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Beyond Lean Basics: Designing a Learning Organization

Lean Systems Institute

Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)

Beyond Lean Basics: Designing a Learning Organization

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Early Bird Ended $395.00 $21.80
Standard Ended $495.00 $24.80

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In this full-day seminar for software and technology executives, you will learn how to make your company a Learning Organization, one that can innovate and execute faster than its competitors. We will be using the Lean Systems Framework, a rich extension of Lean for knowledge work described in this groundbreaking Cutter IT Journal Paper.

You will learn how to:

  • Accelerate the development and delivery of products and services
  • Design your organization to maximize flow, transparency and collaboration
  • Mobilize everyone for 360-degree continuous learning and improvement (Kaizen)
  • Establish leadership behaviors that stimulates creativity and innovation
  • Benchmark your organizations's ability to learn 

Detailed overview of topics covered

  • Assessing your company with the Learning Organization Performance Index
  • Redesigning your organization in five key dimensions (Kaikaku):
    • Value Stream Architecture (workflow and queues)
    • Information Architecture (knowledge management)
    • Organization Architecture (people, places, relationships and workspaces)
    • Product Architecture (product lines, products, components)
    • Social Architecture (values, behaviors and mindset)
  • Establishing a system for non-stop learning (Kaizen)
    • Uncovering and classifying your company’s learning and improvement needs
      • Product versus process improvement
      • Internal versus external focus
      • Incremental versus disruptive
    • Selecting the right problem-solving method
    • Five problem-solving methods (A3, QDEA, JDI, DX and World Mapping)
    • Tracking your learning and improvement efforts
    • Focusing organizational learning on what matters most for the company 
  • Lean Product Development Systems
    • Effective goal-setting and decision-making
    • Managing risks and options
    • Reducing time-to-market
    • Integrating Design Thinking into Lean Product Development
    • How Lean Startup practices fit into Lean Product Development
  • Effective Lean Leadership
    • Why managers resort to command-and-control and what to do about it
    • Leadership moves that kill learning and innovation
    • Leaders as Teachers - setting a learning agenda
    • Cognitive Preference - collaborating with multiple learning styles
    • A coaching process you can use 
  • Real-world implementation issues
    • Challenges across company’s lifecycle stages and business models
    • Assessing and improving organizational change capacity
    • Implementation successes and failures
    • Getting started by adding three simple questions to your meeting agendas 


08:30 Registration and light breakfast

09:00 Beyond the Lean Basics

09:15 Effective Learning Organizations -- how do you stack up?

09:30 Mapping, Assessing and Redesigning Your Organization

10:40 Morning Break

10:50 Lean Product Development Systems

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Uncovering and classifying your organization’s learning opportunities 

13:30 Setting up an Organizational Learning System

15:30 Afternoon Break

15:45 Lean Leadership and Culture

16:30 Implementation issues, discussion

17:00 Wrap-up


The seminar is aimed at senior management in software and technology companies beyond the early startup stage.


Frode Odegard is the CEO and Founder of the Lean Systems Institute.  He has more than twenty-five years of experience as an entrepreneur and as a trusted advisor to high-tech executives. Organizations he has helped include Sony Electronics Inc., NASA, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell Aerospace and Plantronics. Frode is a Fellow and Board Member of the Lean Systems Society, an industry non-profit promoting Lean and Systems Thinking.  


What others are saying

"For leaders who want to go beyond the Lean Startup ideas and build smarter organizations at scale, this seminar is highly recommended."

Bjoern Lasse Herrmann
CEO, Compass (formerly Startup Genome)

"The Lean Systems Institute pioneered the extension of Lean for the modern knowledge economy a decade ago. Tech CEOs who want to build smarter organizations should listen to Frode Odegard. This is Grown-up Lean, not just for startups."

Jostein Svendsen
CEO, WeVideo
Receipient of 2013 "Hottest Company in Silicon Valley" award by Lead411 


“Over the course of the last couple of years, I have discussed, debated and wrangled with Frode Odegard about a wide variety of organizational design, process and structuring issues – especially around the Lean paradigm. He is a deep, incisive thinker in this area (and a good listener), and anyone interested in improving the performance of their business would be well served to attend.”

Allen L. Morgan
Venture Sherpa/Angel Investor
Managing Director, New Ventures Group, Idealab
Venture Advisor, Mayfield Fund 

"I have found Frode Odegard’s ideas on Lean implementation to be thought-provoking and well worth considering.  He is able to combine principles for change with pragmatic considerations central to the effective functioning of real-world organizations, making practical application of his ideas feasible.”

Dorothy McKinney
Board Member, International Council on Systems Engineering SFBA Chapter
Fellow Emeritus, Lockheed Martin

"Frode Odegard has taken the fundamental ideas of Lean--Value, Kaizen, Kaikaku--which are all true and valuable, and applied them in real organizations for many years. In those years he learned what organizations were able to digest and what they couldn't. From that he enriched the Lean framework into multiple dimensions which addressed the "sticking points." Every major Lean Thinker and practitioner I know believes LSI's approach enriches organizations and makes Lean both more practical and more effective."

James Sutton
President, Lean Systems Society

"Frode Odegard is a master in his field and delivers his expertise in an unassuming and matter-of-fact way that resonates extremely well with a senior audience. Any organization wishing to improve performance would benefit greatly from engaging LSI."

Henrik Jeberg

Have questions about Beyond Lean Basics: Designing a Learning Organization? Contact Lean Systems Institute

When & Where

Silicon Valley Pad
1370 Willow Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)

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