Online Kanban Accelerators
Gain Momentum for Your Kanban Initiative
Afraid Your Kanban Initiative Will Loose Momentum?
Eyes light up once leaders realise just how many benefits Kanban promises. We see this often after completing a Bootcamp, but then "nothing" happens and forward momentum grinds to a halt. Is this your situation? Find out by checking whether you are happy with your answers on the following questions:
The True Problem: Business as Usual
To understand why many Kanban initiatives plateau so fast, we have to realise that the same individuals who were so fired up after their initial training, also have other, regular work to do.
In fact, lots of work! We refer to this work as business as usual.
Since the "show must go on", and we have existing rules for how to do this, the sad reality is that we just get on with it and never seem to have enough time for figuring out how Kanban could actually help.
Unfortunately, finding time to reflect and improve, little by little, is exactly what we need to get to grips with this new way of organising our work and, before long, everybody is just following recipes… and nothing actually changes.
Our teams are still overloaded and work takes forever to complete.
To not fall into this trap, we need a way to nurture Kanban momentum early on, which is exactly the reason why we have developed the Kanban Accelerator program.
Sustainably introducing Kanban - like any change - requires continuous dedication and dealing with all kinds of unforeseeable situations and questions. The Xuviate Accelerator reminds me to make time in an otherwise packed daily routine and at the same time gives me a channel to exchange ideas with people who are on the same journey but will naturally bring their own perspective and approaches to the table.
NILS WLOKA, Director of Engineering at Instana GmbH, Germany
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You Can Expect These Benefits
Keep Moving Forward
Leave your daily grind every 2 weeks and immerse yourself in Kanban. Use your peers to discover experiment(s) you could do next and then commit to do some.
Results That Get Noticed
Keep your eye on delivering more and more value for customers. No matter how small improvements initially are, over time they compound.
Not every leader is a natural-born change agent, but every leader can acquire new, productive habits to become one.
What Makes the Kanban Accelerator so Unique?
In many Kanban trainings, group-work seems like an afterthought added to spice up what might otherwise be boring training material.
For many participants, these experiences are extremely uncomfortable and produce little value.
The Kanban Accelerator is different as it is not just a training program, but has been built, from the ground up, around the idea that forming learning groups of up to 20 like-minded people is one of the most effective ways of supporting ongoing reflection and growth.
To make this work, we have incorporated what we have learned from facilitating mastermind peer-groups and added a purpose-built accountability system where every two weeks each participant reflects on previous outcomes, updates plans and commits to new actions.
We simply know of no better way of helping change agents overcome the challenges of business as usual and improve the momentum of their Kanban implementation.
Even More Reasons - Continue Reading...
We accidentally discovered the Mastermind concept almost 5 years ago when we needed a cost-effective way to remotely support IT leaders from all over the world with leadership challenges related to their digital transformation journey.
Almost immediately, the bi-weekly, 2 hour long sessions proved their worth by encouraging introspection and continuous improvement.
Early participants just loved this opportunity to break away from their daily grind to meet with like-minded people and do deep-dives on common challenges and topics. In many instances the mere fact of knowing that "I am not alone" was enough to replenisch depleted energy levels.
As Xuviate evolved into a highly focused enabler of Kanban transformation journeys, our Masterminds changed as well.
Today members in groups are even better matched than before as each group has its own, narrowly defined purpose. Naturally we have also developed a keen sense for identifying what each member needs most to grow.
Perhaps even more important is that we now place much more emphasis on establishing an improvement cadence, a key pre-requisite for any successful Kanban implementation.
Many participants also value the fact that Mathias and Mark are both facilitating each session. Their complementary styles are clear testament to the value of a partnership that is now spanning more than 26 years and a multitude of businesses and endeavours.
Not enough, neither Mark nor Mathias are happy to just facilitate. Their vast knowledge of many modern management tools (which includes training as TOC Thinking Process Jonahs) combined with their deep experience actually using these tools (especially in their previous IT-services business, Space Age Technologies) allows them to provide actionable direction and challenge the so-called conventional wisdom.
Meet Kanbanize, Our Favourite Kanban Tool
One of the most significant shortcomings of conventional Kanban trainings is that you still have to figure out how to implement what you have learned using your own Kanban software.
Even worse, not every Kanban tool is equally powerful and sometimes even standard Kanban practices can only be implemented using workarounds.
This is why we have partnered deeply with Kanbanize and standardised on their tool for all visualisations and demonstrations.
Serious Results In Just 3 Steps
Find Out More
Every Kanban journey is unique. Which is why we encourage you to talk to us about your specific needs. Why worry alone if we can collaborate?
Who will join the program and for how long are two important next questions. Between 3 and 6 months commitment for your most important change leaders is a good start.
Much depends on being present and completing the homework. Ensure you have the support from your business before embarking on this journey.
On your journey to real agility, in the sense of high focus, empowerment and trust, it is very helpful to have an open minded environment where you can have inspiring discussions, think outside the box and share insightful experiences with others. The Kanban Accelerator gives you all of this and more!
NEVEN LANG, Head of Production Support Catalysts at BASF SE, Germany
What Happens at the Kanban Accelerator?
The heart of the program is a 2 hour long online session which happens every two weeks.
During each session you will develop and refine your own next step(s), which you commit to do as homework in time for the next session.
The basic session agenda is fixed and includes the following three parts:
Results & Feedback
We greet each other and document what happened with the experiments we committed to do. Up to 3 members are asked to share their learnings and insights. We congratulate each other on completed experiments.
Next all of us identify our most pressing challenge, known options and possible experiments to run. We vote and find 3 interesting challenges to discuss. Then we go deep and engage the mastermind to think outside the box.
Finally each commits to complete one or more experiments in time for the next session. Emphasis will be placed on being as specific as possible and knowing what to expect from a successful experiment.
Groups include up to 20 members from all over the world.
To ensure valuable outcomes for all, we place a big focus on getting the group composition right.
Because of this we unfortunately cannot accommodate everyone immediately.
Currently we can help with the following three needs:
Kanban for Teams
Getting Started Groups
A perfect fit for anyone just starting out with Kanban. There should be a clear focus on getting a team stable and comfortable with Kanban.
Kanban for Services
For anyone who has used Kanban for a while and wants to get to the next level. Emphasis is on seeing the entire workflow and synchronising with other teams.
Business Agility Groups
For anyone whose big question is how to accelerate the adoption of Kanban across a number of teams and departments in their business.
Of course we are also making use of a myriad of tools (such as Zoom, Miro, PopcornFlow and Mighty Networks) to facilitate the sessions and interactions between the sessions.
Since we evolved the Accelerator program from our experience with Mastermind Groups, you might want to find out more about this powerful peer-group concept.
For this we have 3 blog articles and also an interview with Karen Greenstreet, widely regarded as the leading Mastermind authority!
Attending the Accelerator has added significant value to the way we service our business. It serves as a great change catalyst and continuously forces one to assess and improve
Business Analyst at Fruitways, South Africa
Participating in the Accelerator has boosted my confidence and inspires me to keep finding ways to add value to our business. Sharing the stage with like-minded change agents finds me wanting for more every session.
IT Manager at IMQS Software, South Africa
What's My Investment?
Are you concerned that your Kanban initiative will slowly wither away under the pressure of business as usual? Are you completing work significantly faster? Is Kanban still just a task-management tool for many? Do you have enough change agents to keep the flame burning?
Failing to nurture the required behaviours and establish continuous improvement may already be costing your business a great deal of momentum.
Schedule a chat now and find out how the Kanban Accelerator can help to:
- Keep your Kanban initiative moving forward
- Use the group-mind to solve tricky challenges
- Focus on the outcomes that matter
- Remove doubts about the value of Kanban
- Gain allies who believe in the new way of working
Our No-Nonsense Guarantee
We are so confident about the enormous value you'll get from joining a Kanban Accelerator that we offer a no-nonsense, money back guarantee within the first 30 days. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details.
Still Have Questions?
What is my time investment?
There is a clear correlation: the more time one can dedicate to a Kanban Accelerator, the better the results will be.
At a minimum, we expect every leader to join for the full 2 hours of the bi-weekly session and also allocate enough time to do whatever work they commit to do until the next session.
Do I have to attend every session?
Not every session, but we expect members to be there at least 75% of the time. Naturally things out of your control do happen, but it is the responsibility of each member to make time to attend their sessions.
How do you assign members to groups?
Creating groups with just the right amount of sameness to create belonging but sufficient diversity to create robust value for everyone is a skill we believe we are particularly good at.
We use geographic location, industry, company size, professional maturity, needs profile and a fair amount of "gut feel" to find a perfect match.
Sometimes even we don't understand why we have made a particular decision. It just works :-)
Do I have any say about who else can join my group?
Yes, before a new person is allowed to join a group, we always ask all present members whether they know of any reason why the new person should not join.
Similarly, we ask the potential new member to also have a look at all the present members to see whether there may be any conflicts of interest.
We do this to ensure we can talk freely and openly during each session.
Can more than one person from my company join a group?
Even though we have allowed this to happen in the past, we don't actively encourage it.
The main reason for this is that we want to keep company politics out of the groups.
When we do allow this, we require that all participants from the same company have completely separate Kanban systems to work with.
Will there be opportunities for "how do I …?" questions?
Yes and no.
If these questions are about figuring out what the next steps could be, then yes.
If it is merely to know how to achieve a particular technical or operational outcome then there are better ways to achieve this (e.g. by asking on the eXuviate Network).
What happens when needs change?
There are many reasons why this would happen and our first course of action would always be to see if another group could be more appropriate for a participant.
If not, we can either decide to start a new group or alternatively agree to let our arrangement run out.
Can I still participate if our work is highly confidential?
Yes, our saying is that what happens in the group stays in the group.
Even so, it would be up to every member to make sure they don't divulge important company secrets.
This is generally quite easy as the focus during the sessions is on "how work gets done" and not at all on the work itself.
Can I benefit if I don't yet know Kanban?
Not really! Every participant needs to understand the basics of Kanban to get value from their sessions.
Consider doing a Kanban Bootcamp first …
Do you host Kanban Accelerator groups in German?
We would love to do this at some stage in the future, but are also mindful of the value we would loose if we do not have the perspective only an international audience can offer.
Until we figure out how to handle this, English unfortunately remains our only option.