Webinar: Evolutionary Change with Kanban, UK-based (registration site TBC)
||MBC networking event in Buxton, Derbyshire, UK (ping me if you’re local and interested)
||Lean Kanban Southern Europe, Madrid, Spain (lkse12.leanssc.org)
||LSSC 2012, Boston, MA (lssc12.leanssc.org)
||1-day Management Training: Successful Evolutionary Change with Kanban, London, UK (registration site TBC)
||BCS meeting in Manchester, UK (manchester.bcs.org)
||2-day Training: Successful Evolutionary Change with Kanban, London, UK (registration site TBC)
||Kanban Leadership Retreat, Mayrhofen, Austria
||Agile North, Preston, UK (agilenorth.org)