Saturday, 18 August 2012

SyncNorwich 3: Kanban: What is it good for? An introduction illustrated with war stories


What: SyncNorwich 3: Kanban: What is it good for? An introduction illustrated with war stories

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 6:00 PM

Where: The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH, Norwich

Sign up: http://www.syncnorwich.com/events/78133472/

This talk will provide an introduction to the ideas of kanban and how it has been applied to software development. Ideas will be illustrated with experiences Benjamin has had coaching teams using concepts from Lean / Agile / Kanban over the last five years

We'll cover the basics:

  • The difference between a push and a pull mindset and the impact it has on team performance
  • Visualisation as a way of study and improving work in teams We'll also look at:
  • What was the problem that kanban was trying to solve? Does that apply in your situations?
  • What problems or scenarios does kanban add most value? What are the scenarios where it is not suited (or even detrimental)?


We'll finish off with a discussion:

  • How adopting a mutual learning mindset and values can increase the effectiveness of using kanban
  • Using kanban to encourage higher level end-to-end learning, similar to Lean Startup's Build -> Measure -> Learn


Benjamin Mitchell is a London-based Lean / Agile consultant and coach. He helps teams and managers consistently deliver even in challenging situations. He has a special focus on increasing learning in organisation by helping them develop productive communication skills that lead to better quality decision making. He is a highly-rated international conference speaker. He tweets regularly at http://twitter.com/benjaminm and blogs about his real-world practical experiences at http://blog.benjaminm.net. He is also the co-host of the IT Kanban podcast at itkanban.com/podcast/

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