We are pleased to announce that Frode L. Odegard, our Founder and CEO, will be speaking at the Conference on Lean Enterprise Software and Systems in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 30th-November 2nd, 2011. Frode will be giving a talk on Lean leadership challenges and he will also deliver a full-day executive workshop on how to do company-wide Lean Transformations in the software industry.
Becoming a Lean Leader: What Can and Will Go Wrong (Lecture)
The Lean Journey is not an easy one. Leaders who embark on a quest to turn their companies into “Learning Organizations” face a number of obstacles, many of which seem unavoidable. Since its founding in 2004, the Lean Software Institute has accumulated a long list of challenges IT/software executives face when introducing Lean.
Common challenges include harmful leadership behaviors, perceived conflicts between Lean and the business model, silo boundaries, unhelpful bonus schemes, intellectual dishonesty, internal misalignment, poor business literacy among employees, insufficient leadership involvement, leaders doing too much, under/overestimating the organization’s change capacity, and poor knowledge management.
Success also brings its own risks, such as employees holding leaders to a higher standard and then leaving the organization when leaders fail to raise their game. In this talk we will discuss what leaders can do to detect and meet these challenges, and how they can transform themselves in the process.
Lean Transformation in the Software Industry: The Big Picture (Executive Workshop)
Lean practitioners in the software industry have thus far been focused mostly on using Lean tools to help product development teams become more effective. But Lean is a methodology to help the whole organization learn and execute better, not just one team or department! In this executive-level workshop we will discuss how leaders can orchestrate company-wide Lean transformations and create more value for customers, shareholders, and employees as a result. The workshop is based on Lean Software Institute’s unique real-world experience working with senior leaders in a wide range of companies over the last seven years. This workshop is aimed at senior management and attendance is limited to ensure a quality experience for all participants.
Topics addressed in this workshop will include:
- Software Industry Trends and Challenges
- How Lean Thinking is influencing the Software Industry
- The Unfulfilled Promise of Lean in the Software Industry
- What Could Be: Software Companies as Learning Organizations
- Obstacles you will face on your Lean Journey
- Lean as an Operating System (Beyond Value Streams and Kanban: A 5D Systems View)
- Lean as an Organizational Learning System (Mobilizing for Innovation and Performance)
- Lean as a People System (Coaching for Growth, Autonomy, and Meaning)
- Where to Begin (Relating Lean to Your Business Model and Organizational Lifecycle Stage)
- Architecting Lean Transformations (Leadership, Governance, Change Capacity, Financials)
- Developing Lean Leaders: The Inner Voyage
- Benchmarking: You vs. the Competition
Frode Odegard has more than twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur and trusted advisor to high-tech executives. Organizations he has helped include Sony Electronics Inc., Lockheed Martin, Honeywell Aerospace, and Plantronics. Frode is currently writing a book on Lean transformations for software executives.
Before founding the Lean Software Institute in 2004, Frode was the CEO and founder of Odegard Labs, Inc., a software engineering research and consulting firm. Prior to founding Odegard Labs in 1991, Frode was the CEO and founder of Modula-2 CASE Systems A/S, a Norwegian company building next-generation tools for embedded software developers. In 2010, Frode also founded a global incubator for new startups, Odegard adVentures. His interests outside work include history, philosophy, psychology, theoretical computer science, travel, linguistics, and strength training.