Kanban Leadership Retreat 2012

by Royd Brayshay on June 26, 2012

Photo of Kanban Leaders Retreat sessionI’ve just returned from Mayrhofen in Austria, the venue for this year’s Kanban Leadership Retreat organised by David Anderson. Last year I visited Reykjavik in Iceland for the same event. Both locations have added immensely to the pleasure of the experience. The retreat follows an unconference format with sessions in the morning and evening. The afternoons are free for enjoying the surroundings. People take advantage of this in all kinds of ways.

The occasion is invite only. Those present are past attendees of his Kanban Masterclass, Accredited Trainers, Brickell Key Award winners and a sprinkling of notables from the Kanban community. With a maximum of fifty people, all passionate about Kanban, it provides an intimate melting pot of new ideas.

Kata Lego slideHakan Forss talked about Toyota Kata on both days. His initial session captured the interest of many people and fascinated me. It spawned more discussions throughout that day and a further session the next. To kick things off he used a slides depicting Lego workers that came complete with miniature A3 style reports. The slides were a discussion point alone. His second session started with a debate on the use of an appropriate process vision, something that Toyota use with their Kata implementation. The session ended with a coaching role play facilitated by Gary Perkerwicz and me as the student.

Photo of Kanban spider chartIn another of Hakan’s sessions the discussion centred on the ordering of the Kanban principles and how new teams become acquainted with them. The creativity and experience in the room soon refocused on the potential use of spider charts as an effective way to visualise a snapshot of Kanban maturity within an organisation. This seemed an obvious organisational planning tool or for using to asses current state processes.

I also greatly enjoyed listening to Ian Carroll talk about Systemic Flow Mapping, Klaus Leopold and Sigi Kaltenecker cover desirable leadership traits and Yuval Yuret hosting how Kanban will tackle Crossing  the Chasm.

What have I acted on as a result. I’ve started reading Mike Rother’s Toyota Kata book and explore his ideas in more detail and I’ve started sketching maturity spider diagrams already.

I’ll definitely be back next year.

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Nominated Best Agile Coach in 2012 UK Agile Awards

by Royd Brayshay on June 13, 2012

Nomination logo for 2012 UK Agile Awards.I’ve just heard I’ve been nominated in the Best Agile Coach category of the 2012 UK Agile Awards.

The nomination came from NewRedo client. NewRedo is the agile consultancy I’m co-founder of.

It’s a nice feeling being recognised in this way and especially after I’d taken a look at last year’s list of nominated industry experts. Fingers crossed.

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How Buildings Learn – Shearing Layers

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How Buildings Learn and Can They Teach Developers

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The Pyramid of Software Principles – Part Two

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I recently wrote about the list of design principles I’d compiled. The observation and point I tried to make was the absence of inspirational design values within the software industry. Software products are a big part of our industry so why should we not take inspiration from mainstream product design. My nomination is Dieter Rams […]

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The Pyramid of Software Principles – Part One

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I’ve read a lot of software development books over the years, many of them dealing specifically with software design. As part of writing something else, I recently had cause to compile a list of some of the design principles published within them. In doing so I realised just how many principles and guidelines are out […]

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