LKBenelux 2015 Call for Proposals

LKBX15 Fall 2015 in Heeze, Netherlands.

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For complete details on the LKBX15 CfP, see the overview document here

The CfP will close on 30th September 2015. Speakers will be notified by end of beginning of October.

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  1. Does this FizzGood?: Improve speed, predictability, and flexibility with this simple question?

    LeanKit's founding team had a strong Lean-Agile background from previous careers. So, in the early days of the company, we just instinctively did things in a Lean way with as few formal processes as any startup. But, like any growing company, we eventually did have to start clearly defining how we do things. And like anyone, we were tempted to become more bureaucratic - with lots of scheduling, coordination, meetings and estimates.
    Instead, we developed our FSGD (Frequent Small Good Decoupled) approach. This LeanKit way of working has provided our teams with a simple yardstick for making effective decisions without…

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    • Unit, Flow - That Is Lean Thinking

      This workshop gives an opportunity to apply Lean thinking and experience it's benefits in safe, dry environment with use of simple paper-folding game. Learn what flow efficiency is, verify importance of focus on a unit, understand where secondary needs come from and observe boost in quality and profit without even thinking about them.

      "Experiential Learning Model" by David Kolb is used: workshop starts with an exercise of paper-boat folding in teams, participants are free to choose and use any of their usual approach to production and product delivery. Summary of results is made and discussed, then an explanation of flow…

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      • Kanban in Research Projects

        In some organisations, there are separate Research Departments which take care of the new ideas coming up and the initial feasibility study of these ideas for a Go/No-Go decision for further implementation to the Development Department. It does sound like Silos and non-Agile but nevertheless, since it's not possible to immediately shut down these establishments, there's a way to manage flow through these Research Projects using Kanban, which helps us to limit the WIP and hence, limit the number of ideas we want to focus on and help us to prioritize between these ideas using cost of delay so that…

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          0 comments  ·  Advanced  ·  Admin →
        • How We Use Blocker Clustering to Improve

          As Klaus Leopold and Troy Magennis showed at Lean Kanban Central Europe last year, blockers can be treasures of improvement. This session is an experience report about how teams at Asynchrony — from software delivery to operations — used Leopold’s technique to quantify and identify opportunities for improvement, mitigate risk and improve planning. The session reviews the steps we took, outcomes that we realized and lessons we learned in the process.

          Learning outcomes
          - How to introduce blocker clustering to teams who have no idea what it is
          - How to provide lightweight coaching to teams looking to use blocker…

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          • Scaling Scrum - What Big Players can Learn from Startups

            When big players start introducing agile & lean, this is often seen as an software development issue. The huge potential to adapt an organisation to gain speed, efficiency, flexibility and fun is left unused for all sorts of reasons. Time to consider a different approach to scale Scrum – decouple your organisation instead of introducing complexity.

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

              Getting new product features released to users is often a painful, risky, and time-consuming process.

              This talk walks through the evolution of processes and technical practices at Hotels.com that achieved rapid, incremental delivery of high quality, valuable new functionality to users. Automation of build, deployment and testing process, fundamentally improved collaboration between product management, developers, test engineers, tech operations enabled a world where software can be released to users in a matter of hours; sometimes even minutes.

              The first half of the talk will focus on analysing the technology and process changes that led to Hotels.com being able to go…

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              • Extreme engineering in practice – How scrum lean and XM practices help 3 racingteams building vehicles

                • We're educated wrongly. Time- and taskbased and risk avoiding, not on learing, cooperation and delivering value. The main reason students were stuck in their challenge: building a hydrogen racecar. We released them by unlearning the following using agile principles:
                • Focus on cooperation not individual tasks – Every teammember has an extra skill or talent which can be very useful for the team. (sketchnoting, basic electro engineering)
                • No guts- no glory – Just Do It. You're on earth the experience and learn. “Failing” fast delivers also value.
                • Transparancy – Doing the Right Things by applying agile artifacts…

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                  0 comments  ·  Beginning  ·  Admin →
                • Being Agile in Business - Leaner, Smarter, Faster ways of working

                  Being Agile in Business - what does that really mean?

                  In this session Belinda will share her reflections on introducing agile and lean to businesses beyond the software sector and what ‘Being agile in Business’ really means.

                  Belinda shares her experience of introducing agile and lean to an array of SME businesses from project management through to improving the strategic agility of their business models to evoke growth. The session will report on their journeys of adoption and the impact upon people and interactions within those businesses. She will explore what worked well, what could work better, what barriers they…

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                  • Marketingscrum; bring the entrepreneur back in the enterprise

                    As we know, Scrum is a good framework for IT / software development projects to learn, adapt to change and deliver great software of value, faster. We have even seen it being used in a manufacturing context (wikispeed).
                    In this paper you will read about scrum being used in another department in the enterprise; marketing. You will see similar principles can be just as applicable if the product is not software. There are differences but there are also a lot of similarities. We (Xebia) have successfully implemented Scrum in the marketing departments of two large companies: The Dutch AAA and…

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                    • Workshop Getting More Value from Agile Retrospectives

                      Retrospectives help teams to deploy agile practices in an effective way and to continuously learn and improve themselves.

                      The retrospective facilitator (often the scrum master) should have a toolbox of retrospective exercises, and be able to pick the most effective one.

                      This presentation explains the “what” and “why” of retrospectives and the business value and benefits that they can bring. You will experience several exercises that you can use to facilitate retrospectives, supported with advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.

                      Retrospectives are a great way for teams to improve their way of working, to become more agile and lean. Getting…

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                      • 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 at scale to realize benefits like improved delivery outcomes and greater employee satisfaction. 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…

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