Most large scale organizations are designed on the overarching theme of local efficiency and local optimization. Local optimization focus can be seen at all levels and areas in such organizations right from hiring, approach to funding new initiatives, the way people are promoted to higher ranks, etc. Effects of such behavior is visible through organizational silos, hand-offs of partly finished work products among groups of SMEs, single function roles (such as Analyst, QA, etc.), everyone being busy, and communication barriers and distance from real user/customer challenges.

In this workshop, we'll focus on the Software Product Development area of the organizations, identify local optimization, expose the underlying lean wastes and list approaches to optimize the whole system and improve organizational agility.

Kamlesh Ravlani will help attendees see the prevailing local optimization by dissecting planning, analysis and design, and programming areas and will facilitate activities where the participants expose the underlying lean wastes.

Equipped with the knowledge of prevailing lean wastes and resulting local optimization, attendees will learn couple of approaches based on Systems Thinking that solely focus on customer value and remove lean wastes resulting in System Optimization. Attendees will also learn that System optimization also triggers and necessitates re-designing the organization to move away from local optimization in the benefit of the whole system optimization and allowing the organization to be more responsive and agile.

PS: As a reference, Kamlesh Ravlani will bring additional reference material and books for attendees to become aware and later refer to - if interested to learn further on this topic.


Outline/Structure of the Tutorial

- Agenda and Intro - 2 min

- Large Scale Organizational Design (and Local Optimization) - 10 min

- Lean Wastes - 6 min

- Cognitive Biases and Thinking Mistakes - 4 min

- 1st Dissection: Planning - 10 min

- Table activity to expose underlying Lean Wastes in planning - 4 min

- 2nd Dissection: Analysis and Design - 10 min

- Table activity to expose underlying Lean Wastes in analysis and design - 4 min

- 3rd Dissection: Programming - 10 min

- Table activity to expose underlying Lean Wastes in programming - 4 min

- Systems Thinking - 6 min

- Organizational redesign and System Optimization - 10 min

- Q&A - 10 min


PS: I'll be presenting this topic at at-least two venues including one International conference.before Agile India 2016

PSS: It's a complex subject and hands-on activity adds a tremendous value to the learning. Squeezing this session to a shorter 45 min talk doesn't seem a practically sound idea to me.

Learning Outcome

- Understand the Lean Wastes 

- Identify Lean Wastes underlying the Large Scale Organizational Design

- Understand Cognitive Biases

- Identify Local Optimization in various organizational design areas

- Understand System Thinking

- Lean Organizational Design approach to Optimizing Whole System

Target Audience

Leaders, VPs, Directors, Agile Coaches, Change Agents, Product Owners, ScrumMasters

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