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First, there was the volcano in April and some speakers couldn’t make it to Atlanta so we had OpenVolcano 2010. This was just an appetiser. Today was another tasty bite, a conference at Bletchley Park organised by Karl and Rachel (to coincide with Agile Coaches Gathering), with a bunch of great presentations initially destined for Atlanta.

The day was nicely concluded by Eric’s talk adapted on the fly and a quick fishbowl session.

Some of the recurrent themes I picked upon, were:

  • visualising the work
  • understanding how the work works
  • understanding the product
  • importance of creating good relationships with all people involved, identifying all stakeholders
  • integrating IT as part of the organisation (not them v/s us)
  • small, small and small – defying the complexity
  • getting quick and frequent feedback, closing the feedback loop
  • code is inventory not until it goes live but until it goes live and delivers value
  • flow – making sure the work flows cleanly and there are clear exit criteria
  • continuous learning by running deliberate experiments and collecting feedback
  • the PDCA Shewhart (Deming) cycle

Kanban is becoming increasingly popular, useful and adaptable as a tool that help visualising the system and thus  facilitating learning and creating a shared understanding.

The main challenge still remains with over-engineered organisations that are bafflingly refusing to embrace the lean goodness defending the status-quo.

Thanks to the organisers, the sponsors, presenters and all the great folk from the community. It was a day well spent.

Presentations and podcasts should be available on Skills Matter website.

  • 08:30-09:00 – Registration and Coffee
  • 09:00-09:45 – Karl Scotland – A Kanban Multiverse
  • 09:45-10:30 – Eric Willeke – Value Stream Languages
  • 10:30-11:00 – Coffee
  • 11:00-11:45 – Simon Baker & Gus Power – Product Development in the Land of the Free
  • 11:45-12:30 – Damon Morgan – Learn to Lean: Becoming a Lean Startup
  • 12:30-13:30 – Buffet Lunch
  • 13:30-14:15 – Benjamin Mitchell – Using Kanban to Get Knowledge and Continuously Improve
  • 14:15-15:00 – Liz Keogh – Behaviour Driven Development: Learning as a constraint
  • 15:00-15:30 – Coffee
  • 15:30-16:15 – Mattias Skarin – Converting A Scrum Team to Kanban
  • 16:15-16:30 – Close

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