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Our next kick-off is on 9 February at 14h00 CET (Central European Time). Online sessions happen Thursdays, same time, until 30 March.
Build Your System
New Mental Models
Many leaders who need to get knowledge-work done are extremely frustrated with their situation. If you answer just one of these questions with a "yes", attending a Kanban Bootcamp might be just what you need to move forward again.
It is clear that much about what we know about getting work done is hopelessly outdated.
Instead, we need to learn modern, more effective ways to reliably deliver in an increasingly uncertain business environment.
Kanban seems like the magic bullet, but almost as soon as you start you will encounter resistance as "this is not how we do things around here", a.k.a organizational inertia.
Truth be told, a management system that has evolved over so many decades will not go without a fight.
To have any chance of success, you need to:
The Kanban Bootcamp has been designed with these outcomes in mind and in just 8 weeks you will have a working system that others notice.
The past 8 weeks have been a journey for us from "... not really convinced that Kanban will be better than what we already have... " to fully embracing this new methodology and even starting to discuss how we can convince other departments to follow us.
RUSSEL GREFEN, Engineering Manager at Aerosud, South Africa
Kanban is much more than visualising work! Once you truly understand the depth and breadth of Kanban you'll see many new opportunities to improve flow.
Theory is useless, if you can't apply it to your situation, which is why we will help you build a complete Kanban system, go live with it and show you how to keep evolving.
Discard 20th century management thinking and start seeing all knowledge work as a flow from "customer need" to "needs met". Work will never be the same.
The Kanban Bootcamp is so effective, because it gives you everything you need to implement a fully-functioning, customer-driven Kanban system.
Whereas other Kanban trainings emphasise the theory, we go significantly further by helping you build and go live with a Kanban system that is fit-for-purpose for your needs.
What is super helpful, is that he Bootcamp schedule fits in nicely with other work requirements, which means nothing else has to be put on hold while you build your Kanban system.
Most importantly, however, as we go on this journey together, our promise to you is this: 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 different than others around us.
Unfortunately, however, it was even more fashionable to cling to outdated management thinking than it is today. In fact, if we had known 6 years ago what we now know, we would probably have never sold our stake in Space Age Technologies, an IT services business we (Mathias and Mark, the co-founders of Xuviate) founded 27 years ago and which we helped grow into a highly respected, 65 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 lots 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 to limit consulting services (which create dependencies for clients), but instead developed an end-to-end Kanban support offering to more effectively transfer knowledge and ensure ownership for the business agility journey stays with our clients.
In 2019 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.
One of the most significant shortcomings of conventional Kanban training and coaching offerings 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 virtually all the services we provide.
Check the Bootcamp dates and secure your team's attendance as early as possible. Seats are limited and prices increase over time.
Dedicate time every week for watching the videos, doing the homework with your team and attending the online session. About 10 hours per week in total.
Keep up by completing the homework every week. Doing things instead of thinking about them too much is when the real learning happens.
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 weekly 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 Sympraxis Team, Greece
A Bootcamp takes place over about 8 weeks and requires a weekly time-commitment of about 10 hours per participant.
Each week we will release up to 2 hours of online video lessons to cover basic Kanban theory and provide step-by-step implementation guidance.
Homework with Team
Each week you and your team need to complete the homework exercises and apply what you have learned to build and deploy your new system.
Weekly Online Classes
Once weekly we will meet online for 2 hours to share experiences, complete exercises and together work on the Kanban systems we are building.
The topics for the 8 weekly modules are as follows:
In the introductory module you will get to know your hosts, as well as your fellow attendees. You will also learn what to expect over the Bootcamp and what you need to do to get the most value from it. At the end of the class, you will get your homework for the first full week of the Bootcamp.
The best way to learn is often by just doing it! In this 4 hour long simulation, you will first experience the frustration of having too much work in progress with little getting done before you and your fellow participants will discover how Kanban can help solve even the most difficult challenges.
To visualise your work and workflow(s) is arguably the best known Kanban general practice. The other 5 practices, however, are equally important if you want to get full value from Kanban. In this module you will brush up on theory and lay a solid foundation for the upcoming design work.
Without knowing exactly why you want to change and what you want to change, it is very difficult to find the necessary long-term motivation and take others along on the journey. We will start with STATIK* and find the Sources of Dissatisfaction.
(STATIK = Systems Thinking Approach to Implementing Kanban)
In module 5 you will continue on your STATIK journey by first analysing your current situation before creating a high-level design for your new Kanban system. What work types are there, how does the workflow look and how do you prioritise are just some of the questions you will find answers for.
Kanban teaches us to start with what we do now and to pursue improvement through evolutionary change. To do this, you need to have a live system, which is why the focus now shifts to implementing the design in Kanbanize, getting everybody on board and to start using the new system.
If the Kanban board helps to visualise our work, it is the Kanban cadences and related metrics, that provide the framework for keeping work flowing and also continuously improving the system. The highlight of this module is a flow review meeting.
In this final module the focus is on bringing all the loose ends together. This is not only a chance for your entire team to review Kanban best practices and your own progress, but also an opportunity to position yourselves for the next part of the journey.
Please Note: Since you will build and implement a "real" Kanban system, it is important that all key members of your team are signed up and take part each week.
To keep the remaining members of your team aligned with what is happening during classes, each Bootcamp registration includes 5 complementary licenses for the Kanban Essentials Course.
To facilitate our work together, we will invite you to a private Kanban Bootcamp Workspace on Miro. This Workspace is also used
The Waypoints were brilliant. I was seriously surprised to learn just how much value Kanban can bring to an organisation.
Business Analyst at Fruitways, SA
During the Bootcamp I got a clear idea of how to improve our Kanban system step-by-step, I understood where we are in the KMM and also gained a completely new perspective on how to drive continuous improvement.
Scrum Master at Roche, Poland
Breakout sessions and the Lean Coffee were quite impressive and just listening to the discussions was enlightening in many cases.
Engineering Manager at BASF SE, Germany
Are you concerned about team productivity in these 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:
We are so confident that you will get enormous benefit from attending the Kanban Bootcamp that we offer a no-nonsense, money back guarantee. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details.
*Special: Your purchase includes 5 additional Kanban Essentials Course licenses for your team at no extra cost (valued at €1000)
I was surprised by how many new insights I gained even though I have been involved with Kanban for quite some time.
Group IT Leader at Aerosud, SA
The entire bootcamp was an ‘a-ha’ moment for me, as I have identified that we should continuously re-evaluate what we have learned and used in the past, to ultimately unlearn the outdated methods and learn new methods to keep moving forward.
Rusaan van Staden
Talent Acquisition at GWK, SA
Awesome job. I like your teaching style and I like the community-building approach of the Bootcamp.
Director of Engineering at Instana, Germany
Realistically, you should reserve a minimum of 2h every week for the scheduled sessions, one hour for watching the training videos and an additional 4-8 hours for homework and working with your team. This brings your total time investment to between 7 and 11 hours per week.
This may sound like a lot … but only until you remind yourself of how much more time and effort you would have had to spend if you wanted to do this on your own.
Every person who is registered for the Bootcamp will receive a license for the online Kanban Essentials Course (KEC). Watching this material is necessary for completing the course.
In addition, you will get 5 more, non-transferrable KEC licenses for your other team members for each Bootcamp purchase.
In the past, Bootcamp participants have found it difficult to maintain momentum and take their team along on the journey if they don't participate from the start.
This is why we these days recommend that all essential team members are registered for the Bootcamp and participate from day 1.
This way, every week can be used to act on what has been learned and experienced, instead of having to figure out how to convey important insights to non-participants.
It depends on whether they are prepared to bring their other team members as well.
Since the Bootcamp is not just a training course, participants need to be aware that they are expected to develop and implement a real Kanban system.
If they are just looking for an overview of what Kanban is, you may instead want to send them to our Team Kanban Simulation.
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.
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 to your CV than to get support during an actual Kanban implementation, we would recommend you rather do some KMP training.
You don't have to, but you might get a lot of value from attending!
While the material itself is closely aligned with the Kanban Systems Design (KSD) course from Kanban University, our focus is less on the theory itself and much more on its real-world, practical application.
So, if you feel you have enough practice applying the theory, then you will probably be better served by enquiring about our other services.
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 your Bootcamp cohort.
In our experience, however, 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. (We have even had quite a few attendees working on defence contracts in prior Bootcamps.)
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 which business function you come from as long as you are dealing with so-called knowledge work.
Having said this, most leaders we work with come from more back-end business functions such as IT, Engineering, Project Management, Project Portfolio Management, Marketing, HR, Sales and Finance as opposed to more customer-facing business units.
Register for the next
Our next kick-off is on 9 February at 14h00 CET (Central European Time). Online sessions happen Thursdays, same time, until 30 March.