Announcing First Speaker At DareFest Oslo 2014

joakim_sundenWe are happy to announce that Joakim Sundén, agile coach at Spotify, will speak at Dare Oslo 2014. If you are interested in learning more about how Spotify manages to stay lean while having rapid growth in a n extremely tough and competitive market, then you should come listen to Joakims  story from Spotify.

Joakim is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and an important contributor to the community. In 2013 he spoke at several big conferences like Agile 2013 and Lean Kanban North America, sharing the story of how Spotify manages to stay lean through rapid growth

This February will also see the release of Joakim’s book, Kanban in Action, which he has written together with Marcus Hammarberg. It’s based on the real-world experience and observations from two kanban coaches who have introduced this process to dozens of teams.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Since I started my own business almost 2 years ago I have been way outside my own comfort on numerous occasions. Being your own boss gives you a lot of freedom. Freedom to do things you like. Freedom to try new things. When you try new things there is a good chance that you are stepping out of your own comfort zone.   
“Before every breakthrough there is a moment of uncomfortableness” – Christopher Avery. 
Sometimes that moment is short, sometimes it’s longer. I will probably never stop feeling uncomfortable when moving down an unclear foggy road. I have come to the realization that this is something I have to live with, that feeling uncomfortable in situations where you let go of control, is in fact quite normal. So over the last couple of year I’ve become better at recognizing this feeling, which makes it easier to deal with.  
From time to time I’ve asked myself why I get into these uncomfortable situations. After all, feeling comfortable, cruising on what you already know and already know how to do, is convenient and easy. When this gets too tempting I try to return to my “why”, to remind myself of why I’m doing this: Helping myself and other people/organizations improve. To improve you need to change. To change you need to do something new. 
So I’ve done it again. Something I believe in and think will be very cool, will be announced this coming week. Over the next 7 or 8 months I’m sure I will find myself way out of my comfort zone on many occasions. Our mission? To help other people step out of their comfort zones, dare to try new things and by that; help both themselves and their organizations change into something better.
Today Dare Festival was launched. It gives a nice short overview of what to expect. There is more to come. Watch out for some announcements the next couple of weeks :)  

Shrink the Change

The amount of software in the world increases in a rapid pace, so does the amount of legacy systems. If you are a developer with some years experience I’m sure that you at some point have had the pleasure of having to do a change, like fix a defect or add some functionality, in an old, messy codebase. Sometimes, the bug fix or adding of the new feature goes well, and you move happily on to a new task or a new project. Sometimes though, the pain of working with the system might just get unbearable. Each change takes forever and you are constantly afraid of breaking some important functionality (true legacy systems have no tests). You may have experienced this too. A little over 1 year ago, in May 2011, I found myself in such a situation.

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Kanban Leadership Retreat 2012

This year’s Kanban Leadership Retreat, #klrat, was an inspiring event with lots of great food and drinks in warm and beautiful Mayrhofen, Austria. Long breaks, fantastic people, great conversations and an exciting un-conference program created a perfect arena for learning. As last year, it was arranged and organized by David J. Anderson & Associates. Thanks for putting this excellent event together!

Amongst the many interesting topics were:

Kanban Katas, Visualization, Systemic Flow, Lean Startup, Portfolio Kanban, Change and Crossing the Chasm.

I will elaborate on some of these in what follows….

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Kanban Training Class With David J. Anderson

On February 1-2 2012, David J. Anderson will host his official Kanban Traning Class in Oslo. The first course David held in Oslo, got excellent feedback from the 20 participants. David is constantly evolving his material so I’m pretty sure that the participants at this course will get insights into some material not yet written down anywhere.

You can find the course details here:

Kanban Training Class with David J. Anderson

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this upcoming course.

Does It Matter What You Call It?

Imagine that the company you work for has decided that they want to be more agile. Great, right way to go. So they start a project to ease the transition. Not a bad idea really, make sure people use more or less the same terminology, help out with training and similar. To further ease the transition, management decides that all teams should use Scrum. Not a good idea!
With experience from both Scrum and Kanban, you know that it is not really about one method being better than the other. Rather, it is about choosing the right method for the environment you work in and being able to continuously improve.
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Lean Web Development With Play Framework and Kanban

Late March this year I hosted David J Anderson’s first official Kanban Traning Class in Norway. Having David over to teach one of his classes was definitely both exiting and a great learning experience for me personally. I’ve been using Kanban for a while now and really come to appreciate the evolutionary way of pursuing continuous improvement and learning.

Now, if you’re going to arrange a course you need some way for people to register, so I decided to create a small web application for this purpose. I did not have much time and I had to do the work during evenings, after getting the kids to bed. In other words, I was in need for some rapid web development. If you want to deliver quickly I think the following is very important:

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