Lean business agility

4-6 October 2017

John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh

A 45 minute Case Study by:

Klaus Leopold

LEANability GmbH

About this Case Study

If you optimise for high team performance, you’ll get high team performance. Sounds great! However, simply having many high-performing teams doesn't lead to a high-performing organisation. In contrast, high team performance leads to low system performance. As a consequence, the services you offer to your customers get worse.

Team focus is also the reason why most agile initiatives fail to improve organisational agility and success. In the best case, you don’t see any organisational improvement - but in many cases, it gets worse. Local optimisation leads to global sub optimisation! But what does this mean? And how can you optimise organisations beyond the team?

In this session, Klaus will answer these questions and show how you can establish business agility in a lean way. He'll show how he improved organisational agility across about 80 teams without bothering them in their daily work. As a first step, senior management became agile by running agile strategic portfolio management - and the rest followed step by step in a 'lead by example' manner.

About the Speaker

Klaus Leopold is a computer scientist and kanban pioneer with many years of experience in helping organisations from different industries on their improvement journey with lean and kanban.

He is author of the book Practical Kanban (www.practicalkanban.com) and co-author of the book Kanban Change Leadership. Klaus was one of the first lean kanban trainers and coaches worldwide. He was awarded with the Brickell Key Award for “outstanding achievement and leadership” within the lean kanban community in San Francisco, 2014. His main interest is establishing lean business agility by improving organisations beyond the team level, especially in large environments from 50 to 5000 people. Klaus speaks regularly at renowned lean and kanban conferences worldwide. He publishes his current thoughts on his blog www.LEANability.com.


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