David Anderson

Chairman, Lean Kanban, Inc.



David Anderson is a pioneer of the use of kanban systems for improved service delivery in creative and knowledge worker businesses. Originator of the Kanban Method and Enterprise Services Planning for improved service delivery, strategy, fitness for purpose, operational management and governance of modern businesses. Management trainer and consultant. Author of the books, “Lessons in Agile Management,” “Kanban – Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business,” and “Agile Management for Software Engineering.”

Keynote Address: Kanban: the alternative path to agility; your accelerated path to maturity!

Keynote Summary: The Kanban Method was born out of the need to find an alternative path to enterprise agility. People resist being changed and for many adopting prescriptive defined Agile Software Development methodologies wasn't palatable. Named for its use of virtual kanban systems, Kanban seeks to create a Toyota style "kaizen" culture of continuous improvement within professional services organizations, leading to the evolution of "fit for purpose" professional services and service delivery workflows. Over the past 10 years, many variants of Kanban implementations have emerged and these variants can be mapped to different levels of organizational maturity. An understanding of "Depth of Kanban" or "Kanban Maturity" and how to stimulate advancement to the next level has led to Kanban becoming a key tool in driving achievement of a high maturity level. Examples and case studies have emerged demonstrating how Kanban helped in achieving ML2, ML3 and ML5 in record time. Implementing Kanban as part of a CMMI initiative can lead to faster, better, cheaper achievement of higher maturity. Benefits of Kanban can be improved employee satisfaction, improved transparency and organizational trust, improved governance, improved predictability and quality levels, improved economic results and better alignment with business goals, business risks and risks associated with delivery against customer or stakeholder expectations.


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