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Before we even knew of Covid-19, many business leaders were extremely frustrated with their team's overall ability to get work done. When we now consider that much of the work will have to be done remotely, the below, pre-Corona concerns, will become massive head-aches.
The real problem is that much about what you and others know about getting work done is hopelessly outdated.
Instead, you need to learn a new, simpler way to let work flow again. Both in your team and between teams.
The added challenge today, of course, is that Corona forces you to do all of this while you you battle to just keep the lights on.
The good news is that the Kanban Method has already helped many leaders over the last decade do just that and early indications are that it will play a significant role in helping organisations survive and thrive in these uncertain times.
Xuviate has the experience to help you with every step of your Kanban journey. First by getting things started with an online Bootcamp, then by accelerating your growth through Mastermind group-coaching and later by providing private Business Agility Coaching tailored to your specific needs.
Xuviate helped me get started with Kanban and within days we doubled IT throughput and dramatically improved team morale. Today I lead strategy for a major new business initiative. When we started a bit more than a year ago I had no idea just how quickly things could change!
JOHAN PRETORIUS, Group IT & OCTi Strategist at Aerosud, South Africa
Discover new ways to let work flow and notice how fast results and morale improve. Especially when working remotely!
Develop a clear picture of how your team should work and learn to trust yourself to lead the journey. Now is not the time to hesitate!
Gain strength from seeing what others struggle with and how they solve their problems. We will win when we all stand together!
The Kanban Bootcamp is revolutionary because it combines online training, real-life implementations, peer-learning and continuous improvement over an 8 week period to leave you with a fully-functioning Kanban system.
In contrast to other training organisations even more value awaits you after the Kanban Bootcamp when we continue to support your personal growth journey through the free eXuviate Network and by offering Mastermind peer-coaching and 1-1 Business Agility Coaching services.
Our promise to you is simple: We are there, every step of the way, as you reimagine how work gets done.
Like you, we also see ourselves as agents of change and have always had a knack for seeing the world slightly different than others around us.
Unfortunately, however, it was even more fashionable to clink to outdated management thinking thant it is today. In fact, if we had known 5 years ago what we now know, we would have never sold our stake in Space Age Technologies, an IT services business we (Mathias and Mark, the co-founders of Xuviate) founded 26 years ago and which we helped grow into a highly respected, 70 person organisation.
Towards the end, we were drowning our business in change requests, projects and new product developments, similar to what happens today in most businesses. Not happy with this state of affairs, we decided to clear the deck, sell our stake, and dedicate Xuviate, our next business, to solving this problem.
The big break-through, however, only came when we started applying Kanban to different parts of client businesses and noticed how well work started to flow. Finally we had found a repeatable process that could help us drive true business agility … but even after this realisation, it took us a lot of additional research, experimentation and many 100s of coaching sessions with business leaders to gain enough confidence to offer this as a standard service.
The benefit to you is that you don't have to repeat our journey of trial and error and can instead directly leverage off of our experiences. In fact, we on purpose decided not to offer consulting services (which create dependencies for clients), but instead developed an end-to-end online coaching service to more effectively transfer knowledge and ensure ownership for the business agility journey stays with our clients.
About a year ago we moved our head-office from South Africa to Germany to better service our many international clients.
We don't care much about being seen as thought leaders ourselves and are very keen to partner with the top Kanban, Lean and Agile minds in the industry to rather fuse different approaches and complementary thinking into something practical and useful for our clients. Our 85 eXpander interviews, Business Agility Daily series and close partnership with Kanbanize are good examples of the all-round benefits this approach has....
Using an actual tool during our training and coaching sessions has the significant upside that we can go into a lot more detail when showing how to achieve a particular outcome.
Check the Bootcamp dates and secure your attendance as early as possible. Seats are limited and prices increase over time.
Come to each of the 8 sessions and diligently do your homework. By the end you'll have a working Kanban system your team enjoys using.
Keep applying your new insights and improve continuously. Enquire about Masterminds and Private Coaching.
In recent years I've taken many crash courses to keep up with developments in several fields, but I feel particularly proud about completing the Xuviate Kanban Bootcamp. When enrolling I had no idea how deep and wide we would be going. The wealth of knowledge shared was outstanding and the 8-week format an excellent choice, contributing to the better understanding of the concepts. I am very grateful to our excellent instructors Mathias Tölken and Mark Geschke for this course. I am also very grateful to my team of classmates, particularly those who put themselves in the weekly hotseat, helping us all uncover more about implementing Kanban in various real business settings.
Alexander Deliyannis, Partner at the Sympraxis Team, Greece
Every Bootcamp has 8 online sessions, delivered at the same time every week. Each session is 2 hours long and is made up of the following 3 sections:
New theory and insights for the week are introduced by the facilitators in an engaging but relaxed way. The focus is on creating "aha"-moments. Over the 8 weeks you will cover all the most important aspects of getting started with Kanban.
Sharing & Deep-Dives
All participants are divided into random mini-groups of 3 leaders each to show-case their homework and discuss outcomes and challenges. Seeing other Kanban implementations in action reinforces the theory and provides many ideas.
Questions & Answers
We dedicate time to answer as many questions about Kanban and practical implementation challenges you may have. We use a Lean-Coffee format to keep up the energy and focus on what is most relevant to the majority of leaders present.
In each session we will cover exactly one learning module. The 8 learning modules follow on each other. Should you miss a session, you are advised to catch up by watching the recording.
After a short welcome and introductions we immediately jump in to get a better understanding of the Kanban basics. We'll also talk about the importance of fully engaging your team(s) and diligently doing the homework.
You will learn how to build your first basic board. To speed the process we will discuss a few common workflow archetypes we often see in practice. Part of your homework will be to get a Daily Kanban meeting going with your team.
We all know that multi-tasking is a productivity killer, yet almost everybody struggles with the concept of limiting work in progress in a business context. Understand why this happens and how Kanban helps you solve it.
Continuous improvement is baked deeply into the Kanban method, but to get it started you first need to understand how to measure improvements. Fortunately Kanban metrics are both simple and extremely powerful.
Teams are so tuned to gettting their work done that few have developed the skill to reflect on their work and get better over time. Learn about Kanban cadences and what you need to do to get your team on a path of continuous improvement.
Love them or hate them: projects are how organisations currently drive (lots of) change. Learn the basics of managing projects the Kanban way and stand a chance to dramatically accelerate throughput and results.
The ultimate goal of any Kanban journey is to build an adaptive organisation built for survival. Learn about the critical role that leadership plays and understand how the Kanban Maturity Model (KMM) can support your journey.
In the final session you will have a chance to reflect and brag about your successes. We celebrate way too litle in traditional businesses and we find it quite fitting to conclude by practicing this vital skill.
We will invite you to a private Kanban Bootcamp channel on the eXuviate Community to facilitate communication and to
P.S. Not yet a member of eXuviate? Then join now, it is FREE (if you qualify).
This Bootcamp channel will remain available for 6 months after the conclusion of the Bootcamp.
Since engaging with Xuviate, I've dramatically improved my standing in the business and it only took three things:
1) Wanting to be better
2) Opening myself up to new ideas
3) Trying, learning and trying again
JASON SICHKARYK, IT Director at Rosenau Transport, Canada
Are you concerned about team productivity in this uncertain times? What would you gain by slashing your project delivery time by at least half? How much more work could you get done if everybody could just focus for once? Are you again struggling to replace a key resouce who just left?
Failing to implement Kanban properly may already be costing your business a great deal in lost opportunities.
Enroll now and get the kick-start you need to survive and thrive in 2020:
We are so confident that you will get enormous benefit from attending the Kanban Bootcamp that we offer a no-nonsense, money back guarantee within the first 30 days of starting the Bootcamp. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details.
Realistically, you should reserve a minimum of 2h every week for the scheduled sessions, and between 2h and 4h each for doing the homework and working with your team. This brings your total time investment to between 6 and 10 hours per week.
This may sound like a lot … but only until you remind yourself of how much you will gain when work starts flowing smoothly again.
We know that there are many Kanban tools and options available.
Unfortunately we cannot cater for every need and, since Kanbanize is considered one of the leading Kanban tools available, it just makes sense for us to focus on the tool we love and ensure we get maximum value for everybody.
Also, the real value of Kanban, in our opinion, is realised when multiple team boards are brought together at a higher level for cross-team coordination. Kanbanize absolutely shines in this.
Not necessarily, but you do need to be in a position where you can actively influence the implementation of Kanban in one or more teams.
Business leaders have this authority by default.
If you are not a leader, you should at least consider yourself to be an "agent of change". If you are continuously looking for ways to do things better you may in fact be the ideal person to attend a Kanban Bootcamp.
Absolutely! The more people at your business who understand the Kanban basics, the higher your chances are for leading your organisation on a successful Kanban journey.
Just keep in mind that, at a minimum, your colleagues need to understand that they will have to actively engage with the material, submit their own homework and be able to have a discussion about the work done during the "Sharing & Deep-Dive" group-work sections.
Of course, your team will love you and your fellow leaders will ask for your assistance with their Kanban implementations
But this is probably not what you were asking.
Yes, if you fully attend all sessions and do all the homework assignments you will get a Xuviate Kanban Bootcamp Certificate of Completion.
P.S. Completing this Bootcamp will not give you a certification recognised by Kanban University, the de-facto leader in awarding recognised Kanban credentials. If you are more interested in adding another training onto your CV than in getting supported during an actual Kanban implementation, we would recommend you rather consider doing the excellent classroom-based KMP training.
You don't have to, but you might get a lot of value from attending!
While the material itself is heavily aligned with the KMP I, and to an extent even the KMP II official training, our focus is less on the theory itself and much more on its real-world application.
So, if you feel you have enough practice applying the theory, then you will probable be better served by enquiring about our Mastermind and Private Coaching services (click here to book a free chat with us).
If, on the other hand, the theory is already a bit vague or you lack practical implementation experience, then the Bootcamp will serve the dual purpose of not only refreshing this knowledge but giving you an opportunity to learn by doing. Which, of course, is invaluable!
This could be a problem as we really want you to participate in full and ideally also share your team's progress and challenges with all Bootcamp participants.
In our experience, confidentiality is usually not a major challenge as there should be very little that should be confidential about the actual process of implementing Kanban in your team.
As long as you make sure that your Kanban work items are non-descriptive or obfuscated, you should even be able to share a screenshot of your Kanban board setup.
In the end it doesn`t really matter from which business function you are because the Kanban principles and practices stay the same.
Having said this, most leaders we work with come from more back-end business functions such as IT, Marketing, HR, Sales and Finance as opposed to more customer-facing business units.
Apart from the fact that customer-facing business units often still don't know how much they could benefit from using Kanban, they often deal with a lot more uncertainty.
To deal with this uncertainty, tools such as Lean Startup and Design Thinking have been developed but unfortunately we do not have enough time to include them in the Bootcamps.
Due to our international audience our next Bootcamp will again be delivered exclusively in English. We will gauge the interest for a parallel, German-only offering and could have something up and running soon since both, Mathias and Mark, our main facilitators are native German-speakers.