Stoos Gathering: Lessons and Reflections

This week we have a cross-posted contribution courtesy of our friend Sanjiv Augustine, President of Lithespeed. We’ve known Sanjiv and his team for years, ever since Sanjiv was Jon Terry’s CSM instructor at hospital-giant  HCA and then helped with coaching during HCA’s large-scale Lean-Agile roll-out. We have a ton of respect for Sanjiv, Arlen, David, Derek and all the gang there.

Today’s post is about Sanjiv’s experience at the Stoos Gathering this winter. For those who aren’t familiar, Stoos is an effort to bridge the gap between the various advanced management approaches out there today: Lean, Agile, Kanban, Scrum, Radical Management, etc. While each approach has its unique contributions to make, there are a ton of similarities. And they are almost always complementary to one another if thought of in the right way. Instead people often let labels get in the way and create friction. Stoos is an enlightened effort to break down the barriers which we wholeheartedly support.

Guest Blog Post: Sanjiv Augustine, President, Lithespeed

Reviewing boards at Stoos
So, it’s taken me over a month to get around to writing this, but then catching up on the backlog of work built up over three weeks of vacation is pretty darn tough.

Before I went to meet up with fellow Stoosians, I blogged about preparing for #Stoos. I also presented the polio eradication initiative as a possible model for transforming management. It certainly seems a viable model for global change. Last month, the Washington Post reports that, as of January 13 2012, there have been no new reported cases of a child being paralyzed by polio in a year.

Back to Stoos. I had been vacationing in India and headed to Zurich, breaking journey on my way back home to Washington, DC. Met up with old friend Michael Spayd, and we traveled together to Stoos via the railway

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Lean as an Organizational Learning System

Please join our partners at the Lean Software Institute for their next webinar, “Lean as an Organizational Learning System” on October 4

About the webinar:

We all admire companies like Toyota and Apple that really care about innovation and the relentless pursuit of perfection – and pull it off! That pursuit is of course never-ending, as customers expect more and as competitors continue to improve. As David Allen likes to say, “The better you get, the better you’d better get!”

But how?

None of these approaches are sufficient in themselves, however, because they don’t explain how an organization actually DOES to get better. What are the actual processes than need to be in place? What are the biggest practical challenges? How do we track progress?

In this webinar we will discuss how Lean Management can help software executives mobilize their employees and managers to learn faster than the competition and deliver more value faster to customers and shareholders.

Register here

Beyond Kanban: Lean as an Operating System

Our partners at the Lean Software Institute have just announced their new webinar series, “Fit for the Future: Lean and the Software Industry“, and have invited us to join them in presenting the first installment, “Beyond Kanban: Lean as an Operating System“.

When
September 7, 2011, 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST  / 19:00 CET
Duration: One hour
Webinar Overview
Many organizations in the IT industry struggle with slow execution and lack of operational clarity.  Call it “the fog of business.”  The problem becomes worse as product and business complexity increases, because traditional management practices have not kept up with the complexity of modern knowledge work.
Lean Management has the potential to create organization-wide clarity. Unfortunately, Lean practitioners in the IT sector have generally not used Lean practices to provide a unified description of the organization as a whole. Also, merely looking at processes does not account for other key obstacles to performance, such as organizational misalignment, unhealthy work cultures, and poor knowledge management.
In this webinar we will discuss how to go beyond Value Stream Mapping and Kanban Boards to create a representation of a business as a “system of systems”.  You will learn about the Lean Software Institute’s five-dimensional model for describing business systems, including Product Development Systems.  We show how this model can provide breakthrough insights into why organizations encounter performance challenges.
Audience
This webinar series is aimed at CXOs and other senior executives in the IT industry who are attempting to improve their organizations’ productivity, accelerate innovation, enhance financial performance, and improve employee engagement.
Presenter
Frode L. Odegard, Founder & CEO, Lean Software Institute
Guest
Chris Hefley, Co-Founder & CEO, LeanKitKanban
(see this interview that we did with Chris in 2010)

When

September 7, 2011, 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST  / 19:00 CET
Duration: One hour

Webinar Overview

In this webinar we will discuss how to go beyond Value Stream Mapping and Kanban Boards to create a representation of a business as a “system of systems”.  You will learn about the Lean Software Institute’s five-dimensional model for describing business systems, including Product Development Systems.  We show how this model can provide breakthrough insights into why organizations encounter performance challenges.

Audience

This webinar series is aimed at CXOs and other senior executives in the IT industry who are attempting to improve their organizations’ productivity, accelerate innovation, enhance financial performance, and improve employee engagement.

Presenter

Frode L. Odegard, Founder & CEO, Lean Software Institute

Guest

Chris Hefley, Co-Founder & CEO, LeanKitKanban

LeanKit at DevLink

Are you a software developer, devops, agile coach, or IT project manager in the Southeastern U.S.? If so, you should definitely head down to Chattanooga, TN this week, for DevLink 2011. For the past several years, DevLink has consistently been the one of the very best regional IT/software conferences in the country.

The LeanKit crew will be there, showing off our agile project management tool, LeanKit Kanban, on our big touchscreen and talking about Kanban in the Open Spaces. Stop by and see us, or come by the Open Spaces to learn more about Kanban.

LeanKit is also hiring in 2011 and 2012 – so if you’re a developer, agile coach, project manager, devops guy/gal in the area we’d like to meet you. If you’ve ever wanted to work for a cutting-edge startup company, but don’t want to pick up and move to Silicon Valley to do it, then LeanKit may just be the place for you.

Kanban System: SPaMCast #100

If you’re into Lean/Agile/Kanban or anything related to software processes, metrics, and management, and you’ve never heard of the Software Process and Measurement Cast (SPaMCast), then you have been missing out. Tom Cagley’s series of interviews and essays on SpaMCast are consistently some of the highest quality material in the world of podcasting, and not to be missed. Check out these episodes (some of our favorites):

And there are so many more…check out Tom’s interviews with a “who’s who” list from of the software development world: Kent Beck, Ken Schwaber, Mike Cohn, Scott Ambler, Ivar Jacobson, and Grady Booch and more.

So, when Tom asked me to sit down and talk to him about the nuts and bolts of Kanban, I felt honored to do so. We had a great conversation, and talked about everything from the basic “what is kanban” to more advanced topics, how to get started, and more. It’s episode #100, and you can check it out here.

LeanKit Community Edition and LSSC 2010

We’ve had several new signups for our Community Edition since we announced it a few weeks ago. Some of these include:

Atlanta 2010 Speaker

Janice Linden-Reed, a kanban advocate and practitioner, is using LeanKit Kanban to plan the upcoming Lean Software and Systems Conference 2010, to manage tasks among conference organizers located around the world. More information can be found on the LeanSSC2010 conference website.

Liz Keogh, an agile coach and consultant, BDD community leader, and developer on the JBehave project, is using LeanKit Kanban as part of her research and community conference presentation schedule. Her work will explore how the phases of Behavior Driven Development can be pulled from the vision to release using a Kanban board. We’re looking forward to hearing her presentation at the upcoming Lean Software and Systems conference in Atlanta, GA, in April of 2010. More on Liz at her blog.
(not an official endorsement by LSSC. But we’re still quite proud of it 🙂 )