Archive for March 2012

Lean-Kanban University-accredited Kanban Training in the Waterloo Region

March 25, 2012

Valueinnova LLC (link: is offering Lean-Kanban University-accredited Kanban training in the Waterloo Region during the week of June 11-15.

The objective of the two-day training Kanban course is a thorough introduction to David J. Anderson’s Kanban method.  The participants will learn the lean principles and concepts at the foundation of Kanban. They will be able to design kanban systems for their contexts and use Kanban to improve capabilities of their organizations.

The instructor of this course will be Dr. Masa K. Maeda, the owner and principal consultant of Valueinnova LLC, based in San Jose, California, USA.  He is one of the pioneers of Kanban in the software industry, an associate of the Kanban inventor David J. Anderson, and the translator the Spanish edition of David’s foundational book “Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change For Your Technology Business.” Dr. Maeda has taught this Kanban course many times on four continents and his consulting firm, ValueInnova, is one of the charter members of the Lean-Kanban University.

Lean-Kanban University (LKU) is a place dedicated to providing high-quality learning resources and training in Lean and Kanban.  In the five years since 2007, when the software Kanban method was first documented, its popularity has spread and the need for quality standards in training has emerged. The LKU was founded by a group of Kanban pioneers and stepped up to become the governing body setting such standards. The LKU has just announced its accreditation scheme (which differs in a number of ways from the Scrum Alliance certifications). This course would be one of the first in Canada offered with this accreditation and certainly the first one in the Waterloo region.

Every course participant will receive a copy of instructor’s materials and a copy of ”” David J. Anderson’s book, “Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change For Your Technology Business.”

Valueinnova LLC is also offering its two-day Lean-Agile Project Management course.  It’s tailored to project managers and organization leaders and presents a broader landscape of lean and agile principles and practices.

The schedule for these courses is still flexible.  If you or your organization are interested in the Kanban course or the Lean-Agile PM course, please tell us what dates are the best for you!  We’re offering our two-day classes for $1,100, which is less than the current price of two-day CSM training. Early-bird and group discounts (for groups of 5 or more) are available.  If you are interested or have any questions about these training courses, please contact Alexei Zheglov (alexzheglov at yahoo dot com)

Waterloo Agile Lean Mar 27th P2P

March 20, 2012

What?: Many teams adapt the planning, estimating and iterative aspects of agile development. While this is great, key engineering practices necessary to build high quality adaptive software are often overlooked. In this session, Declan Whelan will present the SOLID design principles. While these principles apply universally they are particularly important with building high quality agile systems and reducing “technical debt”.

When?: Tuesday March 27th, 2012 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Where?:Communitech Hub, 151 Charles St. W., Suite 100, Atlas and Matrix Rooms, Kitchener, ON 

Who?: Declan Whelan is an agile developer, coach and professional engineer with twenty-five years of experience in a wide range of software industries including the financial, medical, educational, and manufacturing sectors. He has started four technology companies and has recently formed LeanIntuit to support the adoption and evolution of agile methods with organizations that build software.

To register:

Recap: Jan 24 Agile P2P – Open Space

March 15, 2012

For the first session in 2012, we thought we’d try to generate some discussion using an Open Space format.

What is Open Space?

  • a meeting format where there is no pre-defined agenda. Instead the agenda is derived by the participants during the meeting and can be changed as the meeting progresses (Wikipedia Definition)

Four principles to an open space meeting

  • Whoever comes are the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it’s over it’s over

The Law of Two Feet

  • if at any point you find yourself in a situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, you should use your two feet to go to a more productive place

For our adaption of Open Space we divided the room into four meeting areas and timeboxed the sessions to 30 minutes. This allowed for a total of 8 time slots. After the introduction, individuals were asked to write down topic ideas for sessions they wished to facilitate and put them next to a time slot. It’s important to note that you don’t need to be an expert to facilitate a topic. All you need is passion and energy. Sometimes a topic can be just a question to which you’re looking for possible answers. The response from the audience was great. There were more than enough topics for the available time slots.

Declan giving introduction

Declan giving introduction

As the sessions began, individuals were encouraged to roam about freely making use of the law of 2 feet. The idea being that each person is responsible for what they get out of the meeting. If someone is no longer getting value out of the session they are in they are encouraged to move to one of the other sessions. Or they could break off into their own side discussion with whoever happens to be around. Or maybe they just want to head over to Balzac’s, grab a coffee and take a break for a while.

After the last round of sessions were complete, everyone gathered together for a quick summary and retrospective. Based on the feedback received the Open Space format went over really well. There were many great topics and some very energetic discussions. Open Space is definitely something we’ll consider doing again at a future agile P2P.

Here’s a collection of some of the whiteboard content from the various sessions:

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