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London Lean Kanban Days – key takeways

There was London Lean Kanban Days conference last week. Thanks to HolidayCheck I had a pleasure to participate in this event. As well as being excited by announced speakers (Pawel Brodzinski, Tobbe Gyllebring, Gitte Klitgaard) I was really looking to meet British Lean community to get a different perspective. In this post, I would like to share with you key takeaways from this conference.

  • Visualize a problem rather solve it – creating an awareness is often enough, then let people fix it – as a coach you don’t have to do everything by your own.
  • Lean = LeaRn – we sometimes forget about the main concept of lean which is continuous learning while focusing on other Lean principles like establishing flow, implementing pull approach or defining value from a customer perspective. Take your time for reflection, analyze what you achieved and learned.
  • Acknowledge yourself – you need to take advantage of the imposter syndrome by things like realizing that your experience is unique, fear indicates growth and keeping pushing your boundaries, improving where you have a passion.
  • Traditional project management is much closer to Agile mindset nowadays. The most needed skill for a project manager is leadership and an organization should aim to be adaptable.
  • Extreme self-organization at the company level is doable – it takes a time, it is not one-day shift and probably part of people will decide to leave your company.
  • While doing a change you need to have someone responsible for delivering value, and facilitating the risk assessment, you need to focus on organizational goals instead of local targets.