PRACTICAL TRAINING THAT SUPPORTS LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Over the past several years, the technology realm has been at the forefront of developing and refining approaches that promote the development and delivery of innovative products and services. Much of the success in this arena has been driven through the refinement of Lean and Agile frameworks that help teams and organizations understand and refine the way they deliver work and manage complex projects.
Among the most popular frameworks being utilized are Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban (a layering of both frameworks). In this workshop, we’ll explore what goes into adopting the mindsets these frameworks support, and more importantly, how they can best be leveraged to further critical innovation.
Who is this workshop for?
Individuals responsible for researching and designing new products or services, managing processes, innovating, and tracking results in their organizations including practice managers, managing partners, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. The course will be valuable for professionals in knowledge industries involved in creating efficiencies and increasing effectiveness and quality.
You will have the skills to:
- manage traditional projects
- avoid the most common pitfalls in on-time or quality performance
- recognize problems early and correct quickly
- operate effectively in a rapidly changing business environment
- build effective teams (distributed or co-located)
What will I learn?
By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to view and understand both service delivery processes and innovation as phases of knowledge discovery. They will learn about the methods and tools Scrumban provides to meaningfully improve service delivery from the customer’s perspective, gaining valuable knowledge.
Day One - Scrumban Project Management and Process Improvement
- Time boxed vs. flow-based projects
- How to deal with important but not time-critical work
- Visualizing ongoing work in real time.
- Visualizing workflow (the way we work)
- How to avoid work piling up in one place (or time) with a lack of work in another.
- Visualizing policies (how we work)
- How to identify and address bottlenecks
- How to create flow in the work, the information to perform the work, and the teams that do the work
- How to work with shifting priorities
- How to deal with interruptions & multi-tasking
- How to leverage flow-based metrics like Cumulative Flow Diagrams, Flow Efficiency & Lead Time Histograms.
- How to create leading indicator metrics that spot problems early
Day Two - Understanding Innovation
- how innovative work differs from traditional project work
- how to run quick and effective complexity analyses
- how to manage work with different or unknown levels of complexity
- how to spot problems early and train others to do the same
- the value of writing a strong experiment
- how to plan for change
- how to use the psychology of change for positive effect
Day Three - Building an Innovative Product
- how to assemble a coherent innovative team
- how to quickly gain and maintain a shared understanding in a complex environment
- the role of the individual
- the role of the group
- creating ad-hoc strike teams
- using flow and iterations together to avert and deal with crisis
- how to solve problems and run root-cause analyses
$595 per day; $1495 for all three days. Participants may choose to take Day 1, Days 1 and 2, or all three Days. The fee Includes continental breakfast and lunch. Participants will receive copies of Personal Kanban and The Scrumban [R]Evolution.
*Discounts on fees are not available for this event.
Jim Benson’s career has taken him through government agencies, Fortune 10 corporations, and start-ups, all with the goal of applying new technologies to work groups. In 2009 this work led him to the development of the concept of personal kanban as distinct from industrial kanban and the application of these concepts to managing his own work. He has since published Personal Kanban: Mapping Work/Navigating Life, Why Limit WIP: We are Drowning in Work, andWhy Plans Fail: Why Business Decision Making is More than Just Business. Visit Jim’s website for more information and contact information.
Ajay began his professional journey as a software engineer, a role in which he was first exposed to Agile approaches like Extreme Programming. He soon transitioned to coaching others in adopting Agile mindsets and practices, constantly seeking out ways to improve this process based on the variety of challenges associated with different settings. He has been helping technology teams and organizations improve how they work for over a decade. Emphasizing a hands-on approach and collaborative experimentation, verified business outcomes and improved team satisfaction are a hallmark of his engagements. Over the past five years he’s helped organizations large and small employ Scrumban with great success, and believes it’s a particularly simple yet powerful framework with a great amount of untapped potential.
Ajay is the founder of CodeGenesys and ScrumDo, a Scrum and Kanban management tool, with the express purpose of facilitating Agile implementations across the industry. He is also the author of The Scrumban [R]Evolution and the creator of the GetScrumban game as a practical and effective aid for helping individuals and organizations orient themselves to the true capabilities of this framework.