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Thursday, August 9 • 09:00 - 10:15
Kanban in Action: Helping Leaders Improve Flow (Trent Hone, Mark Grove) POPULAR

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You have been hired to help lead a team just starting out with Kanban. They have been struggling with their implementation and are looking forward to your expert guidance, advice, and leadership. It's your first day and you just walked into the team room to look at their board. You want to make smart observations and have meaningful conversations so you can trigger improvements. The team starts assembling for their daily self-organization meeting and you want to provoke a thoughtful conversation once it ends.
What comments would you make? What questions would you ask?
This interactive presentation provides a detailed look at how to interpret Kanban boards and ask thoughtful questions so that you can improve the work of your teams. We will provide an overview of the Kanban Method and then proceed through a series of eight short exercises that will give you an opportunity to review and interpret various Kanban boards with other attendees at your table. The exercises will increase your understanding of Kanban systems, give you practice interpreting board configurations, and provide you with approaches for meaningful engagement. They are great for aspiring coaches, managers, and leaders who want to have more valuable conversations with their teams and improve Kanban implementations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • After attending this session, you will be better equipped to:
  • Think critically about Kanban board designs and layouts.
  • Explain the benefits of Work in Progress (WIP) limits, intermediate “done” columns, and “on hold” visual indicators.
  • Identify potential bottlenecks.
  • Use more effective column names.
  • Compose thoughtful questions based on board configurations.
  • Recommend improvement opportunities to your teams.
  • Explore the use of “expedite” lanes.
  • Leverage Cumulative Flow Diagrams (CFDs) to learn more.
  • Engage with a team to improve their Kanban system.


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Mark Grove

Managing Consultant and Agile Coach, Excella Consulting
Mark Grove is an agile coach and Management Consultant with Excella Consulting and an ICAgile Authorized Trainer and Lean Kanban University Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT). He coaches individuals and teams to continuously deliver value to the customer by embracing an Agile mindset... Read More →
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Trent Hone

Managing Consultant, Excella
Trent Hone is a Managing Consultant with Excella Consulting and an award-winning naval historian. He works with software and IT organizations to improve their art of practice, increase effectiveness, and accelerate learning. He has helped dozens of government and commercial teams... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 PDT
Marriott Salon 9