Lean Kanban Central Europe 2014

Lean Kanban Central Europe 2014

Katrin Dietze
Events, Highlight

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The Lean Kanban Central Europe Conference 2014 (#LKCE14) is now history. On the 11th and 12th of November, the Kanban world came together in Hamburg and LEANabilitiy was, of course, in the middle of it all. This year, as one of the program board members of the LKCE, Klaus presided over the Learning Track. And learning was definitely part of the program:

The Track took place on the first day of the conference and began with guests who have come from as far as South Africa. Amjid Ali (aka AJ) and Cliff Hazell presented their Kanban story Introducing Kanban as instrument of change at Momentum, one of South Africa’s largest insurance companies who began a training with Klaus exactly one year ago in Cape Town. Now, one year later, all of the roughly 100 people in AJ’s department are working with Kanban and the Momentum Kanban fire is continuing to spread, as can be seen in the following video:


Then we continued with Eric-Jan Kaak, the CIO of the Tecnica Group. In 2013, Eric-Jan was named the CIO of the year in Austria because of introducing Kanban at the ski manufacturer Blizzard. With his session, “You don’t become olympic champion in one day” he showed us how Lean was introduced into Blizzard’s production and what that means for knowledge work. This was very exciting because you also got to see “the other Lean”.

In the afternoon, Klaus Leopold and Troy Magennis opened to a packed room. Approximately 85 individuals wanted to understand how to learn from blockers. For those who have attended the LEANability trainings, the Blocker-Cluster is of course nothing new, especially since Klaus has been speaking about this for more than 3 years now. However, during this session, both of them expanded upon the idea with heuristics which can help to solve the right cluster first. Klaus and Troy presented, among other things, a simulation which can be used to quantify the economical value of the Blocker-Cluster. Euros are, of course, still the most convincing argument for implementing improvements. The slides for the session can be found here:


In a relaxed atmosphere, things continued with Marcin Floryan and his session about Learning Entropy, followed by Karl Scotland who presented Kanban Canvas. Those who know them know to expect interactive elements within their sessions. By the way, all of the sessions were filmed and, in about 4-weeks’ time, the videos will be available on the LKCE14 website.

Because one of the conference speakers dropped out on short notice, Klaus Leopold jumped in with a second lecture. “Scaling Kanban” was the title. Within the session, Klaus spoke in the beginning about agile scalability misunderstandings. In his opinion, the largest incorrect assumption is that numerous agile teams create an agile company. Klaus impressively demonstrated that this is not the case during his session. Due to the fact that Klaus does not really prefer theoretical perspectives, he presented very concrete, practical examples of how Kanban can be applied to a program of about 200 people. The slides for this lecture can be found here:

[/text_dd][text_dd]All in all – it was really a successful conference executed in a perfectly organized LKCE-manner at which many new contacts were created and existing ones were reinforced. It was really nice and we are looking forward to next year #LKCE15![/text_dd][/column_dd][/section_dd]

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