While high performance teams collaborate, make decisions based on evidence and pursue major goals, very often management is still based on hierarchies, competition and self-interest.
Collaborative Boards is an approach to help organizations to steer autonomous teams through Lean Leadership and mutual help.
Have you ever wonder, how can organizations steer a myriad of high performant teams? Keeping them aligned while preserving autonomy, engagement and performance is a delicate balance.
Collaborative Boards are based on Lean principles, Toyota Kata and the experience of practical implementations performed in Munich and Zurich.
You will learn how to align squads, tribes and a whole organization without the need to depend on individual abilities or soft-skills. Through Collaborative Boards teams can communicate, align goals, get support and thrive.
To get a feeling about the content and underlying principles, the third video of the series is a good starting point: https://goo.gl/6Zdi7S

Outline/Structure of the Talk

It is a presentation, where the following topics are going to be covered:

  • Problem description
    alignment & autonomy, long & short term goals, local & global optimizations
  • Actual solutions
    SAFe, LeSS, Nexus ... we will see the problems with adding roles or Scrum-based solutions, where other aspects are not considered
  • Quick Overview of Collaborative Boards
  • Principles that sustain the model and other aspects promoted by it
    • Toyota Kata
    • Self-Organization
    • Self-Team-Building
    • Ownership & Initiatives
  • Concrete implementations and results (Munich & Zurich)
    How the apparent contradictions have been solved and balanced.

Learning Outcome

How to govern an organization based on autonomous teams, keeping the balance between:

  • short & long-term focus
  • organizational & team goals
  • autonomy & alignment
  • local & global optimizations
  • and more, while at the same time increasing collaboration, mutual support and transparency

Target Audience

Mid- and Top-Managers, who want to spread agile & lean principles across the whole organization.

Prerequisites for Attendees

It would be very beneficial to have a look at the following videos of the presenter:

And of course, the famous video on Spotify Culture, from Henrik Kniberg:



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  • Sohan Maheshwar

    Sohan Maheshwar - Voice Design: How designing for voice is different from designing for screens

    Sohan Maheshwar
    Sohan Maheshwar
    Alexa Evangelist
    schedule 2 years ago
    Sold Out!
    45 Mins

    This talk provides an overview of the history of design in technology, highlighting what we have learned over the years in developing for a screen. Designing for the ear is different from developing for the screen though. This talk establishes best practices for voice-first design contrasting them with GUI design principles. You will learn of the similarities and differences when developing for voice, compared to screen-oriented mediums. Learn how to create engaging experiences where customers can speak in their own words, receive individualised responses, and easily find what they need via voice.

  • 45 Mins

    Is it coaching that’s really needed to help teams transform to an Agile way of working? Or does pragmatic and experienced leadership work better? Is there any other way to upskill a team and change the way they work?

    What’s the best coaching style to use especially when the teams are completely ‘green’? The ‘what do you think?’ approach, used in ‘life coaching’ models don’t always work out well, especially with highly resistive teams.

    Based on 15 years of coaching teams, executives, transformations and teams of coaches, this talk will outline my key experiences and learnings in the area of Agility transformations.

    In this candid talk, I’ll share techniques that have worked wonders and those that have been absolute disasters. I will address how to handle IT teams and how business operations teams can be different and may need a different approach.

    I will also cover how to scale coaching. For many large companies, even if they hire every single coach in the country it won’t be sufficient, so how could they keep up the transformation momentum?

    I will talk about the malaise in our industry with regard to the quality of coaches and how to select good coaches, be a great coach and avoid being a coach crutch.

  • Marina Alex. Simonova

    Marina Alex. Simonova - Saving lives with Agile

    45 Mins
    Case Study


    Agile in Medicine

    Is it possible to create an Agile clinic? How can cross-functional physicians teams work using Scrum? How does Agile in medicine effect a patient's health?

    This is a story of how Agile literally changed lives.

    In early 2017, the owner of a major medical network came to me and said that he wanted all his clinics to go through an Agile transformation. At first, I could not believe my ears. I know how to bring Agile to sales, but I had never worked with doctors. However, he managed to convince me, and this turned out to be the most difficult, yet also the most interesting and rewarding, project in my life. Now I know for sure that Agile is the best thing to happen to medicine! Come and hear this fascinating story.

    This is the story about how we created Scrum teams including everyone from the security guard to the head physician. About the immense resistance with which the Agile coaches had to face and which almost lead to the death of the project. And how, eventually, Agile helped the clinic to increase income and the patients started to line up to receive treatment in that clinic.

    This is a story for everyone. Agile has long transcended the IT borders. Not everyone agrees with it, but this is our reality. Agile transforms people's minds, and without that transformation, businesses will just fail in our quickly changing world. If Agile turned the worst chain clinic into the best among 40 others in just 5 months, and patients drove across the whole city to be treated exactly there, then imagine how your business will improve if your Agile transcends the IT sphere? And, mainly, how much happier will you, your team and your clients or patients become?

  • 20 Mins
    Experience Report

    This experience report shares how ‘Skill the Gap’, a not-for-profit organization, is building the leaders of tomorrow using Agility and thus making sure the next generation have great places to work.

    We are doing this by upskilling ‘first job seekers’ from schools and universities in the core individual, team and leadership skills needed for Agility. This is done globally at scale and at no cost to the participants.

    What do these ‘new collar’ workers need in terms of skills that they are not getting today and how do they get them at no additional cost? We help bridge ‘the gap’ between what schools and universities deliver and what businesses need.

    57% of worldwide leaders say that it’s the soft skills that are more important than core competencies in this dynamic digital world. So, what are these skills and how do we plan to upskill 1 million first-job-seekers in the first 2 years of operations?

    “Team working is an individual skill” and training, coaching and equipping the next generation with these key skills before they enter the work place will enable them to be successful from day one and go on to be great leaders.

    We don’t stop there…we also place them at our sponsor organizations, thus giving them the opportunity, they need to shine. The sponsors enable us to give the students these skills at no financial cost.

    We will share our initial experiences and feedback, the 4 pillars of our curriculum and the 40 micro modules of magic.

    We use ‘training from the back of the room’ techniques, volunteers in 4 continents and a unique curriculum, to embed the learning and couple it with mentoring and coaching to deliver a unique learning experience that is scalable and is being currently rolled out in 6 cities from Miami to Melbourne.

    Check out www.skillthegap.org for more details.

  • Nick Tune

    Nick Tune - Sociotechnical Architecture: Aligning Teams and Software for Continuous Delivery

    Nick Tune
    Nick Tune
    Tech Lead
    schedule 2 years ago
    Sold Out!
    45 Mins

    A loosely coupled software architecture and an organisational structure to match is one of the biggest predictors of continuous delivery performance (Forsgren et. al.). Accordingly, if you want to optimise end-to-end value creation and delivery in your organisation you need to you need to adopt a sociotechnical mindset.

    When teams are designed without consideration of the software architecture, dependencies will arise in code that inhibit teams from delivering high value at speed. Worse, organisational dysfunctions will multiply. Teams will start to blame each other. Managers will try to grab power instead of optimising business outcomes. And employee motivation will drop dramatically.

    Fortunately, by adopting a sociotechnical mindset you can align your teams and software systems to minimise dependencies and maximise product delivery. The sociotechnical mindset involves combining knowledge of multiple perspectives: social dynamics, the business domain, the business model, technology constraints, and more in order to design and continuously evolve an effective sociotechnical architecture.

    In this talk you will learn about domain-driven design in order to understand how to model software systems with few dependencies. You’ll also learn about organisation design patterns addressing the social needs of people building software systems. And you’ll see lots of examples based on years of practical experience.

  • Venkatesh Rajamani

    Venkatesh Rajamani - Liberating Structures Immersion : Unlocking to Unleashing !

    90 Mins

    About Liberating Structures

    Liberating Structures offer a revolutionary solution to collaboration in groups. Invented by Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless, Liberating Structures are a set of microstructures (33 at the moment) that use a handful of simple rules to unleash and involve everyone - no matter the size of the group.

    About the Immersion Workshop

    I will demonstrate the power of Liberating Structures in 90-mins quick Immersion using Strings (I will string 5 LS together to solve a problem to demonstrate participants how to use them in their real life. By immersing themselves in 5-6 Liberating Structures, participants will learn how to use them to help others work at the top of their intelligence and creativity.


    There won't be any slides for this workshop. The entire activity will be demonstrated using number of LS.(Strings)

    You could find some pictures of LS workshop from the website of mine. I am happy to provide more information if you want. I have been running the same as part of my meetups.

  • Rupali Buchake

    Rupali Buchake - Agile Beyond Software Development

    45 Mins

    Now a days Business Agility is trending more and more, and we hear a lot about it especially in Agile Transformation. Business Agility is a complex topic as it is to apply Agile Values and Principles outside IT.

    This session will help in spreading a sense of awareness of increasing collaborative culture while applying Agile Values and Principles and how it is different than the Agile we know.

    In the beginning of the session there will be a small exercise to get a sense of applying Agile in a personal life.