Category Archives: Events

So What Is The Agile Boost Camp Workshop?

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“This format is amazing. All workshops should run this way”.

This is the comment we heard from a recent participant of our recently created Agile Boost Camp format. In this workshop we run a truly agile-style 2 days where the participants pick and choose topics they want to address. We adjust the plan along the way, we ran short timeboxed Pomodoro style sprints and consider next steps after each. Continue reading

The synergies of Kanban & DevOps

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I believe Kanban and REAL DevOps are a match made in heaven. I really do. I know I’m not the only one. Leading into Agile India 2015 InfoQ interviewed me about this. This was also one of the main themes of my talk in the conference and the DevOps Flow workshop I gave before the conference. (Contact me if you’re interested to hear about the next opportunity to participate in such a workshop).

While we’re waiting for the video from my talk to be processed, here’s a trailer…


And an older variant of this talk from DevOpsDays Israel:


Lean Kanban North America is coming to San Francisco but when will I have time to enjoy the city?

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Lean Kanban North America a.k.a Modern Management Methods conference for 2014 is coming up. This year it will take place in beautiful San Francisco.  I love San Francisco and the conference hotel is smack in the area I love most – the waterfront… But I’m not sure how much time I will have to wander outside…

I’m expecting quite a busy week – As one of the two winners of last year’s Brickell Key award I’m on the selection committee this year. Legends tell of long nights deliberating the merits of the different candidates until white smoke rises. Looking at the strong candidates nominated for this year I don’t see how it will be any different this time… 🙂

Beyond that I have two sessions I’m involved in this year. One is the Amdocs Case Study. Conference series veterans will recall an Amdocs case study Erez Katzav and I presented back in LSSC2010 in Atlanta. Wow, that was a long time ago… Anyhow this year a fine team from another division in Amdocs is coming to talk about how they are using Kanban to improve the agility of a business group encompassing thousands of people. For those of you keeping track of my work and talks – The initiative is based on a lot of the things I talked about in the last years and has been a source for a lot of talks/write-ups as well. It is a very interesting story with ups, downs and new interesting challenges every week or so. For anyone interesting in change management in a large scale global enterprise as well as how to run a large scale operation using kanban flow approaches, don’t miss this session.

And finally, on thursday, I’m running an interactive workshop about Crossing the Chasm and pull-based change. This workshop will be an opportunity to elaborate and go deeper on some of the themes in the Amdocs case study and other talks like Kanban – a SANE way to go agile from LKUK13. I’m still obviously working on the structure for the workshop but am excited to have a more interactive intimate opportunity to talk about these topics, answer questions, hear feedback and ideas as well as stories/experiences from others who are facing similar situations. The Amdocs team will obviously also participate in this workshop so it is a great opportunity to dive deeper into questions that arise from the track session.

And on top of that there’s a very interesting schedule of sessions, keynotes and other interactive workshops I’ll want to see… (Here is my current plan…)

Busy week. Where is the time to go to the wharf and enjoy some clam chowder bread bowl? To catch up with everyone? Oh well.

Having said that, if you are at the conference and want to talk, I’m sure we can find the time… best way would be to contact me on twitter.

See you there!



Pixar Pitch for Kanban – a SANE way towards enterprise agility – my LKUK13 talk

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This fall I’ll be talking at DevOpsDaysTLV, LKUK13 (Lean Kanban UK) and LKCE13 (Lean Kanban Central Europe).

If you’re interested in my talk for DevOpsDaysTLV about Kanban – a SANE way towards DevOps, check out the prezi.

My talk for LKUK13 is called Kanban – a SANE way towards enterprise agility. While it sounds very similar it is actually a 100% different talk… I finished a draft of the prezi and also wanted to share my somewhat “Pixar Pitch” which I’m currently thinking of closing the session with, as a treat for blog readers whom I kind of let down the past couple of months by not writing much…

once upon a time we had a great time going agile for single projects/teams
then once we grew successful we got the enterprises interested.
some of us forgot our roots and used waterfall to go agile
some of us just joined the party without even having an agile heart
and then it didn’t turn out so great. it didn’t stick. it created resistance. people fell back to old ways. if it wasn’t for the continuing stream of new “suckers” it would be a dark period for the agile movement.
and then some of us started realizing that we should use agile to go agile and that this is what we had in mind all along (whether Scrum or Kanban). We realized that concepts like intrinsic motivation, opt-in and self-organization should be used for the way we go agile not just as agile itself.
Some of us also recalled some cool marketing concepts like “Crossing the Chasm” that also apply in the enterprise change management world. And then we started treating the enterprise as a market for change and leverage the guidance of the “chasm” model.
We focused on innovators and early adopters. We focused on the leaders first in order to create the best improvement/change engine possible and validate as early as possible that indeed we are in the right direction.
We used success to create a beachhead which allowed us to pull in pragmatists.
We leveraged a catalog of patterns/practices, realizing that they shoudn’t be a “bible” but more a useful list of options, in order to help pragmatists which didn’t want to invent the wheel but just get return on investment fast.
We helped organizations drive the market by setting the right measures of success.
We saw a “hockey stick” and realized we need to manage the changes in progress or scale the team helping those changes happen or find ways for the change to happen with less involvement.
We started seeing enterprises that are really becoming more agile, not just due to number of certified scrum masters or SAFe practitioners or Kanban practitioners they have or the fact they run dailies or sprints or have kanban boards. But based on how a growing and influential group of people think and act and what kinds of changes they drive in their domains.
This is the next generation of enterprise agility case studies. Coming to a conference near you in 2014. See you then!


So – what do you think?

While you digest I will use the rest of the Israeli holidays downtime to make progress on my last talk for this fall – Avoiding the Ganttban…