Kanban is one of the fastest-growing development methodologies today.  Teams increasingly turn to Kanban to simplify and streamline their agile development, but few people know the inside story of how and why Kanban was created.  The Secret History of Kanban pulls back the curtain and gives you a first-hand account of how Kanban went from being a colossal failure to a startling success, presented by one of the original team leaders.  Learn how a team turned theory into practice, what it means for the future of Agile, and how you can apply those lessons in your own organization.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

In the Beginning

  • What was the problem we were trying to solve, and why were we failing?

Kanban to the Rescue

  • A brief description of how we thought the Theory of Constraints would solve all of our problems and feed the world.

Kanban Launches, and Flops

  • Despite our best intentions, the system we created was unworkable.  How did we fix it?

Team Culture and Continuous Improvement

  • How we learned to innovate as a team and encourage independent thinking.

Happy Accidents

  • Along the way, we discovered several aspects of the process that have become the hallmarks of Kanban.

Why Is All This Important?

  • Methodologies grow and change.  The next great development methodology is incubating right now, somewhere out in the world.  How do we encourage ourselves and our teams to constantly seek better ways of delivering value to our customers?  How do we create a culture of innovation in our organizations, while minimizing risk?  How do we create teams of Agile thinkers?

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Learning Outcome

Gain an appreciation for the role of individual team members in the creation and evolution of process.

Inspire individuals to engage in micro-improvements to processes and systems.

Encourage people to become agile thinkers, experimenters, and explorers.

Target Audience

Developers, project managers, scrum masters, managers, and thought leaders.

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  • Naresh Jain
    By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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    Thanks for the proposal Darren. This looks like a really good proposal. I like the overall structure. Would it be possible for you to provide a video link to any previous talks you've given?

    • Darren Davis
      By Darren Davis  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Naresh, I don't currently have any video links to provide, I'm afraid.  I have given quite a few presentations of various kinds over the years though.  I don't know if you saw my bio, but I have a Masters Degree in Acting, and was a professional actor for many years before going into software development.  I'm very comfortable in front of large audiences.  If it's absolutely critical I can record something and send it to you.  Let me know if that will help.

      • Naresh Jain
        By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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        Hi Darren, I did go through your profile and it does sound very impressive. Hence we are interested in pursuing this proposal. However before we accept, we do want to see a video. If you don't mind, can you please quickly record a 2 mins trailer of your talk and share the link?

        • Darren Davis
          By Darren Davis  ~  2 years ago
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          Hi Naresh, here's a link to the .MOV file out on Drop Box.  Will that work?  You'll have to excuse the sound quality, but it should give you some idea of how I come across.

          https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/51972415/Kanban/Kanban.MOV

           

          • Naresh Jain
            By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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            Thanks Darren. This is good for now. 

        • Darren Davis
          By Darren Davis  ~  2 years ago
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          Let me know if you need it in another format.