Today I met a crowd I do not bump in to all that often; project managers. I decided to share insights from Agile projects, stretching from Hospitals to Digitilization, how they simplified and speeded up their pre-studies. Learning how to do so well, helps avoiding the “we have to speed up implementation, to make upContinue reading
What is Agile – easy to grasp material for the non-techie
I frequently get the question (often from people outside IT): “how can I quickly understand what Agile is?”. I’ve collected a suite of links and videos over the years to help people grasp the basics concepts in 10 min or so. I thought I’d share them with you. (pls note: the list is intended toContinue reading
Hur Karlstad sjukhus byggdes på tid och budget med Agila kontrakt
Karlstad sjukhus har i flera omgångar byggts om och byggt ut. Samtliga hus har levererats på tid, budget och med en fungerande vårdverksamhet från dag 1. Sjukhuset har sparat 300 miljoner åt Värmlands läns landsting. Lösningen? Effektstyrd upphandling med Agila kontrakt och Partnering. Vad skapade förutsättningarna för att lyckas? Vi intervjuade Lars Nilsson, som ledde upphandlingen av Karlstad sjukhus.Continue reading
Stephen Bungay on Agile Strategy
Last month, we had the pleasure of bringing Stephen Bungay to Crisp in Stockholm to share with us his wisdom and insights on how to use Strategy under uncertain conditions. I find this topic interesting, since the interative nature of Agile can trick management into believing either that they do not need to have aContinue reading
Riding a backwards bicycle – Keynote at Agile Islands 2016
The Agile ambition at Åland (a group of Islands between Sweden and Finland) is quite astonishing. Besides being home to a bunch of cutting edge tech companies (who have been using Agile at Scale for 8+ years), they are also experimenting with using Agile in their society. Hm, Sweden suddenly feels sooo 90’s.. I had the privilege to keynote at their first Agile conferenceContinue reading
Introducing Lottie Knutson – speaker at Fastfeedback 2016
During extraordinary situations and crises, some people stand out and shine. One of these was Lottie Knutson. Lottie led the Crisis team at Fritidsresor during the Tsunami disaster in 2004. While governments were struggling to figure out what had happened, Lottie’s team was already hitting the ground running. Lottie will be speaking at Fast FeedbackContinue reading
10 kanban boards and their context updated – v1.5
Hi! I’ve updated the Kanban boards collection with examples from departements outside IT, Product portfolio and Corporate Legal. Download “10 kanban boards and their context” as pdfContinue reading
SAFe @ LEGO – Video from LKCE 2015
Hi! Here’s the video of our presentation “Learnings from SAFe @ LEGO” at LKCE 2015. psst: Meet LEGO f2f at this years Fastfeedback conference 2016 (Stockholm, Sept 21-22:nd). This years focus topic is “Strategy – Turning insight to action”. fastfeedback.se Cheers MattiasContinue reading
Insights from Nordics first Agile contracting conference
OK, technically speaking, it was called a networking day. But that wouldn’t do justice to the content here. The main thing we got out of the ACPN Agile contracting conference was the three different perspectives from lawyers, customers and providers. That gave us a unique insight into the challenges and questions from each party. Some cool facts: FoundersContinue reading
12 seemingly normal things Agile people do
Last week, I got this great question from Faraz (a manager for an energetic customer support crew) who is experimenting a lot with getting more Agile. “What seemingly normal things do Agile people do?” I realized that we rarely talk about the small things that effective Agile people do. What makes a great difference is rarely the big sweeping change programs, but rather, the small everyday things we do without thinking about it.
So here’s a list of 12 seemingly normal things Agile people do which we don’t pay much attention to that can make a big difference.
Whiteboard problem solving
#slowtofast podcast with Nordnet CIO Dennis
Hi! I recently did a podcast together with Dennis (CIO Nordnet) on #slowtofast. I walked into the podcast thinking it was going to be about Kanban and Enterprise Agile. Right! 🙂 Dennis hit me with these simple questions.. The essential elements of proper Product Management The management principles of an Agile leader How the Swedish culture isContinue reading
Kanban and Scrum – now with Polish translation!
The Kanban and Scrum minibook is now available with Polish translation. Great thanks to Zbigniew Zemla for the translation! Pobierz tutaj (aka polish for “get it here” ): http://www.infoq.com/minibooks/kanban-scrum-minibook Cheers MattiasContinue reading
5 ways to find slack when your team is under pressure
I recently recorded a webinar where I walk through 5 ways to find slack (to invest in critical improvements), when a team is under high pressure. Enjoy! http://leankit.com/blog/2015/11/real-world-kanban/Continue reading
Video – Learnings from applying SAFe @ LEGO
Hi! Here’s the video me and Eik’s presentation – “Learnings from SAFe @LEGO” (presentation at LKCE – Lean Kanban Central Europe, Nov 2015). Best quote: “..this looks exacly like what my 6 year son does in kindergarden” 🙂 Cheers MattiasContinue reading
LKCE 2015 Slides – Learnings from applying Safe @ LEGO
Just back from Lean Kanban Central Europe 2015. A great conference that keeps pushing the limits. At the conference I gave a talk together with Eik aka “Captain Agile” from LEGO. We walked through how they introduced SAFe, how they involved other departments and most important, how they experimented their way forward. (Me and Henrik iterated as coachesContinue reading
Real World Kanban – interview on InfoQ
InfoQ has just released an interview regarding my latest book Real World Kanban. In this we walk through the reasons behind writing the book plus why Kanban needs to be matched by long term thinking to improve over time (aka behaviours like “don’t pass bad quality forward” matters) Check it out: http://www.infoq.com/articles/book-review-real-world-kanban ps: For anyone interested in the book, I haveContinue reading
Slides from Lean Kanban France 2015
Just back from Lean Kanban France where I gave a presentation on “Learnings across Kanban case studies, and what happened next” and introduced Skarin’s law: ”The number of improvement initiatives in a kanban system is proportional to the trust members have in that systems purpose” (.. it’s never too late to introduce your own law 🙂Continue reading
Kanban tool walkthrough video
Are you thinking about electronic Kanban tools? Do you need transparency to end-to-end flow? Do you work across multiple sites? Tired of managing work states in Jira? Here’s a short video demonstrating visualisation, analytics and key features in Swift-Kanban & Leankit. Both combine “simple and flexible” with “enterprise ready”. I also mention an interesting runner up – Obeya. Some things IContinue reading
How do you develop awesome products?
For this year’s Stop Starting conference, we asked ourselves three questions: How do you develop awesome products? How do you bootstrap a successful mega project using Agile contracts? How do you use Agile and Lean thinking to turn a stagnant company around? We then picked the brains of people from real companies who have beenContinue reading
Using Agile in Hardware To Develop New Products In One Day
Can you develop new products from scratch in one day?
This challenge was taken on by the Medical HW manufacturer Optinova in August. Over the course of two days, we pushed the limits of “what is possible” by applying Agile in a HW environment.
Our hypothesis was that Agile would be a good fit in product development and innovation scenarios. And the result so far from the work that we have been doing with Optinova is promising.
Cross-functional teams, focus, rapid prototyping, close customer feedback and visual overview work just as well in hardware as in software. The training setup we used was as follows:
- Day 1 – Learn basic Agile practices and principles
- Day 2 – Applying them – developing three product ideas from scratch in one day, in a rapid prototyping workshop.
The result: All three participating teams managed to take an idea to working prototype in a day. One team went so far as submitting a bid to a real customer the following day based on their prototype. That’s high speed, even in software terms. But the most important thing wasn’t the result, it was the lessons learned. When we asked the participants if they wanted to continue to build products this way, the votes were unanimously in favor. If we can get it to work, this would help build a competitive and innovative company.Continue reading
Hur Wunderkraut håller budget och skapar långvariga relationer med hjälp av Agila kontrakt
Vi har byggt en sajt där med goda exempel, för att inspirera företag, myndigheter och verksamheter på väg in i en upphandling att ta steget till Agila kontrakt. Check it out – agilakontrakt.se. Eller följ oss på twitter: @agilakontrakt. Turen har kommit till att berätta om Wunderkraut, som använt Agila kontrakt sedan 2010. Det intressanta är hur de i den ombytligaContinue reading
Real World Kanban – now on Amazon
My new Kanban case book now ships from Amazon (as hardcover or in Kindle format). Learn how we: Improved the full value chain by using Enterprise Kanban. (Find out how we improved time to market and shifted focus from Sprints to Flow to deliver customer value in a traditional company.) Boosted engagement, teamwork, and flow inContinue reading
Slides from Hookedfest
Just back from Hookedfest – a conference for product people. It’s refreshing to see and discuss product development from a market and product perspective, in contrast to the “what can we build” perspective we all to often resort to as engineers. It was interesting to see other speakers (for example the Google guy) share similar experiences onContinue reading
Book release: Real World Kanban
My new book – “Real World Kanban” is now available. Here’s the plot in a nutshell: What happens when Kanban is used in real projects? Kanban has few rules, but an infinite number of strategies. What seems easy in theory can become tangled in practice. So there’s nothing like learning from real world cases. Learn howContinue reading
Learning Lego Serious Play
Three months ago I stumbled upon a question which needed an anwer: Could Lego be used for business strategy development? I just had to go to London to find out the answer.
With a group of 12 I spent the full weekend.. building Lego! When was the last time I did that? (hint: some 30 years ago..). The real interesting part is of course the stories we tell about the models. Each time we do, the team moves closer towards a shared understanding and also generate new insights. That’s cool!
Below: Team members walking through our shared model.
Kickstart workshops with energizing exercises
Do participants fade away in a long “zzz..” or the perfect time to update yourself on what your friends are doing on FB? No more! Check out the Energizer bible for nifty tricks for keeping up the energy level during workshops and trainings.Continue reading
Agila kontrakt och effektstyrning – Slides från frukostföreläsning för It-chefer
I morse höll vi (Mia och Mattias) ett lyckat föredrag för morgonpigga IT-chefer och andra som hade kommit till Crisp för att lära sig lite mer om hur man kan använda Agila kontrakt för att förbättra beställningar, relationer och leverera produkter och tjänster som skapar önskvärda effekter. Föreläsningen var ett smakprov på vad vi kommerContinue reading
The impact on quality and predictability of Agile and XP
It’s always nice to look at real data and these two studies are worth their read.
- “Impact of Agile” from Rally compares the effect of WIP and estimation techniques on productivity and quality.
- “The State of Developer Productivity” by Rebel labs examines the effect of XP style techniques on quality and predictability.
Agila kontrakt – slides från Devlin 2014 (swe)
Här är mina slides om Agila kontrakt från Devlin 2014. Jag hoppas det skall inspirera fler företag och myndigheter att börja använda sig av dem, då de medför väsentligt lägre risk än traditionella kontrakt. (Använder du Agila kontrakt idag – tveka inte att höra av dig!) Vi har i Sverige dåliga practicies för upphandlingar ochContinue reading
Video – product development without the product owner
Crisp’s Youtube channel has made a new release – introducing Concepts. Concepts is used to let passionate people run with ideas, a different approach than that of traditional product ownership. If you do use in conjunction with a product owner, it allows that person to spend more time on the field with customers. Ps: TheContinue reading