We are pleased to announce that Eilif Monrad-Krohn, our Director of Business Development in Germany, will be presenting at the Munich Lean Kanban Central Europe Conference on October 17-18, 2011.
Beyond Kanban: A Lean Systems Approach
Kanban scheduling in software development represents a great advance over fixed-iteration approaches such as Scrum. However, implementations still face barriers because they are primarily focused on individual teams and not well connected with organizational performance as a whole. Kanban also represents a small subset of the greater promise of Lean. That that promise is to create a learning organization in which employees grow and prosper as part of a process of relentless improvement in the way we deliver customer and shareholder value.
In this talk we will present an extended version of the Lean Management vision, based on Systems Thinking, which incorporates a framework for breakthrough improvements (Kaikaku) as well as continuous improvement (Kaizen). The framework presented goes beyond inventory and activity management and incorporates five dimensions of mapping and improving work – value stream, information, organization, product, and social architecture. The LSI 5D framework has been used to create quantifiable results with a variety of business models and settings, including Aerospace & Defense, Medical Devices, and Game Development.
To ensure that Lean delivers quantifiable business value, we must understand how to best leverage it with our business model and the organization’s developmental stage. We will discuss how this is done in practice, linking value streams to business models and financial outcomes,
Eilif Monrad-Krohn has spent more than twenty years creating software and enabling organizations to do so better than before. Organizations he has contributed to include Intershop, Quelle, Norsk Hydro, Tine, and ODIM. Eilif’s experience includes design and development, training, project management, and process improvement. He has been focused on process management solutions in the last five years. Originally from Norway, Eilif has been based in Germany since 1987. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.