Nov. 1, 2012
Lean Kanban Central Europe 2012
I attended Lean Kanban Central Europe 2012 (LKCE12) conference last week. Some of you will know that we brought David Anderson, the "father" of Kanban, to South Africa in early 2010. I wanted to update my knowledge of what is being done with this relatively new Lean/Agile method.
It was well-attended (around 200 people) and well-run. The Kanban luminaries were there and spoke. The keynote speakers were top notch: Don Reinertsen (a hero of mine), Dave Snowdon (of Cynefin fame), Stephen Parry (whom I did not know) and, of course, David Anderson. There was keen interest from everyone.
It reminded me a little of my first Scrum Gathering in London, 2007. What was different is that the Kanban community strives to distribute its leadership, so there is no single authority who stamps what Kanban is or should be.
There were three parallel tracks, so I had the usual problem of missing 2/3 of what was on offer. This always invokes FOMO :-). Happily the organisers went to the trouble of making videos of every session. The videos are currently in the process of being edited and uploaded. You can access the sessions here.
I was also most impressed by the work of the visual artist who drew a poster depicting the key points from each session. His pictures don't seem to appear on the LKCE12 web site yet, but I took some photos of them myself.
What I liked least was the fact that every session was in presentation format (at least the ones I attended). There was little interaction with the audience beyond formal Q&A. I would have liked to see inclusion some large group formats such as World Café or Open Space. Maybe next time?
The food was excellent—real local Viennese cuisine such as schnitzel and kaissersmarrn (see pic at top). Yummy!
A most exciting development is that Dr Klaus Leopold and Dr Sigi Kaltenecker, authors of the book 'Kanban in IT: Achieving a Culture of Continuous Improvement' have agreed to come to South Africa in April 2013 to present their new Kanban Change Leadership course for the first time outside Europe. More about that in a future post...