Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fast Feedback is Back!

The Fast Feedback conference is back this year in Stockholm on the 21-22 of September.

It’s my great pleasure this year to assist Håkan Forss and Mattias Skarin -  two of the most influencial Lean/Agile coaches in Scandinavia - in setting up this year’s conference.

The theme is “Strategy – Turning Insight into Action”.
I think that we’ve succeeded in setting up a very exciting program.

Look at that:
  • Stephen Bungay. I’ve had the privilege to attend some of Stephen keynotes at various conferences and it’s always been entertaining and mind-blowing in equal measure. His work on applying the military concept of “mission command” to business is essential to strategy planning and execution.
  • We then have speakers from a bunch of extremely innovative companies/startups: Simon Marcus (Spotify), Arne Roock (Jimdo), Sami Honkonen (Reaktor) . They will share how these dynamic companies form their strategies and apply them. If you are not familiar with Sami’s excellent podcast “Boss Level” do yourself a favor and check it out right away!
  • We also have the true and tried companies sharing their experience: Lego (Eik Thyrsted & Mattias Skarin), Ericsson (Erik Schön & Jonas Plantin) and Volvo Trucks (Amer Catic).
  • Finally we have a set of speakers that know what it means to take insight into actions outside of the board rooms: Lottie Knutson (with experience in managing a travel agency's reaction to the catastrophic events of the 2004 tsunami in south-east asia) and Marcus Hammarberg (with a very human and emotional journey to save a hospital in Indonesia).

Join us in Stockholm! 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Won the Brickell Key Award 2016!

Wow, just Wow!
I am very honored to have won the Brickell Key Award 2016!

Actually, very glad, surprised and humbled. The competition was impressive, if possible even more so than two years ago when I was first nominated. I want to thanks the Kanban community, David Anderson for his inspiration, Sandvik IT for their trust and my wife and kids for their support.

From Good-Enough to Great: the Workshop

Here comes the slides from the Workshop I've held at the Lean Kanban North America 2016 conference in San Diego:

The slide-deck is also available on Google Drive
The hand-outs are available here on Google Drive

This what the Workshop is about:
From good-enough to great
You’ve had some success with you Kanban System: you’ve managed flow and quickly increased your capability. But now the energy goes down, your Kanban system – (r)evolutionary at first - becomes the new normal. How do you keep your momentum? How do you keep succeeding in the long term?
Building on the insights gathered by starting and following 60+ Kanban systems, this workshop will give you concrete tips on how to lift your Kanban system from good-enough to great! You will learn how to better understand the service(s) you are delivering and how to make your Kanban system continuously fit for purpose. Fusing Kanban with tabletop RPGs, this workshop will help you:
  • Know what you really want: find the Why in your Kanban system
  • Define and work with fitness criteria for your service and for your Kanban system
  • Improve your Kanban system continuously
  • Grow using depth of Kanban assessments
Have you been attending the workshop? I would really like to hear how you are doing using the tools I presented!

By the way,  I do plan to keep improving the method and material. Come back here for more!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lean Kanban Nordic 2014

Lotta Olsson and I will present Sandvik IT's Kanban journey at the Lean Kanban Nordic 2014 conference in Stockholm (a.k.a. "Stop Starting, Start Finishing" conference). Lotta is currently managing the Operational Excellence Support (OpX) unit within Sandvik IT. The OpX is the 'home' of Kanban, ITIL and other processes and tools designed to improve the IT teams capabilities.

The title of our talk on May the 28th is "Implementing Kanban at Scale at Sandvik IT". We will cover the story depicted in the InfoQ articles, but also how we plan to build on what has been acheived to go further.

Edit: The presentation slides are available on slideshare

Friday, April 25, 2014

An Interview

Being nominated to the Brickell Key Award 2014 has its advantages. One is to travel all the way to San Francisco to attend a ceremony during the Lean Kanban North America Conference. Another is to be interviewed like a rock-start. Here is the result of the interview. Thanks Lean Kanban University and Irina Dzhambazova for the opportunity!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

3 years of Kanban at Sandvik IT: Sustaining Kanban in the Enterprise

Here comes the second article in the Kanban at Sandvik IT series on InfoQ.
Based on the experience from Sandvik IT, I try to answer the question "How to engineer kanban systems to be sustainable and resilient despite the constant level of changes in today's Enterprise?".

This article is somewhat more complex and deeper than the first one. It is intended to the coaches out there that are working in an Enterprise environment.

Here are some extracts to pique your interest:
  • “In an Enterprise context, perfect is not nearly as good as sticky.”
  • "[a kanban system] should provide clarity not only of purpose, but clarity of opportunities."
  • "In other words - and that is somehow quite depressing - there is always a ceiling to any continuous improvements work."
Find the whole article on InfoQ.

I want to thank again InfoQ's editor extraordinaire Ben Linders for his valuable feedback!

Brickell Key Award Nominee!

I have just got the amazing news that I am one of the 6 nominees for this year's Brickell Key Award! I am really humbled by the fact that you guys out there voted for me.

The Brickell Key Award has been awarded to people that I look up to in the Kanban community like, among others, David Joyce (2010), Alison Vale (2010), Jim Bensson (2012), Arne Rook (2012) and Yuval Yeret (2013). Being nominated to this award is for me a great honor in itself!

This year the competition is fierce with Håkan Forss (past colleague and my personal favorite) and Klaus Leopold as very strong candidates. It is very interesting to see that we are two nominees from Sweden (well, technically I am French, but I only work in Sweden) as it shows how strong the Kanban community is here.

Being nominated is just the first step, let's get this prize!
You can help: cast your vote on the LKNA 2014 conference site

Huge Thanks!