Mattias Skarin

Continue reading: The lean conference of the year – Stop Starting 2014

The lean conference of the year – Stop Starting 2014

Stop Starting Start Finishing . Lean Kanban Nordic 2014

This years Lean Kanban Nordic conference will be something extra. The focus in on improving the full value chain, from concept to cash. You will get an unique opportunities to listen and discuss with practitioners sharing their experience of how they have improved their companies using Lean thinking. For example, learn:

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Continue reading: Why you are better off using a developer than a lawyer when purchasing software

Why you are better off using a developer than a lawyer when purchasing software

The use of traditional contracts when purchasing software carry a flawed assumption – thinking the contract is the right mean to regulate risk.

The insight is key risks are : skill of the provider, the maturity of the client (yes you!) and ability to communicate honestly during the project. Few of these are effectively regulated using traditional contracts focusing on features, time and money.

Which are the key risks when purchasing software?

  • Lack of provider skill
  • Lack of customer maturity
  • Lack of ability to utilize late learning
  • A one time shot to get any IT updates in my environment
  • I win, you loose approach – no shared economic incentive
  • Lack of communication, during execution

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Continue reading: Coaching questions for a kanban team

Coaching questions for a kanban team

Kanban is easy to set up,  maintaining and improving is harder! When I visit a kanban team, I use these questions to check they know what they are doing. They are helpful since they are not tool focused, rather verifies that there is a  tactic being used. After each question I add “please show it

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Continue reading: Catch 22 – The egoless, present and curious leader

Catch 22 – The egoless, present and curious leader

Every successful implementation of Lean or Agile I have seen has an ingredient that is almost a contradiction. A leader who has low ego (not interested in putting himself first) is present (he/she has active conversations with teams and other leaders such, as change never comes as a complete surprise) is active (he takes part

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Continue reading: Förbättra från start till mål

Förbättra från start till mål

I denna video berättar jag om vikten av att se till end-to-end ledtid och att den största förbättringspotentialen hos en organisation med Agila team ofta ligger i  stegen innan utveckling påbörjas. (for english readers: In this video I tell about the importance of improving end-to-end lead time –  not only think about the development portion

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Continue reading: Video from “Improving the full value chain using Lean” @ LKCE 2013

Video from “Improving the full value chain using Lean” @ LKCE 2013

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I had the privilege of both attending and speaking at Lean Kanban Central Europe (LKCE) in 2013.  (Awesome conference). In my talk I share insights and techniques useful when improving the full value chain, across functions in a software product organization.

Here’s a video on my talk.

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Continue reading: Learning to communicate requirements, even Agile, the human way

Learning to communicate requirements, even Agile, the human way

Our human brain is way better interpreting visual information (images) than any other information. Evolution taught us to survive this way. Yet, still today, the most common form to deliver requirements is … text. In the old waterfall days it meant a lot of text, today using Agile slightly less text, but still, text. If we do it well we back it up with a conversation.

Let’s look at an Agile example, using the “As a..” syntax:

“As a buyer, I would like to buy a pair of shorts, so I can go running.”

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Continue reading: Function team vs. feature team – a definition

Function team vs. feature team – a definition

I got the question “explain the difference between a feature team and a function team”. When I answered, I realized that many people uses the term without attaching an explaining what they mean. So here is how I define it.

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Continue reading: The worlds fastest CI

The worlds fastest CI

Viaplay broadcasts TV over the web and to wireless devices. No need to wait for another build.. they have the worlds fastest CI! Let me share with you how it works! 1. State normal – everything works We can code along or have another coffee. 2. Big trouble! Mainline is clearly broken! All hands on

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Continue reading: Enterprise kanban – improving the full value chain using Lean thinking

Enterprise kanban – improving the full value chain using Lean thinking

What happens when we apply kanban across the full value chain?  What if you are a traditional company, how far can you improve before organizational structures becomes your key constraint? Can you make great products in a multi team scenario without product owners and project managers? Let me share with you our learning of applying

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Continue reading: Podcast: Improving interactions through the Lean value chain

Podcast: Improving interactions through the Lean value chain

I just got interviewed by Joseph Dager at Business901 before the upcoming Lean Kanban Central Europe Conference in Hamburg. You’ll find the podcast here (includes downloadable as mp3 and available through Itunes) See you in Hamburg!

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Continue reading: Slides from Lean & Kanban Netherlands 2013

Slides from Lean & Kanban Netherlands 2013

It’s a busy week! But could not resist beautiful Utrecht region and Lean Kanban Netherlands with focus “Modern management methods”. Here are my slides from the A3 Workshop, where my goal was to let the participants experience some of the upsides and downsides of using A3 in problem solving knowledge work  (hint: you will need

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Continue reading: Slides from Agile Eastern Europe 2013

Slides from Agile Eastern Europe 2013

Met a great crowd in Kiev at Agile Eastern Europe. I’d love to stay longer! Here are the slides on my presentation on Visualization – what’s my brain got to do with it.

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Continue reading: Slides from Lean Kanban France 2013

Slides from Lean Kanban France 2013

Just back from Paris (gotta love that town, many good memories there 🙂 I did my first presentation on Concepts.  Here are the slides. /Mattias

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Continue reading: Crisp for breakfast?

Crisp for breakfast?

What’s this? An alien invasion? A publicity stunt? A way of sneaking Crisp into your cereals? You make the call. We Go Lean at breakfast, lunch and dinner! 🙂 This picture was forwarded by Troy Magennis, a Monte Carlo pioneer. PS: Troy is coming to Stockholm to show us how to use Monte Carlo to

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Continue reading: Slides from Dare – “Visualization, what’s my brain got to do with it?”

Slides from Dare – “Visualization, what’s my brain got to do with it?”

Just got back from DARE conference in Belgium.  I don’t know how Maarten makes it happen, but I always leave with more ideas than I had when I came. I ran a session on visualization – highlighting our brains limited capacity capture and record knowledge (and what to think of when using visualization). An amazingly

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Continue reading: Introducing Concepts

Introducing Concepts

Let me introduce a tool I’ve found useful – Concepts. Concepts  is a one page specification, in A3 format that represents a product idea of feature. It is enough to enable a prepared conversation with the engineers developing the product. Think of it as a “flexible minimum specification”. The idea The concept owner is a

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Continue reading: 10 Kanban board and their context – updated!

10 Kanban board and their context – updated!

Added a visualization combining architecture with progress follow up for more complex product development scenarios. You’ll find the complete collection of boards here! Cheers Mattias

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Continue reading: Sources of bug list misuse

Sources of bug list misuse

Bug lists have the potential to consume a lot of your organizations effort. Bugs drive re prioritization, dispatching, reporting, followup –  even though they might be of one time nature and random occurrence. Whenever I encounter a huge bug list is to I ask which of these the organization will fix the upcoming release and

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Continue reading: By code thou shall present! ITAKE

By code thou shall present! ITAKE

Can you run a conference where every presenter has to present using code? Why not! Meet ITAKE (Bucharest, ay 30-31). A coders delight. Our friends in Eastern Europe, Mozaic are trying out a new conference format where each presenter has to present using code.  Gotta love initatives like that 🙂      

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Continue reading: Kanban and Scrum – now in Swedish translation

Kanban and Scrum – now in Swedish translation

Kanban and Scrum book is now available in Swedish translation, you can download from InfoQ here Thanks to Johan Natt och Dag!

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Continue reading: Addressing critical in deliveries from subcontractors

Addressing critical in deliveries from subcontractors

In software, one of our favorite tool to deal with uncertainty is iterations. But is it always the better option?

The last week I’ve got the question two times of how to address critical in deliveries from subcontractors. For example: hardware, preparation of land, machinery, buildings or third party platform updates.  How can these be addressed? Do iterations hold the answer? Are there better options?

Let me introduce lean flow thinking and show how it can be used to improve the outcome of critical third party in deliveries in your projects.

Project with indelivery

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Continue reading: Facilitating a future vision @ Crisp

Facilitating a future vision @ Crisp

Every organization needs to find it’s path, where to go next. Or it can choose just go “wherever” 🙂  But let’s imagine your want to grasp the state of your hope, dreams and future of your creative people to understand what opportunities to grasp and which to let go of. Let’s imagine you need to do that among a group of self going free radicals, working in different places that does not regularly meet. Wait- that sounds like Crisp 🙂  Let me share how we grasped our future vision.

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Continue reading: Vad innebär agila kontrakt? – slides från Meridiumdagen

Vad innebär agila kontrakt? – slides från Meridiumdagen

Sammanfattar i min presentation från Meridiumdagen ett antal Agila kontrakt som är i bruk idag och vad man bör tänka på när man använder dem. ——————   For the English reader: What does Agile contracts really mean? –  I walk through a number of real contracts that are in use today (presentation was given in

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Continue reading: Using continuous improvement in product development

Using continuous improvement in product development

If you prefer this as an article – you can download it here.

What is continuous improvement?

Continuous improvement always starts by observing previous results. That is our baseline for improvements forward on. We strive to improve steadily, a little at a time – 10% is great! But first step is always to accept the facts, regardless if we would have liked it to be better.  It is way too easy to sweep failed projects under the carpet rather than used as a baseline for improvements forward on. A mistake easily made is to base improvements on dream targets rather than previous results, it is hard to learn something from failure to meet those targets.

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Continue reading: A kanban coach’s day at the office

A kanban coach’s day at the office

Aaaaaah…  Nice. *Dumdi dum di dum*   .. what? Ah! I can walk around and pull from the other side!  *clever* 🙂   Darn! Not always easy being a kanban coach 🙂

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Continue reading: Slides from Lean & Kanban Central Europe 2012

Slides from Lean & Kanban Central Europe 2012

Hi! Just back from a great conference – LKCE 2012 –  and a great town – Vienna. A really cool thing was the illustrator who worked around the clock to visualize how he interpreted the difference presentations. He did a great job (see below). What would you do – learning from charts I challenge the

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Continue reading: How we coach change at Crisp

How we coach change at Crisp

I got a number of questions recently in how we at Crisp work with changes. So I decided to write it down. Here’s how we think and coach change 🙂 Cheers /Mattias

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Continue reading: Crisp Hackday is under way!

Crisp Hackday is under way!

The safety belt is off.  Focus is intense.  Standup?  Tdd?   Rubbish!  Crisp hack day! 🙂

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Continue reading: Insights from Innovation games with Luke Hohmann

Insights from Innovation games with Luke Hohmann

I got the chance to meet Luke, the founder of innovation games this week. I find his view refreshing – humans are basically creative. We need to provide the platform for ideas to emerge. Some of my reflections after listening to the stories: It’s serious play, these games shape the outcome of of real products

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