Accelerating Digital Transformation using Kanban, #NoEstimates and Continuous Discovery

Many organizations struggle to achieve the business outcomes intended from their digital transformation. Stuck between organizational bureaucracy and traditional ways of working organizations end up moving too slow and often losing track of the business goals of their transformation.

This is the story of how a major utility in Australia used Kanban, #NoEstimates and Continuous Discovery to deliver its digital transformation creating what the CEO of the organization labelled “A template for the change for the organization”. Shifting the teams’ mindset from focus on scope and timeline to a continuous search for value and from activity measures to business outcomes, creating a culture of experimentation, the organization managed to deliver and achieve business value orders of magnitude faster that it has ever before.

In this talk we explain the beginnings of the story and the drivers behind the approach. We then deep dive into the details of the implementation, team structure and ways of working. We discuss the key challenges met and ways to overcome them in addition to key lessons learned from an ongoing successful journey. We also discuss Agile contracting to support the model and provide practical advise for anyone interested to follow the same approach.

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Outline/Structure of the Case Study

Introduction - The Cargo cult

Context - How the story began

Moving to the new ways of working

Brief on Kanban, #noestimates and continuous delivery

Team structure

The mechanics - How it actually works

Governance - Managing the Steering Committee

Contracting Approach


Key Success Factors

Open Discussion

Learning Outcome

Understanding of how to implement Kanban, #NoEstimates and Continuous Discovery

Business outcome driven development using an experimental approach

Target Audience

Developers, Agile coaches, leaders of agile projects and intiatives

Prerequisites for Attendees

Good understanding and experience with Agile

schedule Submitted 7 months ago

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  • Anand Bagmar
    By Anand Bagmar  ~  6 months ago
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    Can you share some reference slides for this topic and also a link of your previous talk?

    Also, though this is a case study, the topic seems quite vast - will you be focusing on specific aspects of the case study?

    • ElMohanned Mohamed
      By ElMohanned Mohamed  ~  6 months ago
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      Hi Anand,

      Thank you very much for feedback. I appreciate your concern the topic can be very wide. This is a new talk based on 1-year-long (so far) initiative I am currently working on. My intention is to focus on the practical aspects of merging the techniques together, explaining why we went this way, the context where this would work, and how it actually worked.

      By tomorrow,  I will share with yourself a short video on the key points I  intend to cover in this talk with the main skeleton for the slides. I see it quiet a relevant talk as many organizations undergoing digital transformation are facing similar challenges.

      This is a link to my most recent talk, on  different topic, at Agile 2018 in San Diego, no video unfortunately( Presentation)




  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  6 months ago
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    Thanks for your proposal. This talk is better suited for other tracks, perhaps on CD and DevOps or maybe Business Agility. You might want to drop the tag on agile mindset so that other teams could review it accordingly.