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CSM and Lean Kanban Foundation with Visulisation

December 8, 2014 Leave a comment

A new experiment in London see’s me partnering once again with RippleRock, together we are offering a series of courses beginning the week of 16th February 2014.  The Certified ScrumMaster and the Certified Lean Kanban Foundation courses will be as interactive as ever, but will also benefit from graphical recording by Stuart Young from Illustration Station.  We are also putting on a Visulisation/Artistry workshop, which will be free to those who sign up for another course.  Each of the courses tells a story in its own right delivering value to those who attend; together the courses are trilogy, exposing attendees to a variety of practices, techniques and concepts for the Agile practitioner.

  • Certified ScrumMaster course, this CSM course includes graphical recording to provide a visual record of your learning experience.  With Mark Summers and graphical artist Stuart Young.  Includes the Visual Artistry workshop for free. (19-20th February 2015) +free visual artistry workshop – £950+VAT
  • Visual Artistry Workshop.  Learn how to use visual artistry as a tool to initiate projects, enhance learning and have fun with your teams.  With Graphical artist Stuart Young, supported by Agile Coaches Helen Meek and Mark Summers. (18th February 2015) – £400+VAT
  • Certified Lean Kanban Foundation.  Learn all about Kanban, once again your experience will be captured graphically.  With Helen Meek and Stuart Young.  Includes the Visual Artistry workshop for free. (16-17th February 2015) +free visual artistry workshop – £950+VAT
Stuart Young

Stuart Young of Illustration Station

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Questions to get your Kanban System up and running

March 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Working with a team recently after some initial Kanban training we used the following questions to help us focus and get our Kanban system up and running.

The first question

  • Why do we want to use Kanban?  – If we can’t answer this stop, and it needs to be better than because we have been told to

Questions around the Work and how it flows

  • Are there different types of work that you deal with?
  • What happens to the work? -This is where we mapped out the flow of the work
  • How are we going to limit work in progress?
  • Do we need to respond differently to certain types of work? -different classes of service

Questions around our policies

  • When can work move into columns? – Entry/exit criteria
  • How does work come into the system? – Who puts work in the input queue/how often?
  • How does work get released from your system?

Questions around feedback mechanisms

  • How are we going to get feedback on the work from customers/stakeholders? – feedback on the what
  • How are we going to reflect on the process? – feedback on the how
  • How do we ensure that we are building quality in? – how do we get technical feedback?

These were some simple starter questions to get us started, however we expect that the answers to these questions will change as we continually improve and as your world changes.

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Helping people with Kanban

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment

I have found that supporting people using a Kanban approach can be very rewarding.  The people I work with are generally passionate about what they do, therefore giving them tools that will help them evolve their way of working has met with enthusiasm.

For those people who are continually saying “we don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water”, then Kanban could be a good starting point to improve the way they work.

I have also started running an introductory Kanban training course, typically with training I like to stay out of context to ensure that people understand the concepts.  However I am finding that with Kanban it such a great learning opportunity to put aside some time at the end of the course to apply the practices directly to attendees own context.

Categories: Agile, Kanban, Learning